On This Day

What Happened in July 1964

Historical Events

Music Recording

Jul 2 Cilla Black records Lennon/McCartney song "It's For You", Paul McCartney plays piano

  • Jul 2 Grand jury indicts Byron De La Beckwith in murder of Medger Evers

Historic Event

Jul 2 US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act into law

Historic Event

Jul 2 Architect Le Corbusier is made Grand Officiers of the Légion d'honneur

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 3 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Roy Emerson beats Fred Stolle 6-4, 12-10, 4-6, 6-3; Emerson's 1st of 2 straight Wimbledon titles

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 4 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Brazilian Maria Bueno earns a 3rd Wimbledon singles title with a 6-4, 7-9, 6-3 win over Margaret Smith of Australia

  • Jul 4 Beachboys' "I Get Around" reaches #1
  • Jul 6 The Beatles' film "A Hard Day's Night" premieres at The Pavilion in London, England
  • Jul 6 Malawi (formerly Nyasaland) declares independence from UK
  • Jul 7 35th MLB All Star Game, Shea Stadium, New York: NL wins 7-4 on the back of Johnny Callison's 3-run 9th inning homer
  • Jul 10 The Beatles release "A Hard Day's Night", their 3rd studio album
  • Jul 10 Jesús Alou is the first SF Giant in 40 years to get 6 hits in a game in a 10-3 win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field
  • Jul 10 Moïse Tshombé, leader of the Confederation of Tribal Associations of Katanga, becomes Prime Minister of the Congo

British Golf Open

Jul 10 British Open Men's Golf, St Andrews: Tony Lema wins his only major title, 5 strokes clear of runner-up and fellow American Jack Nicklaus

US Women's Golf Open

Jul 12 US Open Women's Golf, San Diego CC: Mickey Wright wins her 4th Open in a playoff with Ruth Jessen

  • Jul 14 MLB Baltimore Oriole Bob Johnson's 6th straight hit as a pinch hitter

Sports History

Jul 14 51st Tour de France: Jacques Anquetil of France wins 4th consecutive Tour and is first to claim 5 titles

  • Jul 15 Barry M Goldwater (Sen-R-Az) nominated for president by Republicans
  • Jul 16 Republican convention selects Barry Goldwater as presidential candidate
  • Jul 17 Don Campbell sets record for turbine vehicle, 690.91 kph (429.31 mph)
  • Jul 17 Great Britain performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site

Historic Event

Jul 17 ANC leader Nelson Mandela, recently sentenced to life imprisonment, is awarded the Joliot Curie Gold Medal for Peace

  • Jul 18 Race riot in Harlem (NYC); riots spread to Bedford-Stuyvesant (Brooklyn)
  • Jul 19 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Columbus CC: Bobby Nichols wins his only major title by 3 strokes from 'Big-2' Jack Nicklaus & Arnold Palmer; leads wire-to-wire
  • Jul 19 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 20 1st surfin' record to go #1-Jan & Dean's "Surf City"

Music History

Jul 20 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 10th String quartet

  • Jul 21 Arnold Long takes 11 catches in the match for Surrey v Sussex
  • Jul 21 Last Dutch whaling ship Willem Barents Sea sold to Japan
  • Jul 21 Race riots in Singapore between Chinese and Malay groups, 23 killed, 454 injured

Baseball Record

Jul 23 Kansas City A's Bert Campaneris HRs on 1st pitch he sees from Twins' Jim Kaat, adds a 2nd HR later, also off of Kaat (in Minnesota)

  • Jul 23 Egyptian munition ship "Star of Alexandria" explodes at dockside in Bone, Algeria. 100 die, 160 injured, $20 million damage
  • Jul 24 -27) race riot in Rochester, New York, 4 killed
  • Jul 25 Meredith Wilson's musical "Here's Love", based on thefil "Miracle on 34th Street". closes at Shubert Theater, NYC. after 338 performances
  • Jul 25 Beatles' album "A Hard Day's Night" goes #1, stays #1 for 14 weeks
  • Jul 25 Australian cricket captain and opening batsman Bob Simpson hits 311 v England in the drawn 4th Test in Manchester
  • Jul 25 Race riot in Rochester, NY
  • Jul 26 Teamsters President and US union leader Jimmy Hoffa convicted of fraud and conspiracy
  • Jul 26 Train from Povoa de Varzin, Portugal derails near Oporto, 94 die
  • Jul 28 England all out 611 in reply to Australia's 8-656 Match a draw
  • Jul 28 Ranger 7 launched toward the Moon; sends back 4308 TV pictures
  • Jul 30 US naval fire on Hon Ngu/Hon Mo, North Vietnam
  • Jul 31 Al Parker glides 644 miles without a motor
  • Jul 31 US Ranger 7 takes 4,316 pictures before crashing on Moon

