On This Day

1964 in History

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 332

  • Jan 1 Federation of Rhodesia & Nyasaland dissolved

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

BeatificationPapal Visit

Jan 5 Pope Paul VI visits Jordan & Israel

Pope Paul VI
Pope
Paul VI
  • Jan 6 Charlie Finlay announces he wants to move KC A's to Louisville
  • 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 11 Panama ends diplomatic relations with US
  • Jan 11 First government report by US Surgeon General Luther Terry warning that smoking may be hazardous
  • 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 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

US First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
US First Lady
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Jan 15 Teamsters negotiate 1st national labor contract
  • Jan 16 AL owners vote 9-1 against Charlie Finley moving KC A's to Louisville
  • Jan 18 Plans for World Trade Center announced (NYC)
  • 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 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 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 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
  • 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 3 Black & Puerto Rican students boycott NYC public schools
  • Feb 4 FAA begins 6 month test of reactions to sonic booms over Oklahoma City

Latest Wonder of the WorldLatest Wonder of the World

Feb 6 France & Great-Britain sign accord over building channel tunnel

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Tunnel diggers from France and England meet half way. Photo: Rex Features
Tunnel diggers from France and England meet half way. Photo: Rex Features
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  • Feb 7 Baskin-Robbins introduces Beatle Nut ice cream
  • Feb 8 US Rep Martha Griffiths address gets civil rights protection for women being added to the 1964 Civil Rights Act
  • Feb 9 GI Joe character created
  • Feb 9 Hanumant Singh scores 105 India v England on debut at Delhi
  • Feb 10 Australian destroyer HMAS Voyager sinks after colliding with aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne, killing 82
  • Feb 11 Greek & Turks begin fighting in Limassol, Cyprus
  • Feb 11 Taiwan drops diplomatic relations with France
  • 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 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 18 Muriel Resnik's "Any Wednesday" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 18 Papandreou government takes power in Greece
  • Feb 25 Austrian chancellor Alfons Gorbach resigns
  • Feb 27 The government of Italy asks for help to keep the Leaning Tower of Pisa from toppling over.
  • Feb 29 LBJ reveals the US has secretly developed the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, an advanced, long‐range high-speed and high-altitude reconnaissance airplane [1]
  • Mar 4 Jimmy Hoffa convicted of jury tampering
  • Mar 5 Emergency crisis proclaimed in Ceylon due to social unrest
  • Mar 6 Constantine succeeds Paul I as king of Greece
  • Mar 6 Tom O'Hara runs world record mile (3:56.4)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 8 Malcolm X resigns from the Nation of Islam

African American Activist Malcolm X
African American Activist
Malcolm X
  • 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 & recover damages
  • Mar 10 US reconnaissance plane shot down over East Germany
  • Mar 10 Simon and Garfunkel record the first version of "The Sound of Silence" at Columbia Studios in New York City
  • Mar 12 Jimmy Hoffa sentenced to 8 years
  • Mar 12 S. N. Behrman's play "But for Whom Charlie" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 13 Turkey threatens Cyprus with armed attack

MurderMurder of Interest

Mar 14 Dallas, Texas; Jack Ruby sentenced to death for Lee Harvey Oswald's murder

Killer of Lee Harvey Oswald Jack Ruby
Killer of Lee Harvey Oswald
Jack Ruby
Former Soldier and Assassin Lee Harvey Oswald
Former Soldier and Assassin
Lee Harvey Oswald
  • Mar 15 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 16 LBJ asks Congress to pass Economic Opportunity Act as part of his War on Poverty
  • Mar 20 ESRO established, European Space Research Organization
  • Mar 23 UNCTAD 1 world conference opens in Geneva
  • Mar 24 Kennedy half-dollar issued

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 25 Britain sets memorial for the late President John F. Kennedy

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Mar 25 Egypt ends state of siege (1952-64)
  • Mar 27 1st true Pirate Radio station, Radio Caroline (England)
  • 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 Great Train Robbers sentenced to a total of 307 years behind bars
  • Mar 27 UN troops arrive in Cyprus
  • Mar 28 1st pirate radio station near England (Radio Caroline)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 30 Astronaut John Glenn withdraws from Ohio senate race

Astronaut and Politician John Glenn
Astronaut and Politician
John Glenn
  • Mar 31 President Jango Goulart of Brazil chased out of office by military
  • Apr 1 10°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in April
  • 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 US & Panama agree to resume diplomatic relations
  • 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 Iranian motor launch catches fire & sinks killing 113 (Persian Gulf)
  • Apr 13 Ian Smith becomes Prime Minister of Rhodesia
  • Apr 13 New Zealander Colin Bosher shears a record 565 sheep in 1 work day
  • 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 Ford Mustang formally introduced ($2,368 base)
  • Apr 17 Jerrie Mock becomes 1st woman to fly solo around the world

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 2 Christopher John Gray, English Anglican priest who was murdered in front of his own vicarage, born in Portsmouth, England (d. 1996) [1] [2]
  • Jan 6 Anthony Scaramucci, American financier and White House Communications Director (2017-), born in Long Island, New York

Person of interestJeff Bezos

Jan 12 Jeff Bezos, American entrepreneur and founder of Amazon, born in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Amazon Entrepreneur Jeff Bezos
Amazon Entrepreneur
Jeff Bezos
  • Jan 14 Shepard Smith, American news anchor, born in Holly Springs, Mississippi

Person of interestMichelle Obama

Jan 17 Michelle Obama, 1st African-American US First Lady (2009-16), born in DeYoung, Illinois

US First Lady Michelle Obama
US First Lady
Michelle Obama
  • Jan 19 Janine Antoni, Bahamian artist, born in Freeport, Bahamas
  • Jan 20 Kazushige Nojima, Japanese video game writer, born in Hokkaido, Japan
  • Feb 8 Trinny Woodall, British fashion guru
  • Feb 10 Mir Aimal Kansi, Pakistani perpretrator of the 1993 shootings at CIA Headquarters, born in Quetta, Pakistan (d. 2002)
  • Feb 10 Arthur Lenk, Israeli diplomat, born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Feb 11 Ken Shamrock, American martial artist, born in Macon, Georgia
  • Feb 11 Sarah Palin, American politician, born in Sandpoint, Idaho
  • Feb 13 Ylva Johansson, Swedish politician, born in Huddinge Municipality, Sweden
  • Feb 19 Dmitri Lipskerov, Russian writer
  • Feb 19 Jennifer Doudna, American biochemist (2020 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for CRISPR Gene Editing), born in Washington D.C.
  • Feb 21 Mark Kelly, American astronaut & US Navy captain, born in Orange, New Jersey
  • Feb 21 Jane Tomlinson, British cancer campaigner, born in Wakefield, United Kingdom (d. 2007)

Person of interestScott Kelly

Feb 21 Scott Kelly, American astronaut, born in Orange, New Jersey

Astronaut Scott Kelly
Astronaut
Scott Kelly
  • Feb 29 James RB Ogilvy, son of English princess Alexandra
  • Feb 29 Guy Leech, Australian iron man (World Ironman C'ship 1986; World Ocean Paddling C'ship 1994; 7 x Uncle Toby's Super Series; 2 x Coolangatta Gold), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Mar 7 Bret Easton Ellis, American writer (American Psycho), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 7 Mikhail Popkov, Russian serial killer of 55 people, born in Angarsk, USSR
  • Mar 9 Herbert Fandel, German football referee, born in Kyllburg, Germany

Person of interestPrince Edward

Mar 10 Prince Edward [Edward Anthony Richard Louis], Prince of Britain and son of Elizabeth II, born in Buckingham Palace, London

