What Happened in December 1964

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Houston Colt .45s change name to Astros

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Dec 1 Martin Luther King Jr. speaks to J. Edgar Hoover about his slander campaign

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover
Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 2 Ringo Starr's tonsils are removed

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • Dec 3 KHQL (now KCAN) TV channel 8 in Albion, NB (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 3 Police arrests 800 sit-in students at University of California at Berkeley
  • Dec 4 Baseball approves a free-agent draft
  • Dec 4 Beatles release "Beatles For Sale" album
  • Dec 4 Commissioner's office given full powers in baseball disputes
  • Dec 4 Test Cricket debut of Ian Chappell, v Pakistan MCG, 11, 0-49, 0-31
  • Dec 5 Vietnam War: for his heroism in battle earlier in the year, Captain Roger Donlon is awarded the first Medal of Honor of the war.
  • Dec 6 "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" 1st airs on TV
  • Dec 6 KTVR TV channel 13 in La Grande, OR (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 6 President Segni of Italy resigns

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 7 George Harrison changes his company's name from Mornyork to Harrisongs

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison

Music releaseMusic Recording

Dec 9 John Coltrane's Quartet records their greatest work "A Love Supreme" at Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 10 Nobel Peace Prize presented to Dr Martin Luther King Jr. in Oslo

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.

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Dec 11 Che Guevara speaks at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. An unknown terrorist fires a mortar shell at the building during the speech.

Argentine Revolutionary Che Guevara
Argentine Revolutionary
Che Guevara
  • Dec 12 Cleveland Browns' Frank Ryan sets club record of 5 TD passes
  • Dec 12 Shooting starts for "Star Trek" pilot "The Cage" (Menagerie)

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Dec 13 Shirley Englehorn & Sam Snead wins Haig & Haig Mixed Foursome Golf

Golfer Sam Snead
Sam Snead

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Dec 13 In El Paso, Tx, LBJ & Mexican Pres Gustavo Diaz Ordaz set off an explosion diverting Rio Grande, to reshape US-Mexico border

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Dec 14 Michael Brown meets Rene Fladen, then writes "Walk Away Rene"
  • Dec 15 1st time 4 people in space
  • Dec 15 Canada adopts maple leaf flag
  • Dec 16 US performs nuclear test at Pacific Ocean

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 17 "Goldfinger", 3rd James Bond film, starring Sean Connery and Honor Blackman premieres in London

  • Dec 18 "I Had a BaIl" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 199 performances
  • Dec 18 "The Pink Panther" cartoon series premieres (Pink Phink)
  • Dec 18 During funeral service held for soul singer Sam Cooke, fans cause damage to funeral home
  • Dec 18 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 20 Levi Eshkol forms 12th Israeli government
  • Dec 22 Lockheed SR-71 spy aircraft reaches 3,530 kph (record for a jet)
  • Dec 22 Comedian Lenny Bruce is convicted of obscenity.
  • Dec 22 First flight of the SR-71 (Blackbird).
  • Dec 23 India & Ceylon hit by cyclone, about 4,850 killed
  • Dec 24 Shooting begins on "The Cage" the pilot for Star Trek
  • Dec 25 George Harrison's girlfriend Patti Boyd attacked by female Beatle fans
  • Dec 26 Beatles' "I Feel Fine" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks
  • Dec 26 Buffalo Bills beat San Diego Chargers 20-7 in AFL championship game
  • Dec 26 Moors Murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley claim last victim
  • Dec 27 Cleveland Browns beat Balt Colts 27-0 in NFL championship game
  • Dec 28 Premier of Dmitri Sjostakovitch' Stefan Rasin
  • Dec 28 Principal filming on film "Doctor Zhivago" begins

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Dec 30 Edward Albee's "Tiny Alice" premieres in NYC

Playwright Edward Albee
Edward Albee
  • Dec 31 Donald Campbell (UK) sets world water speed record (276.33 mph)
  • Dec 31 Indonesia proclaims expelled from the UN

