Historical Events in May 1964

  • 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 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 9 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
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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)