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Flashback Facts From 1963

Updated on December 10, 2016
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Linda (Kaywood) Bilyeu is a self-published author. Her books are available on Amazon. She writes from the heart—there is no other way.

Johnny Depp was born in 1963
Johnny Depp was born in 1963

Memorable Moments From 1963

Welcome to my tribute for the year 1963. There were many events that have left everlasting memories to many from this year.

One memory in particular that I remember, kind of, is that 1963 is the year that I was born.

This fact makes 1963 my favorite year, even if I can't really remember any of it.

As I researched the interesting tidbits of news from 1963 I was a bit surprised at some of the facts I collected. I listed my 50 favorites in this article. I also shared the historic milestones.

Also included are my favorite celebrities who also turn 50 this year.

Much has changed in the past 50 years. As much more will change in the next 50 years. In the meanwhile enjoy your flashback to the year 1963.

John F. Kennedy Assassination

Assassination of John F. Kennedy

As most of us are aware the biggest news to come out of 1963 was the assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22nd. I was only 5 months old at the time. My mother shared her memories with me many times.

She was just about to prepare my bottle when the news of the shooting hit the airwaves. My mother stood in front of the TV and cried tears of sadness as images flashed across the screen. Jacqueline Onassis was in a state of shock with her husbands blood splattered on her clothing.

I was told that I was also crying hysterical since I was hungry for my bottle.

The world came to a standstill. How could anyone murder the president in broad daylight, so callous, so bold and yet so cruel. I supposedly continued to cry for my nourishment. I was finally given my bottle and my mom continued to weep as did the rest of the world.

It's no wonder that JFK always held a special place in my heart.

The Beatles

John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr of Liverpool, England.
John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr of Liverpool, England.

The Beatles and Beatlemania

In February 1963, the Beatles recorded ten songs during a single marathon studio session for their debut LP... Please, Please Me.

Beatlemania was in full swing.

Band members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison were the pop culture icons from 1960-1970.

Their music continues to be popular today and will still be 50 years from now.

Alcatraz Federal Prison

1963 was the year that Alcatraz Penitentiary closed it's doors for good, only to become a tourist area.

Known as "The Rock" the prison was based on an island and was supposedly built so well that no prisoner could ever escape.

Many tried to escape, but none were successful. That was until June 11, 1962 when three prisoners escaped and were never heard or seen again. No one knows if they drowned or they made the trip on their makeshift raft to land.

On June 21, 1963 it was decided to close the prison for good because it was too costly to operate. This could explain why "Escape from Alcatraz" is one of my favorite movies.

Martin Luther King - I Have a Dream

Martin Luther King ... I Have a Dream

On August 28th, 1963 Martin Luther King delivered his, "I Have a Dream" speech standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. He called for an end to racism in the United States.

Fifty years later and the man and his speech continue to have an impact on each new generation.

My granddaughter who is in kindergarten was very excited learning about Martin Luther King with her classmates.

She came home from school and suggested that we bake him a cake on his birthday. We did.

Happy 50th Birthday to me!
Happy 50th Birthday to me! | Source

Happy 50th Birthday George Michael - June 25th

Celebrities Born In 1963

This is a shout-out to my favorite celebrities who were born in 1963. They turn the Big 5-0 in 2013.

  • George Michael June 25th. Which also happens to be my birthday. Which makes George my birthday buddy.
  • Michael Jordan February 17th. The King of the Court. Also my favorite basketball player.
  • Johnny Depp June 9th. JD is my favorite actor. There isn't a movie that Johnny starred in that I didn't like.
  • Brad Pitt December 18th. The other half of Brangelina since he hooked up with Angelina Jolie.
  • Mike Myers May 25th. Mike starred in some of my favorite movies. Wayne's World, Austin Powers and Shrek.
  • John Stamos August 19th. Since he started on Full House as Jesse Katsopolis he's gained many fans who continue to follow his career.
  • Helen Hunt June 15th. From Twister, Cast Away, Pay It Forward to As Good As It Gets...Helen just keeps getting better with each role she stars in.
  • Travis Tritt February 9th. Country music wouldn't be the same without Travis and his twangy hits.
  • Lisa Kudrow July 30th. What would Friends have been without Phoebe Buffay and her many hysterical antics.
  • Jennifer Beals December 19th. If you are a fan of the movie Flashdance, you'll remember Jennifer.
  • Conan O'Brien April 18th. American talk show host.

