On This Day

Historical Events in 1964

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  • Jan 1 Federation of Rhodesia & Nyasaland dissolved
  • Jan 1 KNMT TV channel 12 in Walker, MN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 KTVS TV channel 3 in Sterling, CO (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 50th Rose Bowl: #3 Illinois beats Washington, 17-7
  • Jan 1 30th Sugar Bowl: #8 Alabama beats #7 Mississippi, 12-7
  • Jan 1 30th Orange Bowl: #6 Nebraska beats #5 Auburn, 13-7

Assassination Attempt

Jan 2 Failed assassination attempt on President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana

Music History

Jan 3 Jack Paar Show, shows a clip of the Beatles singing "She Loves You"

Papal Visit

Jan 5 Pope Paul VI visits Jordan & Israel

  • Jan 5 AFL Championship, Balboa Stadium, San Diego: San Diego Chargers beat Boston Patriots, 51-10; Chargers RB Keith Lincoln rushes for 206 yards, 2 TDs
  • Jan 6 Charlie Finlay announces he wants to move KC A's to Louisville
  • Jan 6 Rolling Stones' 1st tour as headline act (with Ronettes)
  • Jan 7 Bahamas becomes self-governing
  • Jan 7 Dick Weber rolls highest bowling game in air (Boeing 707)

Historic Event

Jan 8 President Lyndon B. Johnson declares "War on Poverty"

  • Jan 9 Anti-US rioting broke out in Panama Canal Zone
  • Jan 10 Battles between Muslims & Hindus in Calcutta
  • Jan 10 Panama severs diplomatic relations with US
  • Jan 10 US version of "That Was The Week That Was" premieres
  • Jan 10 Vee-Jay Records releases "Introducing the Beatles", the 1st Beatles album released in the US
  • Jan 11 "She Loves Me" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 302 performances
  • Jan 11 The Beatles single "I Want to Hold Your Hand" reaches #80 in US (Cashbox)
  • Jan 11 Panama ends diplomatic relations with US
  • Jan 11 First government report by US Surgeon General Luther Terry warning that smoking may be hazardous

NFL Pro Bowl

Jan 12 14th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 31-17; MVPs: Johnny Unitas, Baltimore Colts, QB; Gino Marchetti, Baltimore Colts, DE

  • Jan 12 Revolution overthrows Sultan of Zanzibar, 1 month after independence

Historic Event

Jan 13 John Paul II [Karol Wojtyla] becomes archbishop of Krakow

  • Jan 13 Hindu-Muslim rioting breaks out in the Indian city of Calcutta - now Kolkata - resulting in the deaths of more than 100 people.
  • Jan 13 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Australian Margaret Smith beats doubles partner Lesley Turner 6-3, 6-2 for her 5th Australian singles crown

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 13 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Roy Emerson retains title; beats fellow Australian Fred Stolle 6-3, 6-4, 6-2

NBA All-Star Game

Jan 14 14th NBA All-Star Game, Boston Garden: East beats West, 111-107; MVP: Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati Royals, PG

  • Jan 14 Bapu Nadkarni 32-27-5-0 v England, 21 maiden overs in a row

TV Show Appearance

Jan 14 Jacqueline Kennedy's 1st public appearance (TV) since US President JFK's assassination

  • Jan 15 MLB executives vote to hold a free agent amateur draft, officially known as Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft in NYC
  • Jan 15 Teamsters negotiate 1st national labor contract

Contract of Interest

Jan 15 San Francisco Giants make champion outfielder Willie Mays the highest-paid player in baseball when they sign him to a new $105,000 per season contract

  • Jan 16 "Hello, Dolly!" opens at St James Theater NYC for 2,844 performances
  • Jan 16 AL owners vote 9-1 against Charlie Finley moving KC A's to Louisville
  • Jan 18 The Beatles make their first appearance on US Billboard Chart with single "I Want to Hold Your Hand" at #45
  • Jan 18 Plans for World Trade Center announced (NYC)
  • Jan 19 3rd AFL All Star Game, Balboa Stadium, SD: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 27-24; MVPs: Keith Lincoln, LA Chargers, RB; Archie Matsos, Oakland Raiders, LB
  • Jan 19 KFME TV channel 13 in Fargo, North Dakota (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 20 "Meet The Beatles" album released in US
  • Jan 21 Carl T Rowan named director of US Information Agency
  • Jan 22 Kenneth Kaunda becomes the first President of Northern Rhodesia (Zambia)
  • Jan 22 World's largest cheese (15,723 kg) manufactured in Wisconsin for New York's World Fair
  • Jan 23 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution ratified, barring poll tax in federal elections

