What Happened on August 4, 1964

Historical Events

  • Bodies of civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James E. Chaney discovered in an earthen Mississippi dam
  • North Vietnam purportedly engage US Navy ships in the Gulf of Tonkin for a second time, resulting in US Congress passing the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, granting authority to assist any Southeast Asian facing "communist aggression"; later investigation deemed the second attack never happened as shipboard communications were misinterpreted

Famous Birthdays

  • B J Surhoff, infielder (Baltimore Orioles), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Clyde Simmons, NFL defensive end (Az Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Gary King, British radio presenter
Born in 1964

Famous Weddings

John Coltrane

Jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane (35) weds jazz harpist and pianist Alice Macleod

About August 4, 1964

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 58 years, 7 months and 24 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Leo

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: A Hard Day's Night - The Beatles
  • UK #1 Song: A Hard Day's Night - The Beatles