On This Day

What Happened on October 20, 1964

Historical Events

  • "Golden Boy" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 569 performances
  • Ann Packer of Great Britain runs a world record 2:01.1 to win the women's 800m gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • Mad Dog Vachon beats Verne Gagne in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ
  • Riot at Rolling Stones show in Paris (150 arrested)
  • Tamara Press of the Soviet Union wins her second gold medal in 2 days by taking out the women's shot put at the Tokyo Olympics; Press' second consecutive Olympic shot put title

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestKamala Harris

Kamala Harris, American lawyer and politician (Vice President United States 2021-present; 1st African-American, Asian-American attorney general of California, born in Oakland, California

49th US Vice President and Senator Kamala Harris
49th US Vice President and Senator
Kamala Harris
  • Zap Mama [Marie Daulne], Belgian-Congolese Afro-pop and world music singer-songwriter, born in Isiro, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Famous Deaths

Person of interestHerbert Hoover

Herbert Hoover, 31st President of US (1929-33), dies in NY at 90

31st US President Herbert Hoover
31st US President
Herbert Hoover
  • Miles WL Killearn of Killearn, baron/diplomat (Egypt), dies at 84
1964 Highlights

About October 20, 1964

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 56 years, 10 months and 29 days
Leap Year: Yes

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