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Soren Henriksen, Denmark cricket all-rounder (86-94 ICC, Lancs 85-86)
  • Dec 1 Salvatore Schillaci, Italian footballer
  • Dec 2 Brian Habib, NFL guard (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Dec 2 Chip Hale, Santa Clara CA, infielder (Minnesota Twins)
  • Dec 2 Yolanda Henry, high jumper, born in Houston, Texas
  • Dec 3 Darryl Hamilton, Baton Rouge LA, outfielder (Texas Rangers)
  • Dec 3 Toi Cook, cornerback (Carolina Panthers)
  • Dec 4 Bill Peterson, Smithfield NC, WLAF general mgr (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Dec 4 Marisa Tomei, American actress (My Cousin Vinny), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 4 Sertab Erener, Turkish singer
  • Dec 4 Jonathan Goldstein, American actor
  • Dec 5 Pablo Morales, Chic, butterfly swimmer (Oly-3 gold/2 silver-1984, 92)
  • Dec 6 Will Johnson, CFL defensive end (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Dec 7 Duncan Miller, rocker (Blue Mercedes-Rich & Famous)
  • Dec 7 Mike Nolan, rocker (Bucks Fizz-My Camera Never Lies)
  • Dec 7 Peter Laviolette, Norwood Mass, US hockey defenseman (Olympics-1994)
  • Dec 7 Roberta Close, Brazilian model
  • Dec 7 Tadao Uematsu, Japanese racing driver
  • Dec 8 James Martinez, Santa Fe NM, rower (Olympics-1996)
  • Dec 8 Teri Hatcher, actress (Lois & Clark, Desperate Housewives), born in Sunnyvale, California
  • Dec 8 James Blundell, Australian country singer
  • Dec 8 Sandy Burnett, English record producer
  • Dec 9 Petr Briza, Prague CZE, hockey goalie (Team Czech Rep)
  • Dec 9 Paul Landers, German guitarist (Rammstein)
  • Dec 10 Luis Polonia, Santiago City Dom Rep, outfielder (NY Yanks, Orioles)
  • Dec 10 Bobby Flay, American celebrity chef and restaurateur
  • Dec 11 Dave Gagner, Chatham, NHL center (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • Dec 11 Justin Currie, Scottish rock vocalist/bassist (Del Amitri)
  • Dec 11 Thomas Howard, outfielder (Cincinnati Reds), born in Middletown, Ohio
  • Dec 11 Michel Courtemanche, French Canadian comedian
  • Dec 11 John Mark Karr, American who claimed involvement in JonBenét Ramsey case
  • Dec 11 David Schools, American musician (Widespread Panic)
  • Dec 11 Cosy Sheridan, American singer
  • Dec 12 Haywood Jeffires, NFL wide receiver (Houston Oilers)
  • Dec 12 Rockin' Jeff, rock musician (The Pasadenas-Riding on a Train)
  • Dec 12 Sabu, American professional wrestler
  • Dec 12 Haywood Jeffries, American football player
  • Dec 14 C[arl] J[eff] Snare, vocalist (Firehouse-Love of a Lifetime), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 14 Chelsea Noble, actress (Kate-Growing Pains)
  • Dec 15 Carlton Bailey, NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers)
  • Dec 15 Jerry Ball, NFL defensive tackle (Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings)
  • Dec 16 Billy Ripken, Havre de Grace MD, 2nd baseman (Bal Orioles, Texas Rangers)
  • Dec 16 Evelyn Conley, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-7th-1989), born in San Francisco, California
  • Dec 16 Gail Harris, Dewsbury England, actress (Virtual Desire)
  • Dec 16 Heike Drechsler, Gera German DR, sprinter (1988 world record)
  • Dec 17 Eric Brown, actor (Buzz-Mama's Family), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 17 Frank Musil, Pardubice Cze, NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators)
  • Dec 17 Joe Wolf, NBA forward/center (Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets)
  • Dec 17 Tyrone Braxton, NFL safety (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Dec 17 Ginger, English singer and guitarist (The Wildhearts)
  • Dec 17 Michele Tafoya, American sportscaster
  • Dec 18 Don Beebe, NFL wide receiver (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Dec 18 Robson Green, English actor and singer
  • Dec 19 Arvydas Sabonis, NBA center (Portland Trailblazers)
  • Dec 19 Beatrice Dalle, Breast France, actress (Betty Blue, Sabbath)
  • Dec 19 Lorie Kane, PEI Canada, LPGA golfer (du Maurier Ltd-1994, 95)
  • Dec 19 Mike Fetters, Van Nuys CA, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • Dec 19 Randall McDaniel, NFL guard (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Dec 21 Ed Jongsma, Dutch pop bassist (Sleeze Beez-Look Like Hell)
  • Dec 21 Joey Kocur, NHL right wing (Vancouver Canucks), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Dec 21 Keith Taylor, NFL safety (Washington Redskins)
  • Dec 21 Rob Kelly, English football manager
  • Dec 21 Fabiana Udenio, Argentine actress
  • Dec 22 Mike Jackson, pitcher (Seattle Mariners), born in Houston, Texas
  • Dec 23 Andy Gabel, short track skater (Olympics-1994), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 23 Petr Klima, Chaomutov Cze, NHL right wing (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • Dec 23 Eddie Vedder, Evanston, Illinois, American heavy metal singer (Pearl Jam-Justine)
  • Dec 24 Elbert Shelley, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Dec 24 Gary Muller, South Africa, tennis star
  • Dec 24 Marcel van der Net, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • Dec 24 Mark Valley, Odgensvurg NY, actor (Days of Our Lives)
  • Dec 25 Anil Kaul, Amritsar India, Canadian badminton player (Olympics-96)
  • Dec 25 Janet Soulsby, Corbridge Australia, golfer (Curtis Cup 1982)
  • Dec 25 Peter Hanson, English/Sierra Leone/Dutch actor (Darling How Could You)
  • Dec 25 Raymond Libregts, soccer player (MVV)
  • Dec 25 Gary McAllister, Scottish footballer
  • Dec 25 Tim Royes - Music Video Director and Editor
  • Dec 26 Colleen Dion, Newburgh NY, actress (Search for Tomorrow)
  • Dec 26 Jeff King, Marion IN, infielder (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • Dec 26 Elizabeth Kostova, American author
  • Dec 27 David Tikolo, Kenyan cricket batsman (1996 World Cup)
  • Dec 27 Randy Kirk, NFL outside linebacker (AZ Cardinals, SF 49ers)
  • Dec 27 Steve Wallace, NFL tackle (SF 49ers, KC Chiefs)
  • Dec 27 Ian Gomez, American actor
  • Dec 28 Charles Sinek, dance skater (& Beata Handra-1997 Pac Coast Sr 3rd)
  • Dec 28 Maite Zúñiga, Spanish athlete
  • Dec 29 Craig Grebeck, Cerritos CA, infielder (Florida Marlins)
  • Dec 29 Kimberly Russell, actress (Sarah-Head of the Class)
  • Dec 30 Kimberly Taylor, [Cindy], model/Penthouse Pet (1990)
  • Dec 30 Kris Tschetter, LPGA golfer (1992 Northgate Computer), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Dec 30 Duglas T. Stewart, Scottish musician (BMX Bandits)
  • Dec 31 Denis Hickey, cricketer (fast bowler for Vic, SA & Glamorgan)
  • Dec 31 Klari MacAskill, Budapest Hungary, kayaker (Olympics-5-92, 96)
  • Dec 31 Liz Masakayan, Quezon City Philippines, WPVA volley (Best of Beach-3rd-1994)
  • Dec 31 Winston Benjamin, cricketer (WI righty quick 1987-95)
  • Dec 31 Michael McDonald, American actor-comedian
  • Dec 31 Lowri Turner, British TV presenter

