BASIC (an early computer language) is invented by John George Kemeny and Tom Kurtz.
Time Capsule of 1964:
President Johnson wins congressional approval of broad war-making authority in Vietnam with the Tonkin
Gulf Resolution, following a disputed military skirmish.
Khruschev is deposed in the Soviet Union, replaced as Communist leader by Leonid Brezhnev.
A Presidential commission headed by Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren concludes that Lee Harvey Oswald
acted alone in the assassination of President Kennedy.
Three civil rights workers are murdered in Mississippi.
Congresss enacts civil rights legislation.
The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King wins the Nobel Peace Prize.
Johnson launches his War on Poverty with the Economic Opportunity Act and related programs.
The Surgeon General finds a conclusive link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer.
Beatlemania sweeps America and the world.
See-through blouses and topless swimsuits are scandulous new fashions.
The Ford Mustang is the most popular car of the era.
Jim Brown leads the Cleveland Browns over the Baltimore Colts in the NFL Championship game.
Cassius Clay (soon to become Muhammad Ali) scores a stunning upset over Sonny Liston to win the world
heavyweight boxing championship.
Movies: My Fair Lady is the year's big Oscar winner. Other hits
at the boxoffice included, Charade with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn (who also starred in
My Fair Lady,) Dr. Strangelove with Peter Sellers, Fail Safe. Peter
Sellers also introduces his classic character Inspector Clouseau in The Pink
Panther. Other popular moveis are The Carpetbaggers and From Russia With
Love with Sean Connery as Agent 007.
The Beatles, Dusty Springfield, The Dave
Clark Five, The Temptations, The Searchers, Barbra Streisand, The Rolling Stones, Peter and Gordon, The
Hollies, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Johnny Rivers, Roger Miller, Ronnie Dove, LuLu, The Animals, Four Tops, The Shangri-Las, Manfred Mann, The
Kinks, Ramsey Lewis, Herman's Hermits, Petula Clark, Joe Tex
Other Musical Tidbits:
The Top Song of 1964 was I Want to Hold Your Hand by The Beatles which was number 1 for 7
The Top Recording Artist of 1964 was The Beatles.
What songs were the high school class of 1964
listening to? Just sit back and listen to the songs from the graduation class of 1964. Keep in mind
these are the songs from your senior year which was normally from the months September 1963-June