May 1964 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 1st BASIC program runs on a computer (Dartmouth)
  • 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 4 "Another World" premieres on TV in the US
  • May 4 70 GATT-countries confer in Geneva
  • 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

Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev
Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Nikita Khrushchev
  • May 12 Manlio Brosio chosen as sec-gen of NATO
  • May 14 Underground America Day is 1st observed
  • May 15 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 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 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 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 24 18th Tony Awards: Luther & Hello Dolly win
  • May 24 Longest HR (471') in Balt Memorial Stadium (Harmon Killebrew, Minn)
  • 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 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 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
  • May 31 Charles Schmid kills first Pied Piper victim

Birthdays in History

  • May 1 Ruth Picardie, journalist
  • May 1 Sarah Armstrong-Jones, daughter of princess Margaret & Lord Snowdon
  • May 4 Zsuzsa Mathe, Hungarian painter and visual artist, founder of transrealism
  • May 7 Mustapha Zerqti, Moroccan/Neth writer (Ihtidaar hub fi el-mahd)
  • May 11 John Parrott, snooker player
  • May 13 Ronnie Coleman, American bodybuilder
  • May 14 James M Kelly, Burlington Iowa, Capt USAF/astronaut
  • May 20 Earl Charles Spencer, Sandringham England, brother of Princess Diana
  • 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 23 Ruth Metzler-Arnold, member of the Swiss Federal Council
  • May 25 Ivan Bella, Slovak cosmonaut
  • May 31 Leonard Asper, Canadian businessman

Deaths in History

  • May 2 Nancy N Witcher Astor, US/Eng feminist/ex of Waldorf Astor, dies
  • May 3 Diana Wynyard, dies at 58
  • 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 27 Jawaharial Nehru, Independent India's 1st PM, dies at 74
  • May 30 Leo Szilard, Hungarians/US nuclear physicst, dies at 66