What Happened on October 17, 1964

Historical Events

  • Australian athlete Betty Cuthbert takes her 4th career Olympic gold medal as she wins the women's 400m at the Tokyo Games in Olympic record 52.0
  • In the first ever Olympic women's pentathlon Irina Press of the Soviet Union sets a world record 5,246 points to win the gold medal at the Tokyo Games

Sports History

New York Yankees catcher fire Manager Yogi Berra

  • US swimmers go 1-2-3 in the women's 400m individual medley at the Tokyo Olympics; Donna de Varona wins gold in Olympic record 5:18.7 ahead of teammates Sharon Finneran and Martha Randall

Famous Birthdays

  • David Cromer, American theatre director and actor (The Band's Visit), born in Skokie, Illinois
1964 Highlights

About October 17, 1964

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 58 years, 3 months and 14 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: (There's) Always Something There To Remind Me - Sandie Shaw