On This Day

What Happened in June 1964

Historical Events


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Jun 1 Kenya becomes a republic with Jomo Kenyatta as its 1st President

Founding Father of Kenya Jomo Kenyatta
Founding Father of Kenya
Jomo Kenyatta
  • Jun 2 "Folies Bergère" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 191 performances
  • Jun 2 Rolling Stones 1st US concert tour debuts in Lynn, Massachusetts

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Jun 3 Ringo Starr collapses from tonsillitis and pharyngitis

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • Jun 3 Rolling Stones begin 1st US tour (with Bobby Goldsboro & Bobby Vee)
  • Jun 4 Beatles "World Tour" begins in Copenhagen Denmark
  • Jun 4 LA Dodger Sandy Koufax 3rd no-hitter beats Phil Phillies, 3-0
  • Jun 4 Maldives adopts constitution
  • Jun 4 Test Cricket debut of Geoff Boycott v Australia at Trent Bridge, 48

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Jun 5 Davie Jones & King Bees debut "I Can't Help Thinking About Me"; group disbands but Davie Jones goes on to success as David Bowie

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • Jun 6 96th Belmont: Manuel Ycaza aboard Quadrangle wins in 2:28.6
  • Jun 6 The Beatles arrive in Netherlands
  • Jun 6 Under a temporary order, the rocket launches at Cuxhaven, Germany, are terminated, though they never resume
  • Jun 7 Beatles travel canals of Amsterdam
  • Jun 8 "The Little Old Lady (from Pasadena)", recorded by 1960s American pop singers, Jan and Dean, is released
  • Jun 9 Lal Bahadur Shastri becomes Prime Minister of India after being selected by the ruling Congress Party after Jawaharlal Nehru passed away

  • Jun 10 Rolling Stones record their 12x5 album at Chess Studios in Chicago
  • Jun 10 Southern filibuster on civil rights bill ends; cloture invoked
  • Jun 11 Chicago police break up Rolling Stones press conference
  • Jun 11 Manfred Mann record Do Wah Diddy Diddy Dum Diddy Do
  • Jun 11 Queen Elizabeth orders Beatles to her birthday party, they attend
  • Jun 11 West Germany seeks talks with Czechoslovakia

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Jun 12 Nelson Mandela is sentenced to life in prison in South Africa

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • Jun 13 Basil Heatley runs world record marathon (2:13:55)
  • Jun 15 Last French troops leave Algeria
  • Jun 16 Quake strikes Niigata, Japan
  • Jun 18 African Groundnut Council forms in Dakar

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Jun 19 Bob Dylan completes UK tour

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • Jun 19 Cambuur Leeuwarden BVO soccer team forms in Leeuwarden
  • Jun 19 Civil Rights Act of 1964 passes 73-27

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Jun 19 Luther Burbank Home and Gardens, home of the famous horticulturist, is designated a National Historical Landmark in Santa Rosa, California

Horticulturist Luther Burbank
Horticulturist
Luther Burbank
  • Jun 20 US Open Men's Golf, Congressional CC: Ken Venturi wins his only major title, 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Tommy Jacobs
  • Jun 21 Byron De La Beckwith arrested for the murder of civil rights activist Medger Evers, found guilty 30 yr later
  • Jun 21 Phillies Jim Bunning pitches perfect game (Mets) on Fathers day, in 2nd game of DH, Mets get 3 hits, 3 being fewest hits in NL DH
  • Jun 21 Three civil rights workers, Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney, disappear after being released from a Mississippi jail, later found murdered by members of the Ku Klux Klan
  • Jun 21 UEFA European Championship Final, Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain: Marcelino scores the winner as Spain beats Soviet Union, 2-1

