What Happened in 1964

Significant Events

  • Jan 11 1st government report warning by US Surgeon General Luther Terry that smoking may be hazardous
  • Jun 1 Kenya becomes a republic with Jomo Kenyatta as its 1st President
  • Jun 12 Nelson Mandela is sentenced to life in prison in South Africa
  • Jun 29 Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed after 83-day filibuster in the US Senate
  • Jul 2 US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act into law
  • Dec 10 Nobel Peace Prize presented to Dr Martin Luther King Jr. in Oslo
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1964 in Film & TV

1964 in Music

  • Feb 9 1st appearance of the Beatles on the "Ed Sullivan Show" draws 73.7 million viewers
  • Aug 27 Walt Disney's "Mary Poppins" directed by Robert Stevenson and starring Julie Andrews and Dick van Dyke premieres in Los Angeles
  • Sep 17 Beatles are paid a then record $150,000 for a concert (Kansas)
  • Oct 31 Barbra Streisand's "People" album goes #1 for 5 weeks
  • Dec 9 John Coltrane's Quartet records their greatest work "A Love Supreme" at Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

1964 in Sport

  • Mar 6 Boxing legend Cassius Clay joins the Nation of Islam and changes his name to "Muhammad Ali", calling his former title a "slave name"
  • Oct 25 Dutchman Anton Geesink is 1st non-Japanese Olympic judo gold medal winner
  • Nov 15 Mickey Wright shoots a 62, lowest golf score for a woman pro at the Tall City Open, Midland, Texas

Did You Know?

The Great Alaska Earthquake (9.2 magnitude) and resulting tsunami kill 139 people in the largest US earthquake and second largest ever recorded

On March 27, 1964


World Leaders in 1964

Famous People in 1964

Would You Believe?

Prometheus, the world's oldest tree (at least 4862 years old), is accidently cut down in Nevada, US

On August 6, 1964

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

  • Mar 6 Actress Elizabeth Taylor's 4th divorce from entertainer Eddie Fisher
  • Jul 28 Broadway musical actress-singer Ethel Merman (56) divorces academy award-winning actor Ernest Borgnine (47) after 32 days of marriage
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