On This Day

Historical Events in April 1964

  • Apr 1 10°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in April

Music History

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

Academy Awards

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
  • Apr 18 "Foxy" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • Apr 18 Artisans strike in Belgium ends
  • Apr 18 LA Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax strikes out the side on 9 pitches, for major league best third time in his career
  • Apr 19 Rightist coup in Laos, Suvanna Phuma remains premier

Music Premiere

Apr 19 Roger Sessions' opera "Montezuma" premieres in West Berlin, Germany

  • Apr 20 68th Boston Marathon won for second straight year by Aurele Vandendriessche of Belgium in 2:19:59
  • Apr 20 86% of black students boycott Cleveland schools
  • Apr 21 Pirates & Cubs combine for 9 HRs, Pirates win 8-5
  • Apr 22 World's Fair at Flushing Meadow, Corona Park, NY opens

Theater Premiere

Apr 23 James Baldwin's play "Blues for Mr Charlie" premieres in NYC

  • Apr 23 New York State Theater opens
  • Apr 23 Houston Colt 45s Ken Johnson becomes 1st major league pitcher to lose a 9 inning no-hitter, Reds win 1-0
  • Apr 24 Mexico becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty
  • Apr 25 Stanley Cup Final, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: 3-peat for the Toronto Maple Leafs with a 4-0 Game 7 win over Detroit Red Wings for a 4-3 series victory

Television Finale

Apr 25 "New Phil Silvers Show" last airs on CBS-TV

  • Apr 25 11th National Film Awards (India): "Shehar Aur Sapna" wins the Golden Lotus
  • Apr 26 18th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat SF Warriors, 4 games to 1

Golf Tournament

Apr 26 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Marilynn Smith retains title; beats Mickey Wright by 1 stroke

  • Apr 26 Tanganyika & Zanzibar form The United Republic of Tanganyika & Zanzibar
  • Apr 27 John Lennon's book of poetry and sketches "In His Own Write" is published in US
  • Apr 28 Japan joins the OECD
  • Apr 29 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site