On This Day

August 1964 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 1 ALM (Antillian Airlines) begins operation
  • Aug 2 Dutch government gives Indonesia export guarantees
  • Aug 2 North Vietnam fires on a US destroyer in the Gulf of Tonkin incident which would eventually escalate US involvement in the Vietnam War
  • Aug 2 Race riot in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Aug 4 Bodies of civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James E. Chaney discovered in an earthen Mississippi dam
  • Aug 4 North Vietnam torpedoes US ships in the Gulf of Tonkin
  • Aug 5 Congo rebellion: Christopher Gbenye/Pierre Mulele conquer Stanleyville
  • Aug 5 US begins bombing North Vietnam

BeatificationCatholic Encyclical

Aug 6 Pope Paul VI publishes encyclical Ecclesiam Suam

Pope Paul VI
Pope
Paul VI
  • Aug 6 Prometheus, the world's oldest tree aged at least 4,862 years old, is accidentally cut down in Nevada, USA
  • Aug 7 Turkey begins air attack on Greek Cypriots
  • Aug 7 US Congress approves Gulf of Tonkin resolution
  • Aug 11 Race riot in Paterson NJ
  • Aug 12 10th time Mantle switch-hits HR in a game, one goes 502 feet
  • Aug 12 Race riot in Elizabeth, NJ
  • Aug 13 1st broadcast by Trans World Radio on Bonaire

  • Aug 14 Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait and Syria form common market
  • Aug 15 Race riot in Dixmoor (Chicago suburb) Ill
  • Aug 16 St Louis Card Curt Flood gets 8 straight hits in a doubleheader
  • Aug 18 Charles Helu elected president of Lebanon
  • Aug 18 USSR launch 3 Kosmos satellites
  • Aug 19 Communication satellite Syncom 3 launched

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Aug 22 Guinee, Liberia & Ivory Coast form joint market

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Civil Rights Activist Fannie Lou Hamer
Civil Rights Activist
Fannie Lou Hamer
  • 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, NJ
  • 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 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

Birthdays in History

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

Weddings in History


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

Deaths in History

  • 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