On This Day

What Happened on October 15, 1964

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

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

Famous Deaths


Person of interestCole Porter

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

Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Composer and Lyricist
Cole Porter

1964 Highlights

About October 15, 1964

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 56 years, 1 month and 19 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Libra