Memory Lane: 1963

JFK FuneralThe biggest news of the year was the assassination of the US President Kennedy on November 22nd which thrust Lyndon Johnson into the role of president and the murder two days later of Lee Harvey Oswald by nightclub owner Jack Ruby.

This was a difficult time to become president with the mounting troubles in Vietnam where the Viet Cong Guerrillas had now killed 80 American Advisers.

The continued campaign for civil rights by the black community caused violent reactions from whites including Mississippi, Virginia and Alabama where the black civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr was arrested.

Films included “The Birds” and “The Great Escape” and popular TV programs “The Virginian” and “Lassie”.

Ladies fashion clothes and hairstyles included fur boots and towering hair do’s for evening wear.

In music the beginning of Beatlemania after they release “I Want To Hold Your Hand/I Saw Her Standing There” and “Meet the Beatles”.

In The News

Start of Beatlemania

Zip codes implemented

Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his “I Have A Dream” speech

Members of Ku Klux Klan dynamite Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama

Sabin oral Polio Vaccine which is taken with a lump of sugar is given nationwide in US

President John F. Kennedy assassinated


Population/Economy

Population:

  • Wake County (1960 census): 169,082
  • NC: 4,742,000
  • USA: 186,200,000

National Debt:

  • $305,859,632,996 (1963)
  • $18,152,809,942,589 (2015)

Value of a Dollar: $1 in 1963 is $7.72 in 2015

Cost Of Living 1963:

  • Yearly Inflation Rate USA: 1.24%
  • Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average: 762
  • Average Cost of new house: $12,650
  • Average Yearly Wages: $5,807
  • Average Cost of a new car: $3,233
  • Cost of a gallon of Gas: $0.29
  • Loaf of bread: $0.22
  • Cheeseburger at McDonald’s: $0.15
  • Ticket to Disneyland: $3.75

Ounce of Gold Price:

  • The cost of an ounce of gold was $35.09
  • The inflation-adjusted price of an ounce of gold was $274.14


Going to the Movies

Cost of a movie ticket: $0.85

Inflation-adjusted price of a movie ticket: $6.64

The cost of a movie ticket in 2015: $7.92

Top 5 Movies:

  1. Cleopatra 
  2. How the West Was Won 
  3. It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World 
  4. Tom Jones
  5. Irma la Douce 


36th Academy Awards

  • Best Picture: Tom Jones
  • Best Director: Tony Richardson – Tom Jones
  • Best Actor: Sidney Poitier – Lilies of the Field
  • Best Actress: Patricia Neal – Hud
  • Best Supporting Actor: Melvyn Douglas – Hud
  • Best Supporting Actress: Margaret Rutherford – The V.I.P.s


Top 10 TV Shows

  1. The Beverly Hillbillies – CBS – 20,175,600
  2. Bonanza – NBC – 19,040,400
  3. The Dick Van Dyke Show – CBS – 17,182,800
  4. Petticoat Junction – CBS – 15,634,800
  5. The Andy Griffith Show – CBS – 15,170,400
  6. The Lucy Show – CBS – 14,499,600
  7. Candid Camera – CBS – 14,293,200
  8. The Ed Sullivan Show – CBS – 14,190,000
  9. The Danny Thomas Show – CBS – 13,777,200
  10. My Favorite Martian – CBS – 13,570,800  

Top 20 Pop Songs

  1. Jimmy Gilmer and The Fireballs – Sugar Shack
  2. Beach Boys – Surfin’ U.S.A.
  3. Skeeter Davis – The End Of The World
  4. Cascades – Rhythm Of The Rain
  5. Chiffons – He’s So Fine
  6. Bobby Vinton – Blue Velvet
  7. Paul and Paula – Hey Paula
  8. Little Stevie Wonder – Fingertips II
  9. Village Stompers – Washington Square
  10. Impressions – It’s All Right
  11. Andy Williams – Can’t Get Used To Losing You
  12. Angels – My Boyfriend’s Back
  13. Kyu Sakamoto – Sukiyaki
  14. Lesley Gore – She’s A Fool
  15. Tymes – So Much In Love
  16. Peter, Paul and Mary – Puff (The Magic Dragon)
  17. Peter, Paul and Mary – Blowin’ In The Wind
  18. Dale and Grace – I’m Leaving It Up To You
  19. Nino Tempo and April Stevens – Deep Purple
  20. Surfaris – Wipe Out


Top 10 Country Songs

  1. Ruby Ann – Marty Robbins
  2. The Ballad Of Jed Clampett – Flatt & Scruggs
  3. Still – Bill Anderson
  4. Lonesome 7-7203 – Hawkshaw Hawkins
  5. Act Naturally – Buck Owens
  6. Ring OF Fire – Johnny Cash
  7. Abilene – George Hamilton IV
  8. Talk Back Trembling Lips – Ernest Ashworth
  9. Love’s Gonna Live Here – Buck Owens
  10. From A Jack To A King – Ned Miller


This Year in Sports

ACC Football Champ: UNC Chapel Hill/ NC State

ACC Basketball Champs: Duke (Duke 86 – Wake Forest 57)

World Series Winner: LA Dodgers over the NY Yankees

Heavyweight Boxing Champ: Sonny Liston

NFL Championship Game: Chicago Bears (Bears 14 – NY Giants 10)

NASCAR Season Winner: Joe Weatherly

Masters Winner: Jack Nicklaus (2 under)

Wimbledon Winners:

  • Men’s Singles: United States Chuck McKinley defeated Australia Fred Stolle 9–7, 6–1, 6–4
  • Women’s Singles: Australia Margaret Court defeated United States Billie Jean King 6–3, 6–4
  • Men’s Doubles: Mexico Rafael Osuna / Mexico Antonio Palafox defeated France Jean-Claude Barclay / France Pierre Darmon 4–6, 6–2, 6–2, 6–2
  • Women’s Doubles: Brazil Maria Bueno / United States Darlene Hard defeated Australia Robyn Ebbern / Australia Margaret Smith 8–6, 9–7
  • Mixed Doubles: Australia Margaret Smith / Australia Ken Fletcher defeated United States Darlene Hard / Australia Bob Hewitt 11–9, 6–4