DHS Class of 1964
Notable Events in 1964
The Warren Commission determines that there was no conspiracy in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, however, the conspiracy theory would continue to be debated throughout the rest of the century.
On February 4, the 24th Amendment is added to the Constitution, stating that no citizen shall be denied their right to vote by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.
President Lyndon Johnson appoints Sergeant Shriver head of the Office of Economic Opportunity in the national war on poverty. He would organize Job Corps, Neighborhood Youth Corps, VISTA, Head Start and other organizations, which would continue to have a positive impact throughout the rest of the century.
On July 2, President Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act, a sweeping Bill that outlaws all racial discrimination.
International Business Machines (IBM) introduced the system 360 Computer. The computer, which was a second generation computer based on transistors, was a huge success, and became the mainstay computer of many businesses for many years.
Go-Go Girls on raised platforms in discos promote the frog, swim, watusi, and monkey dance craze. A San Francisco Bar introduces topless Go-Go Girls.
On February 9, 1964, the British rock group the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, introducing their unique sound and stylish appearance to millions of American teenagers. By the week of April 4, the Beatles held the top five slots on the American pop charts.
After a long fight, the Civil Rights legislation of 1964 was passed. It gave the federal government broad powers to fight discrimination of all kinds.
The United States Surgeon General issued a report in which it was reported that cigarette smoking posed a clear health danger to smokers. Thus began a concerted effort to reduce smoking in the United States.
Top Hits of 1964:
1."There! I've said It Again"...Bobby Vinton
2."I Want to Hold Your Hand"...The Beatles
3."She Loves You"...The Beatles
4."Can't Buy Me Love"...The Beatles
5."Hello, Dolly!"...Louis Armstrong
6."My Guy"...Mary Wells
7."Love Me Do"...The Beatles
8."Chapel of Love"...The Dixie Cups
9."A World Without Love"...Peter and Gordon
10."I Get Around"...Beach Boys
Top Movies of 1964:
1. The Carpetbaggers
2. It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
3. The Unsinkable Molly Brown
5. The Cardinal
6. Move Over Darling
7. My Fair Lady
8. What a Way to Go
9. Good Neighbor Sam
10. The Pink Panther
Most Popular Television Shows:
1. Bonanza (NBC)
2. Bewitched (ABC)
3. Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (CBS)
4. The Andy Griffith (CBS)
5. The Fugitive (ABC)
6. The Red Skelton Hour (CBS)
7. The Dick Van Dyke Show (CBS)
8. The Lucy Show (CBS)
9. Peyton Place II (ABC)
10. Combat (ABC)
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