On This Day

April 1964 in History

Events in History

  • 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
  • Apr 18 Artisans strike in Belgium ends
  • Apr 19 Rightist coup in Laos, Suvanna Phuma remains premier
  • Apr 20 86% of black students boycott Cleveland schools
  • Apr 22 World's Fair at Flushing Meadow, Corona Park, NY opens
  • Apr 23 New York State Theater opens
  • Apr 24 Mexico becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty
  • Apr 26 Tanganyika & Zanzibar form The United Republic of Tanganyika & Zanzibar
  • Apr 28 Japan joins the OECD
  • Apr 29 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Birthdays in History

  • 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)

Weddings in History

John Wayne Gacy

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

  • Apr 29 Princess Irene marries Spanish prince Carel Hugo de Bourbon Parma

Deaths in History

Rachel Carson

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

  • 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