Picture the times:
* In January, the U.S. surgeon general first announces that smoking may be hazardous to one's health.
* Plans to build the New York World Trade Center were first announced.
* Meet The Beatles is the first Beatles album released in the U.S., and The Beatles vault to the #1 spot on the U.S. singles chart with, "I Want To Hold Your Hand", starting the British Invasion in America.
* Beatle haircuts hit the mainstream.
* There is a new fad for the young: discotheques, where dance records are played on the latest electronics equipment, sometimes with disc jockeys. Popular dances are the Hully Gully, the Frog, and the Swim.
* Diet Pepsi is first announced.
* The Beatles appear on the Ed Sullivan Show, seen by an estimated 73 million viewers, and rock and roll acts begin to cause problems on his show, with screaming teenagers who distract the other acts.
* The Ford Mustang first rolls off the assembly line at Ford Motor Company, and is dubbed "The Poor Man's Thunderbird". The car sells in the $3,000 range -- still pricey.
* In March, Radio Caroline becomes England's first pirate radio station, broadcast from a ship just outside UK territorial waters.
* By April, The Beatles hold the top 5 positions in the Billboard Top 40 singles in America, an unprecedented achievement: "Can't Buy Me Love", "Twist and Shout", "She Loves You", "I Want To Hold Your Hand", and "Please Please Me".
* The Rolling Stones release their debut album.
* On May 2nd, up to 1,000 students march through Times Square, the first demonstration against the Vietnam War, with smaller marches in Boston, Seattle, and Madison.
In May, a new band that would become known as The Moody Blues, is officially formed.
* In July, President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964, abolishing racial segregation in the U.S.
* The Beatles return to Liverpool after their successful U.S. tour, just in time for the premier of their film, A Hard Day's Night.
* In September, Goldfinger opens in the UK.
* The Warren Commission is published, the first investigation of the assassination of U.S President John F. Kennedy.
* In September, Pete Townshend of The Who destroys his first guitar in the name of auto-destructive art at the Railway Hotel in London.
* In October, Dr. Robert Moog demonstrates the prototype Moog Synthesizer.
* 23 men and 31 women escape to West Berlin through a narrow tunnel under the Berlin Wall.
* On December 23rd, Wonderful Radio London commences transmissions with American Top 40 format broadcasting, from a ship anchored off the south coast of England.
* Increasing civil rights demonstrations in America, and more marches against the Vietnam War.
* A new red and white maple leaf design is inaugurated as the flag of Canada.
* Bob Dylan elicited controversy by "going electric" at the Newport Folk Festival.
* Help premiered in London and the general verdict from area writers was that it had its moments, but not enough of them.
* Cigarette advertising was banned on British television.
* In August, the Beatles performed at the first stadium concert in the history of rock, playing before 55,600 persons at Shea Stadium in New York City.
* Television programs were beginning to be broadcast in color.