What Happened in May 1964

Historical Events

  • May 1 1st BASIC program runs on a computer (Dartmouth)
  • May 2 90th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack aboard Northern Dancer wins in 2:00
  • May 2 Beatles' "Beatles' 2nd Album" goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks
  • May 2 Mad Dog Vachon beats Verne Gagne in Omaha, to become NWA champ
  • May 2 First ascent of Shishapangma the fourteenth highest mountain in the world and the lowest of the Eight-thousanders.
  • May 3 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Clifford Ann Creed Golf Invitational
  • May 4 "Another World" premieres on TV in the US
  • May 4 70 GATT-countries confer in Geneva
  • May 4 KIII TV channel 3 in Corpus Christi, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • May 4 Pulitzer prize awarded to Richard Hofstadter (Anti-intellectualism)
  • May 5 Separatists riot in Quebec
  • May 6 Joe Orton's "Entertaining Mr Sloan" premieres in London

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May 9 Khrushchev visits Egypt

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
  • May 9 Peter & Gordon release "World Without Love"
  • May 10 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Squirt Ladies' Golf Open Invitational
  • May 12 Manlio Brosio chosen as sec-gen of NATO
  • May 14 Underground America Day is 1st observed
  • May 14 17th Cannes Film Festival: "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" directed by Jacques Demy wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • May 15 Sporting Portugal win 4th European Cup Winner's Cup against MTK Budapest of Hungry 1-0 at Antwerp (replay)
  • May 15 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 16 89th Preakness: Bill Hartack aboard Northern Dancer wins in 1:56.8
  • May 16 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 16 Verne Gagne beats Mad Dog Vachon in Omaha, to become NWA champ
  • May 17 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Muskogee Civitan Golf Open Invitational
  • May 17 Phillies triple play Houston Colt .45s
  • May 18 David Frost interviews Paul McCartney on BBC
  • May 18 US Supreme Court rules it unconstitutional to deprive naturalized citizens of citizenship if they return to home country for more than 3 years
  • May 19 US diplomats find at least 40 secret microphones in Moscow embassy
  • May 20 Buster Mathis defeats Joe Fraizer to qualify for US Olympic team
  • May 21 1st nuclear-powered lighthouse begins operations (Chesapeake Bay)
  • May 21 Fire in Belgian resort kills 19
  • May 21 US begin intelligence flights above Laos

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May 22 LBJ presents "Great Society"

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • May 23 Dale Greig runs female marathon world record (3:27:45)
  • May 24 18th Tony Awards: Luther & Hello Dolly win
  • May 24 Beatles' 3rd appearance on Ed Sullivan Show
  • May 24 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open Invitational
  • May 24 Longest HR (471') in Balt Memorial Stadium (Harmon Killebrew, Minn)
  • May 24 Panic in Lima Peru soccer stadium, kills 300

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

May 25 16th Emmy Awards: Dick Van Dyke Show, Dick Van Dyke & Mary Tyler Moore win

  • May 25 Frank Gilroy's "Subject is Roses" premieres in NYC
  • May 25 Ground is broken for a new stadium in St Louis
  • May 25 US Supreme Court rules closing schools to avoid desegregation is unconstitutional
  • May 26 "Fade Out-Fade In" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 199 performances
  • May 27 9th European Cup: Internazionale beats Real Madrid 3-1 at Vienna
  • May 28 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 9th String quartet
  • May 28 Jawaharlal Nehru cremated in New Dehli
  • May 28 Palestine National Congress forms the PLO in Jerusalem
  • May 28 Unmanned Apollo 2 Saturn test launched into Earth orbit
  • May 30 "Beyond the Fringe" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 673 performances
  • May 30 Beatles 1961 record of "Cry for a Shadow" is #1 in Australia
  • May 30 Beatles' "Love Me Do" single goes #1
  • May 30 Giants sweep Mets 5-3 & 8-6 in 23 inn, records include elapsed time of 9:50, 47 strikeouts, 7:22 for 2nd game & NY's 22 K's in 2nd games

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May 30 Indianapolis 500: A. J. Foyt wins in 3:23:35.813 (237.137 km/h)

Racing Driver A. J. Foyt
Racing Driver
A. J. Foyt
  • May 30 63rd Men's French Championships: Manuel Santana beats Nicola Pietrangeli (6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 7-5)

Sport awardTennis Open

May 30 63rd Women's French Championships: Margaret Court beats Maria Bueno (5-7, 6-1, 6-2)

Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno
  • May 31 Charles Schmid kills first Pied Piper victim
  • May 31 Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • May 31 SF Giants beat NY Mets, 8-6, in 23 innings (2nd game) (7 hrs 32 mins)

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Carlos Aalbers, Dutch soccer player (NEC)
  • May 1 Ruth Picardie, journalist
  • May 1 Sarah Armstrong-Jones, daughter of princess Margaret & Lord Snowdon
  • May 2 Kelly Michael Gibson, PGA golfer (1995 Bob Hope-7th), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 3 Ron Hextall, Canadian NHL goalie (Philadelphia Flyers, NY Islanders), born in Brandon, Manitoba

NHL Goalie Ron Hextall
NHL Goalie
Ron Hextall
  • May 4 Goran Prpic, Yugoslavia, tennis star
  • May 4 Zsuzsa Mathe, Hungarian painter and visual artist, founder of transrealism
  • May 5 Heike Henkel, German FR, world record indoor high jumper (1992)
  • May 5 Lorraine McIntosh, British pop singer (Deacon Blue-Fellow Hoodlums)
  • May 5 Ulrich Wilson, soccer player (FC Volendam)
  • May 6 Dana Hill [Goetz], Van Nuys California, actress (2 of Us, Shoot the Moon)
  • May 6 Kim Oden, Ala, US Olympic volleyball player (NCAA Play of Decade-80s)
  • May 6 Mike Grob, Billings Montana, Canadian Tour golfer (1988 Manitoba-3rd)
  • May 6 Mike McGruder, NFL cornerback (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • May 7 Leslie O'Neal, NFL defensive end (San Diego Chargers, St Louis Rams)
  • May 7 Mustapha Zerqti, Moroccan/Neth writer (Ihtidaar hub fi el-mahd)
  • May 7 Ronnie Harmon, NFL running back (San Diego Chargers, Tennessee Oilers)
  • May 7 Doug Benson, American comedian
  • May 8 Cheryl Richardson, Palo Alto California, actress (Jennie-General Hospital)
  • May 8 Eric Brittingham, rocker (Cinderella-Heartbreak Station)
  • May 8 Melissa Gilbert, actress (Little House on the Prairie), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 8 Peter Gill, rocker (Frankie Goes to Hollywood-Relax) [or Mar/Jan 8]
  • May 8 Dave Rowntree, British musician (Blur)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 9 Miloslav Mecir, Czech tennis player (Olympic-gold-1988), born in Bojnice, Czechoslovakia

Tennis Player and Gold Medalist Miloslav Mecir
Tennis Player and Gold Medalist
Miloslav Mecir
  • May 9 Kevin Saunderson, American music producer and disc jockey
  • May 10 Dean Spriddle, Plymouth England, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 Oak Valley)
  • May 11 Bobby Witt, Arlington VA, pitcher (Texas Rangers)
  • May 11 Drew Story, San Clemente California, American canoeist (alt-Olympics-96)
  • May 11 Floyd Youmans, baseball pitcher (Expos)
  • May 11 Jeff Sellers, baseball pitcher (Red Sox)
  • May 11 John Parrott, snooker player
  • May 11 Katie Wagner, daughter of Robert Wagner/model/guest VJ (MTV)
  • May 11 Tim Blake Nelson, American actor, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • May 12 Joy Ellen Kitzmiller, US badminton player (Olympic-92), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 13 Sam Randolph, Nike golfer (1993 New England-2nd), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • May 13 Sara Gomer, England, tennis star
  • May 13 Stephen Colbert, American comedian and actor
  • May 13 Ronnie Coleman, American bodybuilder
  • May 13 Tom Verica, American actor
  • May 14 James M Kelly, Burlington Iowa, Capt USAF/astronaut
  • May 14 Nancy Sorel, actress (Generations, Black Foix)
  • May 14 Suzy Kolber, American sportscaster
  • May 15 Pierre Trentin, France, 1K time trials (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • May 16 John Salley, NBA star (Detroit Pistons)
  • May 16 Boyd Tinsley, American violinist (Dave Matthews Band)
  • May 17 Menno Oosting, Dutch tennis player (d. 1999)
  • May 18 Will Wolford, NFL tackle (Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • May 19 Michael Dean Standly, Abilene TX, PGA golfer (1993 Freeport-McMoRan)
  • May 20 Earl Charles Spencer, Sandringham England, brother of Princess Diana
  • May 20 Jeff Schwarz, US baseball pitcher (California Angels, Chicago White Sox)
  • May 20 Joseph Sinnott Edwards, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 20 Paul W Richards, astronaut, born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • May 20 Todd Peat, WLAF guard (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • May 21 Annabel Schofield, Llanelli Wales, actress (Laurel Ellis-Dallas)
  • May 21 Tom Harding, Kalamazoo Mich, Canadian Tour golfer (1991 Transamerica)
  • May 21 Tommy Albelin, NHL defenseman (Calgary Flames), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • May 21 Danny Bailey, English footballer
  • May 21 Nancy Daus, American professional wrestler (d. 2007)
  • May 21 Carolyn Lawrence, American actress
  • May 23 Kenny Gattison, NBA forward (Orlando Magic)
  • May 23 Staci Greason, actress (Isabella Toscando-Days of Our Lives), born in Denver, Colorado
  • May 23 Ruth Metzler-Arnold, member of the Swiss Federal Council
  • May 24 Adrian Moorhouse, British 100m breaststroker (Olympic-gold-1988)
  • May 24 Elizabeth McColgan, British running star (world record 5 km indoor)
  • May 24 Pat Verbeek, Sarnia Ont, NHL forward (Team Canada, NY Rangers)
  • May 25 David Shaw, St Thomas, NHL defenseman (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • May 25 Ivan Bella, Slovak cosmonaut
  • May 26 Kevin Kennedy, baseball manager (Texas Rangers)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 26 Lenny Kravitz, American musician who holds the record for most Grammy Awards for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance (1999-2002), born in Manhattan, New York

