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1964 Fun Facts, Trivia and History

1964 Fun Facts, Trivia and History

Quick Facts from 1964:

  • World Changing Event: The Civil Rights Act was signed by President Lyndon Johnson, outlawing discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
  • The Top Song was I Want To Hold Your Hand by The Beatles
  • The Movies to Watch include Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady and Goldfinger
  • The Most Famous Person in America was probably Martin Luther King
  • The Most Famous People in the World were probably The Beatles
  • Notable books include: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl and The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein
  • Price of 1/2 gallon Holland Dutch Treat ice cream in 1964: 59 cents
    Bulova Hi Fi Record Player: $59.00
  • Creepy Crawlers activity toy (die cast hot plate) was introduced.
  • The Fab Four were: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr- The Beatles
  • The Funny Late Show Host: Steve Allen
    The Funny Lady was: Moms Mabley
  • The Conversation: The US Surgeon General warned about smoking-related health hazards. Were cigarettes really bad for us?

Top Ten Baby Names of 1964:
Lisa, Mary, Susan, Karen, Patricia, Michael, John, David, James, Robert

The Sex Symbols, Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Ursula Andress, Brigitte Bardot, Carroll Baker, Honor Blackman, Claudia Cardinale, Doris Day, Catherine Deneuve, Angie Dickinson, Shirley Eaton, Annette Funicello, Sophia Loren, Tina Louise, Babette March, Ann-Margret, Julie Newmar, Kim Novak, Elke Sommer, Elizabeth Taylor, Veruschka

Sex Symbols and Hollywood Hunks:
Sean Connery, Elvis Presley, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Paul McCartney

“The Quotes:”
– Gilligan

“Does she or doesn’t she?”

“Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room!”
– Peter Sellers, in ‘Dr. Strangelove’

“Come alive! You’re in the Pepsi generation”
– Pepsi

“A martini. Shaken, not stirred.”
– Sean Connery, as James Bond, in ‘Goldfinger’

“Please don’t squeeze the Charmin”
– Dick Wilson, as Mr. George Whipple

“Let your fingers do the walking”
-Yellow Pages

“Put a tiger in your tank”
– Esso (later Exxon)

Time Magazine’s Man of the Year:
Lyndon B. Johnson

Miss America:
Donna Axum (El Dorado, AR)

Miss USA:
Bobbie Johnson (District of Colombia)

The Scandals:
Audrey Hepburn did not get an Oscar nomination for her performance in My Fair Lady. Marni Nixon did the singing, so the Academy figured it was “half a performance”.

Pop Star Death: Sam Cooke (murder, he was apparently drinking and there was a misunderstanding)

U.S. paper currency is made Legal Tender for all Debts, Public and Private. According to the U.S. Constitution, it must be backed by gold. It isn’t anymore.

Pop Culture History:
The Ford Mustang was introduced.

Robert Moog develops his first electronic music synthesizer. RCA created the first music synthesizer in 1953.

Feb 9 – The Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show.

The US Senate used the same gavel for 165 years until (then vice-president) Richard Nixon cracked it on November 17, 1954. India gifted them with a new one.

The Sharpie marker was introduced. The extra fine point came out in 1979 and the ultra fine point was released in 1989.

The BASIC (Beginner’s All Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) computer language was created.

Jazz artist Dizzy Gillespie ran for president, promising to rename the White House “the Blues House” and appoint Ray Charles librarian of Congress, Miles Davis head of the CIA, and Malcolm X attorney general.

“You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin,” cowritten by Phil Spector, was first performed by the Righteous Brothers. The song has received more airplay on radio and television than any other song in the past century.

Fashion designers Andre Courreges and Mary Quant introduced the miniskirt, scandalizing conservatives and signaling the rapidly changing mores of the decade.

