Flashback 1963!



A typical diner of the 1950's and 60's




Hershey bar
Cost of living:


  • Gallon of gas .25
  • Average yearly income $5,623
  • Minimun wage $1.25
  • 1st class postage stamp .05
  • Pay phone (local call) .10
  • Hershey bar .05 (by 1968, this would double)
  • Popular Science magazine .35 per issue

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    Dick Clark on American Bandstand







    My Favorite Martian starring Ray Walston and Bill Bixby





    TV highlights of '63:


  • 04/01/1963 - Soap operas "General Hospital" & "Doctors" premier on TV
  • 04/01/1963 - NBC-TV's new daytime game show, "You don't say" begins. Show would run until 09/26/1969.
  • 05/08/1963 - James Bond movie,"Dr No" premieres in U.S.
  • 05/11/1963 - "Puff (The Magic Dragon)" by Peter, Paul & Mary hits #2
  • 05/12/1963 - Bob Dylan walks off Ed Sullivan Show
  • 09/02/1963 - CBS & NBC expand network news from 15 to 30 minutes
  • 09/07/1963 - American Bandstand moves to California and airs once a week on Saturday
  • 09/12/1963 - The CBS & ABC-TV comedy show, "Leave it to Beaver" ends. 234 episodes were filmed.
  • 09/13/1963 - ABC-TV's western series, "Cheyenne" ends with 107 shows to it's credit.
  • 09/16/1963 - "Outer Limits" premieres on ABC-TV with it's first episode, "The Galaxie Being". Show lasted until January 16, 1965 and had 49 episodes.
  • 09/17/1963 - Drama series, "The fugitive" aires on ABC-TV and runs unitl 8/29/1967. 120 episodes were made.
  • 09/18/1963 - ABC-TV's comedy, "The Patty Duke show" aires. Show runs until 08/31/1966 with 104 episodes
  • 09/24/1963 - The CBS-TV situation comedy, "Petty coat junction" aires. It would run up to 09/12/1970 and have 148 episodes.
  • 09/28/1963 - "New Phil Silvers Show," debuts on CBS-TV
  • 09/29/1963 - "Judy Garland Show," debuts on CBS-TV
  • 09/29/1963 - "My Favorite Martian," starring Ray Walston, debuts on CBS-TV. Show lasted until September 4th, 1966 and had 107 episodes
  • 12/10/1963 - 6 year old Donny Osmond singing debut on Andy Williams Show
  • 12/30/1963 - The NBC-TV game show, "Lets make a deal" aires.
  • You don't say game show




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    Do you want to keep the money, or go for whats behind curtain number 1?


     
    Top singles of '63:


    Blue Velvet (Bobby Vinton)
    Dominique (The Singing Nun)
    Fingertips--Part 2 (Little Stevie Wonder)
    He's So Fine (The Chiffons)
    Hey Paula (Paul and Paula)
    I Will Follow Him (Little Peggy March)
    My Boyfriend's Back (The Angels)
    Sugar Shack (Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs)
    Sukiyaki (Kyu Sakamoto)
    Walk Like A Man (The Four Seasons)
     


     
    Movies of '63:


    It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world
    The Birds
    The Great escape
    Dr. No
    From Russia with love
    The Haunted Palace
     


    John F. Kennedy











    Famous Deaths:


    January 29th - Robert Frost
    March 5th - Hawkshaw Hawkins (airplane crash)
    March 5th - Patsy Cline (airplane crash)
    November 22nd - John F. Kennedy (assassinated)
    November 24th - Lee Harvey Oswald (shot and killed)

    Famous Births:


    February 2nd - Pebbles Flintstone (cartoon character)
    February 9th - Travis Tritt
    February 17th - Michael "Air" Jordan
    February 20th - William Baldwin
    April 8th - Julian Lennon
    April 18th - Conan O'Brien
    June 9th - Johnny Depp
    June 15th - Helen Hunt
    August 9th - Whitney Houston
    August 22nd - Tori Amos
    November 5th - Tatum O'Neal
    November 29th - Andrew McCarthy
    December 18th - Brad Pitt
    December 19th - Jennifer Beals









    It's a girl!  Pebbles Flintstone is born


    Special events of '63:


  • Touch-tone telephones are introduced.The touchtone telephone
  • FM radio is now available for cars.
  • Beginning in 1963, Marlboro cigarettes ends using tattooed sailors and athletes in their ads and begins using cowboys-Phillip Morris research shows that sales increased whenever the cowboys were used in their campaign ads.
  • The Supreme Court rules that reading verses from the Bible in public schools is unconstitutional.
  • President Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas; two days later, his accused killer, Lee Harvey Oswald, is shot and killed by Jack Ruby
  • New York renames its Idlewild airport in memory of the assassinated president.
  • The Academy award for Best Picture goes to "Tom Jones."
  • Beatlemania sweeps England
  • The Rolling Stones record their first single, "Come On."
  • Stanley H. Durwood became the father of the 'multiplex' movie theater in 1963 when he opened the first-ever mall multiplex, composed of two side-by-side theaters with 700 seats at Ward Parkway Center in Kansas City.
  • 01/12/1963 - "Go Away Little Girl" by Steve Lawrence peaks at #1
  • 02/09/1963 - 7th largest snowfall in NYC history (42.4 cm, 16.7")
  • 02/20/1963 - Willie Mays (SF Giants) signs a record $100,000 per year contract
  • 02/25/1963 - Beatles release their 1st single in US "Please Please Me"
  • 03/22/1963 - Beatles release 1st album, "Please Please Me"
  • 03/31/1963 - L.A. ends streetcar service after 90 years
  • 04/21/1963 - Beatles meet Rolling Stones for the first time
  • 05/03/1963 - Martin Luther King Jr delivers his "I have a dream" speech
  • 05/10/1963 - Decca signs Rolling Stones on advice of Beatle George Harrison
  • 06/08/1963 - American Heart Association is the first agency to campaign against cigarettes
  • 06/22/1963 - "Little" Stevie Wonder (age 13) releases "Fingertips" A silver 1964 Kennedy half dollar
  • 07/01/1963 - US postal service institutes (Zone Improvement Plan) zip code
  • 08/08/1963 - Kingsmen release "Louie, Louie," radio stations label it obscene
  • 08/31/1963 - "Hot line" between Moscow-Washington, D.C. installed
  • 09/28/1963 - "Little Deuce Coupe" by The Beach Boys peaks at #15
  • 12/30/1963 - Congress authorizes Kennedy half dollar
  • 12/31/1963 - Dear Abby show premieres on CBS radio (runs 11 years)




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