La Habra High School Class of 1964 - 1964 in Review
LHHS SPIRITED SENIOR CLASS 1963-1964
Beginning in SEPTEMBER 1963, our class experienced and witnessed many significant historic and cultural events. ¬†THE TIMES WERE CHANGING.
SEPTEMBER - 1963
10th - Birmingham, Alabama, City Schools are integrated by National Guardsmen under orders from President Kennedy.
15th - 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, kills four young girls.
17th - 'The Fugitive' premieres on ABC TV.
LHHS FOOTBALL SEASON begins with enthusiastic rallies and booster buttons worn on game days. ¬†This senior class focus on spirit is promoted by.... Pep Club leaders: ¬†Bonnie Gough, Leah Richards, Donna Vigo, Nancy Luginbill and Judy Butler. ¬†Yell leaders: ¬†Greg Long, Donna Barker, Brad Steingraber, Bonnie Gough, Clayton Hudson. ¬† Song leaders: ¬†Denise Popovich, Anita Banks, Marilyn Berzel, Bonnie Walters, Vicki Lynn. ¬†Drill Team Captain: ¬†Valerie Ruth. ¬†Flagsters: ¬†Carolyn Yamaga, Susan Harrison.
Friday, September 20, 8:00 PM - HELLO-O-O Lynwood, La Habra says----'HOOT, MON!' ¬†Seniors in the starting line up include: Chuck Aswell, Greg Keller, Fred Hunter, Craig Hastin, Russ McQueary, Lennie Meier, Dave Ogas, Brain Mock, Bob Jensen, Greg Elliot, Mike Greenwald.
OCTOBER 1963: ¬†THE L.A. DODGERS SWEEP THE N.Y. YANKEES TO WIN THE WORLD SERIES
SANDY KOUFAX becomes the 'Strike Out King' and a strike out, indicated by the letter 'K' in official score books, takes on new meaning.
11th - LHHS HOMECOMING, the varsity football clan is victorious over La Serna 20-6. ¬†Captain Greg Elliot, Co-Captain Chuck Aswell, Coach Ben Zane. ¬†The game is followed by 'Return to the Blue and White,' ¬†Sterling Gym, Music by the 'Tempos,' ¬†with the regal spendor of Queen Marni Magda and her court, Shari Jackson, Nancy Luginbill, Bonnie Gough and Betsy MacBain. ¬†Tremendous fun for $1.50 per couple.
On the TOP 40:
MY BOYFRIEND'S BACK - Angels; ¬†HONOLULU LULU - Jan & Dean; ¬†BE MY BABY - Ronettes; ¬†BLUE VELVET - Bobby Vinton; ¬†SUGAR SHACK - Jimmy Gilmore; ¬†DON'T THINK TWICE, IT'S ALL RIGHT - Peter, Paul & Mary; ¬†HEAT WAVE - Martha & Vandellas; DEEP PURPLE - April Stevens & Nino Tempo; ¬†FOOLS RUSH IN - Rick Nelson
Movie of the Month: ¬†TOM JONES
October 1963: ¬†SOUTH AFRICA BEGINS TRIAL OF NELSON MANDELA
Nelson Mandela begins his long journey for freedom and equality.
October 30, 1963 - LAMBORGHINI FOUNDED
Founded by Ferruccio Lamborghini, who previously manufactured tractors and farm equipment. ¬†The most cars sold was 2,430 in 2008. ¬†Lamborghini is now a subsidiery of AUDI. ¬†Here is how it looks now---VROOOOM!
November 1963 - Touch Tone Phone Introduced
Having one of these in your room was so cool when we were in high school. ¬†
November 22, 1963 - PRESIDENT KENNEDY ASSASINATED IN DALLAS, TEXAS BY LEE HARVEY OSWALD
The high school day we remember most.
November 22, 1963
¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† The President and Mrs. Kennedy arriving at the Dallas airport.
November 24, 1963- JACK RUBY SHOOTS LEE HARVEY OSWALD
First live murder on TV.
