How old were you in 1964? 6



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Let’s reflect on the highlights of 1964. It’s amazing to see how much has changed since then. Was this a significant year in your life? How old were you in 1964?

The world population was 3.2 billion people and the Australian Prime Minister was Robert Menzies.

The Nobel Peace Price of 1964 was awarded to Martin Luther King Jr. for his efforts in leading the non-violent resistance against racial prejudice and segregation in the United States. He was only 35 years old, making him the youngest recipient at the time.

In South Africa, Nelson Mandela was sentenced on 12th June to life imprisonment and South Africa was barred from the Olympic Games in Tokyo due to Apartheid Policies.

The Academy Award for Best Picture went to Tom Jones, and Sidney Poitier became the first black actor to win Best Actor for his performance in Lillies of the Field. Best Actress went to Patricia Neal for her performance in the film Hud.

It was a big year in music yet again. The Rolling Stones release debut album, “The Rolling Stones” and Bob Dylan released “The Times They Are a-Changin”. As well, The Beatles made their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show and had 13 singles on the Billboard’s Hot 100 at the same time. They released a series of number one hits including, “I want to hold your hand” and “All my loving”.

What are your memories from the year 1964?

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  1. I think that the world population was 3.2 Billion, not million, I know typo error.

  2. I turned 17 on this day in 1964 and couldn’t wait to get to the Tennant Creek Police Station (NT) to apply for my driver’s licence.
    We lived at Peko Mine, eight miles east of Tennant Creek. My father was a mining engineer, my mother was House and Finance Director and I had a lovely little brother who was three (now deceased).
    I was doing a boilermakeer-welder apprenticship at the mine.
    The world was wonderful and full of opportunity.

  3. I turned 20 in 1964 and had given birth to my first child the previous October. I was living in Nairobi, Kenya. My parents emigrated from England to Australia that same year.

  4. I was 19 that year and got married to the love of my life mid-year.
    Life was simple, hard work but full of hope and opportunity. What a great time of life it was !!!

  5. On the 4th September 1964 I celebrated my 21st birthday.
    An unforgettable evening with all of my family & best friends.
    It was a great year,
    “The Good Old Days” 😀👍🇦🇺

  6. I was born on 26th of October 1964, so it’s interesting to read about the important events which occurred during the year I was born

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