On This Day

What Happened on August 2, 1964

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • Dutch government gives Indonesia export guarantees
  • North Vietnam fires on a US destroyer in the Gulf of Tonkin incident which would eventually escalate US involvement in the Vietnam War
  • Race riot in Jersey City, New Jersey

Famous Birthdays

  • John Cullen, Canadian NHL center (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Puslinch, Canada
  • Mary-Louise Parker, American actress (Fried Green Tomatoes, Weeds), born in Fort Jackson, South Carolina,

Famous Deaths

  • Jack Kirkwood, actor (Fibber McGee & Molly), dies at 69
  • Jose Maria Castro, composer, dies at 71