November 25, 1963
JFK laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.
NOVEMBER 29, 1963
The BEATLES release 'I Want to Hold Your Hand,' which becomes the best-selling single record worldwide. ¬†With that, the 'British Invasion' of America is launched.
Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th U.S. President, sets up the Warren Commission to investigate the assasination of JFK.
On the TOP 40: ¬†BE TRUE TO YOUR SCHOOL - Beach Boys; ¬†I'M LEAVING IT UP TO YOU - Dale & Grace; ¬†BOSSA NOVA BABY - Elvis Presley; ¬†LITTLE RED ROOSTER - Sam Cooke; ¬†WALKIN' THE DOG - Rufus Thomas; ¬†I'M CRAZY ABOUT MY BABY - Marvin Gaye.
20th - The Berlin Wall opens for the first time to West Berliners.
23rd - The Beach Boys make their first appearance on 'Shindig.'
30th - Congress authorizes the Kennedy half dollar.
On the TOP 40: ¬†
LOUIE LOUIE - Kingsmen; DOMINIQUE - Soeur Sourire; SINCE I FELL FOR YOU - Lennie Welch; POPSICLES & ICICLES - Murmaids.
Movie of the Month: CHARADE
8th - In his State of the Union Address, President Lyndon B. Johnson ¬†declares, 'WAR ON POVERTY IN AMERICA!' ¬†
16th - 'HELLO DOLLY!' opens on Broadway and continues for 2,844 performances, winning 10 Tony Awards.
17th - MICHELLE OBAMA is born in Chicago, Illinois, Salutatorian of her high school and First Lady of the U.S.
18th - Plans for the WORLD TRADE CENTER are announced in NYC.
24th - The 24th AMENDMENT to the U.S. Constitution goes into effect, ensuring fair voting practices.
29th - The 9th WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES opens in Innsbruck, Austria
31st - The U.S. report, 'SMOKING AND HEALTH,' connects smoking to lung cancer.
On the TOP 40: ¬†I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND, The Beatles; ¬†YOU DON'T OWN ME - Leslie Gore; ¬†THERE! ¬†I SAID IT AGAIN - Bobby Vinton; ¬†OUTER LIMITS - Marketts; ¬†HEY LITTLE COBRA - Rip Cords; ¬†QUICKSAND - Martha & Vandellas, THE WEDGE - Dick Dale & Deltones.
Movie of the Month: ¬†ZORBA THE GREEK
2nd - G.I. JOE debuts as a popular American toy.
9th - BEATLEMANIA hits the 'Ed Sullivan Show,' with the first appearance of the Fab Four singing
'ALL MY LOVIN.' ¬†¬†'Meet the Beatles' album goes gold.
25th - CASSISUS CLAY TKOs Sonny Liston in 7 rounds for the heavy weight boxing title. ¬†In attendance, were John, Paul, George and Ringo. ¬†A few weeks after the fight, the Champion announces that he is a member of the Muslem faith and changes his name to MUHAMMAD ALI.
25th - CIF BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS - The R and R Express (Rusty Disbro, Rudy Beccera, Roger McMillan and Rick Mercer), four of the greatest hustlers and shooters LHHS has ever seen, joined with seniors Gary Yates, Bill Rickets, and Dave Ogas dominate the Crestview League, winning 14 out of 15 games. ¬† Rudy Beccera holds the all time scoring mark of 1,238 points. ¬†It is an exciting game with Dominguez winning over La Habra 80 to 79, after two heart stopping overtimes.
15th - At a Special Meeting to Congress, President Johnson presents his proposal for a nationwide war on the sources of poverty titled, 'THE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY ACT OF 1964.' ¬†The purpose of the Act is to open opportunities for education, training, and work, including the opportunity for all citizens to live in decency and dignity.
14th - A Dallas jury sentences JACK RUBY to death in the Lee Harvey Oswald murder.
¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†1964 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
21st - Under the ingenious leadership of COACH JOHN WOODEN, UCLA completes an undefeated basketball season (30-0). ¬†UCLA basketball teams hold the record for National Champions, winning in 64, 65, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 75, 95.
Ten of the eleven were under Coach Wooden. ¬†Some of our classmates attended UCLA during these record breaking years.
LIZ TAYLOR, divorces Eddie Fisher and marries RICHARD BURTON the next week on March 15th.
27th - The STRONGEST RECORDED EARTHQUAKE in North America occurs in Alaska with a magnitude of 9.2 and 143 casualties, 12 resulting from a tsunami in or near Crescent City, California.
LHHS THEATER presents 'LITTLE MOON OF ALBAN' March 6 and 7 at 8:00 in Stewart Hall. ¬†Members of the cast include Jim Waring, Bob Jensen, Nancy Henry, Janie Briggs, Jon Lang, Dusty Carsey, Susan Harrison, Barbara Parker, Steve Morris, Gordon Stewart, and Florence Sargent.
30th - THE HIGHLAND FLING, LHHS Sterling Gym, Music by the 'Melody Men,' with King Rich Smith and Queen Donna Barker.
Movie of the Month: ¬†THE PINK PANTHER
7th- IBM announces the System/360.
7th - RUSSELL CROWE born in Wellington, New Zealand.
13th - SIDNEY POITIER is the first African American to receive an Academy Award for 'Best Actor.'
18th - SANDY KOUFAX is the first pitcher to strike out the side on 9 pitches.
April 22, 1964 - THE WORLD'S FAIR OPENS IN QUEENS, NEW YORK
WALT DISNEY, in a salute to UNICEF, first presents 'It's a Small World' at the Pepsi Pavilion. ¬†Lifelike robots, designed as children and animals are controlled by electro-mechanical actuators and computers. ¬†Later, the exhibit moves to Disneyland in Anaheim, along with 'Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln' and Tomorrowland's PeopleMover.
SHEA STADIUM opens acoss from the fairgrounds and serves as a home for the New York Mets from 1964-2008 and the New York Jets from 1964-1983. ¬†The first Mets game in the new stadium is celebrated on April 17, 1964.
THE FIRST FORD MUSTANG
The Ford Motor Company formally introduces the FORD MUSTANG to the public at its World's Fair Pavilion on April 17, 1964. ($2,368 base price) ¬†'PUT A FEW KICKS IN YOUR LIFE!'
COLOR TELEVISION is highlighted at the World's Fair.
Movie of the Month: ¬†FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
May 9, 1964 - LHHS PROM NIGHT
¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† THE ELEGANCE OF SAN FRANCISCO - 'The City, the Night, and You' -¬† 9 o'clock to midnight
¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Senior Prom at Fullerton Jr. College Student Center, Music by the Marksmen
2nd - NORTHERN DANCER wins the Kentucky Derby and later, on May 16th, the Preakness.
25th - At the 16th Emmy Awards, THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW wins in five categories: ¬†Outstanding Comedy Program, Best Actor and Best Actress in a comedy, Best Director, Best Writing.
28th - The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) is established with Yasser Arafat as chairman.
28th - APOLLO 2 SATURN is successfully launched into Earth's orbit.
30th - A.J. FOYT wins the Indianapolis 500.
On the TOP 40
LOVE ME DO, CAN'T BUY ME LOVE, DO YOU WANNA KNOW A SECRET - Beatles; ¬†MY GUY - Mary Wells; ¬†RONNIE - Four Seasons; ¬†BITS AND PIECES - Dave Clark Five; ¬†NADINE - Chuck Berry; ¬†MONEY - Kingsmen; ¬†WALK ON BY - Dionne Warwick; ¬†EBB TIDE - Lennie Welch.
¬† ¬† LHHS SENIOR CLASS OF 1964 GRADUATES ¬†- 507 students receive a diploma of graduation. ¬†
JUNE 1964 - SUMMER'S HERE AND THE TIME IS RIGHT FOR DANCIN' IN THE STREET
10TH - The ROLLING STONES record their 12X5 Album at Chess Studios in Chicago.
