On This Day

1964 in History (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 334

  • Apr 17 Jerrie Mock becomes 1st woman to fly solo around the world
  • Apr 18 Artisans strike in Belgium ends
  • Apr 18 Van Joe Orton's "Entertaining Mr Sloane"
  • Apr 19 Rightist coup in Laos, Suvanna Phuma remains premier
  • Apr 20 86% of black students boycott Cleveland schools
  • Apr 22 World's Fair at Flushing Meadow, Corona Park, NY opens
  • Apr 23 New York State Theater opens
  • Apr 24 Mexico becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty
  • Apr 26 Tanganyika & Zanzibar form The United Republic of Tanganyika & Zanzibar
  • Apr 28 Japan joins the OECD
  • Apr 29 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 1 1st BASIC program runs on a computer (Dartmouth)
  • May 2 Mad Dog Vachon beats Verne Gagne in Omaha, to become NWA champ
  • May 2 First ascent of Shishapangma the fourteenth highest mountain in the world and lowest of the Eight-thousanders
  • 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

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May 9 Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev visits Egypt

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
  • May 12 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

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May 22 LBJ presents "Great Society"

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • May 24 18th Tony Awards: Luther & Hello Dolly win
  • May 25 Frank Gilroy's "Subject is Roses" premieres in NYC
  • May 25 Ground is broken for a new stadium in St Louis
  • May 25 US Supreme Court rules closing schools to avoid desegregation is unconstitutional

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May 28 Jawaharlal Nehru cremated in New Delhi

1st Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru
1st Prime Minister of India
Jawaharlal Nehru
  • 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

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Jun 1 Kenya becomes a republic with Jomo Kenyatta as its 1st President

Founding Father of Kenya Jomo Kenyatta
Founding Father of Kenya
Jomo Kenyatta

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Jun 3 Ringo Starr collapses from tonsillitis and pharyngitis

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • Jun 4 Maldives adopts constitution
  • Jun 6 Under a temporary order, the rocket launches at Cuxhaven, Germany, are terminated, though they never resume
  • Jun 9 Lal Bahadur Shastri becomes Prime Minister of India after being selected by the ruling Congress Party after Jawaharlal Nehru passed away
  • Jun 10 Southern filibuster on civil rights bill ends; cloture invoked
  • Jun 11 Manfred Mann record Do Wah Diddy Diddy Dum Diddy Do
  • Jun 11 West Germany seeks talks with Czechoslovakia

Nelson Mandela Begins 27 Years in JailNelson Mandela Begins 27 Years in Jail

Jun 12 Nelson Mandela is sentenced to life in prison in South Africa

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Nelson Mandela and Diana, Princess of Wales, share a fun moment in March 1997
Nelson Mandela and Diana, Princess of Wales, share a fun moment in March 1997
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  • Jun 15 Last French troops leave Algeria
  • Jun 16 Quake strikes Niigata, Japan
  • Jun 18 African Groundnut Council forms in Dakar
  • Jun 19 Civil Rights Act of 1964 passes 73-27

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Jun 19 Luther Burbank Home and Gardens, home of the famous horticulturist, is designated a National Historical Landmark in Santa Rosa, California

Horticulturist Luther Burbank
Horticulturist
Luther Burbank
  • Jun 21 Byron De La Beckwith arrested for the murder of civil rights activist Medger Evers, found guilty 30 yr later
  • Jun 21 Three civil rights workers, Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney, disappear after being released from a Mississippi jail, later found murdered by members of the Ku Klux Klan
  • Jun 23 General Maxwell Taylor appointed US ambassador in South Vietnam
  • Jun 24 FTC rules health warnings must appear on all cigarette packages
  • Jun 24 In South Africa, the 90-Days Act commences, providing for any person to be detained, without trial, for 90 days; further, the person could be re-arrested under the same law for another 90 days
  • Jun 25 Prince A Taylor becomes first African American methodist bishop (NJ)
  • Jun 26 Blacks & Whites riot over racial segregation in St Augustine
  • Jun 26 Moise Tsjombe forms government in Congo

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Jun 28 Organization for Afro-American Unity formed in New York by Malcolm X

