What Happened in February 1964

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 "Stop the World, I Want to..." closes at Shubert NYC after 556 performances
  • Feb 1 The Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand," their first #1 hit, stays #1 for 7 weeks
  • Feb 1 Indiana Governor Mathew Walsh tries to ban "Louie Louie" for obscenity
  • Feb 1 Afobaka Dam is completed on the Suriname River
  • Feb 2 GI Joe, debuts as a popular American boy's toy
  • Feb 2 Sjoukje Dijkstra (Neth) wins Olympic gold for figure skating

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Feb 2 Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame - Red Faber, Burleigh Grimes, Tim Keefe, Heinie Manush, John Montgomery Ward, & Miller Huggins

Major League Baseball Pitcher Tim Keefe
Major League Baseball Pitcher
Tim Keefe
  • Feb 3 "Meet the Beatles" album goes Gold
  • Feb 3 Black & Puerto Rican students boycott NYC public schools
  • Feb 4 FAA begins 6 month test of reactions to sonic booms over Oklahoma City
  • Feb 6 "Rugantino" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • Feb 6 France & Great-Britain sign accord over building channel tunnel
  • Feb 6 WCIU TV channel 26 in Chicago, IL (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 7 Baskin-Robbins introduces Beatle Nut ice cream
  • Feb 7 Beatles land at NY's JFK airport, for 1st US tour

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 7 Cassius Clay converts to Islam, and is renamed Muhammad Ali

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Feb 7 Roger Sessions' 5th Symphony premieres
  • Feb 8 Peter Shaffer's "Royal Hunt of the Sun" premieres in London
  • Feb 8 US Rep Martha Griffiths address gets civil rights protection for women being added to the 1964 Civil Rights Act
  • Feb 9 1st appearance of Beatles on "Ed Sullivan Show" (73.7 million viewers)
  • Feb 9 9th Winter Olympic games close at Innsbruck, Austria
  • Feb 9 GI Joe character created
  • Feb 9 Hanumant Singh scores 105 India v England on debut at Delhi
  • Feb 9 NYC news anchor Jim Jenson's 1st appearance on WCBS-TV
  • Feb 10 Australian destroyer HMAS Voyager sinks after colliding with aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne, killing 82
  • Feb 10 WBGU TV channel 27 in Bowling Green, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 11 Beatles 1st live appearance in US; Washington, D.C. Coliseum
  • Feb 11 Greek & Turks begin fighting in Limassol, Cyprus
  • Feb 11 Taiwan drops diplomatic relations with France
  • Feb 12 Beatles 1st NYC concert (Carnegie Hall)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 12 End of Richie Benaud's 63-Test Cricket career

Cricketer and Commentator Richie Benaud
Cricketer and Commentator
Richie Benaud
  • Feb 12 US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming
  • Feb 12 US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Allen
  • Feb 12 Fighting breaks out between Turks and Greeks over dispute islands in Cyprus and 16 are killed; the UN responds the following month by sending a peacekeeping force
  • Feb 15 Beatles' "Meet the Beatles!" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 11 weeks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 15 Bill Bradley scores 51 points for Princeton

Basketball Player/US Senator Bill Bradley
Basketball Player/US Senator
Bill Bradley
  • Feb 16 "Foxy" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 72 performances
  • Feb 16 Beatles' 2nd appearance on "Ed Sullivan Show"
  • Feb 17 101st member elected to baseball's hall of fame (Luke Appling)
  • Feb 17 US House of Representatives accept Law on the civil rights
  • Feb 17 US Supreme Court rules - 1 man 1 vote (Westberry v Sanders)
  • Feb 17 WMEM TV channel 10 in Presque Isle, ME (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 18 Muriel Resnik's "Any Wednesday" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 18 Papandreou government takes power in Greece
  • Feb 19 UK flies ½ ton of The Beatles wigs to the US
  • Feb 21 UK flies 24,000 rolls of Beatles wallpaper to US
  • Feb 22 Beatles arrive back in England after their 1st US visit
  • Feb 23 Charlie Finley signs a 4 year lease to keep A's in Kansas City
  • Feb 23 6th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (154.334)
  • Feb 24 "My Heart Skips a Beat" single released by Buck Owens (Billboard no. 1 U.S. Hot Country Singles 1964)
  • Feb 25 Austrian chancellor Alfons Gorbach resigns
  • Feb 25 Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) TKOs Sonny Liston in 7 for his first world heavyweight championship title
  • Feb 27 "What Makes Sammy Run?" opens at 84th St Theater NYC for 540 performances
  • Feb 27 The government of Italy asks for help to keep the Leaning Tower of Pisa from toppling over.
  • Feb 29 "Rugantino" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 28 performances
  • Feb 29 Frank Rugani sets badminton shuttlecock distance record, 24.3 m

