On This Day

Historical Events in April 1964

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 1 John Lennon is reunited with his father Freddie after 17 years

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 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
  • Apr 7 IBM announces the System/360.
  • Apr 8 Unmanned Gemini 1 launched
  • Apr 10 Demolition begins on Polo Grounds to clear way for housing project
  • Apr 10 Iranian motor launch catches fire & sinks killing 113 (Persian Gulf)
  • Apr 11 "Anyone Can Whistle" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 9 performances

Sport awardUS 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

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Apr 13 36th Academy Awards: "Tom Jones", Best Film, Patricia Neal and Sidney Poitier win Best Actor/Actress, Poitier first black actor to win

  • Apr 13 Ian Smith becomes Prime Minister of Rhodesia
  • Apr 13 New Zealander Colin Bosher shears a record 565 sheep in 1 work day

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 14 Sandy Koufax throws his 9th complete game without allowing a walk

Baseball Pitcher Sandy Koufax
Baseball Pitcher
Sandy Koufax
  • 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 "Cafe Crown" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • Apr 17 "High Spirits" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 375 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 "Cafe Crown" 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 Sandy Koufax is 1st to strike out the side on 9 pitches
  • Apr 18 Van Joe Orton's "Entertaining Mr Sloane"
  • Apr 19 Rightist coup in Laos, Suvanna Phuma remains premier
  • Apr 19 Roger Sessions' opera "Montezuma" premieres in West Berlin
  • 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

Music releaseTheater Premiere

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

Novelist and Playwright James Baldwin
Novelist and Playwright
James Baldwin
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Comedian and Actor Phil Silvers
Comedian and Actor
Phil Silvers
  • 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

Sport awardGolf Tournament

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

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