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October 1964 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 1 1st official broadcast of Trans World Radio on Bonaire
  • Oct 1 2nd Dutch televisienet begins broadcastings
  • Oct 1 Free Speech Movement launched at University of California, Berkley
  • Oct 1 San Francisco cable cars declared a national landmark
  • Oct 4 -7] Hurricane Hilda, kills 38 in La, Miss & Ga
  • Oct 4 3 cars of a commuter train derails in South Africa killing 81
  • Oct 4 Italian Autostrada del Sol opens at Milan-Naples
  • Oct 5 San Francisco Fire Department Museum dedicated
  • Oct 8 Gilroy Roberts becomes first US chief engraver to retire (than die)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 8 Ringo Starr passes his driving test

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • Oct 12 Launch of Voskhod 1, first time 3 people in space (Komarov, Feokistov, Yegorov)
  • Oct 13 At Plesman airport, Curacao, 125.5 mm rainfalls (record)
  • Oct 13 Voskhod 1 crew returns

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Oct 14 Martin Luther King Jr. announced as winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Oct 14 Martin Walser's "Der Schwarze Schwan," premieres in Stuttgart
  • Oct 14 Philips begins experimenting with color TV

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

Oct 14 Premier Nikita Khrushchev replaced by Leonid Brezhnev as General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party

Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet General Secretary
Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
  • Oct 15 Craig Breedlove sets auto speed record of 846.97 kph
  • Oct 16 China becomes world's 5th nuclear power

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Oct 16 Harold Wilson's Labour party wins British election

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson
  • Oct 16 Indians' directors vote to keep franchise in Cleveland, rejecting bids by Seattle, Oakland & Dallas
  • Oct 20 Mad Dog Vachon beats Verne Gagne in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Oct 22 French philosopher and author Jean-Paul Sartre refuses Nobel prize

  • Oct 22 US performs underground nuclear test at Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Oct 23 Time Magazine uses term "op art" for 1st time
  • Oct 24 Belgian paratroops liberate 1,000 white hostages in Stanleyville
  • Oct 24 Zambia (formerly Northern Rhodesia) gains independence from Britain (National Day) with Kenneth Kaunda becoming President
  • Oct 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 26 Eric Edgar Cooke becomes last person in Western Australia to be executed.
  • Oct 27 Congo rebel leader Christopher Gbenye holds 60 Americans & 800 Belgians
  • Oct 29 Star of India & other jewels are stolen in NY
  • Oct 29 Town of Karmi'el founded in Galilee
  • Oct 29 The United Republic of Tanganyika & Zanzibar renamed The United Republic of Tanzania
  • Oct 30 Tran Van Huong appointed premier of South Vietnam

Windmill Girls Get Dressed And Leave TownWindmill Girls Get Dressed And Leave Town

Oct 31 London's notorious Windmill Theatre closes

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A queue forms in the 1960s for another Revudeville at the Windmill theatre
A queue forms in the 1960s for another Revudeville at the Windmill theatre
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Birthdays in History

  • Oct 5 Malik Saidullaev Chechen businessman
  • Oct 5 Warren E. Miller, Maryland politician
  • Oct 7 Dan Savage, American sex-columnist and author, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 13 Niè Hǎishèng, Chinese military pilot and CNSA astronaut, born in Zaoyang, Hubei, China
  • Oct 14 Olu Oguibe, Nigerian born American artist, born in Aba, Eastern Nigera
  • Oct 15 Roberto Vittori, Italian air force officer and ESA astronaut, born in Viterbo, Lazio, Italy
  • Oct 16 Stephen Paul "Steve" Lamacq [Lammo], British disc jockey (BBC Radio 6), born in Islington, London

Person of interestKamala Harris

Oct 20 Kamala Harris, American lawyer and politician, 1st African-American, Asian-American attorney general of California, born in Oakland, California

US Senator and VP Nominee Kamala Harris
US Senator and VP Nominee
Kamala Harris
  • Oct 30 Sandra Magnus, American engineer and NASA astronaut (STS-119 Discovery), born in Belleville, Illinois
  • Oct 30 Howard Lederer, American poker player, born in Concord, New Hampshire
  • Oct 31 Colm Ó Cíosóig, Irish drummer (My Bloody Valentine, Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions), born in Dublin, Ireland

Deaths in History

  • Oct 6 Richard Scheibe, German sculptor (Adler mit Hakenkreuz), dies at 85
  • Oct 7 Eugen Varga, Hungarian-Russian economist and politician, dies at 84
  • Oct 8 Charles Hodge, NYU professor (Answers for Americans), dies at 69
  • Oct 10 Konrad Bayer, Ausrian writer, commits suicide at 31
  • Oct 12 J Howard Frazer, USTA pres, dies in office
  • Oct 19 Nettie Palmer, Australian poet and essayist (Henry Handel Richardson: A Study), dies at 79

Person of interestHerbert Hoover

Oct 20 Herbert Hoover, 31st President of US (1929-33), dies in NY at 90

31st US President Herbert Hoover
31st US President
Herbert Hoover
  • Oct 20 Miles WL Killearn of Killearn, baron/diplomat (Egypt), dies at 84
  • Oct 22 Khawaja Nazimuddin, 2nd Prime Minister of Pakistan and President of Pakistan Muslim League, dies at 70
  • Oct 26 Agnes Miegel, writer, dies
  • Oct 27 Willi Bredel, German writer, dies at 63
  • Oct 28 Reginald Horace Blyth, Zen teacher/scholar, dies in Japan at 66
  • Oct 31 Theodore Freeman, American astronaut, dies at 34 in a T-38 jet air crash, 1st NASA astronaut fatality