What Happened in December 1964

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Houston Colt .45s change name to Astros

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 1 Martin Luther King Jr. speaks to J. Edgar Hoover about his slander campaign

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover
Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 2 Ringo Starr's tonsils are removed

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • Dec 3 KHQL (now KCAN) TV channel 8 in Albion, NB (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 3 Police arrests 800 sit-in students at University of California at Berkeley
  • Dec 4 Baseball approves a free-agent draft
  • Dec 4 The Beatles release their "Beatles For Sale" album
  • Dec 4 Commissioner's office given full powers in baseball disputes
  • Dec 4 Test Cricket debut of Ian Chappell, v Pakistan MCG, 11, 0-49, 0-31
  • Dec 5 Captain Roger Donlon is awarded the first Medal of Honor of the Vietnam War for successfully repelling a large Viet Cong attack
  • Dec 6 "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" 1st airs on TV
  • Dec 6 KTVR TV channel 13 in La Grande, OR (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 6 President Antonio Segni of Italy resigns

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 7 George Harrison changes his company's name from Mornyork to Harrisongs

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

Music releaseMusic Recording

Dec 9 John Coltrane's Quartet records their greatest work "A Love Supreme" at Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Dec 10 Nobel Peace Prize presented to Dr Martin Luther King Jr. in Oslo

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Dec 10 Dorothy Hodgkin is the first British woman to be awarded the Nobel prize in Chemistry for work on penicillin and vitamin B12

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 11 Che Guevara speaks at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. An unknown terrorist fires a mortar shell at the building during the speech.

Argentine Revolutionary Che Guevara
Argentine Revolutionary
Che Guevara
  • Dec 12 Cleveland Browns' Frank Ryan sets club record of 5 TD passes

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Dec 12 Shooting starts for "Star Trek" pilot "The Cage" (Menagerie)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 13 Sam Snead and Shirley Englehorn win JCPenney Classic Haig & Haig Scotch Mixed Foursome golf tournament

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead

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Dec 13 In El Paso, Texas, LBJ & Mexican President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz set off an explosion diverting Rio Grande, to reshape US-Mexico border

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Dec 14 Michael Brown meets Renee Fladen, then writes "Walk Away Renee"
  • Dec 15 1st time 4 people in space
  • Dec 15 Canada's House of Commons votes 163 to 78 to approve the red Maple Leaf Flag
  • Dec 16 US performs nuclear test at Pacific Ocean

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 17 "Goldfinger", 3rd James Bond film, starring Sean Connery and Honor Blackman premieres in London

  • Dec 18 "I Had a BaIl" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 199 performances
  • Dec 18 "The Pink Panther" cartoon series premieres (Pink Phink)
  • Dec 18 During funeral service held for soul singer Sam Cooke, fans cause damage to funeral home
  • Dec 18 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 19 "Gertrud", Danish film directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, starring Nina Pens Rode, Bendt Rothe and Ebbe Rode, is released in France
  • Dec 20 Levi Eshkol forms 12th Israeli government
  • Dec 22 First flight of the US aircraft Lockheed SR-71, reaches 3,530 kph (record for a jet)
  • Dec 22 American comedian Lenny Bruce is convicted of obscenity
  • Dec 23 India & Ceylon hit by cyclone, about 4,850 killed
  • Dec 24 Shooting begins on "The Cage" the pilot for Star Trek
  • Dec 25 George Harrison's girlfriend Patti Boyd attacked by female Beatle fans
  • Dec 26 Beatles' "I Feel Fine" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks
  • Dec 26 Buffalo Bills beat San Diego Chargers 20-7 in AFL championship game
  • Dec 26 Moors Murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley claim last victim
  • Dec 27 Cleveland Browns beat Balt Colts 27-0 in NFL championship game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 28 Premier of Dmitri Shostakovich's cantata "The Execution of Stepan Razin"

  • Dec 28 Principal filming on film "Doctor Zhivago" begins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 30 Edward Albee's "Tiny Alice" premieres in NYC

Playwright Edward Albee
Playwright
Edward Albee
  • Dec 31 Donald Campbell (UK) sets world water speed record (276.33 mph)
  • Dec 31 Indonesia proclaims expelled from the UN