11th - QUEEN ELIZABETH commands the BEATLES to attend her birthday party.
19TH - MARTHA REEVES AND THE VANDELLAS record 'DANCIN' IN THE STREET' at Hitsville USA. ¬†The song has two appropriate meanings for the time: ¬†party song and civil rights anthem to social change. ¬†The Motown recording is one of 50 sound recordings preserved by the Library of Congress.
On the TOP 40:
CHAPEL OF LOVE - Dixie Cups; ¬†MY GIRL SLOOPY - Vibrations; ¬†WORLD WITHOUT LOVE - Peter and Gordon; ¬†
I GET AROUND/DON'T WORRY BABY - Beach Boys; ¬†PEOPLE - Barbra Steisand; ¬†MEMPHIS - Johnny Rivers; ¬†
DON'T LET THE SUN CATCH YOU CRYING - Gerry and the Pacemakers; ¬†MY BOY LOLLIPOP - ¬†Millie Small
FREEDOM SUMMER 1964
June 14-27 - In what was called 'FREEDOM SUMMER' of 1964, college students and volunteers gathered at Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio, to prepare and organize for voter registration in Mississippi, which had historically excluded most African Americans from voting through poll taxes and literacy tests. ¬†Volunteers in the project also established a network of summer schools called, 'Freedom Schools,' teaching confidence, voter literacy, political organzation skills and academic competency. ¬†Volunteer doctors, nurses and clergymen also joined the project, providing clinics, health education, and community support.
Local government and white organizations fought the project and assauted the students and local volunteers.
During the course of the 10 week project:
4 civil rights workers were killed
At least 3 Mississippi African Americans were murdered
80 Freedom Summer workers were beaten
1,062 volunteers and local supporters were arrested
37 churches were bombed or burned, along with many homes and businesses.
JUNE 21, 1964 - YOUNG CIVIL RIGHTS WORKERS ARE MURDERED IN MISSISSIPPI
Voting rights activists and members of the Freedom Summer Project, JAMES CHANEY, ANDREW GOODMAN and MICHAEL SCHWERNER were arrested for speeding, taken to the county jail, and later released and murdered, victims of a Klan conspiracy. ¬†Their deaths provoked national media attention and outrage. ¬†President Johnson sent the FBI to investigate and find the bodies. ¬†During the course of the investigation eight other bodies were found in the vicinity. ¬†The events brought national exposure to the racial injustice that prevailed in the South and led to the first successful federal prosecution of a civil rights case in Mississippi. ¬†Young people, especially on college campuses, began to question everything.
JULY 2, 1964
President Johnson signs the CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964 and the VOTING RIGHTS ACT into law.
10th - A HARD DAYS NIGHT premiers in London.
14th - JACQUES ANQUETIL wins his 5th Tour de France.
15th - Senator Barry M. Goldwater of Arizona is nominated for President at the National Republican Convention in San Francisco, California.
19TH - BOBBY NICHOLS wins the 46th PGA Championship at Columbus, Ohio. ¬†With an opening round of 64, (!) he shoots the lowest 72 hole total in PGA Championship history at 271. ¬†The record is held for 30 years until broken by Nick Price in 1994 with a score of 269.
26th - Teamsters President, JIMMY HOFFA is convicted of fraud and conspiracy.
26th - SANDRA BULLOCK is born in Arlington, Virginia.
28th - RANGER 7 is launched toward the Moon and sends back 4,308 TV pictures before crashing on the Moon.
On the TOP 40:
THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA - Getz/Gilberto; ¬†DANG ME - Roger Miller; ¬†THE LITTLE OLD LADY FROM PASADENA - Jan and Dean; ¬†RAG DOLL - the Four Seasons; ¬†EVERYBODY LOVES SOMEBODY SOMETIME - Dean Martin; ¬†
WISHIN' AND HOPIN' - Dusty Springfield; ¬†THE JAMES BOND THEME - Billy Strange; ¬†NOT FADE AWAY - Rolling Stones.
