News and Events of 1964
President: Lyndon B. JohnsonVice President:
70.2 yearsViolent Crime Rate (per 1,000):
23.9Property Crime Rate (per 1,000):
22.0Homicide Rate (per 100,000):
5.1More U.S. Statistics...
US GDP (1998 dollars):
$663 billionFederal spending:
$118.53 billionFederal debt:
$316.1 billionConsumer Price Index:
5.7%Cost of a first-class stamp:
St. Louis Cardinals d. NY Yankees (4-3)
Boston d. SF Warriors (4-1)
Toronto d. Detroit (4-3)
Maria Bueno d. M. Smith (6-4 7-9 6-3)Men:
Roy Emerson d. F. Stolle (6-4 12-10 4-6 6-3)
Kentucky Derby Champion
NCAA Basketball Championship
UCLA d. Duke (98-83)
NCAA Football Champions
Alabama (AP, UPI), (10-1-0); Arkansas (FW), (11-0-0) & Notre Dame (NFF), (9-1-0)
Oscars awarded in 1964
Academy Award, Best Picture: Tom Jones, Tony Richardson, producer (United Artists-Lopert Pictures)
Nobel Prize for Literature: Jean-Paul Sartre (France) (declined)
1964 Emmy Awards
1964 Tony Awards
Grammys awarded in 1964
Record of the Year: "The Days of Wine and Roses," Henry Mancini
Album of the Year: The Barbra Streisand Album, Barbra Streisand (Columbia)
Song of the Year: "The Days of Wine and Roses," Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer, composers
Miss America: Donna Axum (AR)More Entertainment Awards...
- Folk musician Bob Dylan becomes increasingly popular during this time of social protest with songs expressing objection to the condition of American society.
- Psychedelic bands such as The Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane enjoy great success with songs celebrating the counterculture of the '60s.
- Peyton Place premieres on ABC and is the first prime-time soap opera. Color television makes its way into U.S. homes.
- The Beatles appear on The Ed Sullivan Show.
- Red Desert, Dr. Strangelove, My Fair Lady, Mary Poppins, Zorba the Greek, Becket
- Donald Barthelme, Come Back, Dr. Caligari
- John Berryman, 77 Dream Songs
- John Cheever, The Wapshot Scandal
- James Dickey, Helmets, Two Poems of the Air
- John Hawkes, Second Skin
- Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast
- Katherine Anne Porter, Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter
- Hubert Selby, Last Exit to Brooklyn
Nobel Prizes in Science
Chemistry: Dorothy Mary Crowfoot Hodgkin (UK), for determining structure of compounds needed in combatting pernicious anemia
Physics: Charles Hard Townes (US), Nikolai G. Basov, and Aleksandr M. Prochorov (both USSR), for developing maser and laser principle of producing high-intensity radiation
Physiology or Medicine: Konrad E. Bloch (US) and Feodor Lynen (Germany), for research on mechanism and regulation of cholesterol and fatty-acid metabolism