What Happened on October 14, 1964

Historical Events

  • American swimmer Cathy Ferguson sets world record 1:07.7 to beat Kiki Caron of France by 0.2s and win the women's 100m backstroke gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • American swimmer Dick Roth sets world record 4:45.4 to beat teammate Roy Saari and win the men's 400m individual medley gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • Little known American distance runner Billy Mills scores major upset by winning the 10,000m at the Tokyo Olympics; beats Mohammed Gammoudi of Tunisia by 0.4s; only American to ever win the event

Nobel Prize

Martin Luther King Jr. announced as winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

Event of Interest

Martin Walser's "Der Schwarze Schwan," premieres in Stuttgart

  • Mary Rand of Great Britain leaps a world record 6.76m to win the women's long jump gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • Philips begins experimenting with color TV

Appointment of Interest

Premier Nikita Khrushchev replaced by Leonid Brezhnev as General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party

Baseball Record

Roger Maris & Mickey Mantle hit HRs runs on back-to-back pitches

  • US 4 x 100m freestyle relay team of Steve Clark, Mike Austin, Gary Ilman & Don Schollander swim world record 3:33.2 to beat Germany by 4.0s and win the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
1964 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Joe Girardi, American MLB catcher (4 teams, including NY Yankees, 1996-99), and manager (Yankees, 2006-17), born in Peoria, Illinois
  • Olu Oguibe, Nigerian born American artist, born in Aba, Eastern Nigera
  • Pieter Axe, soccer player (FC Utrecht/SC Heerenveen)
Born in 1964

Famous Weddings

Charlie Watts

Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts (23) weds Shirley Shepherd

About October 14, 1964

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 58 years, 7 months and 15 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Libra

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Do Wah Diddy Diddy - Manfred Mann
  • UK #1 Song: Oh Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison