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1964 Trivia compiled by Ted Yates

1964 Trivia
compiled by Ted Yates



The Ford Mustang was introduced and it became the most popular car of the decade. The sticker price was $2,400.00.



TV shows which made their debut in 1964 included:
The Addams Family
Gilligan’s Island
Peyton Place
Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.



For the first time, all 3 major American TV networks, ABC, NBC and CBS were broadcasting in colour simultaneously.



On Sunday, February 9th, The Beatles made their first American TV appearance on the Ed Sullivan show, causing the same sensation among teenagers that Elvis had caused on the same show 8 years earlier.

The Beatles dominated the music scene. It was Beatlemania everywhere and in Canada that year, they performed concerts in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.




Top movies of 1964 included Mary Poppins, Dr. Strangelove, Becket, A Hard Day’s Night, My Fair Lady, Zorba The Greek, Goldfinger and Viva Las Vegas.



The topless bathing suit was the shocking fashion statement of the year.

Fanny Hill, a 214 year old novel, caused censorship controversy. Many thought it contained obscene material.


The Toronto Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup by defeating the Detroit Red Wings 4 games to 3. There were only six teams in the NHL.


Sidney Portier became the first black actor to win a best actor Academy Award. It was for his performance in ‘Lilies Of The Field.’


Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson unveiled the new Canadian flag, - the red maple leaf.

Queen Elizabeth was touring Ontario.


Entertainers we lost in 1964 included Jim Reeves, Johnny Burnette, Sam Cooke, Cole Porter, Alan Ladd, Peter Lorre, Gracie Allen and Harpo Marx.


Martin Luther King won the Nobel Peace Prize.


The St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Yankees 4 games to 3 to win the World Series.


Dick Clark moved his ‘American Bandstand’ TV show from Philadelphia to Los Angeles.


G.I. Joe made its debut.


For the 4th time, golfer Arnold Palmer won the masters.


The Grammy Award winning record of the year was "The Girl From Ipenema" by Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto.


The B.C. Lions beat the Hamilton Ti-Cats 34 - 24 to win the Grey Cup.


    Here are some 1964 price checks

  • 45 cents for a jar of peanut butter
  • sirloin steaks - 79 cents a pound
  • a 10 pound bag of potatoes cost 69 cents
  • and Swanson frozen tv dinners were 55 cents each