Statistics from 1963

  US GDP (1998 dollars):  $617.4 billionFederal spending:  $111.32 billionFederal debt: $310.3 billionConsumer Price Index:  30.6Unemployment: 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 … More Statistics from 1963