On This Day

What Happened in January 1964

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Federation of Rhodesia & Nyasaland dissolved
  • Jan 1 KNMT TV channel 12 in Walker, MN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 KTVS TV channel 3 in Sterling, CO (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 50th Rose Bowl: #3 Illinois beats Washington, 17-7
  • Jan 1 30th Sugar Bowl: #8 Alabama beats #7 Mississippi, 12-7
  • Jan 1 30th Orange Bowl: #6 Nebraska beats #5 Auburn, 13-7

MurderAssassination Attempt

Jan 2 Failed assassination attempt on President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana

First President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah
First President of Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah
  • Jan 3 Jack Paar Show, shows a clip of the Beatles singing "She Loves You"

BeatificationPapal Visit

Jan 5 Pope Paul VI visits Jordan & Israel

Pope Paul VI
Pope
Paul VI
  • Jan 5 AFL Championship, Balboa Stadium, San Diego: San Diego Chargers beat Boston Patriots, 51-10; Chargers RB Keith Lincoln rushes for 206 yards, 2 TDs
  • Jan 6 Charlie Finlay announces he wants to move KC A's to Louisville
  • Jan 6 Rolling Stones' 1st tour as headline act (with Ronettes)
  • Jan 7 Bahamas becomes self-governing
  • Jan 7 Dick Weber rolls highest bowling game in air (Boeing 707)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 8 President Lyndon B. Johnson declares "War on Poverty"

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Jan 9 Anti-US rioting broke out in Panama Canal Zone

  • Jan 10 Battles between Muslims & Hindus in Calcutta
  • Jan 10 Panama severs diplomatic relations with US
  • Jan 10 US version of "That Was The Week That Was" premieres
  • Jan 10 "Introducing the Beatles" released 1st Beatles album released in the US
  • Jan 11 "She Loves Me" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 302 performances
  • Jan 11 The Beatles single "I Want to Hold Your Hand" reaches #80 in US (Cashbox)
  • Jan 11 Panama ends diplomatic relations with US
  • Jan 11 1st government report warning by US Surgeon General Luther Terry that smoking may be hazardous

Sport awardNFL Pro Bowl

Jan 12 14th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 31-17; MVPs: Johnny Unitas, Baltimore Colts, QB; Gino Marchetti, Baltimore Colts, DE

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas
  • Jan 12 Revolution overthrows Sultan of Zanzibar, 1 month after independence

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 13 John Paul II [Karol Wojtyla] becomes archbishop of Krakow

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Jan 13 Hindu-Muslim rioting breaks out in the Indian city of Calcutta - now Kolkata - resulting in the deaths of more than 100 people.
  • Jan 13 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Australian Margaret Smith beats doubles partner Lesley Turner 6-3, 6-2 for her 5th Australian singles crown

Sport awardAustralian Tennis Open

Jan 13 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Roy Emerson retains title; beats fellow Australian Fred Stolle 6-3, 6-4, 6-2

Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

Jan 14 14th NBA All-Star Game, Boston Garden: East beats West, 111-107; MVP: Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati Royals, PG

NBA Player Oscar Robertson
NBA Player
Oscar Robertson
  • Jan 14 Bapu Nadkarni 32-27-5-0 v England, 21 maiden overs in a row

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Jan 14 Jacqueline Kennedy's 1st public appearance (TV) since US President JFK's assassination

  • Jan 15 MLB executives vote to hold a free agent amateur draft, officially known as Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft in NYC
  • Jan 15 Teamsters negotiate 1st national labor contract

AgreementContract of Interest

Jan 15 San Francisco Giants make champion outfielder Willie Mays the highest-paid player in baseball when they sign him to a new $105,000 per season contract

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Jan 16 "Hello, Dolly!" opens at St James Theater NYC for 2,844 performances
  • Jan 16 AL owners vote 9-1 against Charlie Finley moving KC A's to Louisville
  • Jan 18 The Beatles make their first appearance on US Billboard Chart with single "I Want to Hold Your Hand" at #45
  • Jan 18 Plans for World Trade Center announced (NYC)
  • Jan 19 3rd AFL All Star Game, Balboa Stadium, SD: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 27-24; MVPs: Keith Lincoln, LA Chargers, RB; Archie Matsos, Oakland Raiders, LB