The Habits:
Troll Dolls (Year 2)
Watching the cool kids drive their Ford Mustangs
Reading The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

1st appearances & 1964’s Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Easy Bake Oven, G.I. Joe, Rat Fink Collectible Hot Rod Figures, Password Game , Mighty Tonka Dump Truck (continued to be made popular in the 1970s due to the elephant stepping on it during a commercial), PLASTIC Mr. Potato Head, Wham-O Professional Frisbees, Monster Magnet, Rube Goldberg’s Animated Hobby Kit, Hand’s Down (with Slam-O-Matic)
*Mr. Potato Head first appeared in 1952

Best Film Oscar Winner:
Tom Jones (presented in 1964)

Broadway Show – Hello, Dolly! (Musical) Opened on January 16, 1964 and Closed: December 27, 1970

Broadway Show – Funny Girl (Musical) Opened on March 26, 1964 and Closed: July 1, 1967

Broadway Show – Fiddler on the Roof (Musical) Opened on September 22, 1964 and Closed: July 2, 1972

Popular and Notable Books From 1964:
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Armageddon by Leon Uris
Richard Scarry’s Best Mother Goose Ever by Richard Scarry
Candy by Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang by Ian Fleming
Convention by Fletcher Knebel and Charles W. Bailey II
Come Back, Dr. Caligari by Donald Barthelme
The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein
The Group – Mary McCarthy
Herzog by Saul Bellow
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
It’s Like This, Cat by Emily Cheney Neville
Last Exit To Brooklyn by Hubert Selby Jr.
The Man by Irving Wallace
The Martyred by Richard E. Kim
The Rector of Justin by Louis Auchincloss
This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carré
The Virtue of Selfishness by Ayn Rand
You Only Live Twice by Ian Fleming

1964 Most Popular TV shows:
1. Bonanza (NBC)
2. Bewitched (ABC)
3. Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. (CBS)
4. The Andy Griffith Show (CBS)
5. The Fugitive (ABC)
6. The Red Skelton Show (CBS)
7. The Dick Van Dyke Show (CBS)
8. The Lucy Show (CBS)
9. Peyton Place II (ABC)
10. Combat (ABC)

1964 Billboard Number One Songs
December 7, 1963 – January 3, 1964:
Dominique – The Singing Nun

January 4 – January 31:
There! I’ve Said It Again – Bobby Vinton

February 1 – March 20:
I Want To Hold Your Hand – The Beatles

March 21 – April 3:
She Loves You – The Beatles

April 4 – May 8:
Can’t Buy Me Love – The Beatles

May 9 – May 15:
Hello, Dolly! – Louis Armstrong

May 16 – May 29:
My Guy – Mary Wells

May 30 – June 5:
Love Me Do – The Beatles

June 6 – June 26:
Chapel Of Love – The Dixie Cups

June 27 – July 3:
A World Without Love – Peter & Gordon

July 4 – July 17:
I Get Around – The Beach Boys

July 18 – July 31:
Rag Doll – The Four Seasons

August 1 – August 14:
A Hard Day’s Night – The Beatles

August 15 – August 21:
Everybody Loves Somebody – Dean Martin

August 22 – September 14:
Where Did Our Love Go – The Supremes

September 5 – September 25:
The House Of The Rising Sun – The Animals

September 26 – October 16:
Oh, Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison

October 17 – October 30:
Do Wah Diddy Diddy – Manfred Mann

October 31 – November 27:
Baby Love – The Supremes

November 28 – December 4:
Leader Of The Pack – The Shangri-Las

December 5 – December 11:
Ringo – Lorne Greene

December 12 – December 18:
Mr. Lonely – Bobby Vinton

December 19 – December 25:
Come See About Me – The Supremes

December 26, 1964 – January 15, 1965:
I Feel Fine – The Beatles

World Series Champions: St. Louis Cardinals
NFL Champions: Cleveland Browns
AFL Champions: Buffalo Bills
NBA Champions: Boston Celtics
Stanley Cup Champs: Toronto Maple Leafs
U.S. Open Golf Ken Venturi
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies) Roy Emerson/Maria Bueno
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Roy Emerson/Maria Bueno
NCAA Football Champions: Alabama & Arkansas & Notre Dame
NCAA Basketball Champions: UCLA
Kentucky Derby: Northern Dancer

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