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17th March 2013

Top Picture : Double World Champion, bikes and cars  John Surtees

Second Picture: Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony.

I thought that I would look at what was happening here at home and to other Brits in 1964 and what a year that was, so much happened we were teenagers and the Queen was only 38. So what of 1964?

The Average Weekly Wage in 1964 was only £18.2s.2d                                        
A  Sliced white loaf cost 1s 2d (5.8p)                                                                             20 Cigarettes - 4s 11d (24.6p)                                                                                         A Litre of petrol - 1s 0.24d (5.1p)                                                                                 A Pint of milk - 9d (3.8p)                                                                                                   A Pint of beer - 1s 6.5d (7.8p)
In May the first change in tobacco and alcohol duties since 1961was imposed.
Philips introduce the musicassette ( compact cassette )
Rudi Gernreich 'designs' the topless swimsuit
Henry Cooper wins the European Heavyweight boxing title                Chemotherapy is first used in the treatment of cancer
Unemployment was at 405,000
The first MOOG synthesiser is developed by Robert Moog ( who died last May)
British troops are sent into Cyprus
Miss World is Ann Sidney ( Miss United Kingdom )
The first electronic ticket barriers and unmanned trains are seen on the London Underground

But what about the Olympics you ask?
Lynn Davies and Mary Rand won Gold in the Long.  Anne Packer won Gold in the 800metres and Ken Matthews  Gold in the 20km walk

Other sporting happenings

Donald Campbell captures land ( 403.10 m.p.h. ) and water ( 276.33 m.p.h. ) speed records in Australia
John Surtees becomes the only man to win world titles on two and four wheels

Now month by month.
On 1st January The first 'Top of the Pops') programme is broadcast from a disused church in Manchester. The Rolling Stones start their first tour as a headline act, supported by The Ronettes. 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' by The Beatles was released in the United States                                                                                                       

February  Britain and France agree to build a Channel tunnel
 Beatlemania hits the States as The Beatles arrive to start their first U.S. Tour and they make their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show
The first £10 notes are issued

March. Malta gains independence                                                                                         The Dave Clark Five make their debut on the Ed Sullivan show singing 'Glad All Over' and they were still only semi professional then!                                                 Prince Edward is born
The Dave Clark Five turn professional
A Dallas jury finds Jack Ruby guilty of killing JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald
Radio Caroline starts broadcasting, Britain's first 'pirate radio' station

April 1964 The first commercial hydrofoil service to France from the Channel Islands is introduced. The Great Train robbers receive a total of 307 years imprisonment. BBC2 broadcasts its first programme - 'Play School'
Thieves steal the head of the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen

May 1964. The first Habitat store opens in London at 77 Fulham Road                                     Mods and Rockers clash in seafront riots at Brighton and Margate                                                                                                                                  Radio Sutch ( later Radio City ) begins broadcasting

June 1964. Blue Streak is used in a launch from Woomera, Australia. Christine Keeler is released from prison. A crowd of 300,000 greet The Beatles on arrival in Adelaide, Australia. The Vatican condemns the female contraceptive pill

July 1964 ITV is off-air for five days due to strike action. 275 BEA flights are cancelled at Heathrow due to strike action. The first family planning clinic opens. Jim Reeves dies in a plane crash near Beery Field airport, Nashville

August 1964. A Rolling Stones gig in the Kurhaus in Scheveningen ends in a riot after 15 minutes. Great Train robber Charles Wilson escapes from Winston Green prison. Ian Fleming, author of 13 James Bond books dies in Canterbury, aged 56. Freddie Trueman becomes the first man to take 300 Test wickets in cricket. Three women are found guilty of indecency for wearing topless dresses in public.The first 'Match of the Day' programme is broadcast, Kenneth Wolstenholme commentating

September 1964. The Forth Road Bridge opens over the Firth of Forth in Scotland. The presses at 'The Sun' start rolling at 10 p.m. Licences are granted to 22 applicants to drill for oil and gas in the North Sea.Bill Haley returns to Britain for the first time since 1957 as a support act to Brenda Lee

October 1964.  Musician Cole Porter dies. Harold Wilson becomes Labour Prime Minister in U.K. general election. EMI records reject The Who. Northern Rhodesia becomes the independent Republic of Zambia, ending 73 years of British rule. The Windmill Theatre, famous for its nude tableaux, closes down.
November 1964. The first episode of 'Crossroads' is broadcast. The House of Commons votes to abolish the death penalty for murder in Britain. The first British commercial radio station, Radio Manx, goes on air.