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Pol Burton, British rock drummer (Transvision Vamp - "Baby I Don't Care"; "I Want Your Love")
  • Jul 1 Theresa Lynn, American actress (Orgasm Girl-Private Parts), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Jul 1 Bernard Laporte, French Rugby Union coach (France 1999-2007), born in Rodez, France
  • Jul 2 Dave Parsons, rocker (Transvision Vamp, Sham 69-That's Life)
  • Jul 2 DeAnne Hemmens, sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jul 2 Joe Magrane, American baseball player nicknamed "Maddog" (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Des Moines, Iowa

José Canseco

Jul 2 José Canseco, Cuban-American MLB outfielder and designated hitter (AL MVP 1988), born in Havana, Cuba

  • Jul 2 Shannon Ritter, jockey
  • Jul 2 Doug Benson, American comedian (The LEGO Batman Movie), born in San Diego, California
  • Jul 2 Ozzie Canseco, Cuban-born American baseball player
  • Jul 2 Charles Robinson, American wrestling referee
  • Jul 3 Gary Ryan [Moss], American rock bassist (Joan Jett & The Blackhearts), born in California
  • Jul 3 Joanne Harris, British author (Chocolat), born in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England
  • Jul 3 Yeardley Smith, French-born American actress (Lisa Simpson-The Simpsons), born in Paris
  • Jul 4 Mark Allen Slaughter, American guitarist (Slaughter-Stick it Live), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Jul 4 Cle Kooiman, American soccer player, born in Ontario, California
  • Jul 4 Mark Whiting, American filmmaker and actor, born in Birmingham, Michigan
  • Jul 5 Mark H Lascells, grandson of English princess Mary
  • Jul 5 Toni Halliday, British rock singer and lyricist (Curve; Chatelaine), born in Parsons Green, London, England
  • Jul 6 Lillie Leatherwood, American 4X400m relayer (Olympic gold 1984), born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Jul 8 Alexei Gusarov, Russian NHL defenseman (Colorado Avalanche), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Jul 8 Maryalice Demler, American TV journalist and anchor, Miss New York (1991), born in North Tonawanda, New York

Courtney Love

Jul 9 Courtney Love, American muscian (Hole), and actress (People vs Larry Flynt), born in San Francisco, California

  • Jul 9 Ronnie Grandison, American NBA forward (NY Knicks), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 9 Scott Verplank, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles; Ryder Cup 2002, 06), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jul 10 Urban Meyer, American football coach (BCS National C'ship 2006, 08 Uni of Florida, 2014 Ohio State Uni; Bowling Green Uni, Uni of Utah; Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • Jul 11 Earl Jones, Inkster Mich, 800m runner (Olympic bronze 1984)
  • Jul 11 Craig Charles, English actor
  • Jul 11 Kyrill, Prince of Preslav, titular Bulgarian royal family
  • Jul 12 Judi Evans Luciano, Montebello, actress (Paulina Cory-Another World)
  • Jul 12 Gaby Roslin, English television presenter
  • Jul 13 Utpal Chatterjee, cricketer (Bengal slow left-arm bowler)
  • Jul 13 Damon Johnson, American guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter (Thin Lizzy, Black Star Riders), born in Macon, Georgia
  • Jul 14 Barbara Chiu, Canada table tennis player (Olympic 33-92, 96), born in Guangzhou, China
  • Jul 14 Brett Ogle, Australian golfer, broadcaster (2 PGA Tour titles; Fox Sports), born in Sydney, NSW
  • Jul 15 Shari Headley, American actress (All My Children, Coming to America), born in Queens, New York
  • Jul 15 Leonard Stabb, American actor (One Life to Live, 1990; Guiding Light, 1993), born in Woodside, Illinois

Miguel Induráin

Jul 16 Miguel Induráin, Spanish cyclist (Tour de France winner 1991-95), born in Villava, Spain

  • Jul 17 Heather Langenkamp, American actress (Marie-Just the 10 of Us), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Jul 17 Craig Morgan [Greer], American singer ("My Kind of Livin'"), born in Kingston Springs, Tennessee
  • Jul 18 Susan Marie Snyder, actress (Julie-As the World Turns)
  • Jul 18 Wendy Williams, American TV and radio host (The Wendy Williams Show), born in Asbury Park, New Jersey
  • Jul 19 Alexandra Curtis, American actress, model and daughter of Christine Kaufmann
  • Jul 19 Gina Procaccio, American long and middle distance runner, born in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 19 Teresa Edwards, American basketball forward (Olympic gold 1984, 88,92,96), born in Cairo, Georgia
  • Jul 19 André A. Jackson, founder African Diamond Producers Association
  • Jul 20 Murray Craven, Medicine Hat, NHL left wing (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • Jul 20 Chris Cornell, American musician (Soundgarden; Audioslave), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2017)
  • Jul 20 Terri Irwin, American naturalist; widow of Steve Irwin
  • Jul 20 Dean Winters, American actor
  • Jul 21 Susan Swift, actress (Chisholms), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jul 22 Bonnie Langford, British stage and screen actress (Wombling Free: Dr. Who, 1986-87 -"Mel"; Eastenders, 2015-18 -"Carmel"), born in Hampton Court, Surrey, England
  • Jul 22 David Spade, American comedian and actor (SNL; Tommy Boy; Black Sheep; : Just Shoot Me!), born in Birmingham, Michigan
  • Jul 22 Rafael Addison, American professional basketball forward, 1986-97 (NBA: Charlotte Hornets, and three other teams; Italian League: Livorno, and Treviso), born in Jersey City, New Jersey

