Life & Times 1963


Average annual income$5,650
New House$30,000
New Car$2,300
Minimum Wage$1.25
Gallon of Gas$.26
Gallon of Milk$1.05
Dozen Eggs$.91
Loaf of Bread$.21
Postage Stamp (ground)$.04


John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas, and Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn in
Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald is shot by Jack Ruby in Dallas, Texas, on live national television
President Johnson establishes the Warren Commission to investigate the assassination of JFK
The Whiskey-a-Go-Go in Los Angeles, the first disco in the USA, opens
Alabama Governor George Wallace vows "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever."
Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I have a dream" speech in Washington D.C
The Beatles tape 10 tracks for their 1st album, including "Please, Please Me"
CBS becomes first network to expand its evening network news from 15 to 30 minutes
First TV picture crosses Atlantic ocean by Telstar satellite
US nuclear submarine Thresher sinks 220 miles east of Cape Cod with loss of all 129 crewmembers
Civil rights leader Medgar Evers is fatally shot in front of his home in Jackson, Mississippi
The television remote control is authorized by the FCC
Weight Watchers is founded in Queens, N.Y.
ZIP Codes introduced in the USA


The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
Benefactor - Susan Sontag
Caravans - James A. Michener
Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut
The Collector - John Fowles
The Sand Pebbles - Richard McKenna
The Shoes of the Fisherman - Morris West
The Spy who Came in from the Cold - John le Carré


Tom Jones (Best Picture)
Lilies Of The Field (Best actor, Sidney Poitier)
Hud (Best actress, Patricia Neal)
Love With the Proper Stranger
Irma La Douce
How the West Was Won
The Birds
From Russia With Love
The Pink Panther
Lord of the Flies
Shock Corridor
The Haunting
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
The Nutty Professor
Thrill of it All
Bye Bye Birdie


1 Sugar Shack - Jimmy Gilmer
2 Surfin' U.S.A. - Beach Boys
3 Blue Velvet - Bobby Vinton
4 Rhythm of the Rain - Cascades
5 He's So Fine - Chiffons
6 The End of the World - Skeeter Davis
7 Hey Paula - Paul & Paula
8 Fingertips - Little Stevie Wonder
9 Washinton Square - Village Stompers
10 It's All Right - Impressions
11 Can't Get Used to Losing You - Andy Williams
12 My Boyfriend's Back - Angels
13 Sukiyaki - Kyu Sakamoto
14 She's A Fool - Lesley Gore
15 So Much in Love - Thymes
16 Puff, the Magic Dragon - Peter, Paul & Mary
17 Blowin' in the Wind - Peter, Paul & Mary
18 I'm Leaving It Up to You - Dale & Grace
19 Deep Purple - Nino Tempo & April Stevens
20 Wipe Out - Surfaris
21 I Love You Because - Al Martino
22 Wild Weekend -Rockin' Rebels
23 You're the Reason I'm Living - Bobby Darin
24 Walk Like a Man - Four Seasons
25 Mockingbird - Inez Foxx
26 I Will Follow Him - Peggy March
27 Pipeline - Chantays
28 Surf City - Jan & Dean
29 It's My Party - Lesley Gore
30 Blame it on the Bossa Nova - Edie Gorme
31 You Can't Sit Down - Floyells
32 Heat Wave - Martha & the Vandellas
33 Wal Right In - Rooftop Singers
35 If You Wanna Be Happy - Jimmy Soul
36 Surfer Girl - Beach Boys
37 If I Had a Hammer - Trini Lopez
38 Everybody - Tommy Roe
39 Easier Said Than Done - The Essex
40 Ruby Baby - Dion