What Happened in 1964

Significant Events

  • Jan 11 1st government report warning by US Surgeon General Luther Terry that smoking may be hazardous
  • Jun 1 Kenya becomes a republic with Jomo Kenyatta as its 1st President
  • Jun 12 Nelson Mandela is sentenced to life in prison in South Africa
  • Jun 29 Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed after 83-day filibuster in the US Senate
  • Jul 2 US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs Civil Rights Act & Voting Rights Act into law
  • Nov 23 Vatican abolishes Latin as official language of Roman Catholic liturgy
  • Dec 10 Nobel Peace Prize presented to Dr Martin Luther King Jr. in Oslo
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Did You Know?

World's largest cheese (15,723 kg) manufactured in Wisconsin for New York's World Fair

On January 22, 1964


World Leaders in 1964

Famous People in 1964

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

  • Mar 6 Actress Elizabeth Taylor's 4th divorce from entertainer Eddie Fisher
  • Jul 28 Broadway musical actress-singer Ethel Merman (56) divorces academy award-winning actor Ernest Borgnine (47) after 32 days of marriage
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