Happy 50th Birthday John Stamos

August 19, 1963
August 19, 1963

Blast From The Past 1963

  1. Touchtone telephone was introduced.
  2. New York Met Duke Snider hit his 400th homerun.
  3. Equal Pay Act enacted - equal pay for men and women.
  4. Let's Make a Deal game show debuted on NBC.
  5. 20 black students enrolled in public schools in Alabama.
  6. Rolling Stones go on their first tour. Opening for Bo Didley and Everly Brothers.
  7. Chicago Bears win the NFL Championship. (The Super Bowl was coined in 1967)
  8. Los Angeles Dodgers sweep the New York Yankees and win the 60th World Series.
  9. American Heart Association became the first agency to campaign against cigarettes.
  10. Merle Haggard made his first appearance on the country music chart with "Sing a Sad Song."
  11. The first human nerve transplant was performed by Dr. James Campbell.
  12. A loaf of bread was .22 cents.
  13. Average price of a new car was $3,233.00 and a gallon of gas was .25 cents.
  14. Average price of a new home was $12,650.00.
  15. Average income was $5,807.00.
  16. The Smiley Face was created to help motivate bored office workers :-)
  17. Most popular TV shows were Lassie (the wonder dog), The Flintstones (yabba-dabba doo), Mister Ed (the talking horse) and The Dick Van Dyke Show.
  18. Instant coffee was introduced by Maxwell House.
  19. The Lava Lamp was invented and became a popular fixture in households.
  20. Cassette tapes were invented in the Netherlands. These tapes are used to record and play audio.
  21. John and Cynthia Lennon welcomed Julian Lennon into the world on April 8th.
  22. Both Mickey Mantle of the NY Yankees and Willie Mays of the SF Giants signed record contracts for $100,000.
  23. Winston Churchill became the first honorary U.S. Citizen.
  24. Six-year old Donny Osmond debuted on The Andy Williams Show.
  25. Dick Gregory: Comedian and Civil Rights activist had his voice heard during 1963 and many years afterwards. Way to go Mr. Gregory, I salute you!

Grocery Prices in 1963

First Issue of X-Men

More Interesting Facts From 1963

26. The University of Central Florida celebrated their 50th Birthday.

27. Minimum wage was $1.25.

28. Sultry songstress Tori Amos was born.

29. Pebbles Flintstone was born.

30. Jack Nicklaus won the 27th Golf Masters Championship.

31. Boston Celtics won the 17th NBA Championship.

32. Patsy Cline died in an airplane crash at the young age of 30.

33. Jacqueline Kennedy became the 2nd, First Lady to give birth (Mrs. Cleveland was first). Patrick Kennedy was born 5 1/2 weeks premature on August 7th and died on August 9th.

34. The United States bans all monetary transactions with Cuba.

35. Daytime medical soap opera General Hospital began it's now, 50 year run. (Wow!)

36. First-class postage stamp was .05 cents.

37. The pull tab on cans of beverages was introduced.

38. Post Cereal prematurely announced their creation of "Country Squares," which later became Pop-Tarts and manufactured by Post's competitor Kellogg in 1964.

39. Weight Watchers was established by Brooklyn homemaker Jean Nidetch.

40. Recording artist Whitney Houston was born. Whitney died on February 11, 2012 at the age of 48. Her music will forever live on.

41. Hypertext was coined by Ted Nelson. It's text displayed on an electronic device...which later influenced the World Wide Web.

42. Fellow hubber and friend Julie Hogg was born on June 1st.

43. Director and Producer Quentin Tarantino was born.

44. The computer mouse was invented. Kind of. It was created to use as a pointer for a graphic display screen.

45. The United States Post Office instituted the Zip Code on parcels of mail.

46. CBS & NBC expanded network news from 15 to 30 minutes. It's now available 24/7.

47. Los Angeles ended their street car service after 90 years of use.

48. Marvel Comics and Stan Lee introduced the X-Men comic books.

49. Blue Velvet by Bobby Vinton was a #1 song.

50. Did I mention that Sunshine was born in 1963?

Blue Velvet - Bobby Vinton

Do you recall any of the events of 1963?

