Article February 17, 2004
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With the interstate coming to Oklahoma, Oklahoma City's Bill Swisher incorporated Construction Machinery Inc., which became CMI, in 1964 to build machines that combined duel-lane subgrading, material spreading and fine grading. By the end of the decade, every state required, by contract specification, the use of such machines. Source: Are We There Yet? Building America's Transportation Infrastructure Network, written by John Yow. The book celebrates the 100th anniversary of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association.

What happened in the world in the 1960s . . .

•American U-2 spy plan, piloted by Francis Gary Powers, shot down over the Soviet Union;

•Top Nazi murderer of Jews, Adolf Eichmann, captured by Israelis in Argentina and executed in Israel;

•70 million people watch the presidential debate between Sen. John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard Nixon;

•Alfred Hitchcock's movie Psycho terrifies movie-goers and becomes one of 1960's most successful films and one of Hollywood's most famous thrillers;

Ben Hur wins the Academy Award in 1960 for the best picture of 1959; and

Echo I, the first communications satellite, and Tiros I, the first weather satellite, are launched.

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