What Happened in August 1964

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 ALM (Antillian Airlines) begins operation
  • Aug 1 Beatles' single "A Hard Day's Night" goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks
  • Aug 2 Dutch government gives Indonesia export guarantees
  • Aug 2 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Milwaukee Jaycee Golf Open
  • Aug 2 North Vietnam fires on a US destroyer in Gulf of Tonkin
  • Aug 2 Race riot in Jersey City NJ
  • Aug 4 Civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman & James E Chaney, bodies discovered in an earthen Mississippi dam
  • Aug 4 North Vietnam torpedos US ships Gulf of Tonkin
  • Aug 5 Beatles record "Leave My Kitten Alone"
  • Aug 5 Congo rebellion: Christopher Gbenye/Pierre Mulele conquer Stanleyville
  • Aug 5 Ford Frick says he will not run for another term as Commissioner of Baseball
  • Aug 5 US begins bombing North Vietnam
  • Aug 6 Pope Paul VI publishes encyclical Ecclesiam Suam
  • Aug 6 Prometheus, the world's oldest tree, is cut down in Nevada US
  • Aug 7 31st NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chicago 28, All-Stars 17 (65,000)
  • Aug 7 Turkey begins air attack on Greek Cypriots
  • Aug 7 US Congress approves Gulf of Tonkin resolution
  • Aug 8 "110 in the Shade" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 330 performances
  • Aug 8 Dutch Opera forms in Amsterdam
  • Aug 8 Rolling Stones 1st Dutch concert
  • Aug 9 1st Rolling Stones concert in Netherlands
  • Aug 9 Shirley Englehorn wins LPGA Waterloo Women's Golf Open Invitational
  • Aug 9 Bunning continues pitching perfectly to NY Mets until 2 outs in 5th, when Joe Christopher beats out a bunt. He totals 15 innings
  • Aug 10 WJSP TV channel 28 in Columbus, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 11 Beatles' "A Hard Days Night" opens in NYC
  • Aug 11 Race riot in Paterson NJ
  • Aug 12 10th time Mantle switch-hits HR in a game, one goes 502 feet

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 12 Mickey Mantle switch-hits HR record 10th & final time in a game

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Aug 12 Race riot in Elizabeth, NJ
  • Aug 13 1st broadcast by Trans World Radio on Bonaire
  • Aug 14 Bo Belinsky is suspended after attacking sportswriter Braven Dyer
  • Aug 14 Egypt/Iraq/Jordan/Kuwait/Syria form common market
  • Aug 15 Fred Trueman takes 300th Test Cricket wicket (Neil Hawke)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 15 Mayor Daley declares "Ernie Banks Day" in Chicago

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • Aug 15 Phillies triple-play NY Mets
  • Aug 15 Race riot in Dixmoor (Chicago suburb) Ill
  • Aug 15 Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 27' 3½"
  • Aug 16 Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Omaha Jaycee Golf Open Invitational
  • Aug 16 St Louis Card Curt Flood gets 8 straight hits in a doubleheader
  • Aug 17 Boycott scores his 1st Test Cricket century, 113 v Aust at the Oval
  • Aug 18 Beatles arrive in SF, 2nd US visit
  • Aug 18 Charles Helu elected president of Lebanon
  • Aug 18 South Africa banned from Olympic Games because of apartheid policies
  • Aug 18 USSR launch 3 Kosmos satellites
  • Aug 19 Communication satellite Syncom 3 launched

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 20 US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Economic Opportunity Act, an anti-poverty measure totaling nearly $1 billion

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Aug 20 Rex Sellers bowls 5-1-17-0 v India in only Test Cricket innings

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 20 Yankee Phil Linz plays harmonica on bus despite Yogi Berra's orders

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • Aug 22 Guinee, Liberia & Ivory Coast form joint market
  • Aug 22 Supreme's "Where Did Our Love Go" reaches #1
  • Aug 23 Marilynn Smith wins Albuquerque Professional Amateur Golf Tournament
  • Aug 23 St Louis Cards are 11 games back in NL, & win World Series
  • Aug 24 2nd Mayor's Trophy Game, Yanks beat Mets 6-4
  • Aug 25 Singapore limits imports from Netherlands due to Indonesian aggression
  • Aug 26 Italian Communist Party selects Luigi Longo as chairman
  • Aug 26 LBJ nominated at Democratic convention in Atlantic City, NJ
  • Aug 27 25th Venice Film Festival: "Red Desert" directed by Michelangelo Antonioni wins Golden Lion
  • Aug 28 Race riot in Philadelphia
  • Aug 28 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 28 US weather satellite Nimbus 1 launched
  • Aug 28 WEWS-TV Channel 5's "Upbeat" debuts in Cleveland
  • Aug 29 "Funny Thing Happened" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 965 performances