2nd - The annual CORN FESTIVAL is celebrated in La Habra, California, with a parade, carnival and picnic.
On the TOP 40
A HARD DAYS NIGHT/AND I LOVE HER - Beatles; ¬†WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO - Supremes; ¬†HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN - Animals; ¬†WALK DON'T RUN - Ventures; ¬†UNDER THE BOARDWALK - Drifters; ¬†IT'S ALL OVER NOW - Rolling Stones.
Movie of the Month: ¬†MARY POPPINS
AUGUST 1964 - VIETNAM Becomes Front Page News
4th - The North Vietnamese torpedo the USS Maddox in the GULF OF TONKIN.
5th - US begins bombing North Vietnam
7th - US Congress approves the GULF OF TONKIN RESOLUTION, giving President Johnson authorization, without a formal declaration of war, for the use of military force in Southeast Asia. ¬†It passes unanimously in the House, and in the Senate, only two Senators vote no. ¬†Senator Wayne Morse of Oregan votes 'No' and warns, 'I BELIEVE THIS RESOLUTION TO BE AN HISTORIC MISTAKE.'
18th - SOUTH AFRICA is banned from the Summer Olympic Games due to apartheid policies.
20th - PRESIDENT JOHNSON signs the 'ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY ACT OF 1964,' creating the Office of Economic Opportunity, Job Corps, VISTA Volunteers, Head Start, Upward Bound, Neighborhood Youth Corps, Work/Study Grants, Neighborhood Health Centers, Small Business Loans Program, Rural and Migrant Worker Remedial Education Programs.
26TH - LBJ is nominated for president at the National Democratic Convention in Atlantic City, NJ.
27th - The one year anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's
'I HAVE A DREAM' speech.
28th - US weather satellite, NIMBUS I launched.
31st - President Johnson signs the 'FOOD STAMP ACT OF 1964' into law, intending to strengthen the agriculture ecomony and provide improved levels of nutrition among low-income households. ¬†Appropriations for the first year is
75 million dollars for 350,000 recipients. ¬†Purchase of alcoholic beverages and imported goods is not permitted. ¬†In 2013, the program is called SNAP, costs 76.4 billion and supplies 47.6 million Americans with an average of $133 per month in food assistance at food retailers and certain farmers' markets.
31st - Ground is broken for ANGEL STADIUM in Anaheim.
SEPTEMBER 1964 - SAYING GOODBYE TO SUMMER AND LA HABRA
Some of our classmates left LHHS before graduating: for marriage, job opportunties and other pursuits that gave them a head start on life in the adult world. ¬†For most of the graduates of La Habra High School, SEPTEMBER 1964 is a time for change and moving on to new jobs, college, the military, new friendships and romances. ¬†We are excited to get on with our personal goals and dreams of making the world a safer, more perfect place. ¬† We are like the entire country with new discoveries, awakenings, and truths. ¬†Some of us won't look back, and others will always be a little nostalgic for sunny La Habra, cruisin' Whittier Boulevard, biking around the neighborhood, going to games and dances, listening for the Disneyland fireworks, and exploring Orange County with best friends and sweethearts.
3rd - THE WILDERNESS ACT OF 1964 is signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, designating 9.1 million acres of federal land for future generations to enjoy unspoiled, and defining wilderness as 'an area where earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a vistor who does not remain.' ¬†Currently there are 757 wilderness areas encompasing 109.5 million acres of federal land. ¬†The picture on the left, is the Ventana Wilderness in Big Sur, California.
3rd - US ATORNEY GENERAL, ROBERT KENNEDY, resigns.
17th - The first TV episode of 'BEWITCHED' begins.
18th - The 'ADDAMS FAMILY' moves into the TV neighborhood.
