Historical Events in January 1964

  • 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

MurderAssassination Attempt

Jan 2 Failed assassination attempt on President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana

First President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah
First President of Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah
  • Jan 3 Jack Paar Show, shows a clip of the Beatles singing "She Loves You"
  • 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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • 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 "Introducing the Beatles" released 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 1st government report warning by US Surgeon General Luther Terry that smoking may be hazardous

Sport awardNFL 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

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas
  • Jan 12 Revolution overthrows Sultan of Zanzibar, 1 month after independence

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 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

Sport awardTennis Open

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

Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

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

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

Appears on tv showTV 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

AgreementContract 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

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 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 premier 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

Music releaseTheater Premiere

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

Playwright Arthur Miller
Playwright
Arthur Miller
  • 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

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jan 29 "Dr Strangelove", directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Peter Sellers and George C. Scott, premieres

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick
Actor and Comedian Peter Sellers
Actor and Comedian
Peter Sellers
Actor George C. Scott
Actor
George C. Scott
  • 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