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1963 Trivia compiled by Ted Yates

 1963 Trivia
Compiled by Ted Yates




The world was shocked when U.S. president John F. Kennedy was assassinated.




1963's top movies included The Birds, Charade, How The West Was Won, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Irma La Douce, Lilies of the Field, Cleopatra and Hud.



The Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Detroit Red Wings 4 games to 1 to win the Stanley Cup.

The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the New York Yankees 4 games to 0 to win the World Series.


1963 price checks; prime rib roast 67 cents a pound, tomatoes, 29 cents a pound. You could drive away with a brand new G.M. pickup for $2,150.00.


  TV shows which made their debut in ‘63 included My Favourite Martian, Petticoat Junction, Outer Limits, The Patty Duke Show and The Fugitive.  


Entertainers we lost in 1963 include Patsy Cline, Dinah Washington, and actor Dick Powell.


Music artists who had their first hit in 1963 included Lou Christie, Lesley Gore, The Ronettes, the Righteous Brothers, and Stevie Wonder.

On the music scene, girl groups, folk music and surfing music were all the rage.


The Grammy award winning record of the year was ‘The Days of Wine and Roses’ by Henry Mancini. The host that year was Stan Freberg.


Mattel brought out a girlfriend for Barbie. Midge was introduced.


Weight Watchers was founded and Coke introduced ‘Tab’.

In ‘63, Kodak came out with the instamatic camera, and Bell Telephone introduced beepers for Doctors and push button phones for the rest of us.


Entertainers who were born in 1963 include mike Myers, Helen Hunt, Whitney Houston, George Michael, Lisa Kudrow and Johnny Depp.


The top albums were the soundtracks to Lawrence of Arabia and Bye Bye Birdie. The first family by Vaughn Meader was a big seller as was My Son The Nut by Allan Sherman.


A diplomatic ‘hot line’ between Moscow and Washington is made operational.

Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay is no longer a prison with the removal of the last 27 prisoners.


In ‘63, separatists’ demonstrations took place in Montreal.

The Garden City Skyway, complete with tollbooths, opened in St. Catharines, Canada. The tolls were removed 10 years later in 1973.

The average weekly wage was $100.