  • Jun 23 General Maxwell Taylor appointed US ambassador in South Vietnam
  • Jun 24 FTC rules health warnings must appear on all cigarette packages
  • Jun 24 In South Africa, the 90-Days Act commences, providing for any person to be detained, without trial, for 90 days; further, the person could be re-arrested under the same law for another 90 days
  • Jun 25 Prince A Taylor becomes first African American methodist bishop (NJ)
  • Jun 25 WMCA (NYC) plays Beatles' Hard Days Night Album (10 days prior to its scheduled release date), they decide to release it June 26th
  • Jun 26 Blacks & Whites riot over racial segregation in St Augustine
  • Jun 26 Moise Tsjombe forms government in Congo
  • Jun 26 14th Berlin International Film Festival: "Dry Summer" wins the Golden Bear
  • Jun 27 "Sie Liebt Dich (She Loves You)" by Die Beatles peaks at #97

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Jun 28 Organization for Afro-American Unity formed in New York by Malcolm X

African American Activist Malcolm X
African American Activist
Malcolm X
  • Jun 29 1st draft of Star Trek's pilot "Cage" released
  • Jun 29 Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed after 83-day filibuster in the US Senate
  • Jun 30 Centaur 3 launch vehicle fails to make Earth orbit
  • Jun 30 Last UN troops leave Congo

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Rashid Patel, cricketer (Indian pace bowler, Lamba incident)
  • Jun 1 Mark Curry, American comedian and actor
  • Jun 2 Caroline Link, German film director and screenwriter
  • Jun 3 Nelson Liriano, infielder (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
  • Jun 3 Kerry King, American musician (Slayer)
  • Jun 3 Doro Pesch, German singer
  • Jun 3 James Purefoy, British actor
  • Jun 4 Chris Kavanagh, British rocker (Sigue Sigue Sputnik-Love Missile F-111), born in Woolwich, London, England
  • Jun 4 Steve Searcy, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Jun 4 Eva Fampas, Greek guitarist
  • Jun 5 Laura Charameda, Marshall Mich, cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • Jun 5 Mags, rocker (Fuzzbox-Into Rescue)
  • Jun 5 Karl Sanders, American musician (Nile)
  • Jun 6 Konnan, Mexican professional wrestler
  • Jun 6 Paul "Guru" Josh, British musician (Infinity), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • Jun 7 Caroline Anne Hare, 5k/10k (Olympics 1996), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Jun 7 Graeme Labrooy, cricketer (Sri Lankan pace bowler in 9 Tests 1986-91)
  • Jun 7 Judie Aronson, American actress
  • Jun 7 Gia Carides, Greek-Australian actress
  • Jun 8 Butch [Harry Lee] Reynolds Jr, 4X400m runner, born in Akron, Ohio
  • Jun 8 Nelli [Antoinette HC] Fiere-Cooman, Neth, runner (WR 60 m in 7.00)
  • Jun 9 Gloria Reuben, Canadian actress (Jeanie Boulet-ER), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jun 9 Wayman Tisdale, NBA center/forward (Phoenix Suns)
  • Jun 9 Hiroko Yakushimaru, Japanese actress and singer
  • Jun 10 Vincent Perez, Swiss actor (The Crow-City of Angels), born in Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Jun 10 Jimmy Chamberlin, American musician (The Smashing Pumpkins)
  • Jun 10 Ben Daniels, British actor
  • Jun 11 Kim Gallagher, 800m runner (Olympic silver 1984), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 11 Jean Alesi, French Formula One driver, born in Avignon, Vaucluse, France
  • Jun 12 Paula Marshall, American actress (Lindsay Sutton-Chicago Sons), born in Rockville, Maryland
  • Jun 12 Peter Such, English cricketer (England off-spinner 1993-), born in Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire, Scotland
  • Jun 12 Derek Higgins, Irish racing driver, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Jun 12 Lorraine Downes, New Zealand beauty queen (Miss Universe 1983), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jun 13 Jennifer Gillom, American WNBA center and forward (Phoenix Mercury/Olympic gold 1988), born in Abbeville, Mississippi
  • Jun 13 Šarūnas Marčiulionis, Lithuanian NBA guard (Sacramento Kings), born in Kaunas, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
  • Jun 13 Christian Wilhelm Berger, Romanian composer and organist, born in Bucharest, Romania
  • Jun 13 Kathy Burke, English actress and playwright (Absolutely Fabulous, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), born in London, England
  • Jun 14 Jamie Dukes, American NFL center (Arizona Cardinals), born in Schenectady, New York
  • Jun 14 Peter Gilliver, English lexicographer, born in Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, England