Earl of Wessex Prince Edward
Earl of Wessex
Prince Edward
  • Mar 10 David Faber, American television reporter
  • Mar 19 Barbara Lynch, American restaurateur (The Barbara Lynch Gruppo), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mar 29 Michael A. Jackson, Maryland politician, born in Cheverly, Maryland
  • Apr 3 Nigel Farage, British politician and leader of the UKIP who campaigned for Brexit, born in Downe, Kent
  • Apr 6 Phil Gayle, British news presenter (DW News, The Big Breakfast), born in Birmingham, England
  • Apr 6 Tim Walz, American politician (Rep-DFL-Minnesota 2007-19), Governor of Minnesota (2019-), born in West Point, Nebraska
  • Apr 9 Doug Ducey, American businessman and politician, Governor of Arizona (2015-), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • Apr 17 Raye Hollitt, American bodybuilder (American Gladiators), born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 18 Niall Ferguson, British historian (Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World, Civilisation: the West and the Rest), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Apr 28 Helen Taylor [Windsor], English daughter of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, born in Iver
  • Apr 28 Mark Steven Robinson, American director
  • Apr 28 L'Wren Scott [Laura Bambrough], American fashion designer and partner of Mick Jagger, born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2014)

Person of interestTony Fernandes

Apr 30 Tony Fernandes, Malaysian businessman (AirAsia), born in Kuala Lumpur

Entrepreneur Tony Fernandes
Entrepreneur
Tony Fernandes
  • May 1 Ruth Picardie, journalist
  • May 1 Sarah Armstrong-Jones, daughter of princess Margaret & Lord Snowdon
  • May 4 Zsuzsa Mathe, Hungarian painter and visual artist, founder of transrealism
  • May 7 Mustapha Zerqti, Moroccan Dutch writer (Ihtidaar hub fi el-mahd)
  • May 13 Ronnie Coleman, American bodybuilder
  • May 14 James M. Kelly, Capt USAF/astronaut, born in Burlington, Iowa
  • May 20 Earl Charles Spencer, English peer, brother of Princess Diana, born in London, England
  • May 20 Joseph Sinnott Edwards, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 20 Paul W Richards, astronaut, born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • May 23 Ruth Metzler-Arnold, member of the Swiss Federal Council
  • May 25 Ivan Bella, Slovak cosmonaut (first Slovak citizen to fly in space), born in Brezno, Czechoslovakia
  • May 31 Leonard Asper, Canadian businessman
  • Jun 14 Peter Gilliver, English lexicographer, born in Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, England
  • Jun 18 Uday Hussein, Iraqi leader (d. 2003)

Person of interestBoris Johnson

Jun 19 Boris Johnson, British Conservative politician, (Prime Minister, 2019-present; Mayor of London, 2008-2016), born in NYC, New York

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson

Person of interestDan Brown

Jun 22 Dan Brown, American author of thriller fiction (The Da Vinci Code), born in Exeter, New Hampshire

Author Dan Brown
Author
Dan Brown
  • Jun 25 Greg Raymer, American professional poker player, born in Minot, North Dakota
  • Jun 26 Zeng Jinlian, tallest woman known (2.46 m, 8'1"), born in Hunan, China (d. 1982)
  • Jun 28 Tommy Lynn Sells, American serial killer, born in Oakland, California (d. 2014)
  • Jul 2 Charles Robinson, American wrestling referee
  • Jul 3 Joanne Harris, British author (Chocolat), born in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England
  • Jul 5 Mark H Lascells, grandson of English princess Mary
  • Jul 8 Maryalice Demler, TV journalist and anchor, Miss New York (1991), born in North Tonawanda, New York
  • Jul 11 Kyrill, Prince of Preslav, titular Bulgarian royal family
  • Jul 18 Wendy Williams, American TV and radio host (The Wendy Williams Show), born in Asbury Park, New Jersey
  • Jul 19 André A. Jackson, founder African Diamond Producers Association
  • Jul 20 Terri Irwin, American naturalist; widow of Steve Irwin
  • Jul 22 Don Van Natta, Jr., American journalist
  • Jul 23 Ed Forchion, American marijuana activist (NJWeedman), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • Jul 24 Banana Yoshimoto, Japanese author
  • Jul 26 Anne Provoost, Belgian author (In the Shadow of the Ark), born in Poperinge, Belgium
  • Jul 26 Ralf Metzenmacher, German painter and designer, born in Aachen, Germany
  • Aug 3 Joan E Higginbotham, American engineer and NASA astronaut, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 4 Gary King, British radio presenter
  • Aug 7 John Birmingham, Australian author, born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Aug 8 Anastasia Ashman, American writer and digital strategist (GlobalNiche), born in Berkeley, California

