Historical Events in December 1964

  • 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.

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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

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

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
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

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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
Golfer
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 First flight of the US aircraft Lockheed SR-71, reaches 3,530 kph (record for a jet)
  • Dec 22 American comedian Lenny Bruce is convicted of obscenity
  • 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
Playwright
Edward Albee
  • Dec 31 Donald Campbell (UK) sets world water speed record (276.33 mph)
  • Dec 31 Indonesia proclaims expelled from the UN