The titular year that was finds Brown vs. Board of Education coinciding with a season in which two of baseball's best African-American players - Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants and Larry Doby of the Cleveland Indians - dominated the major leagues and forever changed the game they loved.

July 23: Jessica Mitford died on this day in 1996.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.