On This Day

March 1964 in History

Events in History

  • 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)
  • 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
  • Mar 15 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

Mar 25 Britain sets memorial for the late 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)

Historic Event

Mar 30 Astronaut John Glenn withdraws from Ohio senate race

  • Mar 31 President Jango Goulart of Brazil chased out of office by military

Birthdays in History

  • 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

Prince Edward

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

  • 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

Deaths in History

  • 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

Brendan Behan

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

  • 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