  • Jan 19 KFME TV channel 13 in Fargo, North Dakota (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 20 "Meet The Beatles" album released in US
  • Jan 21 Carl T Rowan named director of US Information Agency
  • Jan 22 Kenneth Kaunda becomes premier of Northern Rhodesia (Zambia)
  • Jan 22 World's largest cheese (15,723 kg) manufactured in Wisconsin for New York's World Fair
  • Jan 23 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution ratified, barring poll tax in federal elections

Music releaseTheater Premiere

Jan 23 Arthur Miller's play "After the Fall" premieres in NYC

Playwright Arthur Miller
Playwright
Arthur Miller
  • Jan 24 CBS purchases 1964 & 1965 NFL TV rights for $28.2 million
  • Jan 24 Eric de Noorman, a Dutch comic strip by Hans G. Kresse, ends
  • Jan 24 24th Amendment to US Constitution goes into effect & states voting rights could not be denied due to failure to pay taxes
  • Jan 25 The Beatles get their first US #1, "I Want to Hold your Hand" (Cashbox)
  • Jan 25 Echo 2, US communications satellite launched
  • Jan 27 Barlow & Graeme Pollock complete 341 stand at Adelaide Oval
  • Jan 27 Margaret Chase Smith (Sen-R-Maine) tries for Republican President bid
  • Jan 29 IX Winter Olympic Games open in Innsbruck, Austria
  • Jan 29 Beatles record in German "Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand" & "Sie Liebt Dich"
  • Jan 29 Most lopsided high-school basketball score 211-29 (Louisiana)
  • Jan 29 NBC purchases AFL 5 year (1965-69) TV rights for $36 million

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jan 29 "Dr Strangelove", directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Peter Sellers and George C. Scott, premieres

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick
Actor and Comedian Peter Sellers
Actor and Comedian
Peter Sellers
Actor George C. Scott
Actor
George C. Scott
  • Jan 29 Unmanned Apollo 1 Saturn launcher test attains Earth orbit
  • Jan 30 Military coup of Gen Nguyen Khanh in South Vietnam
  • Jan 30 Ranger 6 launched; makes perfect flight to Moon, but cameras fail

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 DeDee Pfeiffer, actress (Cybill)
  • Jan 1 Juliana Donald, American actress
  • Jan 2 Christopher John Gray, priest
  • Jan 2 Pernell Whitaker, American boxer (Olympic gold 1984, 4-division world champion), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 2019)
  • Jan 2 Rumesh Ratnayake, cricketer (Sri Lankan pacer in 23 Tests 1983-92)
  • Jan 3 Cheryl Miller, basketball player (Olympic gold 1984), born in Riverside, California
  • Jan 3 Bruce LaBruce, Canadian filmmaker
  • Jan 4 Stephanie Maxwell-Pierson, Somerville NJ, US rower (Olympic-92)
  • Jan 5 Ted Harris Poley, American rocker (Danger Danger-Screw It), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • Jan 5 Tracy Ham, CFL quarterback (Montreal Alouettes), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • Jan 6 Charles Haley, NFL defensive end (Dallas Cowboys), born in Gladys, Virginia
  • Jan 6 Mark O'Toole, English musician (Frankie Goes to Hollywood-Relax), born in Walton, Liverpool
  • Jan 6 Rafael Vidal, Venezuelan athlete, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 2005)
  • Jan 6 Henry Maske, German boxer, born in Treuenbrietzen, Germany
  • Jan 6 Jacqueline Moore, American wrestler, born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jan 6 Yuri, Mexican actress and singer, born in Veracruz, Mexico
  • Jan 6 Anthony Scaramucci, American financier and White House Communications Director (2017-), born in Long Island, New York
  • Jan 7 Francisco Maciel, Mexican tennis star, born in Querétaro, Mexico

Person of interestNicolas Cage

Jan 7 Nicolas Cage, American actor (Moonstruck, Racing with the Moon), born in Long Beach, California

