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1964 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
1964 History Snapshot
World Series Champions
|St. Louis Cardinals|
National Basketball Association Champions
NHL Stanley Cup Champions
|Toronto Maple Leafs|
US Open Golf
US Open Tennis (Men Ladies)
|Roy Emerson/Maria Bueno|
|Roy Emerson/Maria Bueno|
NCAA Football Champions
|Alabama & Arkansas & Notre Dame|
NCAA Basketball Champions
|Orange Bowl: January 1, 1964 - Nebraska over
Rose Bowl: January 1, 1964 - Illinois over Washington
Sugar Bowl : January 1, 1964 - Alabama over Ole Miss
Westminster Kennel Best in Show Dog
|Courtenay Fleetfoot of Pennyworth|
Time Magazine's Man of the Year
|Lyndon B. Johnson|
|Donna Axum (El Dorado, AR)|
|Bobbie Johnson (District of Colombia)|
Fashion Icons and Movie Stars
|Julie Andrews, Brigitte Bardot, 'Wilhelmina' Cooper, Doris Day, Patty Duke, Anne Francis, Annette Funicello, Audrey Hepburn, Anna Karina, Sophia Loren, Tina Louise, Jayne Mansfield, Peggy Moffitt, Mary Tyler Moore, Julie Newmar, Kim Novak, Donna Reed, Jean Shrimpton, Elizabeth Taylor, Dawn Wells|
"Does she or doesnít she?"
"Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!"
- Peter Sellers, in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
"Come alive! Youíre in the Pepsi generation"
"A martini. Shaken, not stirred."
- Sean Connery, as James Bond, in Goldfinger
"Please donít squeeze the Charmin"
- Dick Wilson, as Mr. George Whipple
"Let your fingers do the walking"
"Put a tiger in your tank"
- Esso (later Exxon)
"If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth."
-Ronald Reagan, on October 27, 1964, "A Time for Choosing" speech
Billy Graham, after watching the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show, said that the Beatles were "a passing phase" and "symptoms of the uncertainty of the times and the confusion about us."
After watching Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Daniel Ellsberg, who had been a RAND analyst and a consultant at the Defense Department, turned to his colleague and said, "That was a documentary!"
1964 Pop Culture History
The Sherman Brothers claimed to have made up the word "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"
for the 1964 film Mary Poppins, yet the writers of a 1949
song called "Supercalafajaistickespeealadojus" unsuccessfully
sued Disney. Disney's lawyers argued both were "nonsense words".
George R. R. Martin reputedly purchased the first ticket to attend
the first Comic Con, held in New York in 1964.
RIP, Scandals, Sad and Odd News
|Princeton University admitted Joseph David Oznot in
1964. From Michigan, he was a top student and concert pianist, had
scored highly on the SAT, and had interviewed well. Oznot, however,
did not exist.
Audrey Hepburn did not get an Oscar nomination for her performance in My Fair Lady. Marni Nixon did the singing, so the Academy figured it was "half a performance".
Paintings by a chimpanzee were displayed in a Swedish art gallery pseudonym "Pierre Brasau", supposedly an unknown french artist. The paintings were praised by critics, one of which went as far as to say "Pierre is an artist who performs with the delicacy of a ballet dancer."
A parent wrote to the US Attorney General complaining that the lyrics to Louie Louie by The Kingsmen were obscene. After 2 years of investigation, the FBI dissmissed the complaint because the lyrics of that recording were "unintelligible at any speed".
Pop Star Death: Sam Cooke (murder, he was apparently drinking and there was a misunderstanding)
"The Goldwater Rule" forbids psychiatrists from offering opinions on somebody s/he hasn't interviewed. It was created in response to Barry Goldwater suing Fact Magazine for $75K after publishing "1189 Psychiatrists Think Goldwater is Pyschologically Unfit to be President".
While filming Cheyenne Autumn, the Navajo actors hired to portray the Cheyenne would use crude language instead of the planned dialogue because no one on set spoke Navajo, even making jokes about the US colonels penis in what was meant to be a solemn speech.
U.S. paper currency is made Legal Tender for all Debts, Public and Private. According to the US Constitution, it must be backed by gold. It isn't anymore.
Jim "Wrong Way" Marshall was the defensive end of Minnesota Vikings (NFL). On October 25, 1964 in a game against San Francisco 49ers after picking a fumbled ball ran 66 yards the wrong way to his own end zone. It is called the most embarrassing episode in NFL history.
