Flashback Facts From 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 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 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
Blast From The Past 1963
- Touchtone telephone was introduced.
- New York Met Duke Snider hit his 400th homerun.
- Equal Pay Act enacted - equal pay for men and women.
- Let's Make a Deal game show debuted on NBC.
- 20 black students enrolled in public schools in Alabama.
- Rolling Stones go on their first tour. Opening for Bo Didley and Everly Brothers.
- Chicago Bears win the NFL Championship. (The Super Bowl was coined in 1967)
- Los Angeles Dodgers sweep the New York Yankees and win the 60th World Series.
- American Heart Association became the first agency to campaign against cigarettes.
- Merle Haggard made his first appearance on the country music chart with "Sing a Sad Song."
- The first human nerve transplant was performed by Dr. James Campbell.
- A loaf of bread was .22 cents.
- Average price of a new car was $3,233.00 and a gallon of gas was .25 cents.
- Average price of a new home was $12,650.00.
- Average income was $5,807.00.
- The Smiley Face was created to help motivate bored office workers :-)
- 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.
- Instant coffee was introduced by Maxwell House.
- The Lava Lamp was invented and became a popular fixture in households.
- Cassette tapes were invented in the Netherlands. These tapes are used to record and play audio.
- John and Cynthia Lennon welcomed Julian Lennon into the world on April 8th.
- Both Mickey Mantle of the NY Yankees and Willie Mays of the SF Giants signed record contracts for $100,000.
- Winston Churchill became the first honorary U.S. Citizen.
- Six-year old Donny Osmond debuted on The Andy Williams Show.
- 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?
© 2013 Linda Bilyeu