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.