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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