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Soren Henriksen, Denmark cricket all-rounder (86-94 ICC, Lancs 85-86)
  • Dec 1 Salvatore Schillaci, Italian footballer
  • Dec 2 Brian Habib, NFL guard (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Dec 2 Chip Hale, infielder (Minnesota Twins), born in Santa Clara, California
  • Dec 2 Yolanda Henry, high jumper, born in Houston, Texas
  • Dec 3 Darryl Hamilton, Baton Rouge LA, outfielder (Texas Rangers)
  • Dec 3 Toi Cook, cornerback (Carolina Panthers)
  • Dec 4 Bill Peterson, Smithfield NC, WLAF general mgr (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Dec 4 Marisa Tomei, American actress (My Cousin Vinny), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 4 Chelsea Noble, US actress (Kate-Growing Pains), born in Cheektowaga, New York
  • Dec 4 Sertab Erener, Turkish singer
  • Dec 4 Jonathan Goldstein, American actor
  • Dec 5 Pablo Morales, American butterfly swimmer (Olympic 3 gold/2 silver-1984, 92), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 6 Will Johnson, CFL defensive end (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Dec 7 Duncan Miller, rocker (Blue Mercedes-Rich & Famous)
  • Dec 7 Peter Laviolette, Norwood Mass, US hockey defenseman (Olympics 1994)
  • Dec 7 Roberta Close, Brazilian model
  • Dec 7 Tadao Uematsu, Japanese racing driver
  • Dec 7 Vladimir Artemov, Russian gymnast (4 Olympic gold 1988), born in Vladimir, Russia
  • Dec 8 James Martinez, Santa Fe NM, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Dec 8 Teri Hatcher, actress (Lois & Clark, Desperate Housewives), born in Sunnyvale, California
  • Dec 8 James Blundell, Australian country singer
  • Dec 8 Sandy Burnett, English record producer
  • Dec 9 Petr Briza, hockey goalie (Team Czech Rep), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • Dec 9 Paul Landers, German guitarist (Rammstein)
  • Dec 10 Luis Polonia, Dominican MLB outfielder (NY Yanks, Orioles), born in Santiago City, Dominica Republic
  • Dec 10 Bobby Flay, American celebrity chef and restaurateur, born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 11 Dave Gagner, Chatham, NHL center (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • Dec 11 Justin Currie, Scottish rock vocalist/bassist (Del Amitri)
  • Dec 11 Thomas Howard, outfielder (Cincinnati Reds), born in Middletown, Ohio
  • Dec 11 Michel Courtemanche, French Canadian comedian
  • Dec 11 John Mark Karr, American who claimed involvement in JonBenét Ramsey case
  • Dec 11 David Schools, American musician (Widespread Panic)
  • Dec 11 Cosy Sheridan, American singer
  • Dec 12 Haywood Jeffires, NFL wide receiver (Houston Oilers)
  • Dec 12 Rockin' Jeff, rock musician (The Pasadenas-Riding on a Train)
  • Dec 12 Sabu, American professional wrestler
  • Dec 12 Haywood Jeffries, American football player
  • Dec 13 Lucky Peterson [Judge Kenneth Peterson], American musician (The Son of a Bluesman), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Dec 14 C[arl] J[eff] Snare, vocalist (Firehouse-Love of a Lifetime), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 15 Carlton Bailey, NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers)
  • Dec 15 Jerry Ball, NFL defensive tackle (Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings)
  • Dec 16 Billy Ripken, 2nd baseman (Bal Orioles, Texas Rangers), born in Havre de Grace, Maryland
  • Dec 16 Evelyn Conley, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-7th-1989), born in San Francisco, California
  • Dec 16 Gail Harris, Dewsbury England, actress (Virtual Desire)
  • Dec 16 Heike Drechsler, Gera German DR, sprinter (1988 world record)
  • Dec 17 Eric Brown, actor (Buzz-Mama's Family), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 17 Frank Musil, Pardubice Cze, NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators)
  • Dec 17 Joe Wolf, NBA forward/center (Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets)
  • Dec 17 Tyrone Braxton, NFL safety (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Dec 17 Ginger, English singer and guitarist (The Wildhearts)
  • Dec 17 Michele Tafoya, American sportscaster
  • Dec 18 Don Beebe, NFL wide receiver (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Dec 18 Robson Green, English actor and singer
  • Dec 19 Arvydas Sabonis, NBA center (Portland Trailblazers)
  • Dec 19 Beatrice Dalle, French actress (Betty Blue, Sabbath), born in Breast
  • Dec 19 Lorie Kane, Canadian golfer (4 LPGA titles), born in Charlottetown, Canada
  • Dec 19 Mike Fetters, Van Nuys CA, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • Dec 19 Randall McDaniel, NFL guard (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Dec 21 Ed Jongsma, Dutch pop bassist (Sleeze Beez-Look Like Hell)
  • Dec 21 Joey Kocur, NHL right wing (Vancouver Canucks), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Dec 21 Keith Taylor, NFL safety (Washington Redskins)
  • Dec 21 Rob Kelly, English football manager
  • Dec 21 Fabiana Udenio, Argentine actress
  • Dec 22 Mike Jackson, US pitcher (Seattle Mariners), born in Houston, Texas
  • Dec 23 Andy Gabel, short track skater (Olympics 1994), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 23 Petr Klima, Chaomutov Cze, NHL right wing (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • Dec 23 Eddie Vedder, American heavy metal singer (Pearl Jam-Justine), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • Dec 24 Elbert Shelley, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Dec 24 Gary Muller, South Africa, tennis star
  • Dec 24 Marcel van der Net, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • Dec 24 Mark Valley, Odgensvurg NY, actor (Days of Our Lives)
  • Dec 25 Anil Kaul, Amritsar India, Canadian badminton player (Olympics 1996)
  • Dec 25 Janet Soulsby, Corbridge Australia, golfer (Curtis Cup 1982)
  • Dec 25 Peter Hanson, English/Sierra Leone/Dutch actor (Darling How Could You)
  • Dec 25 Raymond Libregts, soccer player (MVV)
  • Dec 25 Gary McAllister, Scottish footballer
  • Dec 25 Tim Royes - Music Video Director and Editor
  • Dec 26 Colleen Dion, actress (Search for Tomorrow), born in Newburgh, New York
  • Dec 26 Jeff King, Marion IN, infielder (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • Dec 26 Elizabeth Kostova, American author
  • Dec 27 David Tikolo, Kenyan cricket batsman (1996 World Cup)
  • Dec 27 Randy Kirk, NFL outside linebacker (AZ Cardinals, SF 49ers)
  • Dec 27 Steve Wallace, NFL tackle (SF 49ers, KC Chiefs)
  • Dec 27 Ian Gomez, American actor
  • Dec 28 Charles Sinek, dance skater (& Beata Handra-1997 Pac Coast Sr 3rd)
  • Dec 28 Maite Zúñiga, Spanish athlete
  • Dec 29 Craig Grebeck, infielder (Florida Marlins), born in Cerritos, California
  • Dec 29 Kimberly Russell, actress (Sarah-Head of the Class)
  • Dec 30 Kimberly Taylor, [Cindy], model/Penthouse Pet (1990)
  • Dec 30 Kris Tschetter, LPGA golfer (1992 Northgate Computer), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Dec 30 Duglas T. Stewart, Scottish musician (BMX Bandits)
  • Dec 31 Denis Hickey, cricketer (fast bowler for Vic, SA & Glamorgan)
  • Dec 31 Klari MacAskill, kayaker (Olympics-5-92, 96), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Dec 31 Liz Masakayan, Quezon City Philippines, WPVA volley (Best of Beach-3rd-1994)
  • Dec 31 Winston Benjamin, cricketer (WI righty quick 1987-95)
  • Dec 31 Michael McDonald, American actor-comedian
  • Dec 31 Lowri Turner, British TV presenter

