April 1964 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 10°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in April
  • Apr 1 Robert Lowell's "Benito Cereno" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 2 Josef Klaus succeeds Alfons Gorbach as chancellor of Austria
  • Apr 2 Military coup in Brazil by Gen Castello Branco, Pres Goulart ousted
  • Apr 2 USSR launches Zond 1 to Venus; no data returned
  • Apr 3 US & Panama agree to resume diplomatic relations
  • Apr 5 1st driverless trains run on London Underground
  • Apr 6 Egypt & Belgium restore diplomatic relations
  • Apr 7 IBM announces the System/360.
  • Apr 8 Unmanned Gemini 1 launched
  • Apr 10 Demolition begins on Polo Grounds to clear way for housing project
  • Apr 10 Iranian motor launch catches fire & sinks killing 113 (Persian Gulf)
  • Apr 13 Ian Smith becomes Prime Minister of Rhodesia
  • Apr 13 New Zealander Colin Bosher shears a record 565 sheep in 1 work day
  • Apr 14 Sandy Koufax throws his 9th complete game without allowing a walk
  • Apr 15 Chesapeake Bay Bridge opens (world's longest)
  • Apr 16 9 men sentenced 25-30 years for Britain's 1963 "Great Train Robbery"
  • Apr 17 Ford Mustang formally introduced ($2,368 base)
  • Apr 17 Jerrie Mock becomes 1st woman to fly solo around the world
  • Apr 18 Artisans strike in Belgium ends
  • Apr 18 Sandy Koufax is 1st to strike out the side on 9 pitches
  • Apr 18 Van Joe Orton's "Entertaining Mr Sloane"
  • Apr 19 Rightist coup in Laos, Suvanna Phuma remains premier
  • Apr 20 86% of black students boycott Cleveland schools
  • Apr 22 World's Fair (Flushing Meadow, Corona Park, NY) opens
  • Apr 23 New York State Theater opens
  • Apr 24 Mexico becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
  • Apr 26 Tanganyika & Zanzibar form The United Republic of Tanganyika & Zanzibar
  • Apr 28 Japan joins the OECD
  • Apr 29 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 3 Nigel Farange, British politician and head of UKIP party
  • Apr 6 Phil Gayle, English news presenter
  • Apr 16 Robert Kelker-Kelly, Wichita Kansas, (Bo-Days of our Live)
  • Apr 17 Raye Hollit, American Gladiator (Zap)
  • Apr 18 Niall Ferguson, British historian
  • Apr 28 Helen Marina Lucy Windsor, England, daughter of Prince Edward
  • Apr 28 Mark Steven Robinson, American director

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 30 Tony Fernandes, Malaysian businessman (AirAsia), born in Kuala Lumpur

Entrepreneur Tony Fernandes
Tony Fernandes

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 9 Serial killer John Wayne Gacy (22) weds co-worker Marlynn Myers

Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy
Serial Killer
John Wayne Gacy
  • Apr 29 Princess Irene marries Spanish prince Carel Hugo de Bourbon Parma

Deaths in History

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 5 Douglas MacArthur, US general (Pacific theater-WW II), dies at 84

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 14 Rachel Carson, American biologist/author (Silent spring), dies at 56

Marine Biologist and Writer Rachel Carson
Marine Biologist and Writer
Rachel Carson
  • Apr 14 Tatyana Alexeyevna Afanasyeva, Russian/Dutch mathematician (b. 1876)
  • Apr 18 Ben Hecht, playwright (Child of the Century), dies at 71
  • Apr 24 Gerhard Domagk, German bacteriologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (declined) (b. 1895)
  • Apr 26 Edwin John Pratt, Canadian poet (Towards the Last Spike), dies at 81
  • Apr 26 Pieter van der Lijn, Dutch geologist (Boulder Book), dies at 93
  • Apr 27 Georg Britting, writer, dies at 73
  • Apr 28 Rolf de Maré, Swedish art collector (b. 1888)
  • Apr 29 Albert Saverys, Flemish painter, dies at 77