Person of interestGiuseppe Conte

Aug 8 Giuseppe Conte, Italian jurist and politician, Prime Minister of Italy (2018-), born in Volturara Appula, Italy

Prime Minister of Italy Giuseppe Conte
Prime Minister of Italy
Giuseppe Conte
  • Aug 9 Hoda Kotb, American television news anchor
  • Aug 11 Jim Lee, Korean-born comic book artist
  • Aug 14 Brannon Braga, American scriptwriter, born in Bozeman, Montana

Person of interestMelinda Gates

Aug 15 Melinda Gates, American philanthropist and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, born in Dallas, Texas

Philanthropist Melinda Gates
Philanthropist
Melinda Gates
  • Aug 19 Pete Ricketts, American businessman (TD Ameritrade) and politician, Governor of Nebraska (2015-), born in Nebraska City
  • Aug 23 Kong Hee, Singaporean founder and Senior Pastor of the City Harvest movement in Asia
  • Aug 24 Salizhan Sharipov, Kyrgyzstani cosmonaut (STS-89), born in Uzgen, Kyrgyzstan
  • Aug 25 Timothy Nicholson, journalist
  • Aug 25 Maxim Kontsevich, Russian mathematician, born in Khimki, Russia
  • Aug 26 Daphne Caruana Galizia, Maltese journalist (Panama Papers), born in Sliema, Malta (d. 2017)
  • Aug 31 Raymond P. Hammond, American poet and editor
  • Sep 3 Adam Curry, Internet entrepreneur
  • Sep 4 Anthony Weiner, American politician (Rep-NY 1999-2011) and sex offender, born in New York City, New York
  • Sep 8 Michael Johns, American conservative commentator and policy analyst, born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 10 John E. Sununu, American politician (S-(R)-New Hampshire 2003-09), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Person of interestJack Ma

Sep 10 Jack Ma, Chinese entrepreneur and founder of Alibaba Group, born in Hangzhou, China

Alibaba Entrepreneur Jack Ma
Alibaba Entrepreneur
Jack Ma
  • Sep 13 Simegnew Bekele, Ethiopian dam engineer (Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam), born in Maksegnit, Ethiopia (d. 2018)
  • Sep 15 Ryoko Kikuchi, Zama City, Kanagawa, Japanese cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-11) and reporter
  • Sep 15 Róbert Fico, Slovak Prime minister
  • Sep 25 Gary Ayles, British racing driver
  • Sep 25 Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Spanish writer (Shadow of the Wind), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2020)
  • Sep 30 Stephen N Frick, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 5 Malik Saidullaev Chechen businessman
  • Oct 5 Warren E. Miller, Maryland politician
  • Oct 7 Dan Savage, American sex-columnist and author, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 13 Niè Hǎishèng, Chinese military pilot and CNSA astronaut, born in Zaoyang, Hubei, China

Weddings in History


LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 9 Serial killer John Wayne Gacy (22) weds co-worker Marlynn Myers

Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy
Serial Killer
John Wayne Gacy
  • Apr 29 Princess Irene marries Spanish prince Carel Hugo de Bourbon Parma
  • Jul 31 George Lascelles marries Patricia Tuckwell

