SVHS Historic Marker

Here are some links of interest to classmates in no particular order of importance and listed in arbritary categories, some historical, some otherwise.

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Alabama & Birmingham History


In 1964-65 . . .

-Average new house cost $13,600
-Average income per year was $6,450
-Gas per gallon cost 31¢
-Average new car cost $2,650
-Loaf of bread cost 21¢
-U.S. postage stamp cost 5¢
-Average monthly rent was $118
-Movie ticket cost $1.25


-Optical Disk (now Compact Disk)
-Hypertext for linking text on the Internet
-Respirator (replacement for the Iron Lung)

Business & Industry

-Yearly Inflation Rate 1.59%
-Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at 969
-1964-65 Ford Mustang introduced
-Warren Buffet buys controlling interest in Berkshire-Hathaway $18/share

Government & Politics

-President Johnson announces program to create Medicare and to expand his war on poverty
-President Johnson announces increase in U.S. troops in S. Vietnam from 75,000 to 125,000
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. leads civil rights march in Alabama from Selma to Montgomery
-Troopers violently confront civil rights marchers in Alabama
-Race Riots Break Out In Watts, CA leaving large parts of the city burnt and looted and 34 dead
-The Voting Rights Act, guaranteeing African Americans the right to vote becomes law
-Higher Education Act of 1965 is signed into law providing low-interest loans for students in higher education.
-U.S. begins airlift of Cubans wishing to leave Cuba and live in America


-Hurricane Betsy makes landfall in the Bahamas, Florida and Louisiana causing $1 billion dollars worth of Damage
-Pope Paul VI becomes the first Pope to visit the United States
-Malcolm X shot in New York
-Several U.S. states (VT, NH, MA, CT, RI, NY and portions of NJ) and parts of Canada are hit by a series of blackouts lasting up to 13 1/2 hours.

-Ranger 8 crashes into the Moon after a successful mission of photographing possible landing sites for the Apollo program
-Ranger 9 sends back live TV broadcast when it crashes on to the moon
-Russian Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov becomes the first person to walk in space
-U.S. Major Edward H. White II becomes the second human to walk in space


-AFL Championship:– Buffalo Bills won 23-0 over the San Diego Chargers
-NFL Championship: Green Bay Packers won 23-12 over the Cleveland Browns
-Cotton Bowl (1964 season): Arkansas Razorbacks won 10-7 over the Nebraska Cornhuskers to win the FWAA Poll national championship
-Orange Bowl (1964 season): Alabama Crimson Tide loses 21-17 to the Texas Longhorns; Alabama voted national champions by the AP and UPI Coaches Poll
-NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA wins 91-80
-NBA Finals: Boston Celtics win 4 games to 1 over the Los Angeles Lakers
-Masters Tournament - Jack Nicklaus shoots a Masters record 271 (17 under par).
-U.S. Open - Gary Player becomes the 3rd golfer in history to win all 4 professional majors.
-British Open: Peter Thomson
-PGA Championship: Dave Marr
-PGA money leader: Jack Nicklaus - $140,752
-World Series: NL Los Angeles Dodgers (4) vs. AL Minnesota Twins (3)
-Wimbledon: Roy Emerson and Margaret Smith
-Kentucky Derby Champion: Lucky Debonair

Billboards's Top 10 Recordings

1-Sam The Sham and The Pharaohs, Wooly Bully
2-Four Tops, I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)
3-Rolling Stones, (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
4-We Five, You Were On My Mind
5-Righteous Brothers, You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
6-Petula Clark, Downtown
7-Beatles, Help!
8-Herman's Hermits, Can't You Hear My Heartbeat
9-Elvis Presley, Crying In The Chapel
10- Temptations, My Girl

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