Events in History in 1964

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  • Jan 1 Federation of Rhodesia & Nyasaland dissolved
  • Jan 2 Failed assassination attempt on President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana
  • Jan 5 Pope Paul VI visits Jordan & Israel
  • Jan 6 Charlie Finlay announces he wants to move KC A's to Louisville
  • Jan 7 Bahamas becomes self-governing
  • Jan 7 Dick Weber rolls highest bowling game in air (Boeing 707)

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Jan 8 President Lyndon B. Johnson declares "War on Poverty"

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Jan 9 Anti-US rioting broke out in Panama Canal Zone
  • Jan 10 Battles between Muslims & Hindus in Calcutta
  • Jan 10 Panama severs diplomatic relations with US
  • Jan 10 US version of "That Was The Week That Was" premieres
  • Jan 11 Panama ends diplomatic relations with US
  • Jan 11 1st government report warning by US Surgeon General Luther Terry that smoking may be hazardous
  • Jan 12 Revolution overthrows Sultan of Zanzibar, 1 month after independence
  • Jan 13 Karol Wojtyla becomes archbishop of Krakow
  • Jan 13 Hindu-Muslim rioting breaks out in the Indian city of Calcutta - now Kolkata - resulting in the deaths of more than 100 people.
  • Jan 14 Bapu Nadkarni 32-27-5-0 v England, 21 maiden overs in a row

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Jan 14 Jacqueline Kennedy's 1st public appearance (TV) since US President JFK's assassination

  • Jan 15 Teamsters negotiate 1st national labor contract
  • Jan 16 AL owners vote 9-1 against Charlie Finley moving KC A's to Louisville
  • Jan 18 Plans for World Trade Center announced (NYC)
  • Jan 21 Carl T Rowan named director of US Information Agency
  • Jan 22 Kenneth Kaunda becomes premier of Northern Rhodesia (Zambia)
  • Jan 22 World's largest cheese (15,723 kg) manufactured in Wisconsin for New York's World Fair
  • Jan 23 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution ratified, barring poll tax in federal elections

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Jan 23 Arthur Miller's "After the Fall" premieres in NYC

Playwright Arthur Miller
Playwright
Arthur Miller
  • Jan 24 Eric de Noorman, a Dutch comic strip by Hans G. Kresse, ends
  • Jan 24 24th Amendment to US Constitution goes into effect & states voting rights could not be denied due to failure to pay taxes
  • Jan 25 Echo 2, US communications satellite launched
  • Jan 27 Barlow & Graeme Pollock complete 341 stand at Adelaide Oval
  • Jan 27 Margaret Chase Smith (Sen-R-Maine) tries for Republican President bid
  • Jan 29 Unmanned Apollo 1 Saturn launcher test attains Earth orbit
  • Jan 30 Military coup of Gen Nguyen Khanh in South Vietnam
  • Jan 30 Ranger 6 launched; makes perfect flight to Moon, but cameras fail
  • 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
  • Feb 6 France & Great-Britain sign accord over building channel tunnel
  • Feb 7 Baskin-Robbins introduces Beatle Nut ice cream
  • Feb 8 Peter Shaffer's "Royal Hunt of the Sun" premieres in London
  • 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 female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming
  • 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 23 6th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (154.334)
  • Feb 24 "My Heart Skips a Beat" single released by Buck Owens (Billboard no. 1 U.S. Hot Country Singles 1964)
  • 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.
  • Feb 29 LBJ reveals US secretly developed the A-11 jet fighter
  • 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)

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Mar 8 Malcolm X resigns from the Nation of Islam

African American Activist Malcolm X
African American Activist
Malcolm X
  • 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

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Mar 14 Dallas, Texas; Jack Ruby sentenced to death for Lee Harvey Oswald's murder

Killer of Lee Harvey Oswald Jack Ruby
Killer of Lee Harvey Oswald
Jack Ruby
  • Mar 15 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 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

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Mar 25 Britain sets memorial for the late President John F. Kennedy