The story of Kitty Genovese, who was stabbed repeatedly in New York over a half an hour while 38 people looked on without helping, probably did not happen. It is likely "more parable than fact".
Dendrochronologist Donald Currey got his tree corer stuck in a bristlecone pine and retrieved it by cutting it down. After counting its rings, he realized he had killed the oldest recorded tree in the world.
Firsts and the Biggest Christmas Gifts
Easy Bake Oven, G.I. Joe, Rat Fink Collectible Hot Rod Figures, Password Game , Mighty Tonka Dump Truck (made popular due to the elephant stepping on it during a commercial), PLASTIC Mr. Potato Head, Wham-O Professional Frisbees, Monster Magnet, Rube Goldberg's Animated Hobby Kit, Hand's Down (with Slam-O-Matic)
Fashion designers Andre Courreges and Mary Quant introduced the
miniskirt, scandalizing conservatives and signaling the rapidily
changing mores of the decade.
|Playing with Troll Dolls (Year 2)
Watching the cool kids drive their Ford Mustangs
Reading The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Reading The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John Le Carre
1964/65 Biggest Television Shows
|(according to Nielsen
1. Bonanza (NBC)
2. Bewitched (ABC)
3. Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. (CBS)
4. The Andy Griffith Show (CBS)
5. The Fugitive (ABC)
6. The Red Skelton Show (CBS)
7. The Dick Van Dyke Show (CBS)
8. The Lucy Show (CBS)
9. Peyton Place II (ABC)
10. Combat! (ABC)
Popular Music Artists
|The Biggest Pop Artists of 1964 include
The Animals, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Betty Everette, Bobby Vinton, Brenda Lee, Dave Clark Five, Dionne Warwick, The Drifters, Elvis Presley, The 4 Seasons, Gene Chandler, The Impressions, Jackie Wilson, Jan & Dean, Jerry Butler, Johnny Tillotson, Leslie Gore, Major Lance, Martha and the Vandellas, The Marvelettes, Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells, Ray Charles, The Ronettes, Rufus Thomas, Sam Cooke, The Searchers, The Shangri-Las, Solomon Burke, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, The Temptations
(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)
Number One Hits of 1964
|December 7, 1963 - January 3, 1964: The Singing Nun
January 4, 1964 - January 31, 1964: Bobby Vinton - There! I've Said It Again
February 1, 1964 - March 20, 1964: The Beatles - I Want to Hold Your Hand
March 21, 1964 - April 3, 1964: The Beatles - She Loves You
April 4, 1964 - May 8, 1964: The Beatles - Can't Buy Me Love
May 9, 1964 - May 15, 1964: Louis Armstrong - Hello, Dolly!
May 16, 1964 - May 29, 1964: Mary Wells - My Guy
May 30, 1964 - June 5, 1964: The Beatles - Love Me Do
June 6, 1964 - June 26, 1964: The Dixie Cups - Chapel of Love
June 27, 1964 - July 3, 1964: Peter and Gordon - A World Without Love
July 4, 1964 - July 17, 1964: The Beach Boys - I Get Around
July 18, 1964 - July 31, 1964: The Four Seasons - Rag Doll
August 1, 1964 - August 14, 1964: The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night
August 15, 1964 - August 21, 1964: Dean Martin - Everybody Loves Somebody
August 22, 1964 - September 4, 1964: The Supremes - Where Did Our Love Go
September 5, 1964 - September 25, 1964: The Animals - The House of the Rising Sun
September 26, 1964 - October 16, 1964: Roy Orbison - Oh, Pretty Woman
October 17, 1964 - October 30, 1964: Manfred Mann - Do Wah Diddy Diddy
October 31, 1964 - November 27, 1964: The Supremes - Baby Love
November 28, 1964 - December 4, 1964: The Shangri-Las - Leader of the Pack
December 5, 1964 - December 11, 1964: Lorne Greene - Ringo
December 12, 1964 - December 18, 1964: Bobby Vinton - Mr. Lonely
December 19, 1964 - December 25, 1964: The Supremes - Come See About Me
December 26, 1964 - January 22, 1965: The Beatles - I Feel Fine
|A Fistful of Dollars, A Hard Day's Night, A Shot in the Dark, The Americanization of Emily, Bikini Beach, Dear Heart, Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Fail Safe, Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, Goldfinger, Marnie, Mary Poppins, Mothra vs Godzilla, Muscle Beach Party, My Fair Lady, The Night of the Iguana, Pajama Party, Zorba the Greek, Zulu|
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