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What Happened in February 1964

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off..." closes at Shubert NYC after 556 performances
  • Feb 1 The Beatles' 1st #1 hit "I Want to Hold Your Hand," topped the Hot 100, stays #1 for 7 weeks before being replaced by "She Loves You", also by The Beatles
  • Feb 1 Indiana Governor Mathew Walsh tries to ban "Louie Louie" for obscenity
  • Feb 1 Afobaka Dam is completed on the Suriname River
  • Feb 1 French sisters Christine Goitschel (gold) and Marielle Goitschel (silver) become first female siblings to win Olympic gold and silver in the same event when they dominate the slalom in Innsbruck
  • 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 3 French sisters Marielle Goitschel (gold) and Christine Goitschel (silver) repeat (in reverse order) their top-2 finish in the slalom 2 days earlier, in the giant slalom at the Innsbruck Winter Olympics
  • 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

Latest Wonder of the WorldLatest Wonder of the World

Feb 6 France & Great-Britain sign accord over building channel tunnel

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Tunnel diggers from France and England meet half way. Photo: Rex Features
Tunnel diggers from France and England meet half way. Photo: Rex Features
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  • 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
  • Feb 7 Roger Sessions' 5th Symphony premieres

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Feb 8 Peter Shaffer's musical "Royal Hunt of the Sun" premieres in London

Playwright Peter Shaffer
Playwright
Peter Shaffer
  • Feb 8 US Rep Martha Griffiths address gets civil rights protection for women being added to the 1964 Civil Rights Act

Music ConcertThe Beatles on Ed Sullivan

Feb 9 1st appearance of the Beatles on the "Ed Sullivan Show", from New York, draws 73.7 million television viewers

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The Beatles with TV host Ed Sullivan during their first appearance on his show in February 1964
The Beatles with TV host Ed Sullivan during their first appearance on his show in February 1964
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  • Feb 9 IX Winter Olympic Games close in 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 concerts, two shows at 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 and US Senator Bill Bradley
Basketball Player and US Senator
Bill Bradley
  • Feb 16 "Foxy" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 72 performances

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Feb 16 The Beatles' 2nd appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show", from Deauville Hotel in Miami, Florida

TV Host Ed Sullivan
TV Host
Ed Sullivan
  • Feb 17 101st member elected to Baseball Hall of Fame, Chicago WS shortstop 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 MLB A's in Kansas City

CarDaytona 500

Feb 23 6th Daytona 500: Race winner Richard Petty leads for record 184 of the 200 laps

Auto Racer Richard Petty
Auto Racer
Richard Petty
  • 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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Feb 25 Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay] wins his first world heavyweight boxing title when Sonny Liston fails to come out for round 7 at the Convention Center, Miami Beach

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Sonny Liston
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 29 LBJ reveals the US has secretly developed the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, an advanced, long‐range high-speed and high-altitude reconnaissance airplane [1]

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 29 Cincinnati's Jerry Lucas and Oscar Robertson combine for a rare 40-40 performance as the Royals beat host Philadelphia 76ers, 117-114; NBA MVP Robertson has 43 points; Rookie of the Year Lucas, 40 rebounds

NBA Forward Jerry Lucas
NBA Forward
Jerry Lucas
NBA Player Oscar Robertson
NBA Player
Oscar Robertson
  • Feb 29 Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser records the fastest 100m freestyle of her brilliant career; smashes her own world record 58.9s in Sydney; goes on to win her 3rd straight gold in the event at the Tokyo Olympics

