Statistics from 1963


US GDP (1998 dollars):  $617.4 billion
Federal spending:  $111.32 billion
Federal debt: $310.3 billion
Consumer Price Index:  30.6
Unemployment: 5.5%
Cost of a first-class stamp:  $0.04 ($0.05 as of 1/7/63)

Washington-to-Moscow “hot line” communications link opens, designed to reduce risk of accidental war (Aug. 30).

There are 15,000 US military advisers in South Vietnam.

Pope John XXIII dies (June 3), and is succeeded June 21 by Cardinal Montini, who becomes Paul VI.

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

“March on Washington,” civil rights rally held by 200,000 blacks and whites in Washington, D.C.; Martin Luther King delivers “I have a dream” speech (Aug. 28).

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

World Series
LA Dodgers defeated NY Yankees (4-0)
NBA Championship
Boston defeated LA Lakers (4-2)
Kentucky Derby Champion
NCAA Basketball Championship
Loyola-IL defeated Cincinnati (60-58 OT)
NCAA Football Champions
Texas (11-0-0)

Viewers tuned into NBC witness Jack Ruby shoot Lee Harvey Oswald on camera – the first live telecast of a murder.

The French Chef with Julia Child debuts on educational television.

Best Picture: Lawrence of Arabia
Best Actor: Gregory Peck, To Kill a Mockingbird
Best Supporting Actor: Ed Begley, Sweet Bird of Youth
Best Actress: Anne Bancroft, The Miracle Worker
Best Supporting Actress: Patty Duke, The Miracle Worker
Best Director: David Lean, Lawrence of Arabia


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