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 29 46th US Vice President Dick Cheney (23) weds Lynne Ann Vincent (23) at the First Presbyterian Church of Casper in Wyoming

46th Vice President of the United States Dick Cheney
46th Vice President of the United States
Dick Cheney
  • Sep 18 Greek king Constantine II marries Danish princess Anne-Marie

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 19 Author Peter Benchley (24) weds Winifred B. Wesson

Jaws Novelist Peter Benchley
Jaws Novelist
Peter Benchley

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 20 Fashion designer Ralph Lauren (25) weds Ricky Anne Loew-Beer in NYC, New York

Fashion Designer Ralph Lauren
Fashion Designer
Ralph Lauren

Deaths in History

  • Jan 1 Bechara El Khoury, President of Lebanon, dies at 73
  • Jan 6 Edgar Maass, German/American author (Verdun), dies at 67
  • Jan 8 Arnoldus JC Krafft, theologist (Atlas of Netherlands Antilles), dies at 71
  • Jan 8 Julius Raab, Austrian Chancellor (1953-61), dies at 72
  • Jan 9 Halide Edib Adevar/Salih, Turkish feminist (Handan), dies at about 80
  • Jan 10 A Marja, Dutch author (Man of Day & Night), dies at 46

Person of interestT. H. White

Jan 17 T. H. White, English novelist (England Have My Bones) and author of the King Arthur novels, dies of heart failure at 57

Author T. H. White
Author
T. H. White
  • Jan 24 Stuart Davis, American modernist painter, dies at 71
  • Jan 30 Berthold Altaner, German church historian, dies at 80
  • Feb 3 Sir Albert Richardson, English architect (b. 1880)
  • Feb 4 Siegfried T Bok, neurobiologist/anatomist (Cybernetica), dies at 71
  • Feb 6 Sophocles Venizelos, premier of Greece (1944, 50-51), dies at 69
Revolutionary and 1st President of the Philippines Emilio Aguinaldo
Revolutionary and 1st President of the Philippines
Emilio Aguinaldo
  • Feb 7 Hermann A J Kees, German egyptologist, dies at 77
  • Feb 8 Tom Terriss, English director (His Buddy's Wife, Sumuru), dies at 91
  • Feb 10 Eugen Sänger, Austrian aerospace engineer (b. 1905)
  • Feb 12 Gerald Gardner, British occultist and Wiccan (founding the tradition of Gardnerian Wicca), dies at 79
  • Feb 13 Werner Heyde, German psychiatrist, one of the main organizers of Nazi Germany's T-4 Euthanasia Program, dies at 61
  • Feb 15 Robert L. Thornton, American businessman and politician (b. 1880)
  • Feb 18 Joseph-Armand Bombardier, Quebec inventor and industrialist (b. 1907)
  • Feb 25 Alexander Archipenko, Ukrainian-American sculptor and water colors painter, dies at 76
  • Feb 25 Grace Metalious, American writer (b. 1924)
  • Feb 27 Orry-Kelly, Australian costume designer (b. 1897)
  • Feb 28 Dirk Filarski, Dutch painter and lithographer (Bergen School), dies at 78se
  • Feb 29 Victor van Straelen, Flemish biologist and paleontologist, dies at 74
  • Mar 6 King Paul I, King of Greece (1947-64), dies at 62
  • Mar 7 Franz Alexander, Hungarian American psycho analyst, dies at 73
  • Mar 9 Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, Prussian general and politician, dies at 93
  • Mar 13 Catherine "Kitty" Genovese, stabbed to death in Queens; almost 40 witnesses but no rescuers
  • Mar 18 Norbert Wiener, American mathematician (founded cybernetics), dies at 69

Person of interestBrendan Behan

Mar 20 Brendan Behan, Irish author and poet (Borstal Boy, The Hostage), dies at 41