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US 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 Great Alaska Earthquake 9.2 magnitude and resulting tsunami kills 139, largest US earthquake, 2nd 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)

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Mar 30 Astronaut John Glenn withdraws from Ohio senate race

Astronaut and Politician John Glenn
Astronaut and Politician
John Glenn
  • Mar 31 Pres Jango Goulart of Brazil chased out of office by military
  • Apr 1 10°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in April
  • Apr 1 Robert Lowell's "Benito Cereno" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 2 Military coup in Brazil by Gen Castello Branco, President Goulart ousted
  • Apr 2 USSR launches Zond 1 to Venus; no data returned
  • Apr 3 US & Panama agree to resume diplomatic relations
  • Apr 5 1st driverless trains run on London Underground
  • Apr 6 Egypt & Belgium restore diplomatic relations
  • Apr 7 IBM announces the System/360.
  • Apr 8 Unmanned Gemini 1 launched
  • Apr 10 Demolition begins on Polo Grounds to clear way for housing project
  • Apr 10 Iranian motor launch catches fire & sinks killing 113 (Persian Gulf)
  • Apr 13 Ian Smith becomes Prime Minister of Rhodesia
  • Apr 13 New Zealander Colin Bosher shears a record 565 sheep in 1 work day
  • Apr 14 Sandy Koufax throws his 9th complete game without allowing a walk
  • Apr 15 Chesapeake Bay Bridge opens (world's longest)
  • Apr 16 9 men sentenced 25-30 years for Britain's 1963 "Great Train Robbery"
  • Apr 17 Ford Mustang formally introduced ($2,368 base)
  • Apr 17 Jerrie Mock becomes 1st woman to fly solo around the world
  • Apr 18 Artisans strike in Belgium ends
  • Apr 18 Sandy Koufax is 1st to strike out the side on 9 pitches
  • 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 (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 the 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 "Entertaining Mr Sloan" premieres in London

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May 9 Khrushchev visits Egypt

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
  • May 12 Manlio Brosio chosen as sec-gen of NATO
  • May 14 Underground America Day is 1st observed
  • 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
  • May 22 LBJ presents "Great Society"
  • May 24 18th Tony Awards: Luther & Hello Dolly win
  • May 24 Longest HR (471') in Balt Memorial Stadium (Harmon Killebrew, Minn)
  • 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
  • May 28 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 9th String quartet

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May 28 Jawaharlal Nehru cremated in New Dehli

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
  • Jun 2 Lal Bahadur Sjastri elected premier of India

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Jun 3 Ringo Starr collapses from tonsillitis & 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 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

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

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 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
  • Jun 21 Beckwith arrested for murder of Medger Evers, found guilty 30 yr later
  • Jun 21 Three civil rights workers, Michael H Schwerner, Andrew Goodman & James E Chane, disappeared after release from a Mississippi jail
  • Jun 23 Gen 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 1st black methodist bishop (NJ)
  • Jun 26 Blacks & Whites riot over racial segregation in St Augustine
  • Jun 26 Moise Tsjombe forms government in Congo
  • Jun 26 14th Berlin International Film Festival: "Dry Summer" wins the Golden Bear
  • Jun 28 Organization for Afro-American Unity formed in New York by 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 Beckwith in murder of Medger Evers
  • Jul 2 US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs Civil Rights Act & 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 Moise Tsjombe becomes premier of Congo
  • Jul 10 Moïse-Kapenda Tshombé, leader of the Confederation of Tribal Associations of Katanga, becomes the 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
  • Jul 17 ANC leader Nelson Mandela, recently sentenced to life imprisonment, is awarded the Joliot Curie Gold Medal for Peace
  • Jul 18 Race riot in Harlem (NYC); riots spread to Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bkln)
  • 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 20 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 10th String quartet
  • 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 Kansas City As' Bert Campaneris HRs on 1st pitch, hits a 2nd HR on 2nd at bat
  • 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 Bob Simpson out for 311 at Old Trafford
  • Jul 25 Race riot in Rochester NY