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Happy Birthday Sunhine. Great hub too. I was six years old at the time but I remember some of these things, especially J.F.K's shooting and Martin Luther King's speech.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      4 years ago from Dubai

      Great flashback facts, enjoyed reading. Interesting and informative hub.

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      Lori Colbo 

      4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Wonderful retrospective on a great year and era.

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      Nancy Owens 

      4 years ago from USA

      It was an era of changes both technological and ideological.

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      Ryan Fuller 

      4 years ago from Louisiana, USA

      Never really realized how much of history actually went down in 1963. And I cannot believe how many actors I grew up watching are now 50 years old. Especially Depp. I mean, I can remember Edward Scissorhands which is one of my favorites and that film is over 20 years old. Man where does the time go. This was a fun and interesting hub. Good job.

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      4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I absolutely had to pull up this hub. I just wanted to stare into Johnny's gorgeous eyes and gawk at him as I fantasize and daydream......just before I go nigh-night.....maybe I can dream about him tonight.....G'night Johnny baby......Effer luvs ya......

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      4 years ago

      I'm glad I found this hub, Sunshine. I remember the horrible news about when JFK was shot. I was in the 6th grade, plus my hubby was born in 1963. Oops, I 'm giving away my age, and the fact that I am older than he is! God bless and thanks for sharing!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you for sharing your memories DzyMsLizzy. Also, I appreciate you adding the additional info about the Equal Pay Act! :)

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      Liz Elias 

      4 years ago from Oakley, CA

      What a trip down Nostalgia Lane!

      I was a senior in high school that year; we were sitting in the "health" class component of P.E. when the news of the Kennedy assassination came through...the rest of the day went by in a blur...I remember my dad picked me up from school; that was rare, ( I usually took the bus or walked), and he had the car radio tuned to the news...we didn't speak much on the way home.

      (I take issue, however, with your #3 fact; it's true, the Equal Pay Act was "enacted," however, it has yet to be ENFORCED! :-( )

      Voted up, useful and interesting; looking for a 'nostalgic' button...did not find. ;-)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Haha Effer! Amen to that! JD gave me a smile when I saw his face in my HP thread! :)

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      4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I had to re-run this terrific Hub! Not only is it filled with Memories that make us happy....but it's written by one of our Rock Stars.....and let's face it, ladies....who doesn't want that gorgeous sexy face of Johnny's running through the thread??? Oh yes!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thanks EE and Chancellor for sharing your memories. Kind of :)

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      Chancellor Roberts 

      5 years ago

      I was less than a month old when JFK was assassinated. I don't remember ANY of 1963.

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      Kelly A Burnett 

      5 years ago from United States


      I am one year older and this was a delight! Oh, I long for youth but with the lessons that life has taught me!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Rebecca! Thank you...I'm looking forward to your 75th tribute! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Christy! Who would have thought Lisa Kudrow turned 50 this year! Wow even the Friends are getting old! ;)

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Happy Birthday, and what a great way to commemorate with all this memorabilia from your birth-year. I think I will wait and do one for mine on my 75th. LOL.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      What, Lisa Kudrow is 50?! - wowah, I see her in my head as the bumbling 20-something on 'Friends' still hehe! I love the photo of you with the '50' ribbon - awesome to read all of the happenings from 1963 :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Love Doc, Jools, Nell Rose...Thank you for the birthday wishes! :)

      nybride...Thank you for sharing your memories.

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      I am back to say, whoo Hooo! HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR TOMORROW!

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      Jools Hogg 

      5 years ago from North-East UK

      Count down begins........great hub!

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      Lisa Kroulik 

      5 years ago from Minnesota

      My husband was born on November 23, 1963 at 12:30 am. His mother says that the shock of hearing that JFK was shot sent her into labor. Nurses at the hospital were pressuring her to name him John for either the first or middle name. She declined; his name is Darrell Bruce.

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      5 years ago

      Wow, Linda... This hub is full of interesting & historical events. The average bread costs .22 cents back then as opposed to $1.99-$2.49 store brands and $3.99 or more for premium. And average price for a new car & for a gallon of gas was significantly lower than it is now. The cost of living has increased tremendously throughout the years.

      The Hollywood hunk, Johnny Depp turns 50. He's one of my favorite actors. He looks really good for 50... 50 is the new 40 remember. Lol. Well, I wasn't born yet, but I like the Beatles. I also had a secret crush on John Stamos. I never missed an episode of Full House. And of course, Brad Pitt, the sexiest man in Hollywood..

