On This Day

Historical Events in 1964 (Part 3)

Events 401 - 600 of 701

  • Aug 13 1st broadcast by Trans World Radio on Bonaire
  • Aug 14 LA Angels pitcher Bo Belinsky is suspended after hotel room fight with elderly Los Angeles Times sportswriter Braven Dyer
  • Aug 14 Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait and Syria form common market
  • Aug 15 Fred Trueman takes 300th Test Cricket wicket (Neil Hawke)

Sports History

Aug 15 Mayor Daley declares "Ernie Banks Day" in Chicago

  • Aug 15 Phillies triple-play NY Mets
  • Aug 15 Race riot in Dixmoor (Chicago suburb) Ill
  • Aug 15 Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 27' 3½"
  • Aug 16 Mildred Sampson of New Zealand runs female world marathon record 3:19:33 in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Aug 16 St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Curt Flood gets 8 straight hits in a doubleheader split against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium
  • Aug 17 Boycott scores his 1st Test Cricket century, 113 v Aust at the Oval
  • Aug 18 Beatles arrive in San Francisco, 2nd US visit
  • Aug 18 Charles Helu elected president of Lebanon
  • Aug 18 South Africa banned from Olympic Games because of apartheid policies
  • Aug 18 USSR launch 3 Kosmos satellites
  • Aug 19 Communication satellite Syncom 3 launched

Historic Event

Aug 20 US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Economic Opportunity Act, an anti-poverty measure totaling nearly $1 billion

  • Aug 20 Rex Sellers bowls 5-1-17-0 v India in only Test Cricket innings

Sports History

Aug 20 Yankee Phil Linz plays harmonica on bus despite Yogi Berra's orders

  • Aug 22 Guinee, Liberia & Ivory Coast form joint market
  • Aug 22 Supreme's "Where Did Our Love Go" reaches #1

Historic Event

Aug 22 Civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer speaks at the US Democratic National Convention about her efforts to register to vote in Mississippi

  • Aug 23 St Louis Cardinals are 11 games back in NL; go on win Baseball World Series, 4-3 v New York Yankees
  • Aug 25 Singapore limits imports from Netherlands due to Indonesian aggression
  • Aug 26 Italian Communist Party selects Luigi Longo as chairman
  • Aug 26 LBJ nominated at Democratic convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey

Film Premiere

Aug 27 Walt Disney's "Mary Poppins" directed by Robert Stevenson, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke premieres in Los Angeles

  • Aug 27 25th Venice Film Festival: "Red Desert" directed by Michelangelo Antonioni wins Golden Lion
  • Aug 28 Race riot in Philadelphia
  • Aug 28 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 28 US weather satellite Nimbus 1 launched
  • Aug 28 WEWS-TV Channel 5's "Upbeat" debuts in Cleveland

Musical Finale

Aug 29 Stephen Sondheim's musical "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum", starring Zero Mostel, and Jack Gilford, closes at Alvin Theater, NYC, after 965 performances and 6 Tony Awards

Baseball Record

Aug 29 On Elston Howard Night, Mickey Mantle ties Babe Ruth's career strikeout record (1,330)

  • Aug 30 Electric designer Norman Manley records back-to-back holes-in-one on the 7th & 8th holes at Del Valle in Saugus, California; Guinness BWR' best
  • Aug 31 Ground is broken for Anaheim Stadium, future home of Angels
  • Sep 1 SF Giants reliever Masanori Murakami becomes the first Japanese-born player to appear in US MLB; on debut, the Osuki native throws a scoreless inning in a 4-1 loss v New York Mets
  • Sep 2 Indonesian paratroopers lands in Malaysia

Historic Event

Sep 3 US attorney general Robert F. Kennedy resigns

  • Sep 3 Wilderness Act signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Sep 3 2nd incident that year of race riots in Singapore between Chinese and Malay, 13 people killed, 106 injured
  • Sep 4 Eduardo Frei Montalva elected President of Chile
  • Sep 4 Scottish Forth Road Bridge opens (then the longest in Europe)
  • Sep 4 NASA launches its 1st Orbital Geophysical Observatory (OGO-1)
  • Sep 9 German DR government allows short visits to West Germany
  • Sep 9 John Osborne's "Inadmissible Evidence" premieres in London
  • Sep 10 Palestinian Liberation Army (PLA) forms

Music Recording

Sep 10 Rod Stewart records his 1st single "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl"

Music History

Sep 11 George Harrison forms Mornyork Ltd music publishing company

  • Sep 11 Gillette's 20 year contract with Madison Square Garden & ABC to televise fights for free ends as Dick Tiger defeats Don Fullmer at Cleve Auditorium
  • Sep 12 1st football game at Shea Stadium, Jets defeat Denver 30-6
  • Sep 12 Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 27' 4½"
  • Sep 12 Canyonlands National Park is designated as a National Park.

