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1964 – The British Invasion

  • The World’s Fair was in New York City however it didn’t make the money they expected.
  • You could drive because a gallon of gas cost 30 cents.
  • One of the most popular cars of the era became the Ford Mustang.
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  • The G.I. Joe doll was created by Hasbro.
  • San Francisco introduces topless bars.

Music World

  • The Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand” rises to the top of the U.S. Pop Charts.
  • Beatles fans go wild as the Fab Four appear on the Ed Sullivan Show. Their performance received record ratings.
  • On the pop charts between February and June, the six number one records are all by the Beatles.
  • The British Invasion arrives in the U.S. as British bands arrive on the scene and the Merseybeat sound takes over the radio airwaves.
  • Next came the Animals, Kinks, and the Rolling Stones.
  • Motown was doing great with R&B hits by the Temptations, Four Tops, and The Supremes.
  • Soul music’s biggest star Sam Cooke gets shot and killed by a woman.

Sports

  • The St. Louis Cardinals win the World Series.
  • The NFL Championship is won by the Cleveland Browns.
  • Cassius Clay who later became Muhammed Ali defeats Sonny Liston winning the world’s heavyweight championship.
  • Arnold Palmer wins his fourth Masters’ tournament in golf.
  • At the young age of 17, Jim Ryan runs a 3: 50-minute mile.

Movies and TV

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  • The Beatles come out with their movie “A Hard Day’s Night”.
  • The big Oscar winner of the year is “My Fair Lady” starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison.
  • One of the most bumbling detectives appears on the big screen as Peter Sellers starts to play his classic character Inspector Closeau in the “Pink Panther”.
  • Other popular movies include “The Carpetbaggers” and James Bond 007 in “From Russia with Love”.
  • Most popular TV shows are Bonanza, The Andy Griffith Show, Bewitched, Gomer Pyle, USMC and the Fugitive.

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  1. I remember 1964 – I was in the 1st year at Poole Grammar School and delighted in listening to the anarchic radio comedy of “I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again” – a forerunner to the “Pythons”.

    I can’t say that I ever really took to The Beatles – I always thought that the “sound” was thin and uninteresting. Mind you, despite living through the 60s I “missed” most of the decade by being too busy studying at school and doing homework. My family included a live-in uncle who would not allow any “pop” music in the house, so my education in that area was sadly lacking. (Which probably accounts for my judgment of the Beatles noted above!)

    • My dad and I went. He had to write up the Worlds Fair for the Latvian newspaper he was an editor for. I was seven years old and three years later my dad died when I was ten so it was a special memory for me. I still have a souvenir that he bought me,.

  2. like I said those were the days that will never be the same again
    it makes the ones that lived in them days feel SO old but enjoyed
    what they had back in them days unlike today’s times we have.

    Where we have to worry about who’s gonna kill where & when & how.

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