  • Jan 8 Virgil Hill, American middleweight boxer (Olympic silver 1984), born in Clinton, Missouri
  • Jan 9 Stan Javier, Dominican outfielder (Oak A's, SF Giants), born in San Francisco de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • Jan 10 Karen Josephson, American synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1992), born in Bristol, Connecticut
  • Jan 10 Krista Tesreau, American actress (Tina-OLTL, Silk Stalkings), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Jan 10 Sarah Josephson, American synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1992), born in Bristol, Connecticut
  • Jan 10 Brad Roberts, Canadian singer (Crash Test Dummies), born in Winnipeg, Canada
  • Jan 12 Laura Gildemeister, Argentina, tennis star, born in Córdoba, Argentina

Person of interestJeff Bezos

Jan 12 Jeff Bezos, American entrepreneur and founder of Amazon, born in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Amazon Entrepreneur Jeff Bezos
Amazon Entrepreneur
Jeff Bezos
  • Jan 13 Penelope Ann Miller, American actress (Awakenings, Chaplin, Kindergarden Cop), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 14 Sergei Nemchinov, American NHL center (NY Islanders, Olympic silver 1998), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Jan 14 Mark Addy, British actor, born in York, United Kingdom
  • Jan 14 Ernest Miller, American wrestler, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jan 14 Shepard Smith, American news anchor, born in Holly Springs, Mississippi
  • Jan 15 Cees van der de Linden, Dutch soccer player, born in Heelsum, Netherlands
  • Jan 15 Paula Schnurr, Canadian 1.5k runner (Olympics-8-92, 96), born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario
  • Jan 15 Osmo Tapio Räihälä, Finnish composer, born in Suomussalmi, Finland
  • Jan 16 Gail Graham, Canadian golfer (2 LPGA Tour titles), born in Vanderhoof, British Columbia
  • Jan 16 Mark Collins, NFL cornerback/safety (NY Giants, KC Chiefs, GB Packers)
  • Jan 16 Trevor Barsby, cricketer (Queensland opening batsman since 1984-85)
  • Jan 17 Jeff Tabaka, American baseball pitcher (San Diego Padres)

Person of interestMichelle Obama

Jan 17 Michelle Obama, 1st African-American US First Lady (2009-16), born in DeYoung, Illinois

US First Lady Michelle Obama
US First Lady
Michelle Obama
  • Jan 18 Jane Horrocks, British actress (Little Voice, Corpse Bride, Absolutely Fabulous), born in Rossendale Valley, Lancashire, England
  • Jan 18 Brady Anderson, American MLB outfielder (Baltimore Orioles), born in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • Jan 18 Jenny Holliday, Australian softball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Jan 18 Enrico Lo Verso, Italian actor, born in Palermo, Italy
  • Jan 19 Janine Antoni, Bahamian artist, born in Freeport, Bahamas
  • Jan 19 Ricardo Arjona, Guatemalan singer, born in Jocotenango, Guatemala
  • Jan 20 Ozzie Guillen, Venezuelan baseball shortstop (Chicago White Sox), born in Ocumare del Tuy, Venezuela
  • Jan 20 Roger Smith, Bahamas tennis doubles player, born in Freeport, Bahamas
  • Jan 20 Ron Harper, American NBA guard (Chicago Bulls), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Jan 20 Victoria Sellers, English actress (Crime Zone, Warlords), born in London, England
  • Jan 20 Kazushige Nojima, Japanese video game writer, born in Hokkaido, Japan
  • Jan 22 Maria Ellingsen, Icelandic actress (Katrina-Santa Barbara), born in Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Jan 22 Stojko Vrankovic, Croatian NBA center (LA Clippers), born in Drniš, Croatia
  • Jan 22 Wayne Kirby, American baseball outfielder (Cleveland Indians, LA Dodgers), born in Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Jan 23 Frank Winters, American NFL center (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Hoboken, New Jersey

Person of interestMariska Hargitay

Jan 23 Mariska Hargitay, American actress (Law and Order: Special Victims Unit), born in Santa Monica, California