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 20 Fashion designer Ralph Lauren (25) weds Ricky Anne Loew-Beer in NYC, New York

Fashion Designer Ralph Lauren
Fashion Designer
Ralph Lauren

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 J. B. S. Haldane, Scottish geneticist (b. 1892)
  • Dec 3 Ernst Ginsberg, writer, dies
  • Dec 3 George Brown, cricketer (7 Tests for England), dies
  • Dec 5 Remy Angenot, Flemish actor (Tailor Wibbel), dies at 70
  • Dec 6 Consuelo Vanderbilt (b. 1877)
  • Dec 9 Edith L Sitwell, English poet/author (Wheels), dies at 77
  • Dec 11 Percy Kilbride, actor (Ma & Pa Kettle), dies at 76
  • Dec 11 Sam Cooke, US soul musician ('A Change is Gonna Come') shot to death at 33
  • Dec 12 H I "Sailor" Young, cricketer (left-arm bowler Eng v Aust 1899), dies
  • Dec 14 William Bendix, actor (Life of Riley), dies at 58
  • Dec 17 Victor Franz Hess, Austrian-born physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1883)
  • Dec 21 Carl Van Vechten, American writer and photographer (b. 1880)
  • Dec 22 Bonifacio Gil Garcia, composer, dies at 66
  • Dec 23 Arrigo Pedrollo, composer, dies at 86
  • Dec 25 Cheerio Meredith, actress (One Happy Family), dies at 74
  • Dec 29 Bernard von Brentano, German writer (Big Cats), dies at 63
  • Dec 29 Miroslav Krejci, composer, dies at 73
  • Dec 31 Ólafur Thors, Prime Minister of Iceland (b. 1892)
  • Dec 31 Bobby Byrne, baseball player (b. 1884)