1964 Fun Facts, Trivia and History

1964 Fun Facts, Trivia and History

Quick Facts from 1964:

  • World Changing Event: The Civil Rights Act was signed by President Lyndon Johnson, outlawing discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
  • The Top Song was I Want To Hold Your Hand by The Beatles
  • The Movies to Watch include Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady and Goldfinger
  • The Most Famous Person in America was probably Martin Luther King
  • The Most Famous People in the World were probably The Beatles
  • Notable books include: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl and The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein
  • Price of 1/2 gallon Holland Dutch Treat ice cream in 1964: 59 cents
    Bulova Hi Fi Record Player: $59.00
  • Creepy Crawlers activity toy (die cast hot plate) was introduced.
  • The Fab Four were: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr- The Beatles
  • The Funny Late Show Host: Steve Allen
    The Funny Lady was: Moms Mabley
  • The Conversation: The US Surgeon General warned about smoking-related health hazards. Were cigarettes really bad for us?

Top Ten Baby Names of 1964:
Lisa, Mary, Susan, Karen, Patricia, Michael, John, David, James, Robert

The Sex Symbols, Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Ursula Andress, Brigitte Bardot, Carroll Baker, Honor Blackman, Claudia Cardinale, Doris Day, Catherine Deneuve, Angie Dickinson, Shirley Eaton, Annette Funicello, Sophia Loren, Tina Louise, Babette March, Ann-Margret, Julie Newmar, Kim Novak, Elke Sommer, Elizabeth Taylor, Veruschka

Sex Symbols and Hollywood Hunks:
Sean Connery, Elvis Presley, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Paul McCartney

“The Quotes:”
“Skipper!”
– Gilligan

“Does she or doesn’t she?”
-Clairol

“Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room!”
– Peter Sellers, in ‘Dr. Strangelove’

“Come alive! You’re in the Pepsi generation”
– Pepsi

“A martini. Shaken, not stirred.”
– Sean Connery, as James Bond, in ‘Goldfinger’

“Please don’t squeeze the Charmin”
– Dick Wilson, as Mr. George Whipple

“Let your fingers do the walking”
-Yellow Pages

“Put a tiger in your tank”
– Esso (later Exxon)

Time Magazine’s Man of the Year:
Lyndon B. Johnson

Miss America:
Donna Axum (El Dorado, AR)

Miss USA:
Bobbie Johnson (District of Colombia)

The Scandals:
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”.

Pop Star Death: Sam Cooke (murder, he was apparently drinking and there was a misunderstanding)

The FBI sent a letter to Martin Luther King Jr. and it suggested the he commit suicide.

Kitty Genovese was murdered in 1964 and up to ~37 witnesses nearby did not act. The incident helped create the 911 emergency phone call system.

“Daisy” Attack Ad from 1964 Presidential Election against Barry Goldwater only ran once.