1960s Pop History – 1965

Sixties Pop HistoryPresident: Lyndon B Johnson, Vice President: Hubert H. Humphrey
The 1960sThe population of the United States is 193,526,000
60sNational Debt is 322.3 Billion (+6.2 billion)
sixtiesUnemployment is 5.2%
pop history 1960sLife Expectancy: 70.2 years
information 60sFamily median income = $6,900 (up $300. from 1962)
events 1963Academy Award : My Fair Lady (click to buy) (Best Picture)
facts 1963Grammy Award : The Girl From Ipanema (click to buy) (Best Song); Hello, Dolly! (click to buy) (Best Album)
pop culture 60'sPulitzer Prize : The Keepers of the House (click to buy) (Fiction)
important sixties stuffCost of a first-class stamp is $0.05
60s factsSir Winston Churchill is laid in state at St Paul’s Cathedral, his funeral has the largest assembly of statesmen in the world
1960's quick factsBloody Sunday and the March from Selma to Montgomery, AL witnessed more violence against civil rights activists in Alabama
pop historyPresident Johnson gets the Voting Rights Act of 1965 passed quickly in response to the violent events in Selma, AL
60s historyIndonesia and Pakistan go to war over border disputes
1960s pop historyIn Houston, Texas, the Harris County Domed Stadium is opened (later renamed the Astrodome)
1963 pop culturePresident Johnson’s doubles the number of young men who are drafted and doubles troop strength in Vietnam
the year 1963President Johnson signs a law penalizing the burning of draft cards with up to 5 years in prison and a $1,000 fine
1960s historyHurricane Betsy roars ashore near New Orleans, LA causing $1.42 billion in damage and killing 76
imporant events in 1963The Tom & Jerry cartoon series debuts on CBS television
1963 pop culturePope Paul VI visits the United States and holds a Mass at Yankee Stadium
year 1963Fidel Castro opens up emigration to the US
1960s historyFreedom Flights begin, Castro agrees to allow an airlift for Cubans who want to emigrate to the U.S. (by 1971 250,000 Cubans take advantage of this program)
events in 1963The Pillsbury Doughboy, is created, it later becomes an American icon
1960s historyTokyo officially becomes the largest city in the world, taking the lead from New York City
facts about 1963France withdraws from NATO
1960s historyRacially charged riots in the Watts section of Los Angeles, CA claim 34 lives with over 1000 injured
1960s historyTwo U.S. scientist discover cosmic background radiation which confirms the “Big Bang” theory
events in 1963The U.S. Mint switches to “clad” or sandwich coins to conserve silver by eliminating its use in dollars, half-dollars, quarters, and dimes
1960s historyThe New York blackout affects 30 million people in seven states and Ontario and lasts for 13 hours
popular events of 1963Alberto VO5 Hairspray is introduced by Alberto-Culver a Canadian Company
sixties pop historyTelevision debuts included: Hogans Heroes, Green Acres, I Deam of Jeannie, My Mother the Car, I Spy, and Get Smart    (click show title for more info)