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 29 LBJ reveals US secretly developed the A-11 jet fighter

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Feb 29 NC high school basketball teams play to 56-54 score in 13 overtime

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Jani Lane, [John Kennedy Oswald] heavy metal musician and singer (Warrant-Cherry Pie)
  • Feb 1 Dwayne Rudolph Goettel, musician
  • Feb 1 Kaitlin Hopkins, American actress (Kelsey-Another World), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 1 Sharon Bruneau, actress (Sensuous Muscle), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Feb 1 Mario Pelchat, Quebec singer
  • Feb 1 Linus Roache, English actor
  • Feb 4 Noodles, American guitarist (The Offspring)
  • Feb 5 Jim Pugh, tennis star, born in Burbank, California
  • Feb 5 Alexia, Cypriot singer
  • Feb 5 Duff McKagan [Michael Andrew], American bassist (Guns N' Roses), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Feb 5 Laura Linney, American actress (The Truman Show, Mystic River), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 6 Matt Hayes, Australian soling sailor (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 6 Skip Ewing, Redlands California, country vocalist (Coast of Colorado)
  • Feb 6 Gordon Downie, Canadian rock musician (The Tragically Hip), born in Amherstview, Ontario
  • Feb 7 Cynthia "Sippy" Woodhead, swimmer (Olympic silver 1984), born in Riverside, California
  • Feb 7 Dona L Speir, playmate (March, 1984), born in Norwalk, California
  • Feb 7 Gretchen Magers, Pittsburgh PA/San Antonio TX, tennis star
  • Feb 8 Dennis Gibson, NFL inside linebacker (San Diego Chargers)
  • Feb 8 Trinny Woodall, British fashion guru
  • Feb 9 Rachel Bolan, rocker (Skid Row)
  • Feb 10 Francesca Neri, Trento Italy, actress (Ages of Lulu)
  • Feb 10 Mir Aimal Kansi, Quetta Pakistan, murderer (FBI Most Wanted)
  • Feb 10 Roger Reijners, soccer player (MVV)
  • Feb 10 Sam Graddy, Gaffney SC, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1984)
  • Feb 10 Glenn Beck, American radio and television host
  • Feb 10 Arthur Lenk, Israeli diplomat
  • Feb 11 Ken Shamrock, American martial artist
  • Feb 11 Sarah Palin, American politician
  • Feb 12 Maurice Douglass, NFL safety (NY Giants)
  • Feb 12 Michel Petit, St Malo, NHL defenseman (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • Feb 12 Milton Small, cricket pace bowler (WI v Australia 1984)
  • Feb 12 Raphael Sbarge, actor (Risky Business, My Science Project, Werewolf)
  • Feb 13 Evi Strasser, Bavaria German, equestrian (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 13 Mark Patton, American actor
  • Feb 13 Ylva Johansson, Swedish politician
  • Feb 14 Darrick Brilz, NFL center (Cin Bengals)
  • Feb 14 Gianni Bugno, Italian cyclist
  • Feb 14 Rob Jones "The Bass Thing" English musician (The Wonder Stuff), born in Stourbridge, West Midlands (d. 1993)
  • Feb 15 Chris Farley, actor (SNL, Wayne's World, Coneheads)
  • Feb 15 Mark Price, NBA guard (Washington Bullets, Orlando Magic)
  • Feb 16 Mark Price, NBA guard (Cleveland Caveliers)
  • Feb 16 Bebeto, Brazilian footballer
  • Feb 16 Christopher Eccleston, English actor (Ninth Doctor in Doctor Who), born in Salford
  • Feb 17 Mike Campbell, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Feb 17 Buster Olney, American sports columnist
  • Feb 18 Kevin Tapani, pitcher (Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Feb 18 Lisa Elaine Comshaw, actress (Scanner Cop, Lukas' Child), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Feb 18 Matt Dillon, actor (The Outsiders, Crash), born in New Rochelle, New York
  • Feb 18 Paul Hanley, British musician (The Fall, Tom Hingley and the Lovers)
  • Feb 19 Doug Aldrich, American rock guitarist, born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Feb 19 Dmitri Lipskerov, Russian writer
  • Feb 19 Sonu Walia, Indian actress
  • Feb 20 Christian Ruuttu, Lappeenranta FIN, hockey forward (Team Finland)
  • Feb 20 French Stewart, NM, actor (Harry Solomon-Third Rock From the Sun)
  • Feb 20 Jeffrey Allan Maggert, Columbia MO, PGA golfer (1993 Walt Disney)
  • Feb 20 Terry Ilous, rock vocalist (XYZ, Cannibal Jacket) [or Jun 28]
  • Feb 20 Rodney Rowland, American actor
  • Feb 21 Alana Soares, playmate (Mar, 1983), born in Redondo Beach, Californa
  • Feb 21 Mark E Kelly, Lt USN/astronaut, born in Orange, New Jersey
  • Feb 21 Willie Pless, CFL linebacker (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Feb 21 Jane Tomlinson, British cancer campaigner (d. 2007)
  • Feb 21 Huw Higginson, British actor

