On This Day

What Happened on February 29, 1964

Historical Events

  • "Rugantino" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 28 performances
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • NC high school basketball teams play to 56-54 score in 13 overtime

Famous Birthdays

  • 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
  • Henrik Sundström, Swedish tennis player (rank #6 1984), born in Lund, Sweden
  • Jahred Shane, Afro-Brazilian rapper/singer of Hed PE
  • James RB Ogilvy, son of English princess Alexandra

Famous Deaths

  • Frank Albertson, American actor (Psycho, It's a Wonderful Life, Alice Adams), dies in his sleep at 55
  • Victor van Straelen, Flemish biologist and paleontologist, dies at 74
1964 Highlights

About February 29, 1964

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 56 years, 10 months and 26 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Pisces