Film Premiere

Sep 12 Film that started Spaghetti Western genre "A Fistful of Dollars" premieres, directed by Sergio Leone, starring Clint Eastwood in his first leading role

  • Sep 13 3rd sitting of 2nd Vatican council opens in Rome
  • Sep 13 St Louis is 1st NL to score runs in every game since 1923, win 15-2
  • Sep 13 WKEF TV channel 22 in Dayton, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 13 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Roy Emerson beats fellow Australian Fred Stolle 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 for his 3rd Grand Slam title of the year

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 13 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Defending champion Maria Bueno of Brazil wins her 3rd US singles title; dominates American Carole Graebner 6-1, 6-0

  • Sep 14 WCVE TV channel 23 in Richmond, VA (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film & TV History

Sep 14 Walt Disney awarded Medal of Freedom at White House

  • Sep 14 President Lyndon Johnson presents Walter Lippmann with the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Sep 15 The Beatles play at Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio; police stop show during third song as some of the crowd climbed on the stage, after a 10 minute delay, and warning audience to stay seated, the concert resumed with the.
  • Sep 15 Final edition of socialist British newspaper "Daily Herald"
  • Sep 16 "Shindig" premieres on ABC-TV
  • Sep 17 "Bewitched" premieres on ABC TV
  • Sep 17 Beatles are paid a then record $150,000 for a concert (Kansas)
  • Sep 17 Yankee Mickey Mantle gets career hits #1999, 2000 & 2001 & his 450th HR in 6-2 victory over Los Angeles Angels at New York

Music Single

Sep 17 The Supremes release single "Baby Love"

  • Sep 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

Television Premiere

Sep 18 TV series "The Addams Family", starring John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy, and Jackie Coogan, premieres on ABC

Theater Premiere

Sep 20 Günter Grass' play "Die Plebejern proben den Aufstand," premieres in Berlin

  • Sep 20 Paramount Theater (NYC) presents The Beatles with Steve & Eydie
  • Sep 20 20th America's Cup yachting: Eric Ridder skippered Constellation beats English challenger Sovereign for a 4-0 American series sweep off Newport, RI
  • Sep 21 Malta becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
  • Sep 21 The North American XB-70 Valkyrie, the world's first Mach 3 bomber, makes its maiden flight from Palmdale, California
  • Sep 22 Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick's musical "Fiddler on the Roof" with Zero Mostel opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 3242 performances
  • Sep 22 "Man from U.N.C.L.E." premieres starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum on NBC-TV: open channel D
  • Sep 24 "The Munsters" premieres on TV
  • Sep 24 1st Minuteman II ICBM was tested

Music History

Sep 24 Ringo Starr forms Brikley Building Company Ltd

  • Sep 24 Willi Stoph succeeds Otto Great as premier of German DR
  • Sep 25 Jens Otto Krag forms minority government in Denmark
  • Sep 26 Braves (25) & Phillies (18) set record by using 43 players in 9 inn

Television Debut

Sep 26 TV sitcom "Gilligan's Island", starring Bob Denver as Gilligan, debuts on CBS

  • Sep 27 Despite 3 HRs by Johnny Callison, Phils are 14-8 losers to Braves
  • Sep 27 Phillies 7th straight loses sends them into 2nd place

Assassination

Sep 27 Findings of the Warren Commission into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy released, finds Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone

  • Sep 28 53rd Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Cleveland (3-2)
  • Sep 28 Suriname governor A Currie resigns
  • Sep 29 Greece & Bulgaria close boundaries
  • Sep 30 "Oh What a Lovely War" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 125 performances
  • Oct 1 1st official broadcast of Trans World Radio on Bonaire
  • Oct 1 2nd Dutch televisienet begins broadcastings
  • Oct 1 Free Speech Movement launched at University of California, Berkley
  • Oct 1 San Francisco cable cars declared a national landmark
  • Oct 1 WSJU TV channel 18 in Carolina, PR begins broadcasting
  • Oct 1 WTSJ TV channel 18 in San Juan, PR (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 1 WWAY TV channel 3 in Wilmington, NC (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 2 Philadelphia's Alex Johnson-Bobby Wine-Tony Taylor-Vic Power combine for Phillies' 3rd triple play of the season (tying MLB record) in 4-3 win v Cincinnati Reds
  • Oct 3 NY Yankees beat Cleveland Indians, 8-3 to clinch Bronx Bombers 5th consecutive AL pennant, and 29th in club's history
  • Oct 4 -7] Hurricane Hilda, kills 38 in La, Miss & Ga

