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Fun Fact: What movie did the class of '63 flock to?

Homecoming bonfireThe year 1963 was a turbulent year in the United States. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington. Four black girls were killed during a church bombing in Birmingham, Ala. President John K. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.

The year also marked a significant year of personal change for members of the class of 1963, as they graduated from North Texas State University. The class of 1963 will reunite during the Golden Eagles 50th anniversary luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Nov 9 at the Gateway Center, Ballroom.

Homecoming takes place Nov. 4-9 with the theme of “Big Green on the Mean Screen.” What was the most popular movie in 1963?

A.     The Pink Panther

B.      The Birds

C.     From Russia With Love

D.     Cleopatra

The answer is D. “Cleopatra,” starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, was the highest grossing movie of the year.

The class of 1963 celebrated its Homecoming with a parade that boasted 75 participants, 14-8 football game victory and a 32-foot-high bonfire. (Above, students light up parade torches after the game, pictured in the 1963 Yucca.)

Homecoming 2013This year’s festivities include a parade, Yell Like Hell and a bonfire — and, of course, the Nov. 9 football game against UT-El Paso at Apogee Stadium.

  • Learn more about other Homecoming events.
  • If you’re attending Homecoming, snap some pictures and submit them to the InHouse Share Photos function.
  • Enter to win a free spirit pack with UNT-branded products. Send an email to InHouse with “Golden Eagles” in the subject line by 5 p.m. Nov. 6. Winners will be selected at random from all responses.

Other events from that year:

(Sources: Wikipedia, yearbook collection, UNT Libraries,

(Below, Homecoming Queen Diane Reid participates in the parade. Photo from 1963 Yucca.)

 1963 Homecoming Queen

Posted on: Fri 01 November 2013

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