John Leguizamo

Jul 22 John Leguizamo, Colombian-American actor (Mambo Mouth; Whispers in the Dark), born in Bogotá, Colombia

  • Jul 22 Adam Godley, British stage and screen actor (The Lehman Trilogy; Powers), born in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. England
  • Jul 22 Don Van Natta, Jr., American journalist (New York Times), and broadcaster (ESPN's "Backstory"), born in Ridgewood, New Jersey
  • Jul 22 Will Calhoun, American jazz and rock drummer (Living Colour - "Love Rears Its Ugly Head"), born in the Bronx, New York City
  • Jul 23 Greg Best, American equestrian athlete (Olympic silver 1988, 92), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Jul 23 Ed Forchion, American marijuana activist (NJWeedman), born in Camden, New Jersey

Barry Bonds

Jul 24 Barry Bonds, American baseball left fielder (MLB home-run record [762], 7 x NL MVP), born in Riverside, California

  • Jul 24 Erminia Russo, Kelowna BC, volleyball player (Olympics 1996)
  • Jul 24 Banana Yoshimoto, Japanese author
  • Jul 25 José Bautista, Dominican baseball pitcher (SF Giants), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Jul 25 Tony Granato, American NHL left wing (LA Kings), born in Downers Grove, Illinois

Sandra Bullock

Jul 26 Sandra Bullock, American actress (Speed, The Blind Side), born in Washington, D.C.

  • Jul 26 Anne Provoost, Belgian author (In the Shadow of the Ark), born in Poperinge, Belgium
  • Jul 26 Ralf Metzenmacher, German painter and designer, born in Aachen, Germany
  • Jul 26 Danny Woodburn, American actor and comedian, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 27 Rex Brown, American heavy metal bassist (Pantera), born in Graham, Texas
  • Jul 27 Ron Jackson, American jazz guitarist, composer, arranger (Flubby Dubby), and educator, born in Manila, Philippines
  • Jul 28 Dave Alexander, American NFL center (NY Jets), born in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • Jul 28 Lori Loughlin, American actress (Full House, Summerland), born in Queens, New York
  • Jul 29 Lisa Peluso, American actress (Search for Tomorrow, Ava-Loving), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 30 Vivica A. Fox, American actress (Kill Bill: Vol. 1), born in South Bend, Indiana
  • Jul 30 Jürgen Klinsmann, German footballer and manager, born in Göppingen, West Germany
  • Jul 30 Alek Keshishian, Lebanese-American film director (Madonna: Truth or Dare), born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • Jul 31 Jim Corr, Irish singer and musician (The Corrs - "What Can I Do"), born in Dundalk, Ireland

Famous Weddings

Mahalia Jackson

Jul 2 Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson (52) weds Sigmond Galloway

  • Jul 31 George Lascelles marries Patricia Tuckwell

Famous Divorces

Divorce of Interest

Jul 28 Broadway musical actress-singer Ethel Merman (56) divorces Academy Award-winning actor Ernest Borgnine (47) after 32 days of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Pierre Monteux, French-American conductor (Concertgebouw Orchestra, 1924–34;, Orchestre Symphonique de Paris, 1929–38; San Francisco Symphony, 1936–52), dies at 89
  • Jul 2 Glenn "Fireball" Roberts, American auto racer (Daytona 500 1962; NASCAR 33 wins), dies from injuries in May 24 crash at 35
  • Jul 11 Maurice Thorez, French politician and secretary-general (French Communist Party), dies at 64
  • Jul 12 William Solomon, South African cricketer (Test 1898-99), dies
  • Jul 19 Carol Veazie, actress (Maude-Norby), dies at 69
  • Jul 20 Anna Vyrubova, Russian lady-in-waiting, the best friend and confidante of Tsaritsa Alexandra Fyodorovna, dies at 80
  • Jul 23 Jan de Vries, Dutch scholar of Germanic linguistics and Germanic mythology, dies at 74
  • Jul 24 Erwin Finlay-Freundlich, British astronomer (theory of relativity), dies at 79
  • Jul 26 Francis Curzon, 5th Earl Howe, British politician, naval officer and auto racer (1931 Le Mans), dies at 80
  • Jul 29 Vean Gregg, American baseball player, dies at 79
  • Jul 31 Jim Reeves, American country singer ("He'll Have To Go"; "Distant Drums"), and actor (Kimberley Jim), dies in airplane crash at 39