What Happened in April 1964

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 10°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in April

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Apr 1 John Lennon is reunited with his father Freddie after 17 years

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Apr 1 Robert Lowell's "Benito Cereno" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 2 Josef Klaus succeeds Alfons Gorbach as chancellor of Austria
  • Apr 2 Military coup in Brazil by Gen Castello Branco, Pres Goulart ousted
  • Apr 2 USSR launches Zond 1 to Venus; no data returned
  • Apr 3 Beatles hold top 6 spots on Sydney Australia record charts
  • Apr 3 US & Panama agree to resume diplomatic relations
  • Apr 4 "Anyone Can Whistle" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • Apr 4 Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks
  • Apr 5 1st driverless trains run on London Underground
  • Apr 5 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA St Petersburg Women's Golf Open
  • Apr 6 Egypt & Belgium restore diplomatic relations
  • Apr 7 IBM announces the System/360.
  • Apr 8 Unmanned Gemini 1 launched
  • Apr 10 Demolition begins on Polo Grounds to clear way for housing project
  • Apr 10 Iranian motor launch catches fire & sinks killing 113 (Persian Gulf)
  • Apr 11 "Anyone Can Whistle" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 9 performances

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 12 28th Masters Golf Tournament: Arnold Palmer wins, shooting a 276

  • Apr 12 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Baton Rouge Ladies' Golf Open Invitational

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Apr 13 36th Academy Awards: "Tom Jones", Best Film, Sidney Poitier & Patricia Neal win Best Actor/Actress

  • Apr 13 Ian Smith becomes Prime Minister of Rhodesia
  • Apr 13 New Zealander Colin Bosher shears a record 565 sheep in 1 work day
  • Apr 14 Sandy Koufax throws his 9th complete game without allowing a walk
  • Apr 15 Chesapeake Bay Bridge opens (world's longest)
  • Apr 16 9 men sentenced 25-30 years for Britain's 1963 "Great Train Robbery"
  • Apr 17 "Cafe Crown" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • Apr 17 "High Spirits" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 375 performances
  • Apr 17 1st game at Shea Stadium, NY Mets lose to Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-3
  • Apr 17 Ford Mustang formally introduced ($2,368 base)
  • Apr 17 Jerrie Mock becomes 1st woman to fly solo around the world
  • Apr 18 "Cafe Crown" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • Apr 18 "Foxy" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • Apr 18 Artisans strike in Belgium ends
  • Apr 18 Sandy Koufax is 1st to strike out the side on 9 pitches
  • Apr 18 Van Joe Orton's "Entertaining Mr Sloane"
  • Apr 19 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Invitational
  • Apr 19 Rightist coup in Laos, Suvanna Phuma remains premier
  • Apr 19 Roger Sessions' opera "Montezuma" premieres in West Berlin
  • Apr 20 68th Boston Marathon won by Aurele Vandendriessche of Belgium in 2:19:59
  • Apr 20 86% of black students boycott Cleveland schools
  • Apr 21 Pirates & Cubs combine for 9 HRs, Pirates win 8-5
  • Apr 22 World's Fair (Flushing Meadow, Corona Park, NY) opens

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Apr 23 James Baldwin's "Blues for Mr Charlie" premieres in NYC