LPGA Championship

Oct 4 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Stardust CC; Mary Mills shoots final round 69 to win first of her 2 LPGA C'ships, 2 strokes ahead of defending champion Mickey Wright

  • Oct 4 3 cars of a commuter train derails in South Africa killing 81
  • Oct 4 Italian Autostrada del Sol opens at Milan-Naples
  • Oct 4 Boston Patriots' kicker Gino Cappelletti lands 6-from-6 field goals and 3-from-3 conversions in 39-10 win v Denver Broncos at Bears Stadium, Denver
  • Oct 5 KIXE TV channel 9 in Redding, CA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 5 San Francisco Fire Department Museum dedicated
  • Oct 6 "Cambridge Circus" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 23 performances
  • Oct 7 The Beatles appear on episode of "Shindig" (ABC-TV) in the US
  • Oct 8 Gilroy Roberts becomes first US chief engraver to retire (than die)
  • Oct 8 Ringo Starr passes his driving test

NHL All-Star Game

Oct 10 18th NHL All-Star Game, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: All-Stars beat Toronto, 3-2; MVP: Jean Béliveau, Montreal, C

  • Oct 10 XVIII Summer Olympic Games open in Tokyo, Japan
  • Oct 12 KCSM TV channel 60 in San Mateo-SF, CA (PBS) begins
  • Oct 12 Launch of Voskhod 1, first time 3 people in space (Komarov, Feokistov, Yegorov)
  • Oct 12 WSBK TV channel 38 in Boston, MA (IND/ABC/CBS/NBC) begin
  • Oct 12 WUCM TV channel 19 in University Center, MI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 12 American Don Schollander swims an Olympic record 53.4s to beat Briton Robert McGregor by 0.1s and win the 100m freestyle gold medal in Tokyo; first of Schollander's 4 gold medals at the Games
  • Oct 13 At Plesman airport, Curacao, 125.5 mm rainfalls (record)
  • Oct 13 Soviet spacecraft Voskhod 1 successfully returns to earth with record three crew
  • Oct 13 Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser wins her third consecutive Olympic 100m freestyle gold medal at the Tokyo Games; Olympic record 59.05s
  • Oct 13 US sweeps medals in the men's 200m backstroke at the Tokyo Olympics; Jed Graef swims world record 2:10.3 to win gold ahead of teammates Gary Dilley and Bob Bennett

Nobel Prize

Oct 14 Martin Luther King Jr. announced as winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

  • Oct 14 Martin Walser's "Der Schwarze Schwan," premieres in Stuttgart
  • Oct 14 Philips begins experimenting with color TV

Baseball Record

Oct 14 Roger Maris & Mickey Mantle hit HRs runs on back-to-back pitches

Appointment of Interest

Oct 14 Premier Nikita Khrushchev replaced by Leonid Brezhnev as General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party

  • Oct 14 American swimmer Dick Roth sets world record 4:45.4 to beat teammate Roy Saari and win the men's 400m individual medley gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • Oct 14 Mary Rand of Great Britain leaps a world record 6.76m to win the women's long jump gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • Oct 14 US 4 x 100m freestyle relay team of Steve Clark, Mike Austin, Gary Ilman & Don Schollander swim world record 3:33.2 to beat Germany by 4.0s and win the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • Oct 14 American swimmer Cathy Ferguson sets world record 1:07.7 to beat Kiki Caron of France by 0.2s and win the women's 100m backstroke gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • Oct 14 Little known American distance runner Billy Mills scores major upset by winning the 10,000m at the Tokyo Olympics; beats Mohammed Gammoudi of Tunisia by 0.4s; only American to ever win the event
  • Oct 15 Craig Breedlove sets auto speed record of 846.97 kph
  • Oct 15 Baseball World Series: St Louis Cardinals win 7th title; beat NY Yankees, 7-5 at Busch Stadium to clinch series, 4-3; MVP: St Louis pitcher Bob Gibson
  • Oct 15 American Al Oerter wins his third of 4 consecutive Olympic men's discus titles at the Tokyo Olympics; beats Czech Ludvík Daněk by 0.08m
  • Oct 15 American Don Schollander swims a world record 4:12.2 to win the 400m freestyle gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics; second of Schollander's 4 gold medals at the Games
  • Oct 15 American sprinter Bob Hayes equals world record 10.0s to beat Cuba's Enrique Figuerola by 0.2s and win the men's 100m gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • Oct 15 Soviet rower Vyacheslav Ivanov wins his third consecutive Olympic men's single sculls gold medal at the Tokyo Games; also the reigning World and European champion
  • Oct 15 Australian swimmer Ian O'Brien sets world record 2:27.8 to beat Soviet Georgy Prokopenko by 0.4s and win men's 200m breaststroke gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • Oct 15 US women's 4 x 100m freestyle relay team of Sharon Stouder, Donna de Varona, Lillian Watson & Kathy Ellis swims world record 4:03.8 to beat Australia by 3.1s and win the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • Oct 16 China becomes world's 5th nuclear power