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Wish you a Birthday that brings in sweet surprises & sparkles with happiness. Doc.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Vinaya! Yes, 1963 was a very important year that included the birth of many celebrities :)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      5 years ago from Nepal

      Linda, I was not aware that when you were born, you were marking the year with some important historical events. You share birth year with some of my favorite actors and musician.

      This hub is full of interesting facts. I cannot memorize all in the first reading, and I will surely comeback again.

      Happy Birthday!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thanks for stopping by Gypsy! :)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thanks for the delightful walk down memory lane. Enjoyed. I was born in '57.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Yay Happy 50th Birthday to Helen Hunt!! Courtney Cox is 49 years old today (6/15) she missed the 1963 shout-out by one year. Her parents should have planned better. Haha!!

      Thanks for stopping by MM! :)

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      Maria Jordan 

      5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Happy Birthday, Helen Hunt...!

      Had to stop back to this rockin' hub for some Johnny Depp eye candy...

      Have a lovely day, Linda! Hugs, MM

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hey Effer, It looks like you had a blast from the 1963 past! Go figure, Johnny Depp will be 50 years old this weekend. If only we could celebrate with him;)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hey Rick, Thanks for sharing your memories from 1963! :)

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      5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Oh...dear oh dear....I remember it ALL....every last thing here. If you must know (which you already do anyway) I was 15 yrs. old....& "in puppy love" for the 1st time ever.

      I have to shake my head at the PRICES......the "numbers," in general. Gosh, what a pure and simple way of life.....

      It was a good time....a happy era. I loved it then and I cherish it now.

      Johnny Depp is 50?....MMMMM, such a beautiful man

      George Michael? Ahhhh, not so much.

      OMG...Patsy Cline....:( soooo sad. She was the C&W Shining Star. I still listen to her music.

      Linda....thank you for this stroll down Memory Lane....I adore these wonderful journeys......(sigh)

      BTW.....Not for anything.....but.....When is your Birthday? ....WAY UP+++++++++++++++++++++++!!!!!

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      Poetic Fool 

      5 years ago

      What an awesome blast from the past, Linda! Being a few years older than you, my first real memories can be dated back to 1963. I remember sitting quietly by my father on the sofa in November 1963 waiting for news updates after Kennedy's assassination, my older brothers playing Beatles' 45s and so much more. 1963 was an eventful year, not the least of which was your birth! Great job on this hub, Sunshine! Keep 'em coming!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Ish, Mary, Learn and SilverGenes...Thank you for sharing your memories of 1963. I'm glad to hear it's even more fun in the 50's club. Bring it on. I think. ;)

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      6 years ago

      This brought back so many good memories! I was alive and kicking and in elementary school. Blue Velvet was the first song I ever danced to with a boy. Welcome, Sunshine, to the 50s club! It just keeps getting better from here :)

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      J Jahan 

      6 years ago from California

      That's celebrity birthday list was quite a shock. I had no idea any of those celebrities were 50.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      I loved reading this Hub. It brought back many memories for me. My Hubby was in Vet. school, and we had our third daughter. She was six weeks old when I heard on the TV that JFK was dead. What a sad day that was. I can identify with the people you mention in this Hub.

      Voted UP and will share.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      6 years ago from Chennai, India

      A fascinating hub! You are 1 year younger than my mother. I grinned when I came upon two important points #25 and #50. I enjoyed reading your hub from the start till the end. Have an awesome 50th year! Way to go!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up & shared on Facebook

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Suzette, I'm glad I was able to bring back all those memories for you. Some good, some not so good, but the best part is you remember! I appreciate your comment!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Kashmir...We could all use a bit more sunshine! Thank you! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you LaLiz! I might just wait for you to catch up! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Deb, Johnny Depp and I thank you for the compliment! :)

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      Suzette Walker 

      6 years ago from Taos, NM

      Happy Birthday Sunshine this year! This is a blast from the past. I was nine years old in 1963. I do remember most of these events. I was listening to the Beatles vinyl records (they are obsolete now), I was going to Beatles movies with my friends. I remember seeing MLK, Jr.' I have a dream' speech on TV (black and white, color TV did not come until 1964 or65.) I remember Bobby Vinton singing on American Bandstand that I watched everyday after school. Of course, I remember JFK's assassination. School was cancelled the day of his funeral. We all watched it on TV. It's amazing what we were doing in l963. Oh, and did I mention, Sunshine was born that year - everything came to a halt on the day she was born and we have had gobs of Sunshine in our lives since!