African American Activist Malcolm X
African American Activist
Malcolm X
  • Jun 29 Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed after 83-day filibuster in the US Senate
  • Jun 30 Centaur 3 launch vehicle fails to make Earth orbit
  • Jun 30 Last UN troops leave Congo
  • Jul 2 Grand jury indicts Byron De La Beckwith in murder of Medger Evers
  • Jul 2 US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act into law

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Jul 2 Architect Le Corbusier is made Grand Officiers of the Légion d'honneur

Architect and City Planner Le Corbusier
Architect and City Planner
Le Corbusier
  • Jul 6 Malawi (formerly Nyasaland) declares independence from UK
  • Jul 10 Jesus Alou is 1st Giant in 40 years to get 6 hits in a game
  • Jul 10 Moïse Tshombé, leader of the Confederation of Tribal Associations of Katanga, becomes Prime Minister of the Congo
  • Jul 14 Oriole Bob Johnson's 6th straight hit as a pinch hitter
  • Jul 15 Barry M Goldwater (Sen-R-Az) nominated for president by Republicans
  • Jul 16 Republican convention selects Barry Goldwater as presidential candidate
  • Jul 17 Don Campbell sets record for turbine vehicle, 690.91 kph (429.31 mph)
  • Jul 17 Great Britain performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site

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Jul 17 ANC leader Nelson Mandela, recently sentenced to life imprisonment, is awarded the Joliot Curie Gold Medal for Peace

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • Jul 18 Race riot in Harlem (NYC); riots spread to Bedford-Stuyvesant (Brooklyn)
  • Jul 19 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 20 1st surfin' record to go #1-Jan & Dean's "Surf City"
  • Jul 21 Arnold Long takes 11 catches in the match for Surrey v Sussex
  • Jul 21 Last Dutch whaling ship Willem Barents Sea sold to Japan
  • Jul 21 Race riots in Singapore between Chinese and Malay groups, 23 killed, 454 injured
  • Jul 23 Egyptian munition ship "Star of Alexandria" explodes at dockside in Bone, Algeria. 100 die, 160 injured, $20 million damage
  • Jul 24 -27) race riot in Rochester, New York, 4 killed
  • Jul 25 Race riot in Rochester, NY
  • Jul 26 Teamsters President and US union leader Jimmy Hoffa convicted of fraud and conspiracy
  • Jul 26 Train from Povoa de Varzin, Portugal derails near Oporto, 94 die
  • Jul 28 England all out 611 in reply to Australia's 8-656 Match a draw
  • Jul 28 Ranger 7 launched toward the Moon; sends back 4308 TV pictures
  • Jul 30 US naval fire on Hon Ngu/Hon Mo, North Vietnam
  • Jul 31 Al Parker glides 644 miles without a motor
  • Jul 31 US Ranger 7 takes 4,316 pictures before crashing on Moon
  • Aug 1 ALM (Antillian Airlines) begins operation
  • Aug 2 Dutch government gives Indonesia export guarantees
  • Aug 2 North Vietnam fires on a US destroyer in the Gulf of Tonkin incident which would eventually escalate US involvement in the Vietnam War
  • Aug 2 Race riot in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Aug 4 Bodies of civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James E. Chaney discovered in an earthen Mississippi dam
  • Aug 4 North Vietnam torpedoes US ships in the Gulf of Tonkin
  • Aug 5 Congo rebellion: Christopher Gbenye/Pierre Mulele conquer Stanleyville

Birthdays in History

  • 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

49th US Vice President and Senator Kamala Harris
49th US Vice President and Senator
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
  • Nov 2 Michael D'Asaro II, American fencer-sabre, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Nov 2 Britta Lejon, Swedish Social Democratic politician, born in Järfälla Municipality, Sweden
  • Nov 7 Gill Holland, Norwegian-American producer (Hurricane Streets), born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Nov 12 Michael Kremer, American economist, 2019 Nobel Prize for Economics
  • Nov 14 Bill Hemmer, American television news reporter
  • Nov 21 Liza Tarbuck, British entertainer
  • Nov 28 Cornelia Guest, debutante (Debutante's Guide to Life)
  • 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


Deaths in History

  • Nov 24 John Fabricius, playwright, dies at 55
  • Nov 28 Jan Fabricius, Dutch/English playwright (Dolle Hans), dies at 93
  • Nov 29 Anne de Vries, Dutch teacher and author (Bartje), dies at 60
  • 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