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Presidential debate 1960, Richard Nixon
1960: Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy held the first televised presidential debates -- four in all, the first on Sept. 26, the last on Oct. 21.
What you might remember: Viewers of the first debate thought Nixon (who recently had been ill) looked sweaty and needed a shave, while Kennedy appeared handsome and confident. One study posited that television viewers thought Kennedy won the first debate, while radio listeners not swayed by images -- gave the edge to Nixon.
What you might have forgotten: Quemoy and Matsu, two islands near mainland China that were (and still are) controlled by Taiwan. Nixon and Kennedy spent a great deal of time jousting over the strategic importance of the islands.
September 26, 1960