27th - The WARREN REPORT finds that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the assassination of JFK. ¬†
On the TOP 40
GTO - Ronnie & Daytonas; ¬†REMEMBER, WALKING IN THE SAND - Shangri-La's; ¬†0H, PRETTY WOMAN - Roy Orbison;
OUT OF SIGHT - James Brown; ¬†MAYBELLINE - Johnny Rivers; ¬†BABY I NEED YOUR LOVIN' - Four Tops.
OCTOBER 2, 1964 ¬†- THE FREE SPEECH MOVEMENT BEGINS AT UC BERKELEY
More than 1,500 students gathered at Sproul Hall at UC Berkeley for an orderly demonstration, led by MARIO SAVIO, to protest restrictions on political speech and action on campus. ¬†JOAN BAEZ provided support and led the students in folk songs. ¬†The demonstration continued until the morning of October 4th, when police arrested close to 800 students. ¬†When the university brought charges against the students who organized the sit-in, another, larger student protest occurred. ¬†In January,r 1965, the newly elected governor, RONALD REAGAN, directed the UC Board of regents to dismiss UC President CLARK KERR for being too soft on the protestors. ¬†Today the steps of Sproul Hall are named Mario Savio and a campus building is named after Clark Kerr.
10th - The SUMMER OLYMPICS begin in Tokyo, Japan. ¬†The US MEN'S SWIM TEAM wins 7 out of 10 gold medals.
DON SCHOLLANDER wins 4 gold medals in swimming. ¬†BOB HAYES earns a gold medal running 100 meters in 10.0 seconds. ¬†He will later win a Super Bowl ring as a wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys and is one of two gold medal winners in the NFL Football Hall of Fame. ¬†JOE FRAZIER receives a gold medal in heavyweight boxing.
14th - Soviet leader, NIKITA KHRUSHCHEV, is expelled from his office of First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union due to his increasing erratic and authoritarian behavior.
15th - The ST. LOUIS CARDINALS beat the NY YANKEES 4 games to 3 in the WORLD SERIES.
20th - 'A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS,' directed by SERGIO LEONE and starring CLINT EASTWOOD, is released in Italy, initiating the popularity of the spaghetti western film genre.
OCTOBER 25, 1964 - THE ROLLING STONES FIRST APPEAR ON THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW
Ed Sullivan receives many letters of complaint about their long hair and casual style of dress and refuses to have them back on the show. ¬†Yet, they appear 5 more times. ¬†It must have been their song choice on the first show......TIME IS ON MY SIDE, from their 12X5 album.
OCTOBER 27, 1964
SONNY AND CHER wed in Tijuana.
The bride wears BELL-BOTTOMS.
On the TOP 40
YOU REALLY GOT ME - Kinks;
DO WAH DIDDY - Manfred Mann;
IT HURTS TO BE IN LOVE - Gene Pitney; ¬†SHE'S NOT THERE - Zombies; ¬†I'M INTO SOMETHING GOOD - Herman's Hermits; ¬†COME A LITTLE BIT CLOSER - Jay & Americans; ¬†BABY LOVE - Supremes.
Movie of the Month:
MY FAIR LADY
PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION - NOVEMBER 1964
¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† LBJ DEFEATS GOLDWATER in one of the most crushing victories in US history.
Senator Goldwater voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and ran on the slogan: ¬†'In your heart, you know he's RIGHT!' ¬†The Democrats countered the slogan with: ¬†'In your guts, you know he's NUTS!'
Democrats ran the famous daisy girl ad, hinting of a chance of nuclear war should Goldwater be elected.
Goldwater was quoted as saying, 'I could have ended the war in a month. ¬†I could have made North Vietnam look like a mud puddle.'
10th - The MILWAUKEE BRAVES sign a 25 year lease to play baseball in the new ATLANTA STADIUM.
