Life in 1964 – Popular Culture Facts


This page offers an insight into life in 1964 and includes World news, political leaders, prices, population statistics and information about the popular culture of 1964.

The year 1964 was a leap year and began on a Wednesday.

1964 In The News

The Beatles 1964
The Beatles

12th January – The Zanzibar Revolution began.

4th June – The Beatles began their first World Tour. It made them a global success.

2nd July – The US Civil Rights Act made discrimination by race, religion, sex or skin colour illegal.

24th September – The Warren Commission declared that Lee Harvey Oswald was the only assassin of J F Kennedy.

14th October – Leader of the Soviet Union, Nikita Khrushchev was removed from power and replaced by Leonid Brezhnev.


Life in 1964 – Prices

dollar bill

Average house:
UK – £2,999; USA – $13,050
Petrol per gallon:
UK – £0.24; USA – $0.30
Loaf of Bread:
UK – £0.06; USA – $0.22
Gold per ounce:
UK – $35.10, USA – $35.3

Life in 1964 – Population

World Map

World: – 3,280,979,467 
Australia: – 11,218,304 
Canada: – 19,711,052
China: – 696,064,960
India: – 484,050,048
Soviet Union: 125,521,512
United States: – 191,140,992
United Kingdom: – 53,991,000


Life in 1964 – Music

Popular MusicBest Selling Single:
UK – Can’t Buy Me Love – The Beatles
USA – I Want to Hold Your Hand – The Beatles
AUS – I Saw Her Standing There/ Love Me Do – The Beatles
CAN – I Want to Hold Your Hand – The Beatles

Best Selling Album:
UK – Beatles For Sale – The Beatles
USA – Hello Dolly – Original Soundtrack
AUS – No data – Charts began 1965
CAN – No data – Charts began 1968

Popular Artists:
The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Dave Clark Five, The Drifters, Marvin Gaye, The Rolling Stones, The Searchers, The Supremes


On the Bookshelves

BookshelfBooks Published in 1964:

The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
A Moveable Feast – Ernest Hemingway
Harriet the Spy – Louise Fitzhugh
Games People Play – Eric Berne

At the Movies

Movies Films1964 Top Movies (USA box office figures):

1. Mary Poppins – $31 million
2. My Fair Lady – $30 million
3. Goldfinger – $22.5 million
4. The Carpetbaggers – $15.5 million
5. From Russia With Love – $9.2 million


Life in 1964 – World Leaders

Harold Wilson
Harold Wilson British Prime Minister

Australia Prime Minister – Robert Menzies 
Canada Prime Minister – Lester Pearson
China President – Liu Shaoqi
India Prime Minister – Jawaharlal Nehru to 27th May, Lal Bahadur Shastri from 9th June
Soviet Union Leader – Nikita Khruschchev to 14th October, Leonid Brezhnev after 14th October
United States President – Lyndon B Johnson
United Kingdom Prime Minister –  Alec Douglas Home to 16th October, Harold Wilson after 16th October


Born in 1964

Life in 1964 - Nicholas Cage born
Nicholas Cage

7th January – Nicholas Cage (Actor)
17th January – Michelle Obama (First Lady)
10th March – Prince Edward (Royal Family)
7th April – Russell Crowe (Actor)
26th May – Lenny Kravitz (Musician)
19th June – Boris Johnson (UK Prime Minister)
1st October – Harry Hill (Comedian)

Died in 1964

King Paul of Greece died 1964
King Paul of Greece

6th March – King Paul of Greece (Royal Family)
2nd May – Nancy Astor (Politician)
27th May – Jawaharlal (Prime Minister of India)
27th August – Gracie Allen (Comedian)
28th September – Harpo Marx (Actor)
20th October – Herbert Hoover (President of USA)
11th December – Sam Cooke (Singer)


1964 Sport Highlights

Olympic Rings

Football – West Ham won the FA Cup
Cycling – Jacques Anquetil (FRA) won the Tour de France for the 4th time
Tennis – Roy Emerson won the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open
Golf – British Open won by Tony Lema; US Open won by Bobby Nichols
Baseball – St Louis Cardinals won the World Series
Horse Racing – Arkle won the Cheltenham Gold Cup; Northern Dancer won the Kentucky Derby
Olympics – The Winter Olympics were held in Innsbruck, Austria and won by the Soviet Union.
The Summer Olympics were held in Tokyo, Japan and won by the United States.


Christmas Wishlist

Etch a Sketch 1963

G I Joe Action Figure
Barbie and Ken Dolls
Mousetrap Game
Etch A Sketch
Matchbox Cars
Easy Bake Oven

What Was New?

Polaroid Camera invented 1964

BASIC computer language invented
Acrylic paint invented
Word Processor invented
Measles vaccine developed
Temazepam sleeping tablet developed
Polaroid camera developed



First published 2020; updated Mar 24 2022 @ 11:14 am – Updated – Mar 30, 2022 @ 12:11 pm