1960s Pop History – 1966

Sixties Pop HistoryPresident: Lyndon B Johnson, Vice President: Hubert H. Humphrey
The 1960sThe population of the United States is 195,576,000
60sNational Debt is 328.5 Billion (+6.2 billion)
sixtiesUnemployment is 4.5%
pop history 1960sLife Expectancy: 70.2 years
information 60sFamily median income = $7,400 (up $500. from 1965)
events 1963Academy Award : The Sound of Music (click to buy) (Best Picture)
facts 1963Grammy Award : Shadow of Your Smile (click to buy) (Best Song); A Taste of Honey (click to buy) (Best Album)
pop culture 60'sPulitzer Prize : The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter (click to buy) (Fiction)
important sixties stuffCost of a first-class stamp is $0.05
60s factsPakistan and India reach a Peace Agreement thus ending their 17-day war
1960's quick factsIndira Gandhi is elected Prime Minister of India after the death of Prime Minister Shastri
pop historyThe unmanned Soviet Luna 9 spacecraft makes the first controlled rocket-assisted landing on the Moon
60s history20,000 Buddhists march in demonstrations against the policies of the military government in South Vietnam
1960s pop historyThe Uniform Time Act is enacted setting daylight savings time standards for the whole country
1963 pop culturePresident Johnson increases troop strength in Vietnam throughout the year, first to 190,000 and eventually up to 389,000 by years end
the year 1963President Johnson orders the bombing of targets in and around Hanoi in North Vietnam
1960s historyThe Communist Party of China issues the “May 16 Notice”, marking the beginning of the Cultural Revolution
imporant events in 1963The Supreme Court rules that the police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning them called Miranda rights (Miranda v. Arizona)
1963 pop cultureThe Freedom of Information Act, is passed by Congress
year 1963Caesars Palace hotel and casino opens in Las Vegas
1960s historyThe Beatles give their last public performance in the U.S. at Candlestick Park in San Francisco (click for more Beatles)
events in 1963Grace Slick performs live with Jefferson Airplane for the first time
1960s historyTokyo officially becomes the largest city in the world, taking the lead from New York City
facts about 1963The Cuban Adjustment Act allows 123,000 Cuban exiles to apply for permanent residency
1960s historyActor Ronald Reagan is elected Governor of California
1960s historyDynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) in a single cell is developed paving the way for more powerful computers
events in 1963The complete decipherment of the genetic code (DNA) is achieved by Har Gobind Khorana
1960s historyHuman Sexual Response by Masters and Johnson is the first comprehensive scientific study of human sexual activity
popular events of 1963The Supreme Court rules that material which, taken as a whole, appeals to a prurient interest to be obscene
1960s historyNestle introduces Taster’s Choice freeze-dried instant coffee
popular events of 1963Left foot to red, right hand to yellow, everybody was all tied up over the game called Twister
1960s historyStar Trek (the original series) created by Gene Roddenberry debuts on NBC     (click show title for more info)
sixties pop historyAlso new on the little screen : the Monkees, Batman and Mission Impossible    (click show title for more info)

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