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, 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

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, 9 months and 6 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Libra