Election of Interest

Oct 16 Harold Wilson's Labour party wins British election

  • Oct 16 Indians' directors vote to keep franchise in Cleveland, rejecting bids by Seattle, Oakland & Dallas
  • Oct 16 US men's 4 × 100m medley relay team of Thompson Mann, Bill Craig, Fred Schmidt & Steve Clark swim world record 3:58.4 to beat Germany by 3.2s and win gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • Oct 16 In an incredibly close women's 100m final at the Tokyo Olympics American sprinter Wyomia Tyus runs 11.4s to beat teammate Edith McGuire by 0.2s; Ewa Kłobukowska of Poland takes bronze with the same time as McGuire
  • Oct 16 American swimmer Sharon Strouder sets world record 1:04.7 to beat Ada Kok of the Netherlands by 0.9s and win the women's 100m butterfly at the Tokyo Olympics
  • Oct 17 In the first ever Olympic women's pentathlon Irina Press of the Soviet Union sets a world record 5,246 points to win the gold medal at the Tokyo Games
  • Oct 17 New York Yankees catcher fire Manager Yogi Berra
  • Oct 17 Australian athlete Betty Cuthbert takes her 4th career Olympic gold medal as she wins the women's 400m at the Tokyo Games in Olympic record 52.0
  • Oct 17 US swimmers go 1-2-3 in the women's 400m individual medley at the Tokyo Olympics; Donna de Varona wins gold in Olympic record 5:18.7 ahead of teammates Sharon Finneran and Martha Randall
  • Oct 18 Australian swimmer Kevin Berry sets world record 2:06.6 to beat American Carl Robie by 0.9s and win the men's 200m backstroke gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • Oct 19 In a blanket finish in the 80m hurdles at the Tokyo Olympics, Germany's Karin Balzer and Teresa Cieply of Poland both record 10.5s with Pam Kilborn of Australia 10.6; Balzer is awarded the gold medal
  • Oct 19 American sprinter Edith McGuire runs an Olympic record 23.0 to win the women's 200m gold medal in Tokyo; minor place medallists Irena Szewińska of Poland and Australian Marilyn Black both record 23.1
  • Oct 19 Tamara Press of the Soviet Union wins the women's discus with an Olympic record throw 57.27m in Tokyo; first of 2 gold medals at the Games (shot put)
  • Oct 20 "Golden Boy" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 569 performances
  • Oct 20 Mad Dog Vachon beats Verne Gagne in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ
  • Oct 20 Riot at Rolling Stones show in Paris leads to 150 arrests
  • Oct 20 Ann Packer of Great Britain runs a world record 2:01.1 to win the women's 800m gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • Oct 20 Tamara Press of the Soviet Union wins her second gold medal in 2 days by taking out the women's shot put at the Tokyo Olympics; Press' second consecutive Olympic shot put title
  • Oct 21 Braves ask NL to allow them to leave Milwaukee for Atlanta

Film Premiere

Oct 21 Film version of "My Fair Lady" directed by George Cukor and starring Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn premieres in New York (Academy Awards Best Picture 1965)

  • Oct 21 Polish 4×100m women's relay team runs a world record 43.6 to beat the US by 0.3s and win the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics; Teresa Ciepły, Irena Kirszenstein, Halina Górecka & Ewa Kłobukowska

World Record

Oct 21 Abebe Bikila of Ethiopia runs a world record 2:12:11.2 to beat Briton Basil Heatley by more than 4 minutes and win the men's marathon at the Tokyo Olympics; first athlete to win Olympic marathon twice

