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The Baby Boom Years: 1964

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The definitive collection of 1960s American music, news, fashion, fads and kitsch that continues to influence the world.

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BORN

  • Nicolas Cage
  • Rob Lowe
  • Elle Macpherson
  • Lenny Kravitz

MUSIC

  • The Beatles appear on The Ed Sullivan Show.
  • The Supremes emerge as Motown’s powerhouse, scoring three #1 hits.
  • John Coltrane creates his crowning achievement: A Love Supreme.

FASHION

  • Beatlemania rocks fashion with long straight hair, patterned stockings, and most of all, the nminiskirt.
  • Pants, one-piece jumpsuits, and culottes come into fashion for women.

SPORTS

  • Arnold Palmer takes fourth Masters, becoming golf’s first $1 million winner.
  • Cassius Clay upsets Sonny Liston by 8th round TKO to win the heavyweight boxing title.

WORLD

  • Nelson Mandela is sentenced to life imprisonment in South Africa.
  • Soviet leader Khrushchev resigns under pressure.
  • Martin Luther King wins Nobel Peace Prize.

TRIVIA QUESTIONS

  • What iconic American muscle car first rolled off of the Ford assembly line this year?
  • This game show first debuted on NBC this year, and would go on to earn the #2 ranking of the greatest game shows of all time. Name that game show.
  • How many different characters does Peter Sellers play in 1964’s Dr. Strangelove?

a. 2 b. 3 c. 5 d. 7

  • The first disco in the USA is opened in Los Angeles on January 11th. It still stands. Can you name it?
  • The scandalous “monokini” topless swimsuit was first introduced in 1964 by which designer?

a. Yves St. Laurent b. Rudi Gernreich c. Versace d. Kimora Lee

  • This doll was the first made exclusively for boys, and was disguised as a war toy. Its success surprised toy manufacturers, who were convinced that boys wouldn’t play with dolls. Its release coincided with the war in Vietnam, making it highly controversial.

R.I.P.

  • Ian Fleming
  • Gracie Allen
  • Harpo Marx
  • Cole Porter

Billboard Top 10 Pop Hits

  1. Bread And Butter — The Newbeats
  2. Under The Boardwalk — The Drifters
  3. I Get Around — The Beach Boys
  4. Little Old Lady (From Pasadena) —Jan & Dean
  5. Out Of Limits — The Marketts
  6. Suspicion — Terry Stafford
  7. Chapel Of Love — The Dixie Cups
  8. She’s Not There — The Zombies
  9. Last Kiss — J. Frank Wilson &The Cavaliers
  10. Leader Of The Pack — The Shangri-Las