1960s Pop History – 1963

Sixties Pop History(prior to 11/22/63) President: John F Kennedy, Vice President: Lyndon B Johnson
(11/22/63 until 1/20/65) President: Lyndon B Johnson, Vice President: None
The 1960sThe population of the United States is 188,483,000
60sNational Debt is 310.3 Billion
sixtiesUnemployment is 5.5%
pop history 1960sLife Expectancy: 70.1 years
information 60sFamily median income = $6,200 (up $200. from 1962)
events 1963Academy Award : Lawrence of Arabia (click to buy)  (Best Picture)
facts 1963Grammy Award : I Left My Heart in San Francisco (click to buy) (Album) What Kind of Fool Am I (click to buy)  (Song)
pop culture 60'sPulitzer Prize : The Reivers (click to buy)  (Fiction)
important sixties stuffPresident John F Kennedy is shot and killed on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, TX while riding in a Presidential motorcade(read more at: Kennedy Assassination pages)
60s factsPresident Kennedy’s assassin Lee Harvey Oswald is arrested several hours later hiding in a movie theater in Dallas (read more at: Lee Harvey Oswald page)
1960's quick factsOswald is murdered two days later by Jack Ruby on national TV during his transfer to the County Jail (read more at: Lee Harvey Oswald page 3)
pop historyLyndon Johnson is hastily sworn in as the 36th President
60s historyThe US has no Vice President until 1965 when Hubert Humphrey was elected
1960s pop historyPatsy Cline, country music superstar, is killed in a plane crash along with fellow performers Hawkshaw Hawkins and Cowboy Copas
1963 pop cultureThe U.S. Supreme Court rules that the poor must have lawyers, paving the way for the Public Defenders Office
the year 1963The Alcatraz Island federal penitentiary in San Francisco Bay is ordered shut by Attorney General Robert Kennedy
1960s historyThe longest running soap opera General Hospital debuts
imporant events in 1963The Coca-Cola Company announces its first diet drink, TAB cola
1963 pop cultureGeorge C. Wallace is elected Alabama Governor on a platform which promised racial segregation
year 1963ZIP Codes are used for the first time in the U.S.
1960s historyThe United States, United Kingdom, and Soviet Union sign a nuclear test ban treaty
events in 1963The Pro Football Hall of Fame opens in Canton, Ohio
1960s historyThe BBC television series Doctor Who airs it’s first episode
facts about 1963Instant Replay was invented by Tony Verna, a CBS-TV director
1960s historyThe Warren Commission is established by President Johnson to investigate the assassination of President Kennedy
1960s historyThe first woman in space was Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova aboard the USSR’s Vostok 6 spacecraft
events in 1963The Beatles release I Want to Hold Your Hand and I Saw Her Standing There, in the US
1960s historyHarvey Ball draws the now iconic smiley face symbol for an advertising campaign
popular events of 1963Debuting on television were: My Favorite MartianThe Fugitive and Petticoat Junction
sixties pop historyIn movies a new genre emerged, the beach movie, with Beach Party being the first of many

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