Irish Poet and Playwright Brendan Behan
Irish Poet and Playwright
Brendan Behan
  • Mar 23 Vassily Vainonen, Russian ballet choreographer (Gayaneh), dies at 66
  • Mar 26 Hedwig Kohn, Prussian-born Jewish physics pioneer, dies at 77
  • Mar 30 Nellallitea "Nella" Larsen [Nellie Walker], African-American Harlem Renaissance novelist (Quicksand, Passing), dies at 72
  • Apr 2 Josef Klaus, Chancellor of Austria (1966-70), dies at 90

Person of interestDouglas MacArthur

Apr 5 Douglas MacArthur, US general (Pacific theater-WW II), dies at 84

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur

Person of interestRachel Carson

Apr 14 Rachel Carson, American marine biologist, conservationist and author (Silent Spring), dies at 56

Marine Biologist and Writer Rachel Carson
Marine Biologist and Writer
Rachel Carson
  • Apr 14 Tatyana Afanasyeva, Russian-Dutch mathematician and physicist (fields of statistical mechanics and statistical thermodynamics), dies at 87
  • Apr 18 Ben Hecht, American playwright (Child of the Century), dies at 71
  • Apr 24 Gerhard Domagk, German bacteriologist (Nobel Prize 1939 in Physiology or Medicine - first commercially available antibiotic and marketed under the brand name Prontosil), dies at 68
  • Apr 26 Edwin John Pratt, Canadian poet (Towards the Last Spike), dies at 81
  • Apr 26 Pieter van der Lijn, Dutch geologist (Boulder Book), dies at 93
  • Apr 27 Georg Britting, German poet, dies at 73
  • Apr 28 Rolf de Maré, Swedish art collector & museum director, dies at 75
  • Apr 29 Albert Saverys, Flemish painter, dies at 77

Person of interestNancy Astor

May 2 Nancy Astor, American born British politician, 1st female MP in UK House of Commons, dies at 84

1st Female MP in the United Kingdom Nancy Astor
1st Female MP in the United Kingdom
Nancy Astor
  • May 10 Mikhail Larionov, Russian painter (b. 1881)
  • May 15 Cornelis H Edelman, Dutch geologist, dies at 61
  • May 15 Vladko Maček, Kingdom of Yugoslavia deputy prime minister (b. 1879)
  • May 17 Otto V. Kuusinen, Finnish politician (founder of the Finnish Communist Party), dies at 82
  • May 21 James Franck, German-born physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1882)

Person of interestJawaharlal Nehru

May 27 Jawaharlal Nehru, 1st Prime Minister of India (1947-64) and important leader of the Indian independence movement, dies of an assumed heart attack at 74

1st Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru
1st Prime Minister of India
Jawaharlal Nehru

Person of interestLeó Szilárd

May 30 Leo Szilard, Hungarian-German-American nuclear physicist (Manhattan Project) and peace activist, dies at 66

Physicist and Inventor Leó Szilárd
Physicist and Inventor
Leó Szilárd
  • Jun 3 Frans Eemil Sillanpää, Finnish writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1888)
  • Jun 4 Samuil Marshak, Russian-Soviet writer, translator and children's poem poet, dies at 76
  • Jun 9 [William Maxwell] Max Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook, Canadian British newspaper owner (Leatherhead), dies at 85
  • Jun 11 Frank D. Smith, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame administrator (Beaches/Greater Toronto Hockey League), dies at 70
  • Jun 21 Andrew Goodman, US civil rights activist, murdered at 20
  • Jun 21 James Chaney, US civil rights activist, murdered at 21
  • Jun 21 Michael Schwerner, American civil rights activist, murdered at 21
  • Jun 22 Havank [HF van der Kallen], detective writer (Shade), dies at 60
  • Jun 25 Gerrit T Rietveld, Dutch architect (Sonsbeekpaviljoen), dies at 76
  • Jun 26 Léo Dandurand, American-Canadian hockey executive, dies at 74
  • Jul 11 Maurice Thorez, French politician and secretary-general (French Communist Party), dies at 64
  • Jul 20 Anna Vyrubova, Russian lady-in-waiting, the best friend and confidante of Tsaritsa Alexandra Fyodorovna, dies at 80
  • Jul 23 Jan de Vries, Dutch scholar of Germanic linguistics and Germanic mythology, dies at 74
  • Jul 24 Erwin Finlay-Freundlich, British astronomer (theory of relativity), dies at 79
  • Aug 3 Flannery O'Connor, writer (Good Man is Hard to Find), dies at 39
  • Aug 5 Moa Martinson, Swedish writer (My Mother Gets Married), dies at 73
  • Aug 13 Peter Anthony Allen is the last person executed (for murder) in England and United Kingdom at Walton Prison, Liverpool
  • Aug 21 Palmiro Togliatti, Italian politician and founder of the Communist Party of Italy, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 71
  • Sep 2 Francisco Craveiro Lopes, 12th President of Portugal (1951-58), dies at 70
  • Sep 2 Glenn Albert Black, American archaeologist, dies at 64
  • Sep 2 Alvin York, American World War I soldier who led a famed attack on a German machine gun nest (Medal of Honor), dies at 76
  • Sep 3 Stewart Holbrook, American author (b. 1893)
  • Sep 4 W Bergengruen, writer, dies at 71
  • Sep 16 Leo Weismantel, German writer (Das Totenliebespar), dies at 76
  • Sep 18 Sean O'Casey, Irish playwright (The Plough and the Stars), dies at 84
  • Sep 18 Clive Bell, English art critic, dies at 83
  • Sep 18 J. Frank Dobie, American folklorist and newspaper columnist, dies at 75
  • Sep 21 Jim Koethe, Dallas Times Herald reporter, killed by karate chop
  • Sep 28 Mikhail Svetlov, Russian poet and writer, dies at 61
  • Oct 6 Richard Scheibe, German sculptor (Adler mit Hakenkreuz), dies at 85
  • Oct 7 Eugen Varga, Hungarian-Russian economist and politician, dies at 84
  • Oct 8 Charles Hodge, NYU professor (Answers for Americans), dies at 69
  • Oct 10 Konrad Bayer, Ausrian writer, commits suicide at 31
  • Oct 12 J Howard Frazer, USTA pres, dies in office
  • Oct 19 Nettie Palmer, Australian poet and essayist (Henry Handel Richardson: A Study), dies at 79

Person of interestHerbert Hoover

Oct 20 Herbert Hoover, 31st President of US (1929-33), dies in NY at 90

31st US President Herbert Hoover
31st US President
Herbert Hoover
  • Oct 20 Miles WL Killearn of Killearn, baron/diplomat (Egypt), dies at 84
  • Oct 22 Khawaja Nazimuddin, 2nd Prime Minister of Pakistan and President of Pakistan Muslim League, dies at 70
  • Oct 26 Agnes Miegel, writer, dies
  • Oct 27 Willi Bredel, German writer, dies at 63
  • Oct 28 Reginald Horace Blyth, Zen teacher/scholar, dies in Japan at 66
  • Oct 31 Theodore Freeman, American astronaut, dies at 34 in a T-38 jet air crash, 1st NASA astronaut fatality
  • Nov 5 Lansdale Sasscer, U.S. Congressman for Maryland's 5th District (b. 1893)
  • Nov 5 Mabel Lucie Attwell, English children's author and illustrator, dies at 85
  • Nov 6 Hans von Euler-Chelpin, German-born Swedish biochemist who investigated the fermentation of sugar and enzymes (Nobel 1929), dies at 91
  • Nov 11 H[enry] Beam Piper, American sci-fi author (4 Day Planet), dies at 60
  • Nov 14 Heinrich von Brentano, German politician (Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs), dies at 60