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      Thomas Silvia 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend, enjoyed reading all these great and interesting things that happen back in 1963. The best one on the list is that Sunshine was born.

      Vote up and more !!! Sharing !

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      6 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Woohoo for Sunshine, half a century and 100 more years to go!! Hey, I came few years after you.... We are close! :) 50 is a wonderful year.... You can boss people around and get away with it, hehe! Have fun dear friend..... And wish you all the best!

      Great facts, by the way! ;)

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      Deborah Neyens 

      6 years ago from Iowa

      I don't remember any of this. Of course, I was still just a glimmer in my parents' eyes. : ) (I didn't show up for another couple of years.) And I can't believe you and Johnny are both turning 50 this year. Neither one of you looks old enough!

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      (Catching up in your corner :)

      How interesting to know the highlights of the year you were born. I am now curious to know mine.

      My 2nd sister was born in 1963. I was in Gr 1 (called Sub A) in 1963. (1st year in school.) I saw snow for the first time and ever since then only twice, but never as much as in 1963. Riding bicycle was my most favorite activity in 1963. A boy - in my class - suddenly and totally unexpected - pulled off my pantie right down to my ankles and ran away. I've bitten a girl in my class because she dared taking my 1st place in the line... so for punishment I had to sit for 'ages' at the table that was covered with a poster of a pink pig. I accidentally saved a boy's life - he was hanging on an electric fence...

      Oh, I have many memories of 1963.

      Happy 50th birthday, Sunshine :) But you don't look 50, but 40 and beautiful :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Nell, You actually got to see Brad Pitt in person so you really know how hunky he is :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Dianna, I'm so glad everyone is enjoying Johnny Depp's photo. He doesn't look a day over 40. I'm honored to share my birthday month with him. Thank you for your comment!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Besaks, I wonder if anyone really still drinks Shasta. Yes, I agree about the interesting year...1963 became historic on June 25th when Sunshine was born! :))

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      DRBJ, If only we still had those prices...that would be a nice blast from the past! Thank you for the early Happy Birthday greeting!:)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Quicksand...Johnny Depp vs Barry Gibb? Ha! I don't see it, but you could be correct!:)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Kathy, I like your pirate thing! :) A friend of mine that turned 50 last year is excited that I will now be able to join her club...AARP. Ha!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Conmor, no I didn't know about CS Lewis...interesting. Thank you for sharing.

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      John Connor 

      6 years ago from Altamonte Springs

      Excellent hub; although i was only 3, I do remember the events around kennedy's assassination. Did you know that rather coincidently/strangely that C.S. Lewis died during the same hour of kennedy's assassination?

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi Linda, great hub and info been away so catching up! lol! who would have thought Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt were still so hunky but 50? makes me feel so much better!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      The death of Patsy Cline was very vivid to me at the time, even as a young child it touched me. Wow, homes averaged $12,000? If only... Also, my heart stopped when I came to Johnny's picture! Enjoy your 50th, Linda!

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      Bryan Rogers 

      6 years ago from Alaska normally, East Coast currently

      You were born in a very interesting year.....congrats on your upcoming 50th.....lots of great facts and trivia tidbits in your flashback. I really got a kick out of the grocery ad that you included.....actually shasta drinks are still pretty cheap 50 years later.....that might be the only thing in the ad that has not increased many times over. Voted up and interesting.

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      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      What a fascinating tribute to 1963, Linda. You did do your homework well, m'luv. Can't get over those low prices for gas, a new car, a new home and a new pork roast. Those WERE the days! BTW, Happy Birthday!!!

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      6 years ago

      Johnny Depp? Lol, for a moment I thought I was looking at Barry Gibb! Striking resemblance! :)

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      6 years ago from Waukesha, Wisconsin

      I learned so much from this! Fascinating! :) I was four years old, so I don't really recall when Kennedy was shot, but I do remember many people were glued to television's, I just wasn't exactly sure why. You and Johnny are the same age? Arrrrrgggghhh! ;) (It's that pirate thing!)

