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is easy for me - the year I graduated from high school, my mother died, I first worked other than baby-sitting (in a McDonald's and then a Boys Club day camp), coming to DC for the March, starting college.

The current issue of the Library of Congress Magazine focuses on that year, and I thought I would share this much - the list of items on the timeline, one for each month

January - 14th -George Wallace in his inaugural address utters the phrase "Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!"

February - 19th - publishing of The Feminine Mystique, written by Betty Friedan

March - 28th - Hitchcock's "The Birds" is released in the US

April - 1 - "General Hospital" debuts on tv

May - 2nd -  Bull Connors turns on the fire hoses and turns loose the dogs on civil rights demonstrators in Birmingham

June - 12th - Medgar Evers is assassinated

July - 1st - Zip Codes introduced in US

August - 28th -  King gives his "I have a Dream Speech" - when a quarter million had come to the nation's Capital City, including 1 17-year-old boy from Larchmont NY

September - 15th - 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham bombed, killing four little girls

October - 2nd - Sandy Koufax strikes out 15 Yankees setting a World Series record

November - 22nd -  John F. Kennedy assassinated in Dallas

December - 26th -  Beatles "I want to hold your hand" officially released in the US
 (although for some reason I remember hearing Beatles songs in Philadelphia before we went on Christmas break)

It was a time of change of many kinds.

I thought it worth remembering.


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  •  Tip Jar (15+ / 0-)

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Tue Aug 06, 2013 at 11:16:59 AM PDT

  •  Thanks for reminding me of the things that (2+ / 0-)
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    happened the year I, too, graduated from high school. Some I remember well; Kennedy's assassination, King's "I Have a Dream". Others surprised me; zip codes introduced.

    So, Ken, are you going to or have you attended your 50th? Mine's upcoming, but I can't make it. I'll just listen to one of my 60's playlists instead.  ;-)

    “The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return.” - Gore Vidal

    by Hanging Up My Tusks on Tue Aug 06, 2013 at 11:26:45 AM PDT

    •  attended on weekend corresponding to (1+ / 0-)
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      when we graduated.  We graduated on Monday June 24th, 1963.  Our reunion was Friday June 21 and Saturday June 22.

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Tue Aug 06, 2013 at 11:40:09 AM PDT

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  •  June in Vietnam (4+ / 0-)
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    by Paleo on Tue Aug 06, 2013 at 11:28:04 AM PDT

  •  November 23: Doctor Who premieres on the BBC (0+ / 0-)

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Tue Aug 06, 2013 at 11:59:07 AM PDT

  •  1963 for American Indians (4+ / 0-)

    In Washington, D.C., the leadership of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) meets with President John F. Kennedy. Jacqueline Kennedy then invites the delegates to return the following day when they are given a tour of the White House. The delegates, dressed in traditional regalia, perform Indian dances for Caroline, John Jr., and other children at the White House school.

    With the completion of Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell in northern Arizona, the once remote Rainbow Natural Bridge National Monument, a sacred place for the Navajo, becomes more accessible. The National Park Service provides a boat and dock service for tourists.

    In South Dakota, the federal government declares land taken from the Oglala Sioux on the Pine Ridge Reservation to be used as a bombing range during World War II to be surplus.

    In Wisconsin, the Winnebago reluctantly reorganize according to the guidelines of the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act. They retain their chief-clan structure which is based on four Sky clans and eight Earth clans.

    In Washington, rangers from the Olympic National Park burn down a Makah smokehouse and canning structure at the mouth of the Ozette River. The tribal council protests the action as a violation of their 1855 treaty.

    There's lots more, but maybe it should be a diary.

  •  I also graduated 1963 (1+ / 0-)
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    Mary Mike

    and will be attending my high school reunion in September (knock on wood). A lot of water under the bridge since then.

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