21st - World's longest suspension bridge, the VERRAZANO NARROWS, opens in NYC. ¬†The bridge is named after GIOVANNI DA VERRAZANO, who was the first European to explore and map the New York Harbor and the Hudson River area in 1524. ¬†Opening day toll is $.64 (!) and later is $.50 each way. ¬†Today the toll is $15.00 with 170,000 vehicles per day.
29th - The ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH in the US replaces Latin with English.
On the TOP 40
TIME IS ON MY SIDE - Rolling Stones; ¬†THE JERK - Larks; ¬†LEADER OF THE PACK - Shangri-La's; ¬†COME SEE ABOUT ME - Supremes; ¬†BABY DON'T GO - Sonny and Cher; ¬†WALKING IN THE RAIN - Ronettes
Movie of the Month: SEX AND THE SINGLE GIRL
6TH - 'RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER' first airs on TV.
10th - For his non-violent philosophy, The NOBEL PEACE PRIZE is awarded to DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
15th - Canada adopts the maple leaf flag.
22nd - The first flight of the spectacular Lockheed SR-71 BLACKBIRD in Palmdale, California reportedly reached a top speed of Mach 3.2 during flight testing. ¬†Clarence 'Kelly' Johnson is credited with the design's many innovative concepts. ¬†The strategic reconnaissance aircraft served with the U.S. Air Force from 1964-1998. ¬†During that time, only one pilot was killed in an accident and none in action. ¬†There was a total of 32 Blackbirds constructed using titanium for 85% of the airframe structure. ¬†On July 28, 1976, an SR-71 set two world records for its class: ¬†an absolute speed record of 2,193 mph (approximately Mach 3.3) and an absolute altitude record of 85,068.9 feet. ¬†A list of the SR-17 Blackbirds on display in various air museums around the US is located on this website:
DECEMBER 1964 - BOND, JAMES BOND
25TH - ¬†'GOLDFINGER' premiers in London starring SEAN CONNERY, HONOR BLACKMAN AND GERT FROBE. ¬†It is the first Bond film to feature the character Q with his far-fetched gadgetry and introduces the famous line, ¬†'A martini. ¬†Shaken, not stirred.' ¬†With the gadgets, 007 car, Bond girl and sophistocated humor, the film stands out as a template for future 007 spy thrillers. ¬†The ASTON MARTIN DBS used in the film (pictured above) was the most popular car in the UK at the time and was featured in a favorite display at the 1964 NY World's Fair. ¬†The Corgi toy replica of the DBS was the most popular toy of 1964. ¬†In 1969, radio station owner, Jerry Lee, purchased the the original Bond car from the Aston Martin factory for $12,000. ¬†It later sold in 2010 to classic car collector, Harvey Yeaggy for a reported $4.6 million. ¬†'GOLDFINGER' also was the first film to feature the new FORD MUSTANG.
On the TOP 40:
I FEEL FINE/SHE'S A WOMAN - Beatles; ¬†HIGH HEEL SNEAKERS - Jerry Lee Lewis; ¬†HOW SWEET IT IS - Marvin Gaye;
YOU'VE LOST THAT LOVIN' FEELING - Righteous Brothers; ¬†AS TEARS GO BY - Marianne Faithful; ¬†DOWNTOWN - Petula Clark
19 ¬† ¬†¬† ¬† HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS ¬† ¬† ¬†¬† 64
You can usually count on the weather being beautiful around New Year's Day in sunny La Habra. ¬†For our classmates, the holidays in 1964 were a time to connect with family and friends. ¬†There were plenty of lively conversations about the election, civil rights, new movies, cars, popular music and life at 18. ¬†Some classmates made time to go to their favorite taco or burger spot, cruise the local scene and take a walk on the beach. ¬†How fun to be with good friends to welcome 1965. ¬†
We've all been going our own separate ways since 1964, yet the events of this very special and unique year bond us together. ¬†We are the SPIRITED SENIOR CLASS OF 1964! ¬†May the LONG AND WINDING ROAD that you have been on the last 50 years lead back to your old La Habra friends and classmates. ¬†COME TOGETHER at the reunion August 16th.