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BOOMERNET Chronicle: 1964


According to popular definition, the last of the Baby Boomers is born in 1964. At the same time, many of the oldest Boomers are heading off to college.

The Beatles lead the British invasion of America, while the new Johnson administration explores expanding our military role in Vietnam. Important legislation includes the Civil Rights Act and the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, both turning points in American history.

The cost of gas increases to $0.30 per gallon, but Americans are more interested in going to the movies to see My Fair Lady and Goldinger or staying home to watch Bonanza or the Dick Van Dyke Show.

U.S. Facts

  • President: Lyndon B. Johnson (D)
  • Population: 191,888,791
  • Life Expectancy: 70.2 years
  • Unemployment: 5.7%
  • Average Annual Salary: $7,336
  • Minimum Wage: $1.25 per hour

What Things Cost

  • Automobile: $2,350
  • Gasoline: $0.30 per gallon
  • House: $20,500
  • Bread: $0.21 per loaf
  • Milk: $1.06 per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: $0.04

Major U.S. Events

  • President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law
  • Beatlemania hits the States as the Beatles arrive to start their first U.S. tour
  • President Johnson declares a “War on Poverty”
  • Congress passes the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, ceding war powers to the President

Major World Events

  • Nelson Mandela and 7 others are sentenced to life imprisonment in South Africa
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. wins the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Palestine Liberation Organization is created in Jerusalem
  • Total number of U.S. forces in Vietnam reaches 21,000


  • The launch of the Echo C spacecraft is the first joint U.S./Soviet project
  • American spacecraft Ranger 6 crashes on the moon
  • Jack Ruby receives the death sentence for the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald
  • The first Ford Mustang rolls off the assembly line
  • 9.2 magnitude earthquake & tsunami in Prince William Sound, Alaska
  • New York World’s Fair opens


  • Four of five railroad operating unions strike against the Illinois Central Railroad over railroad work rules
  • South Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Khanh calls for expanding the war into North Vietnam


  • President Johnson and advisers meet to discuss plans to bomb North Vietnam, agreeing to enact a two-phase bombing plan
  • The Warren Commission Report, the first official investigation of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, is published
  • 23 men and 31 women escape to West Berlin through a narrow tunnel under the Berlin Wall


  • Lyndon Johnson defeats Barry Goldwater in landslide in Presidential election

Top Songs

  • I Want To Hold Your Hand by The Beatles
  • She Loves You by The Beatles
  • Where Did Our Love Go by The Supremes
  • Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison
  • I Get Around by The Beach Boys

Other New Songs

  • I Saw Her Standing There by The Beatles
  • Baby I Need Your Loving by The Four Tops
  • The Leader Of The Pack by The Shangri-las
  • Dancing In the Street by Martha and The Vandellas
  • Under The Boardwalk by The Drifters

Top Movies

  • Mary Poppins
  • My Fair Lady
  • Goldfinger
  • A Hard Day’s Night
  • Dr. Strangelove

Top Books

  • Armageddon by Leon Uris
  • You Only Live Twice by Ian Fleming
  • A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
  • In His Own Write by John Lennon
  • The Spy Who Came In From The Cold by John Le Carre

Top TV Shows (1963-64)

  • The Beverly Hillbillies
  • Bonanza
  • The Dick Van Dyke Show
  • Petticoat Junction
  • The Andy Griffith Show

Major League Baseball: World Series

  • St. Louis Cardinals d. New York Yankees

Pro Football: Championships

  • NFL: Cleveland Browns d. Baltimore Colts
  • AFL: Buffalo Bills d. San Diego Chargers

Ice Hockey: Stanley Cup

  • Toronto Maple Leafs d. Detroit Red Wings

Pro Basketball: Championship

  • Boston Celtics d. San Francisco Warriors

NCAA Champions

  • Football: Alabama (or) Arkansas (or) Notre Dame
  • Basketball: UCLA Bruins

Other Champions

  • Winter Olmypics (Innsbruck, Austria): USSR
  • Summer Olmypics (Tokyo, Japan): USSR
  • Boxing: Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) d. Sonny Liston for heavyweight title

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