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1964 Cadillac Fleetwood

Mary Poppins CD

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The Year is 1964 ...

Democrats Lyndon B. Johnson (TX) and Hubert H. Humphrey (MN) beat Republicans Barry Goldwater (AZ) and William E. Miller (NY) for President and Vice President.

Clever slogan (AuH2O) doesn't help Barry Goldwater, who loses to incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson in the biggest landslide in popular and electoral votes since 1936.

"War on Poverty" from John F. Kennedy's term continued by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

earthquake in Prince William Sound near Anchorage, Alaska, which receives the most damage. The earthquake and ensuing landslides and tsunami kills 128 people.

"Freedom Summer." During the summer of 1964, thousands of activists in the Civil Rights Movement arrive in Mississippi and other Southern states in an effort to end political disfranchisement of African Americans. Three young civil rights workers -- a black volunteer, James Chaney, and his white coworkers, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner investigate a church bombing near Philadelphia, Mississippi. They are arrested and held for several hours after a traffic violation stop. They are released from jail, but they're bodies are discovered six weeks later, the victims of murder. Freedom Summer leads to the 1965 Voting Rights Act, federal legislation that outlaws tactics used to prevent blacks from voting.

President Lyndon B. Johnson leads the Civil Rights and Economic Opportunity act to Congress.

Gulf of Tonkin Resolution passes after North Vietnamese attack on USS Maddox destroyer. President Lyndon B. Johnson orders attacks on Vietnamese naval bases. The resolution allows the president to take action to defend against military attacks in the region and to assist any member or protocol state of the Southeast Asia Collective Defense Treaty requesting assistance in defense of its freedom.

Warren Commission reports no conspiracy in Kennedy assassination.

Martin Luther King is awarded the
Nobel Peace Price.

Verrazano Narrows Bridge opens as the longest suspension bridge in the world. Named after Giovanni da Verrazano, who, in 1524, was the first European explorer to sail into New York Harbor. Later the record is surpassed by the Humber Bridge in England.

Marshall McLuhan,
Understanding Media, predicts the concept of a global village, interconnected by an electronic nervous system and coins the phrase the media is the message.

Wheeling High School opens.

Academy award winner,
best picture, is
My Fair Lady
with Audrey Hepburn,
Rex Harrison.

National Lampoon's
1964 High School Yearbook,
39th Reunion

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