May 1964 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 1st BASIC program runs on a computer (Dartmouth)
  • May 2 First ascent of Shishapangma the fourteenth highest mountain in the world and lowest of the Eight-thousanders
  • May 2 Mad Dog Vachon beats Verne Gagne in Omaha, to become NWA champ
  • May 4 "Another World" premieres on TV in the US
  • May 4 70 GATT-countries confer in Geneva
  • May 4 Pulitzer prize awarded to Richard Hofstadter (Anti-intellectualism)
  • May 5 Separatists riot in Quebec
  • May 6 Joe Orton's play "Entertaining Mr Sloan" premieres in London

Event of Interest

May 9 Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev visits Egypt

  • May 12 Italian diplomat and politician Manlio Brosio chosen as secretary-general of NATO
  • May 15 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 16 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 16 Verne Gagne beats Mad Dog Vachon in Omaha, to become NWA champ
  • May 18 US Supreme Court rules it unconstitutional to deprive naturalized citizens of citizenship if they return to home country for more than 3 years
  • May 19 US diplomats find at least 40 secret microphones in Moscow embassy
  • May 21 1st nuclear-powered lighthouse begins operations (Chesapeake Bay)
  • May 21 Fire in Belgian resort kills 19
  • May 21 US begin intelligence flights above Laos

Event of Interest

May 22 LBJ presents "Great Society"

  • May 25 Ground is broken for new Busch Memorial Stadium in St Louis; opens in 1966, demolished in 2005
  • May 25 US Supreme Court rules closing schools to avoid desegregation is unconstitutional
  • May 28 Palestine National Congress forms the PLO in Jerusalem
  • May 28 Unmanned Apollo 2 Saturn test launched into Earth orbit
  • May 30 Giants sweep Mets 5-3 & 8-6 in 23 inn, records include elapsed time of 9:50, 47 strikeouts, 7:22 for 2nd game & NY's 22 K's in 2nd games
  • May 31 Charles Schmid kills first Pied Piper victim

Birthdays in History

  • May 1 Ruth Picardie, journalist
  • May 1 Sarah Armstrong-Jones, daughter of princess Margaret & Lord Snowdon
  • May 4 Zsuzsa Mathe, Hungarian painter and visual artist, founder of transrealism
  • May 7 Brian Kilmeade, American TV and radio host (Fox and Friends, The Brian Kilmeade Show), born in Massapequa, New York
  • May 7 Mustapha Zerqti, Moroccan Dutch writer (Ihtidaar hub fi el-mahd)
  • May 13 Ronnie Coleman, American bodybuilder
  • May 14 James M. Kelly, Capt USAF/astronaut, born in Burlington, Iowa
  • May 20 Earl Charles Spencer, English peer, brother of Diana, Princess of Wales, born in London, England
  • May 20 Joseph Sinnott Edwards, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 20 Paul W Richards, astronaut, born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • May 23 Ruth Metzler-Arnold, member of the Swiss Federal Council
  • May 25 Ivan Bella, Slovak cosmonaut who was the 1st Slovak citizen to fly in space, born in Brezno, Czechoslovakia
  • May 31 Leonard Asper, Canadian businessman (CanWest), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Deaths in History

Nancy AstorNancy Astor (1879-1964)

May 2 American born British politician, 1st female MP in UK House of Commons, dies at 84

  • May 5 Howard Zahniser, American environmental activist (father of Wilderness Act), dies of heart failure at 58
  • May 10 Mikhail Larionov, Russian painter (b. 1881)
  • May 15 Cornelis Hendrik Edelman, Dutch geologist, dies at 61
  • May 15 Vladko Maček, Kingdom of Yugoslavia deputy prime minister (b. 1879)
  • May 17 Otto V. Kuusinen, Finnish politician (founder of the Finnish Communist Party), dies at 82
  • May 21 James Franck, German-born American physicist (Nobel Prize for Physics 1925), dies at 81

Jawaharlal NehruJawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964)

May 27 1st Prime Minister of India (1947-64) and important leader of the Indian independence movement, dies of an assumed heart attack at 74

Leó SzilárdLeó Szilárd (1898-1964)

May 30 Hungarian-German-American nuclear physicist (Manhattan Project) and peace activist, dies at 66