On This Day

What Happened on October 19, 1964

Historical Events

  • American sprinter Edith McGuire runs an Olympic record 23.0 to win the women's 200m gold medal in Tokyo; minor place medallists Irena SzewiƄska of Poland and Australian Marilyn Black both record 23.1
  • In a blanket finish in the 80m hurdles at the Tokyo Olympics, Germany's Karin Balzer and Teresa Cieply of Poland both record 10.5s with Pam Kilborn of Australia 10.6; Balzer is awarded the gold medal
  • Tamara Press of the Soviet Union wins the women's discus with an Olympic record throw 57.27m in Tokyo; first of 2 gold medals at the Games (shot put)

Famous Birthdays

  • Ty Pennington [Gary Tygert Burton], American television host (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Webster Slaughter, NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs)

Famous Deaths

  • Maurice Gosfield, actor (Doberman-Phil Silvers Show), dies at 51
  • Nettie Palmer, Australian poet and essayist (Henry Handel Richardson: A Study), dies at 79
1964 Highlights

About October 19, 1964

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 56 years, 9 months and 1 day
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Libra