I REMEMBER WHEN: the introduction – 1964

April 13, 2017
memory lane, lane, memory, memories, 1964


memory lane, lane, memory, memories, 1964

It’s nice to take a trip down memory lane isn’t it?  A bit of nostalgia feels good.  It brings back happy memories, takes you back to another time and place, and fills you with a lovely content feeling.  For this reason, I’ve decided to start a series of posts called:

“I remember when …” 

and the ‘…’ will be replaced with words that will differ from post to post.  This post though is a little different in that it sets the scene for the year of my birth – 1964.  Of course I don’t remember anything from this year but it’s so interesting isn’t it to get a good feel of the year of your birth and be aware of what was occurring at that time? 

People Born in 1964

1964, baby

Baby Min – 1964

As you can see, 1964 was a very good year as I was born into it along with a lot of other awesome people and of course these are but a few! 

A selection of events that occurred during 1964

  • 29 January to 9 February – The Winter Olympic Games are held in Innsbruck, Austria.
  • 3 February – The first double-decker carriages begin trial runs on the Sydney rail network.
  • 4 February – Cyclone Dora strikes north-west Queensland.
  • 14 March – Jack Ruby is convicted of the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged assassin of President Kennedy.
  • 15 March – Elizabeth Taylor married Richard Burton for the first time in Montreal.

richard burton, elizabeth taylor, married, wed, 1964

  • 2 July – The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
  • 6 July – Warrant Officer Class 2, Kevin Conway of the Australian Army Training Team died; he was Australia’s first Vietnam War battle casualty.
  • August – Three North Vietnamese torpedo boats attack the US Destroyer Maddox in the Gulf of Tonkin. US Congress authorizes war against North Vietnam Gulf of Tonkin Resolution.
  • August – South Africa are barred from the Olympic Games in Tokyo due to their Apartheid Policies.
  • 21 September – Malta gains independence from the UK.
  • 27 September – Warren Commission report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy concludes Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone.
  • 10 – 24 October – The Summer Olympics are held in Tokyo, Japan.
  • 14 October – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr receives the Nobel Peace Prize
  • 27 October – The Boston Strangler Albert DeSalvo is captured.
  • 10 November – Prime Minister Robert Menzies announces the reintroduction of National Service.
  • 28 November – The Mariner 4 spacecraft is launched by NASA. 
  • 10 December – The Queensland government declares a state of emergency in an attempt to end the Mount Isa Mines dispute.
  • 16 December – Melbourne’s La Trobe University is founded.
  • Swimmer Dawn Fraser is named Australian of the Year.

As you can see, it was a busy year with quite a few iconic events and the list above does not include them all!

Fashion in 1964

Here’s a slideshow gallery of pics, including some of my favourite celebrities, that provide a taste of 1964 fashion trends.

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Top 5 most popular movies

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • A Shot in the Dark
  • Mary Poppins
  • Goldfinger
  • My Fair Lady

My ‘Remember When … ‘ posts will be ad hoc – whenever the mood takes me.  Better to be a bit spontaneous and free than structured and caged I say!  Stay tuned for some trips down memory lane, that will probably cover the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. 

Were you born in the 1960’s too?  Are you a fellow 1964’er?   

Ciao for now,

Link up here at WOTM or with another of us in the Lovin’ Life Linky team:

Leanne of Deep Fried Fruit

Lyndall of Seize the Day Project

Kathy of 50 Shades of Age

and Jo of And Anyways

It doesn’t matter where you link up as it will magically appear on all five blogs.

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  • Reply Vanessa April 13, 2017 at 8:57 am

    Despite studying a fair bit of history at uni, I never knew much about the history of conscription in Australia (or elsewhere, actually). I’ve only been able to skim some of the info but it’s fascinating (terrifying) stuff.

    The idea of “Opposition based upon the compulsion and authoritarian nature of conscription and its conflict with democratic processes and ideals” is certainly a perspective I hadn’t ever put much thought into but raises some interesting questions.

    • Reply Min April 13, 2017 at 8:35 pm

      All I can say is I am so grateful that I was not a mother of boys of conscription age back then! I feel for all the Mum’s that had to wave off young boys to war.

  • Reply Anne April 13, 2017 at 9:08 am

    You share your year with so many cool people! I was born in the 70’s the year Elvis died and that is about all I know from my year!

    • Reply Min April 13, 2017 at 8:36 pm

      I do don’t I? So many cool people born in 1964! OMG – I was devastated when Elvis died. I was rather obsessed with him back in the day.

