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Throwback Thursday: 1963

Whether it’s “the summer of…” or “late December back in…” the year 1963 takes center stage for the remainder of our Broadway Season as Dirty Dancing and Jersey Boys arrive in the Fox Cities.

We decided what better way to celebrate Throwback Thursday than to take you back to that year more than five decades ago.

You all know that 1963 was when Baby carried a watermelon and fell in love with Johnny. It was also the year Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons addressed in their 1975 single, which referred to longtime group member Bob Gaudio’s courtship with his wife.


Jillian Mueller (Baby) and Doug Carpenter (Billy) in the North American tour of DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE. (Photo by Matthew Murphy)

But also in 1963…
– Travel, financial and commercial transactions by US citizens to Cuba were made illegal by the John F. Kennedy Administration.
– The Beatles recorded and released their debut album, Please Please Me, at Abbey Road Recording Studio.
– Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary in San Francisco Bay closes
– The film The Birds is released
– General Hospital debuts on ABC.
– Martin Luther King, Jr. is arrested for parading without a permit and later issues “Letter form Birmingham Jail.” The same year would include major civil rights milestones including the “I Have a Dream” speech.
Mar14 - a Finale2– Coca-Cola Company introduces its first diet drink, Tab.
– The first James Bond Film is shown in U.S. Theaters.
– Zip codes were first introduced by the United States Postal Service.
– The first push-button telephone is made available to AT&T customers.
– John F. Kennedy is assassinated.
– The first episode of Doctor who is broadcast in the United Kingdom.
– These people were born: Larry the Cable Guy, Charles Barkley, Bret Michaels, Kathy Ireland, Quentin Tarantino, Conan O’Brien, Mike Meyers, Johnny Depp, Helen Hunt, Lisa Kudrow, Whitney Houston, John Stamos,


Are you ready to go back to 1963?

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