1963 – Half a Century Ago



In 1963 the world had just survuved the Cuban Missle Crisis and was deep in the cold war with Russia and the US building bombs ever bigger. Spies where everywhere and the Profumo scandal rocked the inteligence community. The United States and the Soviet Union agreed to establish a “hot line” direct communication system between the two nations to prevent a possible Nuclear War.  In the US deep south battles against segregation were being fought long and hard by both sides. Churches were being burned by the KKK and Martin Luther King Junior was giving some of the most inspiring speeches ever written. The average man made $ 13,000, a Car cost $ 3,000 a house cost $ 13,000 , gas cost just over 25c and a loaf of bread just under 25c.

Here are a few other significant events:

Jan 11th – 1st discotheque opens, Whiskey-a-go-go in LA

Feb 6th Wilhelm Laurence Arends was born

Mar 21st – Alcatraz federal penitentiary in SF Bay closed

March 27th Quentin Tarantino, was born

May 1st – The Coca-Cola Company introduces its first diet drink, TaB cola.

May 2nd Thousands of African Americans, many of them children, are arrested while protesting segregation in Birmingham, Alabama.

June 5th John Profumo resigns following his admission that he had lied to the House re: relationship with Christine Keeler

June 9th Johnny Depp was born

Jun 17th – Supreme Court rules against Bible reading/prayer in public schools

Jun 26th – Kennedy visits W Berlin “Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner)

Aug 18th – James Meredith becomes 1st black graduate from U of Mississippi

Aug 28th – Martin Luther King Jr’s “I have a dream speech” at Lincoln Memorial

September – Marvel Comics releases the first-ever X-Men comic book

Sep 15th – Church bombed in Birmingham AL, kills 4 African-American girls

Sep 15th – 4 children killed in bombing of a black Baptist church in Birmingham

Oct 13th – “Beatlemania” is coined after Beatles appear at Palladium

Nov 22nd – American President John F. Kennedy assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas
Nov 23rd – “Doctor Who,” the long-running British sci-fi series debuts in England

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