      Invite all these celebs to your 50th, you never know, maybe they might show up! Can you imagine? :) :) Thanks for sharing such a fun hub!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Gypsy, Even though you never had the chance to greet the Beatles you always have Google to visit them!:)

      Thank you Starstream, $12,650.00 for a new home. Wow have times change.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      DDE, I'm honored to have taught you about the year 1963.

      Hi Pamela, Thank you for sharing your memory of JFK with us.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Martin, Johnny Land did good by you!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi MM...Yes I was in protest of a bottle and I was sad that everyone was so broken hearted over JFK, I was a sharp 5 month old baby.

      I have to tell you I am excited about turning 50 the same month as Johnny Depp, George Michael, Helen Hunt and Jools! :)

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      Dreamer at heart 

      6 years ago from Northern California

      Wow, just look at the cost of a home! Yes, I certainly remember those years. I lived in the University District of Seattle at that time. Memories are carved in Ivory. You have a nicely illustrated hub.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. I was 6 years old and always regretted that I couldn't greet the Beatles to the good ole' USA. Love this and passing it on.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I was in high school and sitting in physics class when they announced that John F. Kennedy had been shot and killed. We all cried. That was a wonderful time in so many ways. Like seemed safer back then and simpler also. I loved reading all your interesting facts. Awesome hub!

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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I wasn't around or thought of then but have an idea of what went on at that time, thanks for sharing.

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for the memories. This was the your I met Johnny Land. The teacher who would shape my life.

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      OK, I put I was too wasted to remember...but as I was only two, it was my baby bottle,I swear... My family tells me I blurted out in my high chair..." The Congo Situation" as a precocious tot in my year of 1961, perhaps 1962 when I actually said it.

      Linda, I believe you were having a double protest, hunger and the loss of our beloved have always been an old soul.

      Doesn't that smiley face know that smoking is bad for you...what's that? Oh, he is wasted...mmmmm.

      OMG, I am wild about Mr Depp...he actually is my #1... Except for Secret Window... And to think he is also turning 50... Which we ALL knows the new 30...!

      Happy early birthday and to Jools too! Hugs, MM

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Bill...time sure does fly if 50 years feels like yesterday! You also have a very good memory. WTG!:)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Janine, Yet another reason 1963 is memorable! So this means your parents have known each other 50 years...Happy Anniversary of meeting to them!:)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      WillStar, Less headaches. Amen to that! How times have changed. I appreciate your comment.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      What a sad memory of the assassination of JFK Tills. I just remember crying for my bottle. Thank you for your comment:)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Yay Jools! You and me...this June. The Big 5-0! Johnny Depp also, among others. If only we could celebrate along with the celebrities. Oh heck, we already are celebs! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Alecia, Yes...I always thought it was cool that George Michael and I were born on the same exact day. Must be why I'm such a fan of WHAM.

      JFK will forever be part of my memory.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I was fifteen. You are ridiculously young! LOL I remember everything on this list like it was yesterday.

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      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh I wasn't even a twinkle in my father's eye yet, but actually that was the year my parents met each other. It was December of 1963 and I have this story many times. And this is probably why I am a bit partial to the year myself. Thanks for sharing and it certainly was a great year for many reason!! Have of course voted up and shared all over!!

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      6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I was just 20 when the year began, and I remember it well. We still had dial phones, and there was no internet, no PC's, no cell phones, no seat belts, and not nearly as many headaches.

      Good Hub Sunshine.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Was Sunshine born in 1963 ;) The best part is she's shining here!!

      I remember all of the things you've listed. I was in high school and we were in the middle of a high school concert when the principal (a priest because it was a Catholic School) came to tell us the President had been shot. It was the only time my high school was quiet. Everyone was crying and when we took the buses home, all the people on the bus were crying as well. It was a heart wrenching experience.

      As you've pointed out '63 was an eventful year, oh and Sunshine was born then too!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Jools Hogg 

      6 years ago from North-East UK

      Ha Ha Me and you both Linda, though I beat you to it (but only just!). often read about the year I was born and this was a good addition to my knowledge, especially since it came from an American point of view. Very interesting walk down Memory Lane!

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      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I wasn't around in 1963 but learning about that year has always been a treat. My parents were young around then and told me where they were when JFK died. It was their version of 9/11.

      And then thinking of MLK is something inspiring- I remember watching the march on Washington on the 40th anniversary in high school. It's something that goes on with you.

      It's awesome your b-day is the same day as George Michael. Great hub!


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