Senior Year Memories



¨      US Supreme Court rules no locality may require recitation of the Lord's Prayer or Bible verses in public schools (June 1963).

¨      "March on Washington" civil rights rally was held by 200,000 blacks and whites in Washington, D.C.  Martin Luther King delivers "I have a dream" speech (August 1963).

¨      Washington-to-Moscow “hot line” communication link opens.  It was designed to reduce risk of accidental war (August 1963).

¨      President Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas, Texas.  Lyndon B. Johnson becomes President the same day (November 22, 1963).

¨      Viewers tuned into NBC witness Jack Ruby shoot Lee Harvey Oswald, accused Kennedy assassin, on camera.  This was the first live telecast of a murder (November 24, 1963).

¨      Betty Friedan, eventual founder of NOW, publishes The Feminine Mystique.

¨      Beatlemania hits the U.K.  The Beatles, a British band composed of John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, take Britain by storm.

¨      The Rolling Stones emerge as the anti-Beatles, with an aggressive blues-derived style.

¨      The French Chef with Julia Child debuts on educational television.

¨      US Supreme Court rules that Congressional districts should be roughly equal in population (February 1964).

¨      Jack Ruby was convicted of murder in the slaying of Lee Harvey Oswald.  He was sentenced to death by a Dallas jury (March 1964).

¨      Three civil rights workers, Schwerner, Goodman and Cheney, were murdered in Mississippi.

¨      Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment (June 1964).

¨       Peyton Place premieres on ABC and is the first prime-time soap opera.  Color television makes its way into homes.

¨       General Motors produced 22,229 Corvettes (13,925 convertibles, 8,304 coupes).

¨      Martin Luther King Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize.

¨      Studebaker-Packard Corporation made seat belts standard equipment.

¨      US Report "Smoking & Health" connects smoking to lung cancer.

¨      New York City announced plans to build the World Trade Center.


Top 10 Songs


      1963                                                                         1964

#1  I Will Follow Him             Little Peggy March              Hello Dolly!                           Louis Armstrong

#2 Be My Baby                    The Ronettes                      I Want To Hold Your Hand    The Beatles

#3  He's So Fine                    The Chiffons                       She Loves Me                        The Beatles

#4  Our Day Will Come          Ruby and the Romantics      Where Did Our Love Go?       The Supremes

#5 Easier Said Than Done     The Essex                           Chapel Of Love                     The Dixie Cups

#6 So Much In Love             The Tymes                         Pretty Woman                        Roy Orbison

#7 My Boyfriend's Back        The Angels                         Rag Doll                                The Four Seasons

#8 Hey Paula                        Paul and Paula                    A Hard Day’s Night               The Beatles

#9 Fingertips Part 2               Little Stevie Wonder            Everybody Loves Somebody   Dean Martin

#10 Go Away Little Girl          Steve Lawrence                  Do Wah Diddy Diddy             Manfred Mann


Movies                                                                                   Television


Irma La Douce (July ’63)                                                          Alfred Hitchcock Hour

Tom Jones (Oct ’63)                                                                American Bandstand

It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (Nov’ 63)                            Andy Griffith Show

Zorba the Greek (Jan ’64)                                                        Beverly Hillbillies

Dr. Strangelove (Jan ’64)                                                          Car 54 Where Are You?

The Pink Panther (March ’64)                                                  Perry Mason

Becket (March ’64)                                                                  The Ed Sullivan Show

From Russia with Love (April ’64)                                            Ozzie and Harriet

The Carpetbaggers (April ’64)                                                  Red Skelton Show

Viva Las Vegas (May ’64)                                                       Route 66





World Series – Fall ’63                                                          Stanley Cup – Winter ‘64

LA Dodgers defeated NY Yankees (4-0)                                 Toronto defeated Detroit (4-3)


NBA Champion – Winter ’64                                                NCAA Basketball  – Spring ‘64

Boston Celtics defeated San Francisco Warriors (4-1)              UCLA defeated Duke (98-83)



Celebrity Deaths


1963 - John Fitzgerald Kennedy                                              

            Robert Frost                                                                          


1964 - Herbert Clark Hoover

            Douglas MacArthur

            Harpo Marx