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February 1964 in History

Events in History

  • 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

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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 23 Charlie Finley signs a 4 year lease to keep A's in Kansas City
  • 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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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]

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson

Birthdays in History

  • 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

Deaths in History

  • 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