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Jani Lane [John Oswald], American heavy metal rock songwriter, and singer (Warrant - "Cherry Pie"), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2011)
  • Feb 1 Dwayne Goettel, Canadian keyboardist and industrial-electronic music composer (Skinny Puppy), born in High Level, Alberta (d. 1995)
  • Feb 1 Kaitlin Hopkins, American actress (Kelsey-Another World), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 1 Sharon Bruneau, Canadian actress (Sensuous Muscle), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Feb 1 Mario Pelchat, Canadian francophone singer, born in Dolbeau-Mistassini, Quebec
  • Feb 1 Linus Roache, English actor, born in Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Feb 4 Noodles [Kevin Wasserman], American guitarist (The Offspring), born in Los Angeles, California.
  • Feb 5 Jim Pugh, American tennis star, born in Burbank, California
  • Feb 5 Alexia Vassiliou, Cypriot singer & film score composer, born in Famagusta, Cyprus
  • Feb 5 (Michael Andrew) "Duff" McKagan, American bassist (Guns N' Roses), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Feb 5 Laura Linney, American actress (The Truman Show, Mystic River), born in Manhattan, New York
  • Feb 6 Skip Ewing, American country vocalist (Coast of Colorado), born in Redlands, California
  • Feb 6 Gordon Downie, Canadian rock singer-songwriter & musician (The Tragically Hip), born in Amherstview, Ontario (d. 2017)
  • Feb 6 Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russian director & screenwriter (The Return), born in Novosibirsk, USSR
  • Feb 7 Cynthia "Sippy" Woodhead, swimmer (Olympic silver 1984), born in Riverside, 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 [James Southworth], American musician and songwriter (Skid Row), born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey
  • Feb 10 Francesca Neri, Italian actress (Ages of Lulu), born in Trento, Italy
  • Feb 10 Mir Aimal Kansi, Pakistani perpretrator of the 1993 shootings at CIA Headquarters, born in Quetta, Pakistan (d. 2002)
  • Feb 10 Roger Reijners, Dutch football coach and player (MVV), born in Roemond, Netherlands
  • Feb 10 Sam Graddy, US 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1984), born in Gaffney, South Carolina
  • Feb 10 Glenn Beck, American radio and television host, born in Everett, Washington
  • Feb 10 Arthur Lenk, Israeli diplomat, born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Feb 11 Ken Shamrock, American martial artist, born in Macon, Georgia
  • Feb 11 Sarah Palin, American politician, born in Sandpoint, Idaho
  • Feb 12 Maurice Douglass, NFL safety (NY Giants), born in Muncie, Indiana
  • Feb 12 Michel Petit, NHL defenseman (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Quebec, Canada
  • Feb 12 Milton Small, West Indian cricket fast bowler (2 Tests, 4 wickets), born in Saint Philip Parish, Barbados
  • Feb 12 Raphael Sbarge, American actor (Risky Business, My Science Project, Werewolf), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 13 Evi Strasser, German equestrian (Olympics 1996), born in Inzell, Germany
  • Feb 13 Mark Patton, US interior designer and actor (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Come back to the Five and Dime), born in Kansa City, Missouri
  • Feb 13 Ylva Johansson, Swedish politician, born in Huddinge Municipality, Sweden
  • Feb 14 Darrick Brilz, American NFL offensive lineman (Cin Bengals), born in Richmond, California
  • Feb 14 Gianni Bugno, Italian cyclist, born in Brugg, Switzerland
  • Feb 14 Rob Jones "The Bass Thing", English musician (The Wonder Stuff), born in Stourbridge, West Midlands (d. 1993)
  • Feb 15 Chris Farley, American actor (SNL, Wayne's World, Coneheads), born in Madison, Wisconsin (d. 1997)
  • Feb 15 Mark Price, NBA guard (Washington Bullets, Orlando Magic), born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma
  • Feb 16 Mark Price, American NBA guard (Cleveland Caveliers) and coach, born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma
  • Feb 16 Bebeto [José Roberto Gama de Oliveira], Brazilian footballer, born in Salvador, Brazil
  • Feb 16 Christopher Eccleston, English actor (Ninth Doctor in Doctor Who), born in Salford, England
  • Feb 16 Ching-Wan [Sean] Lau, Hong Kong actor (Life Without Principle), born in Hong Kong
  • Feb 17 Mike Campbell, American pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Feb 17 Buster Olney, American sports columnist
  • Feb 18 Kevin Tapani, American baseball pitcher (Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Feb 18 Lisa Elaine Comshaw, American actress (Scanner Cop, Lukas' Child), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Feb 18 Matt Dillon, American actor (The Outsiders, Crash), born in New Rochelle, New York
  • Feb 18 Paul Hanley, British musician (The Fall, Tom Hingley and the Lovers), born in Manchester, England
  • 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 19 Jennifer Doudna, American biochemist (2020 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for CRISPR Gene Editing), born in Washington D.C.
  • Feb 20 Christian Ruuttu, Lappeenranta FIN, hockey forward (Team Finland)
  • Feb 20 French Stewart, American actor (Harry Solomon-Third Rock From the Sun), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Feb 20 Jeff Maggert, American golfer (US Senior Open, Tradition 2015), born in Columbia Missouri
  • Feb 20 Terry Ilous, rock vocalist (XYZ, Cannibal Jacket) [or Jun 28]
  • Feb 20 Rodney Rowland, American actor
  • Feb 21 Mark Kelly, American astronaut & US Navy captain, born in Orange, New Jersey
  • Feb 21 Willie Pless, American CFL linebacker (Edmonton Eskimos), born in Anniston, Alabama
  • Feb 21 Jane Tomlinson, British cancer campaigner, born in Wakefield, United Kingdom (d. 2007)
  • Feb 21 Huw Higginson, British actor, born in Uxbridge, United Kingdom