Film release premierFilm Release

Aug 29 Walt Disney's "Mary Poppins" directed by Robert Stevenson and starring Julie Andrews and Dick van Dyke is released

Actress/Singer Julie Andrews
Julie Andrews
Animator Walt Disney
Walt Disney
  • Aug 29 On Elston Howard Night, Mickey Mantle ties Babe Ruth's career strikeout record (1,330)
  • Aug 30 Clifford Ann Creed wins LPGA Riverside Ladies Golf Open
  • Aug 31 Ground is broken for Anaheim Stadium, future home of Angels

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Andrew Wilson, Australian canoeist (Olympics-16-92, 96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Aug 1 Nick Christian Sayer, rocker (Transvision Vamp-Velveteen)
  • Aug 1 Rob Camilletti, Cher's boyfriend
  • Aug 1 Adam Duritz, American musician (Counting Crows)
  • Aug 2 John Cullen, Puslinch, NHL center (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • Aug 2 Mary-Louise Parker, Ft Jackson SC, actress (Fried Green Tomatoes)
  • Aug 3 Joan E Higginbotham, astronaut, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 3 Johnny Thomas, NFL cornerback (Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers)
  • Aug 3 Kevin Elster, San Pedro CA, infielder (Texas Rangers)
  • Aug 3 Nate McMillan, NBA guard/forward (Seattle Supersonics)
  • Aug 4 B J Surhoff, infielder (Baltimore Orioles), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Aug 4 Clyde Simmons, NFL defensive end (Az Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Aug 4 Gary King, British radio presenter

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 5 MCA [Adam Yauch], rock vocalist (Beastie Boys-You Gotta Fight), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)

Rocker Adam Yauch
Adam Yauch
  • Aug 6 John Mooney, sprint kayak (Olympics-96), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Aug 6 Lauren Cowan, Benalla Victoria, golfer (1994 66th English Womens Open)
  • Aug 6 Lisa Boyle, actress (Showgirls), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 6 Moosie Drier, actor (Laugh-in), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 6 Robert Mimbs, CFL running back (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Aug 7 Patti Liscio, Santa Maria CA, golfer (1994 Chicago Challenge-49th)
  • Aug 7 Michael Weishan, American TV host
  • Aug 7 John Birmingham, Australian author
  • Aug 8 Harry Lee "Butch" Reynolds, US, 400m runner (world record)
  • Aug 8 Paul Taylor, cricketer (England left-arm pace bowler in one Test 1993)
  • Aug 8 Anastasia Ashman, American writer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 9 Brett Hull, Canadian-American NHL right wing (St Louis Blues, Dallas Stars), born in Belleville, Ontario

NHL Legend Brett Hull
NHL Legend
Brett Hull
  • Aug 9 Yuri Khmylev, Moscow Russia, NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres)
  • Aug 9 Hoda Kotb, American television news anchor
  • Aug 10 Andy Stankiewicz, Inglewood CA, infielder (NY Yankees, Montreal Expos)
  • Aug 10 Aaron Hall, American songwriter
  • Aug 11 Grant Osten Waite, Palmerston NZ, PGA golfer (1993 Kemper Open)
  • Aug 11 Hamish, rocker (The Pasedenas-Riding on the Train)
  • Aug 11 Jim Lee, Korean-born comic book artist
  • Aug 11 Miguel A. Núñez Jr., American actor
  • Aug 13 Ian Haughland, heavy metal rocker (Europe-The Final Countdown)
  • Aug 13 Jay Buhner, Nassau TX, outfielder (Seattle Mariners, NY Yankees)
  • Aug 13 Tom Prince, Kankakee IL, catcher (LA Dodgers)
  • Aug 13 Hank Cheyne, American actor
  • Aug 14 Brannon Braga, American scriptwriter
  • Aug 15 Debi Mazar, actress (Civil Wars, Little Man Tate, LA Law), born in Queens, New York
  • Aug 15 Melinda French Gates, American wife of Bill Gates
  • Aug 16 Jimmy Arias, tennis player (US Davis Cup team), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Aug 16 Nigel Redman, English rugby international player
  • Aug 17 Pete McCutcheon, Canadian Tour golfer (1993 Quebec Open), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Aug 17 Colin James, Canadian musician
  • Aug 18 Edith Frost, American singer/songwriter
  • Aug 18 Craig Bierko, American actor
  • Aug 18 Kenny Walker, American basketball player
  • Aug 20 Giuseppe Giannini, soccer player (Rome A Team), born in Rome, Italy
  • Aug 21 Trinity Loren, American actress and model (d. 1998)
  • Aug 22 Dean Evason, Flin Flon, NHL center (Calgary Flames)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 22 Mats Wilander, Swedish tennis star (1988-US, Aust, French), born in Vaxjo, Sweden