Musician Lenny Kravitz
Musician
Lenny Kravitz
  • May 27 Adam Carolla, American comedian and television personality
  • May 28 Armon Gilliam, NBA forward (Milwaukee Bucks, NJ Nets)
  • May 28 Beth Herr, tennis star, born in Middletown, Ohio
  • May 28 Leisa Sheridan, playmate (Jul, 1993), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • May 28 Mark MacKay, Brandon GER, hockey forward (Team Germany 1998)
  • May 28 Jeff Fenech, Australian boxer
  • May 28 Phil Vassar, American country music singer
  • May 30 Nhi Lan Le, Vietnam, US fencer-foil (Olympics-96)
  • May 30 Wynonna, [Christina Judd], Ashland Ky, singer (Judds-Why Not Me)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 30 Tom Morello, American guitarist (Audioslave, Rage Against the Machine), born in NYC, New York

Guitarist Tom Morello
Guitarist
Tom Morello
  • May 30 Andrea Montermini, Italian racing driver
  • May 31 Darryl "DMC" Matthews McDaniels, Hip Hop musician (Run-DMC), born in New York City
  • May 31 Scotti Hill, rock guitarist (Skid Row-Psycho Love), born in Manhasset, New York
  • May 31 Leonard Asper, Canadian businessman
  • May 31 Darryl McDaniels, American musician (Run-D.M.C.)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

May 5 Hall of Fame catcher Roy Campanella (41) weds long-time friend Roxie Joynes

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella

HeartWedding of Interest

May 18 Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore (19) weds Margrit Volkmar


Famous Deaths

  • May 2 Nancy N Witcher Astor, US/Eng feminist/ex of Waldorf Astor, dies
  • May 3 Diana Wynyard, dies at 58
  • May 6 Harold Morris, composer, dies at 74
  • May 10 Carol Haney, dancer (Pantomime Quiz), dies at 35
  • May 10 Ignace Lilien, composer, dies at 66
  • May 10 Mikhail Larionov, Russian painter (b. 1881)
  • May 15 Cornelis H Edelman, Dutch geologist, dies at 61
  • May 15 Vladko Maček, Kingdom of Yugoslavia deputy prime minister (b. 1879)
  • May 17 Otto V Kuusinen, President of Karelo-Finnish soviet rep (1940-56), dies 82
  • May 21 James Franck, German-born physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1882)
  • May 25 Vasily Andreyevich Zolotaryov, composer, dies at 92
  • May 27 Jawaharial Nehru, Independent India's 1st PM, dies at 74
  • May 28 John Finley Williamson, conductor (Westminster Choir), dies at 76
  • May 30 Leo Szilard, Hungarians/US nuclear physicst, dies at 66
  • May 30 Eddie Sachs, American auto racer (b. 1927)
  • May 30 Dave MacDonald, American auto racer (b. 1936)