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 21 Scott Kelly, American astronaut, born in Orange, New Jersey

Astronaut Scott Kelly
Scott Kelly
  • Feb 22 Gigi Fernandez, [Beatriz], San Juan PR, US tennis star (Olymp-gold-96)
  • Feb 22 Jim Wicek, American actor (Ben-Ryan's Hope), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 23 Byron Evans, NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Feb 23 Dana Katherine Scully, fictional character (The X-Files)
  • Feb 23 John Norum, Swedish rocker (Europe), born in Vardø, Norway
  • Feb 24 Andy Crane, British children's television presenter
  • Feb 24 Todd Field, American actor and film director
  • Feb 24 Bill Bailey, British comedian
  • Feb 24 Russell Ingall, Australian racing driver
  • Feb 25 Don Majkowski, NFL quarterback (Detroit Lions)
  • Feb 25 Steve Nevius, film editor (Eden, Fall Time, Damascus)
  • Feb 25 Lee Evans, English comedian
  • Feb 26 Mark Dacascos, American actor and martial artist
  • Feb 27 April Heinrichs, Littleton Colo, US women's soccer coach (Olympic-96)
  • Feb 27 Ewen Vernal, British pop bassist (Deacon Blue), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Feb 27 Richard de Vries, soccer player (De Graafschap)
  • Feb 28 Djamolidine Abdoujaparov, Uzbekistan cyclist
  • Feb 29 Henrik Sundstrom, Swedish tennis star
  • Feb 29 James RB Ogilvy, son of English princess Alexandra
  • Feb 29 Jahred Shane, Afro-Brazilian rapper/singer of Hed PE

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 19 Actor Peter Sellers (38) weds actress Britt Ekland in London, England

Actor and Comedian Peter Sellers
Actor and Comedian
Peter Sellers

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 3 Sir Albert Richardson, English architect (b. 1880)
  • Feb 4 Siegfried T Bok, neurobiologist/anatomist (Cybernetica), dies at 71
  • Feb 6 Sophocles Venizelos, premier of Greece (1944, 50-51), dies at 69
  • Feb 6 W L Cornford, England cricket wicket-keeper (4 Tests v NZ 1930), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 6 Emilio Aguinaldo, 1st President of the Philippines (1899-1901), dies of coronary thrombosis at 94

Revolutionary and 1st President of the Philippines Emilio Aguinaldo
Revolutionary and 1st President of the Philippines
Emilio Aguinaldo
  • Feb 7 Hermann A J Kees, German egyptologist, dies at 77
  • Feb 7 Lillian Copeland, US discus thrower (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 59
  • Feb 8 Tom Terriss, English director (His Buddy's Wife, Sumuru), dies at 91
  • Feb 9 Willie Bryant, singer (Sugar Hill Times), dies at 55
  • Feb 10 Eugen Sänger, Austrian aerospace engineer (b. 1905)
  • Feb 13 Ken Hubbs, 2nd baseman (Chicago Cubs), dies in plane crash at 22
  • Feb 13 Werner Heyde, German psyhiatrist (b. 1902)
  • Feb 15 Robert L. Thornton, American businessman and politician (b. 1880)
  • Feb 15 Jack Teagarden [Weldon Leo Teagarden], American trombonist and actor (Meet Band Leaders), dies from bronchial pneumonia at 58
  • Feb 18 Joseph-Armand Bombardier, Quebec inventor and industrialist (b. 1907)
  • Feb 20 R T Stanyforth, English cricket wicketkeeper (South Africa 1927-28), dies
  • Feb 22 Edie Martin, actor (Titfield Thunderbolt), dies at 84
  • Feb 24 Alexander Archipenko, Ukr sculptor/water colors painter, dies at 76
  • Feb 24 Frank Conroy, actor (Midnight Mary, Threat), dies at 73
  • Feb 25 Alexander Archipenko, sculptor, dies
  • Feb 25 Grace Metalious, American writer (b. 1924)
  • Feb 27 Orry-Kelly, Australian costume designer (b. 1897)
  • Feb 28 Dirk HW Filarski, painter/lithographer (Bergen School), dies at 78
  • Feb 29 Frank Albertson, American actor (Psycho, It's a Wonderful Life, Alice Adams), dies in his sleep at 55
  • Feb 29 Victor van Straelen, Flemish biologist/paleontologist, dies at 74