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander
  • Aug 23 Cam Emerson, Canadian golfer (1989 Canadian Long Drive), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • Aug 23 Johan Bruyneel, Belgian cyclist
  • Aug 23 Kong Hee, Singaporean, Founder and Senior Pastor of the City Harvest movement in Asia
  • Aug 23 Yoshikazu Taru, Japanese professional wrestler
  • Aug 24 Pebbles, rock vocalist (Girlfriend)
  • Aug 24 Salizhan Sharkirovich Sharipov, Kirhizia, astronaut (STS-89)
  • Aug 24 Dana Gould, American comedian and writer
  • Aug 25 Blair Underwood, Tacomma Wash, actor (Jonathan-LA Law, High Incident)
  • Aug 25 Morgan Englund, actor (Dylan Lewis-Guiding Light)
  • Aug 25 Timothy Nicholson, journalist
  • Aug 25 Maxim Kontsevich, Russian mathematician
  • Aug 25 Vassilios Kotronias, Greek chess grandmaster
  • Aug 25 Marti Noxon, American television writer and producer
  • Aug 26 Bobby Jurasin, CFL defensive end (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Aug 26 Chad Kreuter, Marin County CA, catcher (Chicago White Sox)
  • Aug 26 Dave Boyes, St Catharines Ontario, rower (Olympics-96)
  • Aug 26 Karla Karch-Gailus, basketball guard (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Aug 27 Frankie Thorn, American actress
  • Aug 28 Lee MacLeod Janzen, Austin MN, PGA golfer (1993 US Open)
  • Aug 29 Jordi Arrese, Spain, tennis star
  • Aug 30 Joan Bennett, playmate (January, 1985), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 30 Stephen Baker, NFL receiver (NY Giants)
  • Aug 30 Steve Smith, NFL fullback (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Aug 30 Gavin Fisher, British engineer
  • Aug 31 Raymond P. Hammond, American poet and editor

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 4 Jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane (35) weds Alice Macleod

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 5 Film director Mel Brooks (38) weds actress Anne Bancroft (32) at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau

Actor & Director Mel Brooks
Actor & Director
Mel Brooks
Actress Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 14 World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali (22) weds cocktail waitress Sonja Roi

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 17 Martial artist and actor Bruce Lee (23) weds teacher Linda Emery (19)

Karate Star/Actor Bruce Lee
Karate Star/Actor
Bruce Lee

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 29 46th US Vice President Dick Cheney (23) weds Lynne Ann Vincent (23) at the First Presbyterian Church of Casper in Wyoming

46th US Vice-President Dick Cheney
46th US Vice-President
Dick Cheney

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 2 Jack Kirkwood, actor (Fibber McGee & Molly), dies at 69
  • Aug 2 Jose Maria Castro, composer, dies at 71
  • Aug 3 Flannery O'Connor, writer (Good Man is Hard to Find), dies at 39
  • Aug 5 Moa Martinson, Swedish writer (My Mother Gets Married), dies at 73
  • Aug 5 Art Ross, Canadian hockey player and executive (b. 1886)
  • Aug 6 Cedric Hardwicke, actor (Capt Hook-Peter Pan), dies at 71
  • Aug 12 Ian L Fleming, British journalist/writer (James Bond), dies at 56
  • Aug 13 Peter Anthony Allen is the last person executed (for murder) in England and United Kingdom at Walton Prison, Liverpool
  • Aug 14 Johnny Burnette, rocker, drowns at 30
  • Aug 16 Jack Pennick, actor (Lady From Louisiana), dies at 68
  • Aug 21 Palmiro Togliatti, founder (Communist Italian Party)/min of Just, dies
  • Aug 24 Maurice Schoemaker, composer, dies at 73
  • Aug 27 Alexey Semyonovich Zhivotov, composer, dies at 59
  • Aug 27 Gracie Allen, actress (Burns & Allen), dies at 62
  • Aug 28 Gracie Allen, Mrs George Burns/comedian (Burns & Allen), dies at 62
  • Aug 28 Lumsden Hare, actor (Oregon Trail, Desert Fox), dies at 89
  • Aug 30 Wesley Lau, actor (Lt Anderson-Perry Mason), dies at 43
  • Aug 31 Carole Coleman, singer (Make Mine Music), dies at 42