On This Day

December 1964 in History

Events in History

Historic Event

Dec 1 Martin Luther King Jr. speaks to J. Edgar Hoover about his slander campaign

  • Dec 3 Police arrests 800 sit-in students at University of California at Berkeley
  • Dec 5 Captain Roger Donlon is awarded the first Medal of Honor of the Vietnam War for successfully repelling a large Viet Cong attack
  • Dec 6 "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" 1st airs on TV

Historic Event

Dec 6 President Antonio Segni of Italy resigns

Nobel Prize

Dec 10 Nobel Peace Prize presented to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Oslo, Norway

Nobel Prize

Dec 10 Dorothy Hodgkin is the first British woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for work on penicillin and vitamin B12

United Nations Speech

Dec 11 Che Guevara speaks at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. An unknown terrorist fires a mortar shell at the building during the speech.

Historic Event

Dec 11 "Time" magazine calls Susan Sontag "one of Manhattan's brightest intellectuals" in a review of her groundbreaking essay "Notes on Camp"

Historic Event

Dec 13 In El Paso, Texas, LBJ & Mexican President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz set off an explosion diverting Rio Grande, to reshape US-Mexico border

  • Dec 14 Michael Brown meets Renee Fladen, then writes "Walk Away Renee"
  • Dec 15 Canada's House of Commons votes 163 to 78 to approve the red Maple Leaf Flag
  • Dec 16 US performs nuclear test at Pacific Ocean
  • Dec 18 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 20 Levi Eshkol forms 12th Israeli government
  • Dec 22 First flight of the US aircraft Lockheed SR-71, reaches 3,530 kph (record for a jet)
  • Dec 23 India & Ceylon hit by cyclone, about 4,850 killed
  • Dec 26 Moors Murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley claim last victim

Historic Event

Dec 30 Edward Albee's "Tiny Alice" premieres in NYC

  • Dec 31 Donald Campbell (UK) sets world water speed record (276.33 mph)
  • Dec 31 Indonesia proclaims expelled from the UN

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 10 Bobby Flay, American celebrity chef and restaurateur, born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 11 John Mark Karr, American who claimed involvement in JonBenét Ramsey case
  • Dec 18 Pierre Nkurunziza, President of Burundi (2005-20), born in Ngozi, Burundi (d. 2020)
  • Dec 26 Elizabeth Kostova, American author (The Historian), born in New London, Connecticut

Weddings in History

Ralph Lauren

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

Deaths in History

  • Dec 1 J. B. S. Haldane, British-Indian geneticist (primordial soup theory), dies at 72
  • Dec 3 Ernst Ginsberg, writer, dies
  • Dec 6 Consuelo Vanderbilt (b. 1877)
  • Dec 9 Edith Sitwell, English poet and author (Wheels), dies at 77
  • Dec 17 Victor Franz Hess, Austrian-born physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1883)
  • Dec 21 Carl Van Vechten, American writer famous for the controversial novel "Nigger Heaven", dies at 84
  • Dec 29 Bernard von Brentano, German writer (Big Cats), dies at 63
  • Dec 30 Andrés Soriano, Spanish Filipino industrialist (San Miguel Brewery, Philippine Airlines), dies of pancreatic cancer at 66
  • Dec 31 Ólafur Thors, Icelandic Prime Minister (5 times between 1942-63), dies at 72