Theater Premiere

Jan 23 Arthur Miller's play "After the Fall" premieres in NYC

  • Jan 24 CBS purchases 1964 & 1965 NFL TV rights for $28.2 million
  • Jan 24 Eric de Noorman, a Dutch comic strip by Hans G. Kresse, ends
  • Jan 24 24th Amendment to US Constitution goes into effect & states voting rights could not be denied due to failure to pay taxes
  • Jan 25 The Beatles get their first US #1, "I Want to Hold your Hand" (Cashbox)
  • Jan 25 Echo 2, US communications satellite launched
  • Jan 27 Barlow & Graeme Pollock complete 341 stand at Adelaide Oval
  • Jan 27 Margaret Chase Smith (Sen-R-Maine) tries for Republican President bid
  • Jan 29 IX Winter Olympic Games open in Innsbruck, Austria
  • Jan 29 Beatles record in German "Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand" & "Sie Liebt Dich"
  • Jan 29 Most lopsided high-school basketball score 211-29 (Louisiana)
  • Jan 29 NBC purchases AFL 5 year (1965-69) TV rights for $36 million
  • Jan 29 Unmanned Apollo 1 Saturn launcher test attains Earth orbit
  • Jan 30 Military coup of Gen Nguyen Khanh in South Vietnam
  • Jan 30 Ranger 6 launched; makes perfect flight to Moon, but cameras fail
  • Feb 1 "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off..." closes at Shubert NYC after 556 performances
  • Feb 1 The Beatles' 1st #1 hit "I Want to Hold Your Hand," topped the Hot 100, stays #1 for 7 weeks before being replaced by "She Loves You", also by The Beatles
  • Feb 1 Indiana Governor Mathew Walsh tries to ban "Louie Louie" for obscenity
  • Feb 1 Afobaka Dam is completed on the Suriname River
  • Feb 1 French sisters Christine Goitschel (gold) and Marielle Goitschel (silver) become first female siblings to win Olympic gold and silver in the same event when they dominate the slalom in Innsbruck
  • Feb 2 GI Joe, debuts as a popular American boy's toy
  • Feb 2 Sjoukje Dijkstra (Neth) wins Olympic gold for figure skating

Hall of Fame

Feb 2 Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame - Red Faber, Burleigh Grimes, Tim Keefe, Heinie Manush, John Montgomery Ward, & Miller Huggins

  • Feb 3 "Meet the Beatles" album goes Gold
  • Feb 3 Black & Puerto Rican students boycott NYC public schools
  • Feb 3 French sisters Marielle Goitschel (gold) and Christine Goitschel (silver) repeat (in reverse order) their top-2 finish in the slalom 2 days earlier, in the giant slalom at the Innsbruck Winter Olympics
  • Feb 4 FAA begins 6 month test of reactions to sonic booms over Oklahoma City
  • Feb 6 "Rugantino" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • Feb 6 WCIU TV channel 26 in Chicago, IL (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 7 Baskin-Robbins introduces Beatle Nut ice cream
  • Feb 7 Beatles land at NY's JFK airport, for 1st US tour
  • Feb 7 Roger Sessions' 5th Symphony premieres

Music Premiere

Feb 8 Peter Shaffer's musical "Royal Hunt of the Sun" premieres in London

  • Feb 8 US Rep Martha Griffiths address gets civil rights protection for women being added to the 1964 Civil Rights Act

The Beatles on Ed Sullivan

Feb 9 1st appearance of the Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show", from New York, draws 73.7 million television viewers

  • Feb 9 IX Winter Olympic Games close in Innsbruck, Austria
  • Feb 9 GI Joe character created
  • Feb 9 Hanumant Singh scores 105 India v England on debut at Delhi
  • Feb 9 NYC news anchor Jim Jenson's 1st appearance on WCBS-TV
  • Feb 10 Australian destroyer HMAS Voyager sinks after colliding with aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne, killing 82
  • Feb 10 WBGU TV channel 27 in Bowling Green, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 11 Beatles 1st live appearance in US; Washington, D.C. Coliseum
  • Feb 11 Greek & Turks begin fighting in Limassol, Cyprus
  • Feb 11 Taiwan drops diplomatic relations with France
  • Feb 12 Beatles 1st NYC concerts, two shows at Carnegie Hall

Sports History

Feb 12 End of Richie Benaud's 63-Test Cricket career

  • Feb 12 US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming
  • Feb 12 US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Allen
  • Feb 12 Fighting breaks out between Turks and Greeks over dispute islands in Cyprus and 16 are killed; the UN responds the following month by sending a peacekeeping force
  • Feb 15 Beatles' "Meet the Beatles!" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 11 weeks
  • Feb 16 "Foxy" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 72 performances

