1960s Pop History – 1964

President: Lyndon B Johnson, Vice President: None
The population of the United States is 191,141,000
National Debt is 316.1 Billion (+5.8 billion)
Unemployment is 5.7%
Life Expectancy: 70.2 years
Family median income = $6,600 (up $400. from 1962)
Academy Award : Tom Jones (click to buy) (Best Picture)
Grammy Award : Barbara Streisand Album (click to buy) (Best Album); Days of Wine & Roses (click to buy) (Best Song)
Best Book :A Moveable Feast (click to buy)
United States Surgeon General Luther Leonidas Terry reports that smoking may be hazardous to your health
President Johnson declares a “War on Poverty” in his first State of the Union Address
In the Panama Canal Zone there are armed clashes between United States troops and Panamanian civilians
Meet the Beatles!, the first Beatles album in the U.S., is released (read more in the Beatles Section)
24th Amendment to the United States Constitution, prohibiting the use of poll taxes in national elections, is ratified
The Beatles arrive in the U.S. triggering what would become “Beatlemania”
Muhammad Ali beats Sonny Liston in Miami Beach, FL, and is crowned the heavyweight champion of the world (click for more on, Sports)
The first Ford Mustang rolls off the assembly line at Ford Motor Company (see Ford Cars section of FiftiesWeb)
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor marry (the first time)
The game show Jeopardy! debuts on NBC; Art Fleming is its first host
Shea Stadium has its grand opening in Flushing, NY
The 1964 New York World’s Fair opens
President Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law, abolishing racial segregation in the United States
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. becomes the receives the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent civil rights movement
College students in New York and San Francisco hold the first anti-war protest marches
The Warren Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy issues their report concluding that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.
US Supreme Court rules that Congressional districts should be roughly equal in population which caused major redistricting
A Soviet coup d’état October 13 strips Nikita Khrushchev of all power, Leonid Ilych Brezhnev becomes party leader
In the Presidential race President Johnson defeats Senator Barry Goldwater in a landside victory
The Medicare Act signed by President Johnson starting the first government-operated health insurance program for Americans age 65 and over
The Beginner’s All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code (BASIC) a comprehensive computer language is developed
New to television were: Bewitched, Gilligan’s Island, The Addams Family, The Munsters and The Man From UNCLE    (click show title for more info)

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