On This Day: Nixon-Kennedy debates changed politics

On this day, Sept. 26, in 1960, the first of three televised presidential debates were held between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy. It was a groundbreaking moment in American politics and one that would shape future presidential elections.  Click here for the full gallery and story from LIFE.com.

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    Richard Nixon speaks during the first televised debate while opponent John F. Kennedy watches. 
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    Kennedy-Nixon presidential debates

    Jackie Kennedy watches from the wings. 
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    Kennedy-Nixon presidential debates

    An image from one of the Kennedy-Nixon debates. 
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    John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon after the second debate.  
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    John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon after the first presidential debate. 
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