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1963 HAPPENINGS

MUSIC

30th Annual Los Angeles Bach Festival.  Dr. H. Vincent Mitzelfeld conducting

POLITICS

The Silver Purchase Repeal Act of 1963 repeals the mintage and coinage acts of 1934, 1939 and 1946.  The Secretary of the Treasury is permitted to exchange silver certificates for coin or bullion.  Federal Reserve Bankers authorized to issue one and two dollar notes with the intent to replace silver dollars and certificates in circulation.  It is noted that the statement "payable on demand" or "convertible to silver" is now omitted.  The 1963 two dollar note series uses a distinctive red ink in the serial numbers and Treasury backdrop.
John F Kennedy is assassinated during a televised motorcade in Texas
Martin Luther King Jr delivers his famous "I have a Dream" speech