Here are some things I was able to find out about 1963. Perhaps you can send me some more.

Economics

  • Average Income: $5,807.00
  • New House: $12,650.00
  • Average New Car: $3,023.33
  • Average Rent: $110.00 per month
  • Tuition at Harvard: $1,520.00/ year
  • Postage Stamp: $0.05
  • Movie Ticket: $1.25
  • Gallon of Gasoline: $0.29
  • High School Lunch: $0.25
  • 10 lbs. Sugar: $0.90
  • Gallon of Milk: $1.04
  • 1 lb of Coffee: $0.85
  • 1lb of Bacon: $0.69
  • 1 Dozen Eggs: $0.32
  • Bread per loaf: $0.22
  • 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%

 
Facts

  • President: John F. Kennedy then Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Vice President: Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Population: 189,241,798
  • Life Expectancy: 69.9 years

U.S. Events

  • President Kennedy shot and killed in Dallas, TX. Lyndon B. Johnson becomes President the same day (Nov.22).
  • Lee Harvey Oswald, accused Kennedy assassin, is shot and killed by Jack Ruby (Nov. 24).
  • US Supreme Court rules no locality may require recitation of Lord’s Prayer or Bible verses in public schools (Jun 17).
  • “March on Washington,” civil rights rally held in Washington, D.C.: Martin Luther King delivers “I have a dream” speech (Aug. 28).
  • Emergency Hot-line established between Washington and Moscow.
  • Weight Watchers established.
  • Zip Codes introduced.

 
Entertainment

  • Favorite TV Shows
    • Petti Coat Junction
    • My Favorite Martian
    • Bonanza
    • The Beverly Hillbillies
    • The Dick Van Dyke Show
    • The Andy Griffith Show
    • The Lucy Show
    • Candid Camera
    • The Ed Sullivan Show
    • The Danny Thomas Show
  • Movies

 
Science

  • The home video recorder demonstrated at the BBC London.
  • Touch-tone phones introduced.
  • Quasars are discovered by Marten Schmidt (US).
  • Michael E. De Bakey implants artificial heart in human for first time at Huston hospital (April 21).
  • The first liver transplant is performed by F.D. Moore and T.E. Starzl. Background: Health & Nutrition
  • The first commercial nuclear reactor goes online at the Jersey Central Power Company. Background: nuclear energy
  • The sedative Valium (chlordiazepoxide) is developed by Roche labs.