Information for the Year 1964
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- Nelson Mandela sentenced to life imprisonment in South Africa (June 11).
- Congress approves Gulf of Tonkin Resolution after North Vietnamese torpedo boats allegedly attack US destroyers (Aug. 7).
- Khrushchev is deposed; Kosygin becomes premier and Brezhnev becomes first secretary of the Communist Party (October).
- China detonates its first atomic bomb.
- Population: 3.276 billion
- Nobel Peace Prize: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (United States)
- US Supreme Court rules that Congressional districts should be roughly equal in population (Feb. 17).
- Three civil rights workers—Schwerner, Goodman, and Cheney—murdered in Mississippi (June).
- President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy issues Warren Report concluding that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.
- Jack Ruby convicted of murder in slaying of Lee Harvey Oswald.
- President: Lyndon B. Johnson
- Vice President: none
- Population: 191,888,791
- Life expectancy: 70.2 years
- US GDP (1998 dollars): $663 billion
- Federal spending: $118.53 billion
- Federal debt: $316.1 billion
- Median Household Income(current dollars): $6,569
- Consumer Price Index: 31
- Unemployment: 5.7%
- Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.05
- Super Bowl The first Super Bowl was not played until the year 1967.
- World Series of Baseball St. Louis Cardinals defeated New York Yankees
- National Basketball Association Championship Boston defeated SF Warriors
- National Hockey League Stanley Cup Toronto Maple Leafs defeated Detriot Red Wings
- Women Wimbledon Tennis Maria Bueno defeated M. Smith (6-4 7-9 6-3)
- Men Wimbledon Tennis Roy Emerson defeated F. Stolle (6-4 12-10 4-6 6-3)
- Kentucky Derby Horse Race Champion Northern Dancer
- National College Athletic Association Basketball Championship UCLA defeated Duke (SCORE 98-83)
- National College Athletic Association Football Champions Alabama (RECORD 10-1-0) and Arkansas (RECORD 11-0-0) and Notre Dame (RECORD 9-1-0)
- 1964 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo, Japan
- 1964 Winter Olympics held in Innsbruck, Austria
- Folk musician Bob Dylan becomes increasingly popular during this time of social protest with songs expressing objection to the condition of American society.
- Color television makes its way into U.S. homes.
- The Beatles appear on The Ed Sullivan Show.
- Academy Award, Best Picture: Tom Jones
- Grammy Award - Record of the Year The Days of Wine and Roses by Henry Mancini
- Emmy Award - Best Television Comedy The Dick Van Dyke Show - CBS
- Miss America: Donna Axum (Arkansas)
- Ranger VII takes 4,316 high-resolution pictures of the moon.
- US Surgeon General Luther Terry affirms that cigarette smoking causes cancer.
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