Life & Times 1964


Average annual income$5,880
New House$30,000
New Car$2,300
Minimum Wage$1.25
Gallon of Gas$.26
Gallon of Milk$1.06
Dozen Eggs$.91
Loaf of Bread$.21
Postage Stamp (ground)$.04


In his first State-of-the-Union address, President Lyndon Johnson declares a "War on Poverty"
I Want to Hold Your Hand by the Beatles released in the United States, Beatlemania begins
Plans to build the World Trade Center announced
The 24th Amendment to the US Constitution, prohibiting poll taxes in national elections, is ratified
Cuba cuts off water supply to the United States naval base at Guantanamo Bay
The Beatles make their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show
US Supreme Court rules that under the First Amendment, speech criticizing political figures cannot be censored
The first Ford Mustang rolls off the assembly line at Ford Motor Company
38 residents of a neighborhood in Queens, New York City fail to respond to the cries of Kitty Genovese, 28, as she is stabbed to death
IBM announces the System/360
The US State Department says that more than 40 hidden microphones have been found embedded in the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow
5,000,000 shares of stock in the Communications Satellite Corp. (Comsat) are offered for sale at $20/share, and sell out
Three civil rights workers, Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney, are murdered near Philadelphia, Mississippi
US military personnel announces that casualties in Vietnam have risen to 1,387, including 399 dead and 17 MIA
United States destroyers USS Maddox and C. Turner Joy are attacked in the Gulf of Tonkin
Congress passes the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution giving President Johnson broad war powers to deal with North Vietnam
Nikita Khrushchev is deposed as leader of the Soviet Union; Leonid Brezhnev assumes power
9.2 earthquake rocks Alaska, creates 220-foot tsunami, the largest such wave ever recorded
Simon and Garfunkel release their first album, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.


Armageddon - Leon Uris
Julian - Gore Vidal
Little Big Man - Thomas Berger
You Only Live Twice - Ian Fleming
The Man - Irving Wallace
The Martyred - Richard E. Kim
A Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway (Published posthumously)


My Fair Lady (Best Picture, Best actor, Rex Harrison)
Mary Poppins (Best actress, Julie Andrews)
A Fistful of Dollars
Zorba the Greek
A Shot in the Dark
Dr. Strangelove
The Naked Kiss
Father Goose
Your Cheatin' Heart
Viva Las Vegas
A Hard Day's Night
Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte
The Unsinkable Molly Brown


1 I Want to Hold Your Hand - Beatles
2 She Loves You - Beatles
3 Hello, Dolly - Louis Armstrong
4 Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
5 I Get Around - Beach Boys
6 Everybody Loves Somebody - Dean Martin
7 My Guy - Mary Wells
8 We'll Sing in the Sunshine - Gale Garnett
9 Last Kiss - Frank Wilson
10 Where Did Our Love Go - Supremes
11 People - Barbra Streisand
12 Java - Al Hirt
13 A Hard Day's Night - Beatles
14 Love Me Do - Beatles
15 Do Wah Diddy Diddy - Manfred Mann
16 Please Please Me - Beatles
17 Dancing in the Street - Martha & the Vandellas
18 Little Children - Billy J. Kramer
19 Love Me with All Your Heart - Ray Charles
20 Under the Boardwalk - Drifters
21 Chapel of Love - Dixie Cups
22 Suspicion - Terry Stafford
23 Glad All Over - Dave Clark Five
24 Rag Doll - Four Seasons
25 Dawn - Four Seasons
26 Bread and Butter - Newbeats
27 It Hurts to Be in Love - Gene Pitney
28 Dead Man's Curve - Jan & Dean
29 Come a Little Bit Closer - Jay & the Americans
30 A World without Love - Peter & Gordon
31 Have I the Right - Honeycombs
32 Don't Let the Rain Come Down - Serendipity Singers
33 Baby Love - Supremes
34 Let It Be Me - Betty Everett & Jerry Butler
35 Wishin' and Hopin' - Dusty Springfield
36 You Don't Own Me - Lesley Gore
37 Walk on By - Dionne Warwicke
38 The House of the Rising Sun - Animals
39 GTO - Ronny & the Daytonas
40 Twist and Shout - Beatles