Person of interestCourteney Cox

Jun 15 Courteney Cox, American actress (Monica Geller on Friends), born in Birmingham, Alabama

Actress Courteney Cox
Actress
Courteney Cox
  • Jun 15 Michael Laudrup, Danish footballer
  • Jun 17 Diane Murphy, American actress (Tabitha Stevens in Bewitched), born in Encino, California
  • Jun 17 Erin Murphy, American actress (Tabitha Stevens in Bewitched), born in Encino, California
  • Jun 17 Michael Gross, German swimmer (3 Olympic gold 1984, 88), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • Jun 17 Steve Rhodes, English cricketer (England wicket-keeper 1994-95), born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England
  • Jun 17 Rinaldo Capello, Italian racing driver, born in Asti, Italy
  • Jun 18 Thanh Nguyen, Saigon Vietnam, 141 lbs US weightlifter (Olympics 1996)
  • Jun 18 Uday Hussein, Iraqi leader (d. 2003)
  • Jun 19 David Freedman, cricketer (NSW left-arm Chinese bowler since 1990)

Person of interestBoris Johnson

Jun 19 Boris Johnson, British Conservative politician, (Prime Minister, 2019-present; Mayor of London, 2008-2016), born in NYC, New York

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson
  • Jun 20 Najee Mustafaa, NFL cornerback (Oakland Raiders)
  • Jun 20 Paul Goydos, American golfer (4th 59 in PGA history 2010), born in Long Beach, California
  • Jun 20 Michael Landon Jr., American actor (Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie), born in Encino, California
  • Jun 20 Pierfrancesco Chili, Italian motorcycle racer
  • Jun 21 Doug Savant, actor (Matt Fielding-Melrose Place), born in Burbank, California
  • Jun 21 Kari Kennell, American actress (Eric's Revenge) and Playboy playmate (Feb, 1988), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Jun 21 Sammi Davis-Voss, Kidderminster England, actress (Hope & Glory)
  • Jun 21 David Morrissey, British actor (State of Play, The Walking Dead), born in Liverpool, England
  • Jun 22 Amy Brenneman, actress (Janice-NYPD Blue), born in New London, Connecticut
  • Jun 22 Greg Anderson, NBA forward/center (San Antonio Spurs, Atlanta Hawks)
  • Jun 22 Kevin Sargeant, rocker (Thrashing Doves-Reprobate's Hymm)
  • Jun 22 Mark Royals, NFL punter (New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions)
  • Jun 22 Mike Edwards, British rock vocalist (Jesus Jones-Devil you Know)
  • Jun 22 Nico Jalink, Dutch soccer player (Sparta, NAC)
  • Jun 22 Tommy Cunningham, rocker (Wet Wet Wet-Wishing I Was)

Person of interestDan Brown

Jun 22 Dan Brown, American author of thriller fiction (The Da Vinci Code), born in Exeter, New Hampshire