Person of interestScott Kelly

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

Astronaut Scott Kelly
Astronaut
Scott Kelly
  • Feb 22 Gigi Fernandez [Beatriz], American tennis star (Olymp-gold-96), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Feb 22 Jim Wicek, American actor (Ben-Ryan's Hope), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 23 Dana Katherine Scully, American fictional character (The X-Files), born in Annapolis, Maryland
  • 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 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 & martial artist, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Feb 27 April Heinrichs, US women's soccer coach (Olympic-96), born in Littleton, Colorado
  • Feb 27 Ewen Vernal, British pop bassist (Deacon Blue), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Feb 28 Djamolidine Abdoujaparov, Uzbekistan road cyclist (Tour de France points winner 1991, 93-4), born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • Feb 28 Rihards Dubra, Latvian composer, primarily of sacred choral works, born in Riga, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union (now Latvia)
  • Feb 29 Henrik Sundström, Swedish tennis player (rank #6 1984), born in Lund, Sweden
  • Feb 29 James RB Ogilvy, son of English princess Alexandra
  • Feb 29 Jahred Shane, Afro-Brazilian rapper/singer of Hed PE
  • Feb 29 Guy Leech, Australian iron man (World Ironman C'ship 1986; World Ocean Paddling C'ship 1994; 7 x Uncle Toby's Super Series; 2 x Coolangatta Gold), born in Sydney, Australia

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding 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
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, American jazz singer, band leader, and disc jockey (Sugar Hill Times), dies of a heart attack at 55
  • Feb 10 Eugen Sänger, Austrian aerospace engineer (b. 1905)
  • Feb 12 Gerald Gardner, British occultist and Wiccan (founding the tradition of Gardnerian Wicca), dies at 79
  • Feb 13 Ken Hubbs, 2nd baseman (Chicago Cubs), dies in plane crash at 22
  • Feb 13 Werner Heyde, German psychiatrist, one of the main organizers of Nazi Germany's T-4 Euthanasia Program, dies at 61
  • Feb 15 Robert L. Thornton, American businessman and politician (b. 1880)
  • Feb 18 Joseph-Armand Bombardier, Quebec inventor and industrialist (b. 1907)
  • Feb 20 R T Stanyforth, English cricket wicket-keeper (South Africa 1927-28), dies
  • Feb 22 Edie Martin, actor (Titfield Thunderbolt), dies at 84
  • Feb 24 Frank Conroy, British actor (Midnight Mary, Threat), dies at 73
  • Feb 25 Alexander Archipenko, Ukrainian-American sculptor and water colors painter, dies at 76
  • Feb 25 Grace Metalious, American writer (b. 1924)
  • Feb 27 Orry-Kelly, Australian costume designer (b. 1897)
  • Feb 28 Dirk Filarski, Dutch painter and lithographer (Bergen School), dies at 78se
  • 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 and paleontologist, dies at 74