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1963

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U.S. Facts

  • President: John F. Kennedy (D) - to Nov 22nd
  • President: Lyndon B. Johnson (D) - fr Nov 22nd
  • Population: 189,242,000
  • Life Expectancy: 69.9 years
  • Unemployment: 5.7%
  • Average Annual Salary: $6,998
  • Minimum Wage: $1.25 per hour
  • Inflation Rate: 1.3%

What Things Cost

  • Automobile: $2,300
  • Gasoline: $0.30 per gallon
  • House: $19,300
  • Bread: $0.21 per loaf
  • Milk: $1.04 per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: $0.05

Major U.S. Events

  • Civil Rights movement gains momentum
  • President Kennedy assassinated

Major World Events

  • U.S., Soviet Union, and Britain negotiate nuclear test ban treaty
  • U.S. - approved coup topples Diem regime in South Vietnam

January

  • 1st class postage increases for first time since 1958, from $0.04 to $0.05

April-May

  • "Hot line" set up with Soviet Union
  • Civil Rights demonstrations in Alabama lead to over 1,000 arrests
  • Federal troops help maintain peace

June

  • Pope John XXIII dies at age 82
  • Federal legislation requires that women receive equal pay for equal work
  • Governor Wallace tries to block school integration in Alabama, but fails
  • Pope Paul VI elected

July

  • Zip Codes introduced in the U.S.

August

  • 200,000 attend civil rights demonstration in Washington
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers "I Have A Dream Speech"

November

  • President Diem killed in South Vietnam
  • John F. Kennedy killed in Dallas, TX
  • Lyndon Johnson becomes president

Top Songs

  • Sugar Shack by Jimmy Gilmore & the Fireballs
  • Surfin' USA by The Beach Boys
  • The End Of The World by Skeeter Davis
  • Rhythm of the Rain by The Cascades
  • He's So Fine by The Chiffons

Other New Songs

  • Heat Wave by Martha & The Vandellas
  • Walk Like A Man by The Four Seasons
  • Be My Baby by The Ronettes
  • Our Day Will Come by Ruby & The Romantics
  • One Fine Day by The Chiffons

Top Movies

  • Tom Jones
  • Hud
  • Lillies Of The Field
  • Cleopatra
  • The Great Escape

Top Books

  • The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
  • Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Spy Who Came In From The Cold by John Le Carre
  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  • Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Top TV Shows (1962-63)

  • The Beverly Hillbillies
  • Candid Camera
  • The Red Skelton Show
  • Bonanza
  • The Lucy Show

Major League Baseball: World Series

  • Los Angeles Dodgers d. New York Yankees

Pro Football: Championships

  • NFL: Chicago Bears d. New York Giants
  • AFL: San Diego Chargers d. Boston Patriots

Ice Hockey: Stanley Cup

  • Toronto Maple Leafs d. Detroit Red Wings

Pro Basketball: Championship

  • Boston Celtics d. Los Angeles Lakers, for 5th consecutive title

NCAA Champions

  • Football: Texas Longhorns
  • Basketball: Loyola-Illinois Ramblers

Other Champions

  • Boxing: Sonny Liston wins the heavyweight title
  • Golf: Julius Boros is PGA player of the year
  • Tennis: Rafael Osuna and Frank Froehling, III win U.S. Open
  • Horse Racing: Chateaugay wins Kentucky Derby
  • Auto Racing: Parnelli Jones wins Indianapolis 500
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