- The Berlin Crisis, in which the Allied Powers were contesting the Soviet Union for control of the divided city of Berlin, was in full swing. Shamokin's Republicans came out to see attorney Andrew Pipa and Mayor Lester Weller introduce a young congressman from the Norristown area criticize newly elected President John F. Kennedy for being too soft on the Russians. The congressman's name was Richard Schweiker, later to be a senator and Ronald Reagan's vice presidential choice in his unsuccessful run for the presidential nomination in 1976.

- Vice President Lyndon Johnson had been accused by critics as a politician who would politic anywhere. LBJ proved their point by going to Karachi, Pakistan, and hopping out of his car to stop a camel caravan. He pressed the flesh of the lead driver, one Bashir Ahmad, and invited the astounded camel driver to visit the LBJ ranch in south Texas. Bashir took the vice president up on the offer and became the most famous camel driver ever when he put on a 10-gallon hat on the banks of the Pedernales River .

- Mississippi was rated number one in college football while Rip Engle's Penn State team was not in the top 20.

- The Studebaker Lark was one of the most popular cars in Shamokin, where the Three Emeralds were entertaining at the James Madison Hotel.

- Westerns dominated television with "Gunsmoke," "Wanted Dead or Alive" and "Laramie" the most popular.