What Was It Like in 1963?

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Here are some things I was able to find out about 1963.  Perhaps you can send me some more. 

Economics

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Average Income: $5,807.00

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New House: $12,650.00

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Average New Car: $3,023.33

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Average Rent: $110.00 per month

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Tuition at Harvard: $1,520.00/ year

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Postage Stamp: $0.05

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Movie Ticket: $1.25

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Gallon of Gasoline: $0.29

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High School Lunch: $0.25

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10 lbs. Sugar: $0.90

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Gallon of Milk: $1.04

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1 lb of Coffee: $0.85

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1lb of Bacon: $0.69

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1 Dozen Eggs: $0.32

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Bread per loaf: $0.22

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US GDP (1998 dollars):   $617.4 billion

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Federal spending:   $111.32 billion

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Federal debt:   $310.3 billion

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Consumer Price Index:   30.6

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Unemployment:   5.5%

 

Facts

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President = John F. Kennedy then Lyndon B. Johnson

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Vice President: Lyndon B. Johnson

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Population: 189,241,798

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Life Expectancy: 69.9 years
 

U.S. Events

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President Kennedy shot and killed in Dallas, TX.  Lyndon B. Johnson becomes President the same day (Nov.22).

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Lee Harvey Oswald, accused Kennedy assassin, is shot and killed by Jack Ruby (Nov. 24).

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US Supreme Court rules no locality may require recitation of Lord's Prayer or Bible verses in public schools (Jun 17).

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"March on Washington," civil rights rally held in Washington, D.C.: Martin Luther King delivers "I have a dream" speech (Aug. 28).

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Emergency Hot-line established between Washington and Moscow.

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Weight Watchers established.

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Zip Codes introduced.

 

Entertainment

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Favorite TV Shows

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Petti Coat Junction

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My Favorite Martian

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Bonanza

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The Beverly Hillbillies

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The Dick Van Dyke Show

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The Andy Griffith Show

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The Lucy Show

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Candid Camera

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The Ed Sullivan Show

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The Danny Thomas Show

 

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Movies

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Oscars awarded in 1963
Academy Award, Best Picture: Lawrence of Arabia, Sam Spiegel, producer (Columbia)

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**Tom Jones ** Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds **Charade starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn **McLintock! starring John Wayne

 

Science

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The home video recorded demonstrated at the BBC London.

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Touch-tone phones introduced.

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Quasars are discovered by Marten Schmidt (US).

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Michael E. De Bakey implants artificial heart in human for first time at Huston hospital (April 21).

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The first liver transplant is performed by F.D. Moore and T.E. Starzl. Background: Health & Nutrition

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The first commercial nuclear reactor goes online at the Jersey Central Power Company. Background: nuclear energy

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The sedative Valium (chlordiazepoxide) is developed by Roche labs.