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Secret Life of Bees

Events from the Time Period - 1964

Major Events and Top News Stories:

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President Johnson declares “war on poverty,” introduces a variety of federal welfare programs, including Medicare (initially proposed by Kennedy in 1960)

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24th Amendment to Constitution adopted, ensuring fair voting practices

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Anchorage, Alaska hit by massive earthquake

Business & Economy:

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The Average hourly wage for blue collar workers has increased from between 50 and 75 percent since 1949

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The Mustang is introduced by Ford Motor Company

Science & Technology:

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First lung transplant

Sports:

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Cassius Clay (the future Muhammad Ali) defeats Sonny Liston to win heavyweight boxing title

Arts & Entertainment:

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“Beatlemania” spreads as the Beatles become a global phenomenon and are awarded the Grammy for Best New Artist of 1964

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“The Girl From Ipanema” is awarded the Grammy for Record of the Year

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Sidney Poiter becomes the first black male to win an Oscar

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TV Shows – The Munsters, Gilligan’s Island and Dr. Kildare

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Cole Porter dies

Bestsellers:

Fiction

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The Spy Who Came in From the Cold – John Le Carre

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Herzog – Saul Bellow

Nonfiction

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A Moveable Feast – Ernest Hemingway

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Reminiscences – Douglas MacArthur

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Revised 05/25/10

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