Historical Events in February 1964

  • Feb 1 "Stop the World, I Want to..." 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"
  • Feb 1 Indiana Governor Mathew Walsh tries to ban "Louie Louie" for obscenity
  • Feb 1 Afobaka Dam is completed on the Suriname River
  • 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 fameHall of Fame

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

Major League Baseball Pitcher Tim Keefe
Major League Baseball Pitcher
Tim Keefe
  • Feb 3 "Meet the Beatles" album goes Gold
  • Feb 3 Black & Puerto Rican students boycott NYC public schools
  • 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 France & Great-Britain sign accord over building channel tunnel
  • 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
  • Feb 8 Peter Shaffer's "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
  • Feb 9 1st appearance of the Beatles on the "Ed Sullivan Show" draws 73.7 million viewers
  • Feb 9 9th Winter Olympic games close at 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 concert (Carnegie Hall)

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

Cricketer and Commentator Richie Benaud
Cricketer and Commentator
Richie Benaud
  • 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

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Feb 15 Bill Bradley scores 51 points for Princeton

Basketball Player/US Senator Bill Bradley
Basketball Player/US Senator
Bill Bradley
  • Feb 16 "Foxy" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 72 performances
  • Feb 16 The Beatles' 2nd appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show"
  • Feb 17 101st member elected to baseball's hall of fame (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 A's in Kansas City
  • Feb 23 6th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (154.334)
  • 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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Feb 25 Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay] TKOs Sonny Liston in 7 for his first world heavyweight championship title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Sonny Liston
  • 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 Frank Rugani sets badminton shuttlecock distance record, 24.3 m

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Feb 29 LBJ reveals US secretly developed the A-11 jet fighter

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Feb 29 NC high school basketball teams play to 56-54 score in 13 overtime