  • Jan 24 Rob Dibble, pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Jan 25 Bob Sweeney, American NHL center (NY Islanders, Calgary Flames), born in Concord, Massachusetts
  • Jan 25 Billy Andrade, American golfer (4 PGA Tour wins), born in Bristol, RI
  • Jan 26 Cathy Podewell, American actress (Cally Harper Ewing-Dallas), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • Jan 26 Paul Johansson, American actor
  • Jan 27 Bridget Fonda, American actress (Scandal, Single White Female), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 27 Inga Thompson, Reno Nevada, US cyclist (Olympic-8th-88, 84, 92)
  • Jan 27 Jack Haley, NBA center (Chicago Bulls)
  • Jan 27 Migi, [Miguel Drummond, pop musician (Curiosity Killed Cat)
  • Jan 27 Woody Austin, American golfer (PGA C'ship 2007 runner-up; 4 PGA Tour titles), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Jan 28 Dwight Stone, NFL receiver/running back (Car Panthers, GB Packers)
  • Jan 29 Andre Reed, NFL wide receiver (Buffalo Bills)
  • Jan 29 John Gallagher, rugby league player
  • Jan 29 John Habyan, American baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • Jan 29 Roddy Frame, rock vocalist/guitarist (Aztec Camera-Stray)
  • Jan 29 Anna Ryder Richardson, British interior designer and television presenter
  • Jan 31 Remi Bouchard, Canadian composer (1989 India Open), born in Manitoba, Canada
  • Jan 31 Sharon Cain, American team handball player (Olympics 1996), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Jan 31 Jeff Hanneman, American musician (Slayer), born in Oakland, California (d. 2013)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 25 Comedian and actor Bill Cosby marries Camille Olivia Hanks

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby

LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 25 MLB outfielder Pete Rose (22) weds first wife Karolyn Englehardt

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Alf Hall, cricketer (South African lefty quick took 40 wkts in 7 Tests), dies
  • Jan 1 Otto Emanuel Olsson, composer, dies at 84
  • Jan 1 Rika Hopper, Dutch actress (Comedia, Anastasia), dies at about 86
  • Jan 1 Bechara El Khoury, President of Lebanon (b. 1890)
  • Jan 4 Ralph Dumke, American actor (Movieland Quiz), dies at 64
  • Jan 6 Edgar Maass, German/American author (Verdun), dies at 67
  • Jan 7 Colin C McPhee, composer (H2O, Mechanical Princibles), dies at 62
  • Jan 7 Cyril Davies, American musician (b. 1932)
  • Jan 8 Arnoldus JC Krafft, theologist (Atlas of Netherlands Antilles), dies at 71
  • Jan 8 Julius Raab, Austrian Chancellor (1953-61), dies at 72
  • Jan 9 Halide Edib Adevar/Salih, Turkish feminist (Handan), dies at about 80
  • Jan 10 A Marja, Dutch author (Man of Day & Night), dies at 46
  • Jan 12 C R Browne, cricket leg-spinner (WI in 4 Tests, 6 wkts), dies
  • Jan 15 Weldon John "Jack" Teagarden, US jazz trombonist/singer, dies at 58
  • Jan 15 George Duncan, Scottish golfer, course designer (British Open 1920), dies at 80

Person of interestT. H. White

Jan 17 T. H. White, English novelist (England Have My Bones) and author of the King Arthur novels, dies of heart failure at 57

Author T. H. White
Author
T. H. White
  • Jan 19 Joe Weatherly, American auto racer (NASCAR Sprint Cup champion 1962-63), dies of head injuries in race crash at 41
  • Jan 19 Firmin Lambot, Belgian cyclist who twice won the Tour de France (1919, 1922), dies at 77
  • Jan 20 Jan Rychlik, Czech composer, dies at 47
  • Jan 21 Joseph Schildkraut, Austrian actor (Cleopatra, Joseph Schildkraut Presents, Diary of Anne Frank), dies from a heart attack at 68
  • Jan 22 Marc Blitzstein, American composer (Cradle Will Rock), dies at 58
  • Jan 23 Louis Horst, American dance choreographer and composer, dies at 80
  • Jan 24 Stuart Davis, American modernist painter, dies at 71
  • Jan 27 Lieb Glantz, Ukrainian-born tenor, composer and Zionist, dies at 65
  • Jan 29 Alan Ladd, American actor (Shane, Carpetbaggers), dies from an overdose at 50
  • Jan 30 Berthold Altaner, German church historian, dies at 80