What Happened on October 15, 1964

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • American Al Oerter wins his third of 4 consecutive Olympic men's discus titles at the Tokyo Olympics; beats Czech Ludvík Daněk by 0.08m
  • American Don Schollander swims a world record 4:12.2 to win the 400m freestyle gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics; second of Schollander's 4 gold medals at the Games
  • American sprinter Bob Hayes equals world record 10.0s to beat Cuba's Enrique Figuerola by 0.2s and win the men's 100m gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • Australian swimmer Ian O'Brien sets world record 2:27.8 to beat Soviet Georgy Prokopenko by 0.4s and win men's 200m breaststroke gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • Craig Breedlove sets auto speed record of 846.97 kph
  • NY Yankees appears in 14 & win 9 of last 16 World Series
  • Soviet rower Vyacheslav Ivanov wins his third consecutive Olympic men's single sculls gold medal at the Tokyo Games; also the reigning World and European champion
  • St Louis Cardinals beat NY Yankees, 4 games to 3 in 61st World Series
  • US women's 4 x 100m freestyle relay team of Sharon Stouder, Donna de Varona, Lillian Watson & Kathy Ellis swims world record 4:03.8 to beat Australia by 3.1s and win the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestJack Ma

Jack Ma, Chinese entrepreneur and founder of Alibaba Group, born in Hangzhou, China

Alibaba Entrepreneur Jack Ma
Alibaba Entrepreneur
Jack Ma
  • Roberto Vittori, Italian air force officer and ESA astronaut, born in Viterbo, Lazio, Italy

Famous Deaths

  • Cole Porter, American composer and lyricist (Still of the Night), dies at 73