TV Show Appearance

Feb 16 The Beatles' 2nd appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show", from Deauville Hotel in Miami, Florida

  • Feb 17 101st member elected to Baseball Hall of Fame, Chicago WS shortstop Luke Appling
  • Feb 17 US House of Representatives accept Law on the civil rights
  • Feb 17 US Supreme Court rules - 1 man 1 vote (Westberry v Sanders)
  • Feb 17 WMEM TV channel 10 in Presque Isle, ME (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 18 Muriel Resnik's "Any Wednesday" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 18 Papandreou government takes power in Greece
  • Feb 19 UK flies ½ ton of The Beatles wigs to the US
  • Feb 21 UK flies 24,000 rolls of Beatles wallpaper to US
  • Feb 22 Beatles arrive back in England after their 1st US visit
  • Feb 23 Charlie Finley signs a 4 year lease to keep MLB A's in Kansas City

Daytona 500

Feb 23 6th Daytona 500: Race winner Richard Petty leads for record 184 of the 200 laps

  • Feb 24 "My Heart Skips a Beat" single released by Buck Owens (Billboard No. 1 U.S. Hot Country Singles, 1964)
  • Feb 25 Austrian chancellor Alfons Gorbach resigns

Boxing Title Fight

Feb 25 Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay] wins his first world heavyweight boxing title when Sonny Liston fails to come out for round 7 at the Convention Center, Miami Beach

  • Feb 27 "What Makes Sammy Run?" opens at 84th St Theater NYC for 540 performances
  • Feb 27 The government of Italy asks for help to keep the Leaning Tower of Pisa from toppling over.
  • Feb 29 "Rugantino" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 28 performances
  • Feb 29 LBJ reveals the US has secretly developed the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, an advanced, long‐range high-speed and high-altitude reconnaissance airplane [1]
  • Feb 29 NC high school basketball teams play to 56-54 score in 13 overtime

Sports History

Feb 29 Cincinnati's Jerry Lucas and Oscar Robertson combine for a rare 40-40 performance as the Royals beat host Philadelphia 76ers, 117-114; NBA MVP Robertson has 43 points; Rookie of the Year Lucas, 40 rebounds

  • Feb 29 Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser records the fastest 100m freestyle of her brilliant career; smashes her own world record 58.9s in Sydney; goes on to win her 3rd straight gold in the event at the Tokyo Olympics

Music History

Mar 2 Beatles begin filming "A Hard Day's Night", George Harrison meets Pattie Boyd

  • Mar 4 Jimmy Hoffa convicted of jury tampering
  • Mar 5 Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen Jr, announces a baseball team is moving there
  • Mar 5 Emergency crisis proclaimed in Ceylon due to social unrest
  • Mar 6 Constantine succeeds Paul I as king of Greece
  • Mar 6 Boxing legend Cassius Clay joins the Nation of Islam and changes his name to "Muhammad Ali", calling his former title a "slave name"
  • Mar 6 Tom O'Hara runs world record mile (3:56.4)
  • Mar 7 11th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats Wake Forest, 80-59

Historic Event

Mar 8 Malcolm X resigns from the Nation of Islam

  • Mar 9 1st Ford Mustang produced
  • Mar 9 Creighton's Paul Silas grabs Midwest record 27 rebounds against Okla
  • Mar 9 Supreme Court issues NY Times vs Sullivan decision, public officials must prove malice to claim libel & recover damages
  • Mar 10 US reconnaissance plane shot down over East Germany
  • Mar 10 Simon and Garfunkel record the first version of "The Sound of Silence" at Columbia Studios in New York City

Golden Globes

Mar 11 21st Golden Globes: The Cardinal, Sidney Poitier, & Leslie Caron win

  • Mar 12 Jimmy Hoffa sentenced to 8 years
  • Mar 12 S. N. Behrman's play "But for Whom Charlie" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 12 WKAB TV channel 32 in Montgomery, AL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 13 Turkey threatens Cyprus with armed attack
  • Mar 14 "Girl Who Came to Supper" closes at Broadway NYC after 112 performances
  • Mar 15 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 16 LBJ asks Congress to pass Economic Opportunity Act as part of his War on Poverty
  • Mar 16 KCOY TV channel 12 in Santa Maria, California (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 16 Paul Hornung & Alex Karras reinstated in NFL after 1 year suspension

Film & TV History

Mar 19 Sean Connery's 1st day of shooting on James Bond film "Goldfinger"