  • Apr 23 New York State Theater opens
  • Apr 23 Houston Colt 45s Ken Johnson becomes 1st major league pitcher to lose a 9 inning no-hitter, Reds win 1-0
  • Apr 24 Mexico becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
  • Apr 25 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 3
  • Apr 25 11th National Film Awards (India): "Shehar Aur Sapna" wins the Golden Lotus
  • Apr 26 18th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat SF Warriors, 4 games to 1
  • Apr 26 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • Apr 26 Tanganyika & Zanzibar form The United Republic of Tanganyika & Zanzibar
  • Apr 27 John Lennon's "In His Own Write" is published in US
  • Apr 28 Japan joins the OECD
  • Apr 29 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 John Morris, cricketer (England right-hand batsman v India 1990)
  • Apr 1 Kevin Duckworth, NBA center (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Apr 1 Scott Stevens, NHL defenseman (NJ Devils, Team Canada), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • Apr 1 Erik Breukink, Dutch cyclist and manager
  • Apr 2 Pete Incaviglia, Pebble Beach CA, outfielder (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • Apr 3 Ajay Sharma, cricketer (Indian spin all-rounder played one Test 1988)
  • Apr 3 Bjarne Riis, Danish cyclist
  • Apr 3 Nigel Farange, British politician and head of UKIP party
  • Apr 4 Gregory Thomas Kraft, PGA golfer (1993 Walt Disney-2nd), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Apr 4 Paul Parker, soccer player
  • Apr 4 Robbie Rist, California, actor (Oliver-Brady Bunch)
  • Apr 4 Branco, Brazilian footballer and coach
  • Apr 5 Martha Faulconer,golfer (1993 ShopRite LPGA-5th), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Apr 5 Robert "Bob" Kaehler, Burlingame California, rower (Olympics-5th-1992, 96)
  • Apr 5 Christopher "Kid" Reid, American rapper (Kid 'n Play)
  • Apr 6 Bill Brooks, NFL wide receiver (Buffalo Bills)
  • Apr 6 Johnny Dee, heavy metal drummer (Britny Fox-Boys in Heat, King Kobra)
  • Apr 6 Phil Gayle, English news presenter
  • Apr 7 Helen Wadsworth, S Wales, golfer (Curtis Cup 1990)
  • Apr 7 Joe Durant, Nike golfer (1992 Boise Open-7th), born in Pensacola, Florida

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Apr 7 Russell Crowe, Australian/New Zealand actor (A Beautiful Mind, Gladiator), born in Wellington, New Zealand

  • Apr 8 Biz Markie, rocker (Meteor Man, Townsend Television)
  • Apr 8 Valinda Hilleary, Littleton Co, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-9th-1993)
  • Apr 8 Lisa Guerrero, American sports broadcaster
  • Apr 8 John McGinlay, Scottish footballer
  • Apr 9 Shane Robinson, Adelaide SA, Australian golfer
  • Apr 9 Rob Awalt, American football player
  • Apr 9 Soyo Oka, Japanese musician
  • Apr 10 Alan "Reni" Wren, English pop drummer (Stone Roses-Fools Gold)
  • Apr 10 Felicia Collins, guitarist (David Letterman), born in Albany, New York
  • Apr 10 Manon Bollegraf, den Bosch Neth, tennis star (semi 1996 Aust doubles)
  • Apr 11 Steve Azar, American singer-songwriter
  • Apr 11 Bret Saberhagen, American baseball player
  • Apr 11 Johann Sebastian Paetsch, American cellist
  • Apr 12 Mike Macfarlane, catcher (KC Royals), born in Stockton, California
  • Apr 12 Amy Ray, American musician
  • Apr 13 Bill D'Angelo, heavy metal rocker
  • Apr 13 Davis Milton Love III, PGA golfer (1987 MCI Heritage), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Apr 13 Doug Strange, infielder (Seattle Mariners), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • Apr 13 Jose Rijo, pitcher (NY Yankees, Cincinnati Reds)
  • Apr 13 Page Hannah, American actress (Kate Riley-Fame), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 13 Caroline Rhea, Canadian actress
  • Apr 14 Allen James, 50K walker (Olympics-24th-92, 96), born in Sacramento, California
  • Apr 14 Greg Battle, CFL linebacker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Apr 14 Jim Grabb, tennis star, born in Tucson, Arizona
  • Apr 15 Lydie Denier, St Nazaire France, actress (General Hospital)
  • Apr 15 Nadeem Abbasi, cricketer (three Tests for Pakistan v India 1989)
  • Apr 16 Dave Pirner, rocker (Soul Asylum)
  • Apr 16 Robert Kelker-Kelly, Wichita Kansas, (Bo-Days of our Live)
  • Apr 16 David Kohan, American television producer
  • Apr 17 Ken Daneyko, Windsor, NHL defenseman (NJ Devils)
  • Apr 17 Raye Hollit, American Gladiator (Zap)
  • Apr 17 Maynard James Keenan, American singer (Tool and A Perfect Circle)
  • Apr 17 Lela Rochon, American actress
  • Apr 18 Niall Ferguson, British historian
  • Apr 18 Rithy Panh, Cambodian film director
  • Apr 18 Jim Ellison, American musician (Material issue) (d. 1996)
  • Apr 18 Mark Berry, aka Bez, Dancer in Happy Mondays
  • Apr 19 Harris Barton, NFL tackle (SF 49ers)
  • Apr 19 Scott Kamienicki, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • Apr 20 John Carney, NFL kicker (San Diego Chargers)
  • Apr 20 Paul Nobes, cricketer (prolific opening batsman for Victoria & SA)
  • Apr 20 Andy Serkis, English actor (Gollum in Lord of the Rings), born in London
  • Apr 21 Louise Mullard, Kurri Kurri NSW, golfer (1990 T3 Coca Cola Classic)
  • Apr 21 Ludmila Engquist, Russian-born Swedish athlete
  • Apr 22 Bob McCann, NBA forward (Washington Bullets)
  • Apr 22 Chris Makepeace, actor (Vamp, My Bodyguard, Meatballs, Oasis), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 23 Dan Frischman, Whippany NJ, actor (Arvid Engen-Head of the Class)
  • Apr 23 Gen, [Simon Matthews], English pop drummer (Jesus Jones-Zeroes & Ones)
  • Apr 23 Martin Lopez-Zubero, Spanish backstroke swimmer (world record 200m)
  • Apr 24 Cedric the Entertainer, American comedian and actor
  • Apr 24 Djimon Hounsou, Beninese actor
  • Apr 25 Andy Bell, rocker (Erasure-Oh L'Amour)
  • Apr 25 Jackie Campbell, WPVA volleyballer (Nationals-5th-1993), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 25 Jamie Siddons, cricketer (Victorian & SA batsman ODI for Aust 1988)

