Historical Events in March 1964

Music History

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

Sports History

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 Constantine succeeds Paul I as king of Greece
  • 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
  • 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 and recover damages
  • Mar 10 Simon and Garfunkel record the first version of "The Sound of Silence" at Columbia Studios in New York City
  • Mar 10 US reconnaissance plane shot down over East Germany

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 KCOY TV channel 12 in Santa Maria, California (CBS) begins broadcasting

Historic Event

Mar 16 LBJ asks Congress to pass Economic Opportunity Act as part of his War on Poverty

  • 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 118th Grand National: Willie Robinson aboard American-owned 12-year-old Team Spirit wins at odds of 18/1
  • 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 9th Eurovision Song Contest: Gigliola Cinquetti for Italy wins singing "Non ho l'eta" in Copenhagen
  • Mar 21 Beatles' single "She Loves You" goes #1 in the US & stays #1 for 2 weeks
  • 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

Historic Publication

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

  • Mar 23 UNCTAD 1 world conference opens in Geneva
  • 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 Great Train Robbers sentenced to a total of 307 years behind bars
  • 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 UN troops arrive in Cyprus
  • Mar 28 1st pirate radio station near England (Radio Caroline)

Music History

Mar 28 Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in London unveils figures of The Beatles; they later appear on the Sgt. Pepper album cover

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