  • Mar 20 ESRO established, European Space Research Organization
  • Mar 21 26th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Duke, 98-83; Bruins first title in first title game; undefeated season (30-0)
  • Mar 21 Beatles' single "She Loves You" goes #1 in the US & stays #1 for 2 weeks
  • Mar 21 118th Grand National: Willie Robinson aboard American-owned 12-year-old Team Spirit wins at odds of 18/1
  • Mar 21 9th Eurovision Song Contest: Gigliola Cinquetti for Italy wins singing "Non ho l'eta" in Copenhagen
  • Mar 21 Wales draws 11-11 with France in Cardiff, whilst Scotland beats England, 15-6 at Murrayfield to leave the Five Nations Rugby Championship shared by Wales and Scotland on 6 competition points
  • Mar 22 Barbra Streisand appears on the cover of NY Times Magazine section
  • Mar 22 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Scenic Hills CC: Carol Mann her 1st of 2 major titles by 2 shots from Ruth Jessen and Judy Kimball
  • Mar 23 UNCTAD 1 world conference opens in Geneva

Historic Publication

Mar 23 "In His Own Write", a book of short stories, poems and drawings by John Lennon is published

  • Mar 24 Kennedy half-dollar issued

Historic Event

Mar 25 Britain sets memorial for the late President John F. Kennedy

  • Mar 25 Egypt ends state of siege (1952-64)
  • Mar 26 Jule Styne and Bob Merrill's musical "Funny Girl", starring Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice, opens at Winter Garden Theater, New York City; runs for 1,348 performances
  • Mar 27 1st true Pirate Radio station, Radio Caroline (England)
  • Mar 27 The Great Alaska Earthquake (9.2 magnitude) and resulting tsunami kill 139 people in the largest US earthquake and second largest ever recorded
  • Mar 27 Great Train Robbers sentenced to a total of 307 years behind bars
  • Mar 27 UN troops arrive in Cyprus
  • Mar 28 1st pirate radio station near England (Radio Caroline)

Historic Event

Mar 30 Astronaut John Glenn withdraws from Ohio senate race

  • Mar 31 President Jango Goulart of Brazil chased out of office by military
  • Apr 1 10°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in April
  • Apr 1 John Lennon is reunited with his father Freddie after 17 years
  • Apr 1 Robert Lowell's "Benito Cereno" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 2 Military coup in Brazil by Gen Castello Branco, President Goulart ousted
  • Apr 2 USSR launches Zond 1 to Venus; no data returned
  • Apr 3 Beatles hold top 6 spots on Sydney Australia record charts
  • Apr 3 US & Panama agree to resume diplomatic relations
  • Apr 4 "Anyone Can Whistle" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • Apr 4 Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks
  • Apr 5 1st driverless trains run on London Underground
  • Apr 6 Egypt & Belgium restore diplomatic relations

Music Premiere

Apr 7 Hugh Martin and Timothy Gray's musical "High Spirits", based on Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit", opens at Alvin Theater, NYC; runs for 375 performances

  • Apr 7 IBM announces the System/360.
  • Apr 8 Unmanned Gemini 1 launched
  • Apr 10 Demolition begins in Upper Manhattan, New York City on Polo Grounds sports stadium (home to MLB Giants, 1891-1957, Mets, 1962-63, and NFL Jets, 1960-63) to clear way for housing project
  • Apr 10 Iranian motor launch catches fire & sinks killing 113 (Persian Gulf)

Musical Finale

Apr 11 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Anyone Can Whistle" closes at Majestic Theater, NYC, after 9 performances

US Masters Golf

Apr 12 28th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Arnold Palmer wins by 6 shots from Dave Marr and Jack Nicklaus to become the first 4-time winner of the Masters; his 7th and final major victory

  • Apr 13 36th Academy Awards: "Tom Jones" (Best Film), Patricia Neal (Hud) and Sidney Poitier (Lilies Of The Field) win; Poitier first Black actor in a leading role to win a competitive Oscar
  • Apr 13 Ian Smith becomes Prime Minister of Rhodesia
  • Apr 13 New Zealander Colin Bosher shears a record 565 sheep in 1 work day

Sports History

Apr 14 LA Dodgers' future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax throws his 9th complete game without allowing a walk in 4-0 Opening Day win over St. Louis Cardinals

  • Apr 15 Chesapeake Bay Bridge opens (world's longest)
  • Apr 16 9 men sentenced 25-30 years for Britain's 1963 "Great Train Robbery"
  • Apr 17 Albert Hague and Marty Brill's musical "Cafe Crown", starring Theodore Bikel, opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC; runs for 3 performances
  • Apr 17 1st game at Shea Stadium, NY Mets lose to Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-3
  • Apr 17 Ford Mustang formally introduced ($2,368 base)
  • Apr 17 Jerrie Mock becomes 1st woman to fly solo around the world
  • Apr 18 Albert Hague and Marty Brill's musical "Cafe Crown", starring Theodore Bikel, closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 3 performances