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Apr 25 Hank Azaria, American actor (The Birdcage) and voice behind many characters in The Simpsons (Moe, Apu, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Carl Carlson), born in New York City

  • Apr 25 Wisit Sasanatieng, Thai film director
  • Apr 26 Tod Bass, actor (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 27 Paul Osbaldiston, CFL kicker (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Apr 28 Barry Larkin, infielder (Cincinnati Reds), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Apr 28 Helen Marina Lucy Windsor, England, daughter of Prince Edward
  • Apr 28 Mark Hager, Australian field hockey forward/capt (Olympics-4th-88, 96)
  • Apr 28 Mark Steven Robinson, American director
  • Apr 28 Noriyuki Iwadare, Japanese composer
  • Apr 28 L'Wren Scott [Laura Bambrough], American fashion designer and partner of Mick Jagger, born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2014)
  • Apr 29 Federico Castelluccio, Italian-American actor
  • Apr 30 Ian Healy, cricket wicket-keeper (Australian since 1988)
  • Apr 30 Jeff Reboulet, infielder (Minnesota Twins), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Apr 30 Barrington Levy, Jamaican musician

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Apr 30 Tony Fernandes, Malaysian businessman (AirAsia), born in Kuala Lumpur

Entrepreneur Tony Fernandes
Entrepreneur
Tony Fernandes

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 9 Serial killer John Wayne Gacy (22) weds co-worker Marlynn Myers

Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy
Serial Killer
John Wayne Gacy
  • Apr 29 Princess Irene marries Spanish prince Carel Hugo de Bourbon Parma

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Bozidar Kunc, composer, dies at 60

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Apr 5 Douglas MacArthur, US general (Pacific theater-WW II), dies at 84

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur
  • Apr 14 Bert McGirr, cricketer (2 Tests for NZ, 51 runs), dies
  • Apr 14 Earle Hodgins, actor (Guestward Ho!), dies at 64

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Apr 14 Rachel Carson, American biologist/author (Silent spring), dies at 56

Marine Biologist and Writer Rachel Carson
Marine Biologist and Writer
Rachel Carson
  • Apr 14 Tatyana Alexeyevna Afanasyeva, Russian/Dutch mathematician (b. 1876)
  • Apr 18 Albe Vidakovic, composer, dies at 49
  • Apr 18 Ben Hecht, playwright (Child of the Century), dies at 71
  • Apr 19 Cyril Merry, cricketer (WI batsman in 2 Tests 1933), dies
  • Apr 20 Eddie Dyer, baseball player (b. 1899)
  • Apr 24 Gerhard Domagk, German bacteriologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (declined) (b. 1895)
  • Apr 26 Edwin John Pratt, Canadian poet (Towards the Last Spike), dies at 81
  • Apr 26 Pieter van der Lijn, Dutch geologist (Boulder Book), dies at 93
  • Apr 27 Georg Britting, writer, dies at 73
  • Apr 28 Rolf de Maré, Swedish art collector (b. 1888)
  • Apr 29 Albert Saverys, Flemish painter, dies at 77