Author Dan Brown
Author
Dan Brown
  • Jun 23 Joey Allen, Ft Wayne Indiana, rock guitarist (Warrant-Cherry Pie)
  • Jun 23 Trent Bushey, American actor (David Rampal-All My Children), born in New Hampshire
  • Jun 23 Yun Lou, Chinese gymnast
  • Jun 23 Joss Whedon, American director, screenwriter and producer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Avengers), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 24 Gary Suter, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks, USA), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Jun 25 Dell Curry, American NBA guard (Charlotte Hornets), born in Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • Jun 25 Phil Emery, Australian cricketer (NSW wicket-keeper, Australia 1994), born in St Ives, New South Wales, Australia
  • Jun 25 Emma Suárez, Spanish actress (El Perro del Hortelano), born in Madrid, Spain
  • Jun 25 Greg Raymer, American professional poker player, born in Minot, North Dakota
  • Jun 25 John McCrea, American singer and musician (Cake), born in Sacramento, California
  • Jun 26 Alison Wyeth, Isle 1.5k/5k runner, born in West Middlesex, England
  • Jun 26 Pamela Wright, Scottish golfer (US Open 9-hole record with 30 1994), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Jun 26 Zeng Jinlian, tallest woman known (2.46 m, 8'1"), born in Hunan, China (d. 1982)
  • Jun 27 Chuck Person, American NBA forward (San Antonio Spurs), born in Brantley, Alabama
  • Jun 27 Stephan Brenninkmeijer, Dutch film producer and director, born in Doorwerth, Netherlands
  • Jun 28 Bryan Barker, NFL punter (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Jacksonville Beach, Florida
  • Jun 28 Susan Mascarin, American tennis player, born in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan
  • Jun 28 Tommy Lynn Sells, American serial killer, born in Oakland, California (d. 2014)
  • Jun 29 Pepper Johnson, American NFL linebacker (NY Giants, Cleveland Browns), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jun 29 Stedman Pearson, English rock vocalist (Five Star-Silk & Steel), born in Islington, London
  • Jun 29 Wendy Kilbourne, American actress (Devon-Midnight Caller), born in Los Angeles, California

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 27 Broadway musical actress-singer Ethel Merman (56) weds academy award-winning actor Ernest Borgnine (47) in Beverly Hills, California


Famous Deaths

  • Jun 1 Rutkowski Bronislaw, composer, dies at 66
  • Jun 3 Frans Eemil Sillanpää, Finnish writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1888)
  • Jun 4 Samuil Marshak, Russian-Soviet writer, translator and children's poem poet, dies at 76
  • Jun 6 Robert Warwick, American actor (Konga, Zorro, Lady Godiva), dies at 85
  • Jun 7 Charlie Llewellyn, South African cricketer (544 runs in 15 Tests for South Africa), dies at 87
  • Jun 9 [William Maxwell] Max Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook, Canadian British newspaper owner (Leatherhead), dies at 85
  • Jun 10 Louis Gruenberg, Russian-American composer (Daniel Jazz), dies at 79
  • Jun 14 [Hei]ko E Arnoldi, actor and director (3 Drops of Water), dies at 81
  • Jun 18 Alexander Shamil'yevich Melik-Pashayev, composer, dies at 58
  • Jun 19 Hans Moser, Austrian actor (Hello Service Man, Once Upon a Time), dies at 83
  • Jun 20 Edgar Barrier, American actor (Phantom of the Opera, Macbeth, Rocky, Cornered), dies from a heart attack at 57
  • Jun 21 Andrew Goodman, US civil rights activist, murdered at 20
  • Jun 21 James Chaney, US civil rights activist, murdered at 21
  • Jun 21 Michael Schwerner, American civil rights activist, murdered at 21
  • Jun 22 Havank, [HF van der Kallen], detective writer (Shade), dies at 60
  • Jun 25 Gerrit T Rietveld, Dutch architect (Sonsbeekpaviljoen), dies at 76
  • Jun 26 Léo Dandurand, American-Canadian hockey executive, dies at 74
  • Jun 27 Daniel Lazarus, French composer, dies at 65
  • Jun 28 King Calder, actor (Lt Grey-Martin Kane Private Eye), dies at 64
  • Jun 29 Milenko Živković, Yugoslavian composer, dies at 63
  • Jun 29 Eric Dolphy, American jazz musician (b. 1928)