Here are some things I was able to find out about 1963. Perhaps you can send me some more.
- 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%
- President: John F. Kennedy then Lyndon B. Johnson
- Vice President: Lyndon B. Johnson
- Population: 189,241,798
- Life Expectancy: 69.9 years
- 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.
- Favorite TV Shows
- Petti Coat Junction
- My Favorite Martian
- 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
- 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.