  • Reply Deborah April 13, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Definitely a great year Min. My bro and SIL were born in 64 as well. Of course I’m still pretty sure the best was yet to come… the world waiting with bated breath for 1967 and the arrival of yours truly! 😉

    • Reply Min April 13, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      Your bro and SIL must be awesome people Deb! lol Yes the world gasped with delight when you were born in 1967! Haha! 🙂

  • Reply Jo Tracey April 13, 2017 at 10:42 am

    My parents were married in 1964 & Dad went to the Tokyo Olympics because he was working on a cruise ship that pulled in there. The fashions were fabulous. I was born in 1967.

    • Reply Min April 13, 2017 at 8:40 pm

      What a great year to get married! I think my parents married in 1962. You Dad sounds like he had an interesting life back then – working on a cruise ship and getting to go to the Tokyo Olympics! I love the fashions from back then – so cool and classy! So you’re another 1967’er – big birthday for you this year – of course that’s why you’ve been in Vietnam and Bangkok!! Happy 50th Jo – it’s not so bad in this decade, though I’m annoyed that I’m nearly 3 years in already when it feels like only yesterday I turned 50! 🙂

  • Reply Janet Camilleri aka Middle Aged Mama April 13, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Oh love this post! Like Jo my parents got married in 1964 🙂

    • Reply Min April 13, 2017 at 8:41 pm

      1964 was such a busy year! My parents married in 1962 I think. 🙂

  • Reply JODIE FILOGOMO April 13, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    I was born just the year after—so it’s practically like we were sisters, Min!!
    Isn’t it fun to look back at the events? Of course, I love the fashion part—and some things just keep coming back in style!!

    • Reply Min April 13, 2017 at 8:42 pm

      Oh you were born in 1965? Yep – we may as well be sisters Jodie! lol The fashion back then was gorgeous! So classy and cool – love it! 🙂

  • Reply Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond April 13, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Love this idea Min! I was 7 in 1964 so I could be your big sister LOL:) I think it is lovely to look back and you have reminded me of so many things I’d forgotten about. I’m really looking forward to your series.

    • Reply Min April 13, 2017 at 8:42 pm

      Oh Sue – I would love a big sister! I’m the eldest of 5 siblings so I’ve never had a big sister. I hope you do enjoy the series. I think they will be fun to write. 🙂

  • Reply PatrickC April 13, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    I was born in 1964, in November. I was a honeymoon baby as my parents married in the February of that year. I’m glad I was born that year.

    • Reply Min April 13, 2017 at 8:44 pm

      Yay to being born in 1964 – I’m glad I was born that year too! Such a great year I think. Your parents must have had a fabulous honeymoon. I hope they went somewhere lovely! 🙂

  • Reply Kathy Marris April 13, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    What a fabulous post Min. I remember a few of these events. I was 7 years old in 1964 and probably not that aware of current affairs. My husband actually attended The Beatles concert in Brisbane in 1964 when he was only 9 years old. What a thrill for him! You are amongst very good company. 🙂

    • Reply Min April 13, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      I don’t think I’d have been too aware about current affairs at the age of 7 either Kathy! Wow – does your husband remember much about that Beatles concert I wonder? He is so lucky to have been there. They never came to Australia again!

  • Reply Lyndall @ SeizeTheDayProject April 14, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    I love this idea for a post Min. I had no idea so many interesting things happened in 1964! What a fabulous year … especially on 31st May!! 🙂 I’m a fellow 60’s child. Times sure have changed since then…. #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Min April 20, 2017 at 12:09 am

      Glad you like this idea Lyndall! 1964 was quite an eventful year wasn’t it?! Times sure have changed since then. It’s incredible!

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit April 15, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    This is great.
    Our daughter bought the hubster a 1966 birthday card with attached DVD for his birthday two weeks ago and he was so chuffed to see all the things that happened the year he was born.

    PS: In answer to your question, I’m a 69’er

    • Reply Min April 19, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      What a great idea you daughter had for your hubster Leanne! My sister (the 2nd born of 5 of us) was born in 1966. So you’re a 69’er (um…ok!) – just a baby – not even 50 yet! xo

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl April 16, 2017 at 11:19 am

    What a coincindence! I was just reading a fictionalized account of Richard and Eliazabeth’s romance.

    SSG xxx

    • Reply Min April 19, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      Oh that would be fascinating to read SSG! xo

  • Reply Mick November 9, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    Hi Min
    Like a previous post earlier, I was 7 in 64 being born in 57. London was a very different place in 1957, very grey and spartan and still recovering from the war. By 1964, the times, they were a changing as Dylan would say and apparently, we had never had it so good according to Harold Macmillan. ( he actually said that in 1957 but was referring to what was to come. He was probably right because it was hard to see how it could be any worse LoL)

    • Reply Min November 11, 2019 at 1:50 pm

      It’s very interesting hearing about life in London back in the day. I’m sure 1957 was a good year too! BTW – I love Bob Dylan songs! 🙂

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