  • Oct 21 US 4 x 100m men's relay team of Paul Drayton, Gerry Ashworth, Richard Stebbins & Bob Hayes run world record 39.0s to beat Poland by 0.3s and win the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • Oct 21 New Zealand athlete Peter Snell wins the 1,500m at the Tokyo Olympics; his second gold medal of the Games (800m); 3rd career gold
  • Oct 21 American men's 4×400m relay team beats Great Britain by 0.9s to set world record 3:00.7 and win the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics; Ollan Cassell, Mike Larrabee, Ulis Williams & Henry Carr

Historic Event

Oct 21 Society Hill Towers, a complex of three 31-story skyscrapers designed by I.M. Pei and Associates, inaugurated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Oct 22 EMI rejects audition by "High Numbers"; they go on to become "The Who"

Nobel Prize

Oct 22 French philosopher and author Jean-Paul Sartre refuses Nobel prize

  • Oct 22 US performs underground nuclear test at Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Oct 23 Time Magazine uses term "op art" for 1st time
  • Oct 23 Japan beats the Soviet Union 3-0 to claim the inaugural Olympic women's volleyball gold medal in Tokyo; undefeated in 6-team round robin competition
  • Oct 23 Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia finish 8-1 in inaugural Olympic men's volleyball competition in Tokyo; Soviets win 10 team round robin on count back of sets won-lost
  • Oct 23 Dutch 10th dan judoka Anton Geesink wins Open gold medal in the first ever Olympic judo competition in Tokyo; prevents clean sweep of the gold medals by Japan
  • Oct 23 Czech gymnast Věra Čáslavská wins the balance beam at the Tokyo Olympics; her 3rd gold medal of the Games with individual all-round and vault victories
  • Oct 23 Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina wins the floor exercise gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics; her 2nd gold of the Games (team) and career 9th (1956, 60, 64), a gymnastics record
  • Oct 23 Japanese gymnast Yukio Endo wins the parallel bars gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics; his 3rd gold medal of the Games (individual all-round and team); 4th career gold (1960, 64)

Olympic Gold

Oct 23 Future undisputed world heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier dominates German Hans Huber for an easy points win and the Olympic heavyweight gold medal in Tokyo

  • Oct 23 Hungary beats Czechoslovakia 2-1 to win the men's football gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • Oct 24 "Cambridge Circus" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 23 performances
  • Oct 24 Belgian paratroopers, with American Air Force support, liberate hundreds of hostages held by rebels in Stanleyville, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Oct 24 Zambia (formerly Northern Rhodesia) gains independence from Britain (National Day) with Kenneth Kaunda becoming President
  • Oct 24 Test cricket debut of Pakistani standouts Asif Iqbal, Majid Khan and Khalid Ibadulla in drawn 1st Test vs Australia in Karachi; Khalid "Billy" Ibadulla scores 166 on debut
  • Oct 25 Dutchman Anton Geesink is 1st non-Japanese Olympic judo gold medal winner
  • Oct 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 25 "The Wrong Way Run", Viking Jim Marshall runs 66 yards in wrong direction for a safety (NFL's #1 blooper)

TV Show Appearance

Oct 25 1st appearance of The Rolling Stones on "The Ed Sullivan Show"

Sports History

Oct 25 English driver John Surtees finishes 2nd behind American Dan Gurney in season ending Mexican Grand Prix at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez to clinch his first F1 World Drivers Championship; edges Graham Hill by 1 point

  • Oct 26 Eric Edgar Cooke becomes last person in Western Australia to be executed.
  • Oct 27 "Ben Franklin in Paris" opens at Lunt Fontanne NYC for 215 performances
  • Oct 27 Congo rebel leader Christopher Gbenye holds 60 Americans & 800 Belgians
  • Oct 29 Bobby Simpson completes cricket century in each innings v Pakistan
  • Oct 29 Star of India & other jewels are stolen in NY
  • Oct 29 Town of Karmi'el founded in Galilee
  • Oct 29 The United Republic of Tanganyika & Zanzibar renamed The United Republic of Tanzania
  • Oct 30 Tran Van Huong appointed premier of South Vietnam

#1 in the Charts

Oct 31 Barbra Streisand's "People" album goes #1 for 5 weeks

  • Nov 1 Houston Oilers quarterback George Blanda attempts an AFL record 68 passes (37 completions) in 24-10 loss v Buffalo Bills at War Memorial Stadium