What Happened in May 1964

Historical Events

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

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9th Khrushchev visits Egypt

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

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22nd LBJ presents "Great Society"

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

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

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

  • 25th Frank Gilroy's "Subject is Roses" premieres in NYC
  • 25th Ground is broken for a new stadium in St Louis
  • 25th US Supreme Court rules closing schools to avoid desegregation is unconstitutional
  • 26th "Fade Out-Fade In" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 199 performances
  • 27th 9th European Cup: Internazionale beats Real Madrid 3-1 at Vienna
  • 28th Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 9th String quartet
  • 28th Jawaharlal Nehru cremated in New Dehli
  • 28th Palestine National Congress forms the PLO in Jerusalem
  • 28th Unmanned Apollo 2 Saturn test launched into Earth orbit
  • 30th "Beyond the Fringe" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 673 performances
  • 30th Beatles 1961 record of "Cry for a Shadow" is #1 in Australia
  • 30th Beatles' "Love Me Do" single goes #1
  • 30th 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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30th 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
  • 30th 63rd Men's French Championships: Manuel Santana beats Nicola Pietrangeli (6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 7-5)

Sport awardTennis Open

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

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

Famous Birthdays

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

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

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

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9th 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
  • 9th Kevin Saunderson, American music producer and disc jockey
  • 10th Dean Spriddle, Plymouth England, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 Oak Valley)
  • 11th Bobby Witt, Arlington VA, pitcher (Texas Rangers)
  • 11th Drew Story, San Clemente California, American canoeist (alt-Olympics-96)
  • 11th Floyd Youmans, baseball pitcher (Expos)
  • 11th Jeff Sellers, baseball pitcher (Red Sox)
  • 11th John Parrott, snooker player
  • 11th Katie Wagner, daughter of Robert Wagner/model/guest VJ (MTV)
  • 11th Tim Blake Nelson, American actor, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 12th Joy Ellen Kitzmiller, US badminton player (Olympic-92), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 13th Sam Randolph, Nike golfer (1993 New England-2nd), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 13th Sara Gomer, England, tennis star
  • 13th Stephen Colbert, American comedian and actor
  • 13th Ronnie Coleman, American bodybuilder
  • 13th Tom Verica, American actor
  • 14th James M Kelly, Burlington Iowa, Capt USAF/astronaut
  • 14th Nancy Sorel, actress (Generations, Black Foix)
  • 14th Suzy Kolber, American sportscaster
  • 15th Pierre Trentin, France, 1K time trials (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • 16th John Salley, NBA star (Detroit Pistons)
  • 16th Boyd Tinsley, American violinist (Dave Matthews Band)
  • 17th Menno Oosting, Dutch tennis player (d. 1999)
  • 18th Will Wolford, NFL tackle (Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 19th Michael Dean Standly, Abilene TX, PGA golfer (1993 Freeport-McMoRan)
  • 20th Earl Charles Spencer, Sandringham England, brother of Princess Diana
  • 20th Jeff Schwarz, US baseball pitcher (California Angels, Chicago White Sox)
  • 20th Joseph Sinnott Edwards, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 20th Paul W Richards, astronaut, born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • 20th Todd Peat, WLAF guard (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 21st Annabel Schofield, Llanelli Wales, actress (Laurel Ellis-Dallas)
  • 21st Tom Harding, Kalamazoo Mich, Canadian Tour golfer (1991 Transamerica)
  • 21st Tommy Albelin, NHL defenseman (Calgary Flames), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 21st Danny Bailey, English footballer
  • 21st Nancy Daus, American professional wrestler (d. 2007)
  • 21st Carolyn Lawrence, American actress
  • 22nd David Lidberg, jockey
  • 23rd Kenny Gattison, NBA forward (Orlando Magic)
  • 23rd Staci Greason, actress (Isabella Toscando-Days of Our Lives), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 23rd Ruth Metzler-Arnold, member of the Swiss Federal Council
  • 24th Adrian Moorhouse, British 100m breaststroker (Olympic-gold-1988)
  • 24th Elizabeth McColgan, British running star (world record 5 km indoor)
  • 24th Pat Verbeek, Sarnia Ont, NHL forward (Team Canada, NY Rangers)
  • 25th David Shaw, St Thomas, NHL defenseman (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • 25th Ivan Bella, Slovak cosmonaut
  • 26th Kevin Kennedy, baseball manager (Texas Rangers)

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26th 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
Lenny Kravitz
  • 27th Adam Carolla, American comedian and television personality
  • 28th Armon Gilliam, NBA forward (Milwaukee Bucks, NJ Nets)
  • 28th Beth Herr, tennis star, born in Middletown, Ohio
  • 28th Leisa Sheridan, playmate (Jul, 1993), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 28th Mark MacKay, Brandon GER, hockey forward (Team Germany 1998)
  • 28th Jeff Fenech, Australian boxer
  • 28th Phil Vassar, American country music singer
  • 30th Nhi Lan Le, Vietnam, US fencer-foil (Olympics-96)
  • 30th Wynonna, [Christina Judd], Ashland Ky, singer (Judds-Why Not Me)

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

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

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

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

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella

HeartWedding of Interest

18th Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore (19) weds Margrit Volkmar

Famous Deaths

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