December was a quiet month!

So how many of them did you remember?

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Peter (Willie) writes:-

The Soloists at our production of Handels Messiah were Loris Sutton,Soprano. Pamela Walker, Contralto. Richard Wood, Bass , and David Hillman , Tenor. Loris Sutton was an Australian singer who must have been about 30 at the time of our performance. She sang in many Australian competitions, and was a promising singer as early as 1951. How she came to perform in our production is just another of John Stevens miracles.

Pamela Walker and Richard Wood I cannot remember, but David Hillman went on to become a distinguished opera singer. He was an important Tenor with Sadlers Wells Opera and later when it became the English National Opera. He was just setting out as a professional when he performed with us.  He had been a quantity surveyor ! ..I met him again when I was a scenic artist with the English National Opera , and was able to remind him of his humble roots at Manor Court!  He remembered it very well..........He died in 2009.

News and Views:

Dale Robertson, who took his Oklahoma drawl and a way with horses into a long career as a star of westerns on television and in the movies, died on 27th February in San Diego. He was 89.

The cause was complications of lung cancer and pneumonia, his wife, Susan, said. He had been hospitalized near his home in San Diego. He was a skilled rider at 10 and training polo ponies by the time he was a teenager. He often said that the only reason he acted professionally was to save money to start his own horse farm in Oklahoma, which he eventually did.

He appeared in more than 60 films and 430 television episodes. He refused to call himself an actor. Rather, he said, he was a personality with a distinctive style, not unlike that of the actor he most admired, John Wayne.
He was born Dayle Lymoine Robertson in Harrah, Oklahoma, about 30 miles east of Oklahoma City, on July 14, 1923, to Melvin and Varval Robertson. He starred in sports in high school, boxed professionally as a young man and attended the Oklahoma Military Academy. In World War II, he served in the Army in Africa and Europe and was wounded twice, earning bronze and silver stars.

He developed, owned and starred in the “Wells Fargo” series, playing Jim Hardie, a troubleshooter for the stagecoach company. To make the character distinctive, he had the otherwise right-handed Hardie draw his gun and shoot left-handed.

“Wells Fargo” was originally shown in black and white and in half-hour episodes. In 1961, however, the producers wanted to turn it into a full-hour show in colour but he refused, and sold the show to them.
He was married four times. In addition to his wife whom he married in 1980, he is survived by his daughters, Rochelle Robertson and Rebel Lee, and a granddaughter.

On this day 17th March 1960-1965

On 17/03/1960 the number one single was Running Bear - Johnny Preston and the number one album was South Pacific Soundtrack. The top rated TV show was Wagon Train (ITV) and the box office smash was Psycho. A pound of today's money was worth £13.68 and Burnley were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions. The big news story of the day was Venereal disease rising in teens.

On 17/03/1961 the number one single was Wooden Heart - Elvis Presley and the number one album was GI Blues - Elvis Presley. The top rated TV show was No Hiding Place (AR) and the box office smash was One Hundred and One Dalmations. A pound of today's money was worth £13.25 and Tottenham Hotspur were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.

On 17/03/1962 the number one single was Wonderful Land - The Shadows and the number one album was Blue Hawaii - Elvis Presley. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street (Granada) and the box office smash was Lawrence of Arabia. A pound of today's money was worth £12.89 and Ipswich Town were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.

On 17/03/1963 the number one single was Summer Holiday - Cliff Richard & the Shadows and the number one album was Summer Holiday - Cliff Richard & the Shadows. The top rated TV show was Conservative Party Political Broadcast (all channels) and the box office smash was The Great Escape. A pound of today's money was worth £12.64 and Everton were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.

On 17/03/1964 the number one single was Little Children - Billy J Kramer and the number one album was With the Beatles - The Beatles. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street (Granada) and the box office smash was Dr Strangelove. A pound of today's money was worth £12.24 and Liverpool were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.

On 17/03/1965 the number one single was The Last Time - Rolling Stones and the number one album was Rolling Stones Number 2 - The Rolling Stones. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street (Granada) and the box office smash was The Sound of Music. A pound of today's money was worth £11.69 and Manchester United were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.

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