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 20 Fashion designer Ralph Lauren (25) weds Ricky Anne Loew-Beer in NYC, New York

Fashion Designer Ralph Lauren
Fashion Designer
Ralph Lauren

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 J. B. S. Haldane, Scottish geneticist (b. 1892)
  • Dec 3 Ernst Ginsberg, writer, dies
  • Dec 3 George Brown, cricketer (7 Tests for England), dies
  • Dec 5 Remy Angenot, Flemish actor ( Met den helm geboren, Patriot, Idiot), dies at 70
  • Dec 6 Consuelo Vanderbilt (b. 1877)
  • Dec 9 Edith Sitwell, English poet and author (Wheels), dies at 77
  • Dec 11 Percy Kilbride, American actor (Egg & I, Ma & Pa Kettle), dies at 76
  • Dec 11 Sam Cooke, American singer and entrepreneur described as "the inventor of soul music" (You Send Me), shot to death at 33
  • Dec 12 H I "Sailor" Young, cricketer (left-arm bowler Eng v Aust 1899), dies
  • Dec 14 William Bendix, American actor (Lifeboat, Babe Ruth Story, Life of Riley), dies from lobar pneumonia at 58
  • Dec 17 Victor Franz Hess, Austrian-born physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1883)
  • Dec 21 Carl Van Vechten, American writer and photographer (b. 1880)
  • Dec 22 Bonifacio Gil Garcia, Spanish composer and folklorist, dies at 66
  • Dec 23 Arrigo Pedrollo, composer, dies at 86
  • Dec 25 Cheerio Meredith, actress (One Happy Family), dies at 74
  • Dec 29 Bernard von Brentano, German writer (Big Cats), dies at 63
  • Dec 29 Miroslav Krejci, composer, dies at 73
  • Dec 30 Andrés Soriano, Spanish Filipino industrialist (San Miguel Brewery, Philippine Airlines), dies of pancreatic cancer at 66
  • Dec 31 Gertrude Michael, American actress (Cleopatra, Menace, Club Havana, caged), dies from undisclosed causes at 53
  • Dec 31 Ólafur Thors, Icelandic Prime Minister (5 times between 1942-63), dies at 72
  • Dec 31 Bobby Byrne, baseball player (b. 1884)