1964 in History – What happened in year 1964

✅ Published on April 9th, 2009 in 20th Century in History

In history, year 1964 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1964.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1964 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
08 januaryDuring his State of the Union address, U.S. President Lyndon B.Johnson declared a 'War on Poverty'.
11 januaryIn a landmark report, U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry issued the warning that smoking may be hazardous for one's health, concluding that it has a causative role in lung cancer, chronic bronchitis,emphysema, and other illnesses.
12 januaryRebels led by John Okello overthrew Sultan Jamshid bin Abdullah, ending 200 years of Arab dominance in Zanzibar.
16 januaryThe musical Hello, Dolly! opened at the St. James Theatre on Broadway, and would go on to win ten Tony Awards, a record that stood for 35 years.
28 januaryAn unarmed US Air Force T-39 Sabreliner on a training missionwas shot down over Erfurt, East Germany, by a Soviet MiG-19, killing allthree aboard.
29 januaryUS secretly developed jet fighter A-11 was finally revealed by Lyndon Baines Johnson.
30 januaryIn a bloodless coup, General Nguyen Khanh overthrew GeneralDuong Van Minh's military junta in South Vietnam, less than three monthsafter Minh executed a bloody coup himself.
09 februaryEnglish rock band The Beatles made their first appearance on American variety show The Ed Sullivan Show before a record-breaking audience, beginning a musical phenomenon known as the British Invasion.
10 februaryThe Royal Australian Navy aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne Collided with and sank the destroyer HMAS Voyager in Jervis Bay,Australia, killing 82 of Voyager's personnel.
17 februaryGabonese military officers overthrew President Léon M'ba, butFrance, honoring a 1960 treaty, forcibly reinstated M'ba the next day.
29 februaryUS secretly developed jet fighter A-11 was finally revealed by Lyndon Baines Johnson.
06 marchIn a radio broadcast, Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammadannounced that American boxer Cassius Clay would change his name toMuhammad Ali.
13 marchAmerican Kitty Genovese was murdered, reportedly in view ofneighbors who did nothing to help her (later disproved), promptingresearch into the bystander effect.
20 marchAmerican physicists Robert Woodrow Wilson and Arno Penzias discovered cosmic microwave background radiation on May 20, 1964. Both of them earned the 1978 Nobel Prize in physics for this discovery which is of great importance because cosmic microwave is the thermal radiation left over from the Big Bang that means it is the oldest light in the universe.
30 marchJeopardy!, the popular American game show created by Merv Griffin, made its debut on the NBC television network.
25 aprilJames Baldwin's 'Blues for Mr. Charlie,' premieres in New York City.
26 aprilTanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form Tanzania with JuliusNyerere as its first president.
07 mayPacific Air Lines Flight 773 crashed on May 7, 1964 near San Ramon, California in the United States. It was the first case of Mass murder suicide in the history of United States. Francisco Paula Gonzales shot both the pilot and co-pilot before himself, all 44 passengers were killed in the crash.
09 mayNgô Ðình C?n, de facto ruler of central Vietnam under hisbrother President Ngô Ðình Di?m before the family's toppling, wasexecuted.
20 mayAmerican physicists Robert Woodrow Wilson and Arno Penzias discovered cosmic microwave background radiation on May 20, 1964. Both of them earned the 1978 Nobel Prize in physics for this discovery which is of great importance because cosmic microwave is the thermal radiation left over from the Big Bang that means it is the oldest light in the universe.
27 mayPandit Jawaharlal Nehru passed away at the age of 74. Jawaharlal Nehru was the first Prime Minister of India and a central figure in Indian politics for much of the 20th century. He was found dead in the office, cause of death is believed to be heart attack.
21 juneThree civil rights workers were lynched by members of the KuKlux Klan near Philadelphia, Mississippi, US.
02 julyU.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Actinto law, out lawing segregation in schools, at the workplace, and other facilities that served the general public.
06 julyMalawi announced its independence from United Kingdom. Malawi was formerly called Nyasaland. It was a colony of Britain. It is a landlocked country situated in southeast of African continent. it is one of the least developed countries.
02 augustThree North Vietnamese torpedo boats blastoff torpedoes against The US Destroyer Maddox in the Gulf of Tonkin. On the 4th, North Vietnamese patrol boats again attack Maddox that formed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which allowed US Forces to attack North Vietnamese basis as their response.
04 augustAmerican civil rights movement workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney are found dead in Mississippi after mysteriously disappearing on June 21.
04 augustA second U.S. Navy destroyer wasreportedly attacked by North Vietnamese forces in the Gulf of Tonkin,leading Congress to authorize the use of military force in SoutheastAsia.
06 augustAmerican researcher Donald Currey had a bristlecone pine treeknown as Prometheus cut down, only to find that it was the oldest knownnon-clonal organism ever discovered, at least 4,862 years old at thetime.
12 augustDue to the IOC conditions, including the refusal regarding demolishing its’ Apartheid Policies, South Africa are barred from the Olympic games in Tokyo. South Africa was not permitted into the Olympics in 1992 even after 28 years suspension.
27 augustSouth Vietnamese junta leader Nguy?n Khánh entered into atriumvirate power-sharing arrangement with rival generals Tr?n Thi?nKhiêm and Duong Van Minh, who had both been involved in plots tounseat Khánh.


Famous birthdays in the year 1964:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 AugustFiona Hyslop / Politician / Scotland
01 OctoberMax Matsuura / Writer / Japan
01 March Paul Le Guen / Footballer / France
03 JulyYeardley Smith / Actress / United States of America
04 JulyMark Whiting / Actor / United States of America
08 JulyAlexei Gusarov / Ice Hockey Player / Russia
11 AprilPatrick Sang / Runner / Kenya
14 January Shepard Smith / Journalist / United States of America
17 DecemberJoe Wolf / Basketball Player / United States of America
19 SeptemberPatrick Marber / Actor / United Kingdom
20 NovemberBoris Dežulović / Journalist / Croatia
21 February Mark Kelly / Pilot / United States of America
24 MayAdrian Moorhouse / Swimmer / United Kingdom
25 DecemberIan Bostridge / Tenor / United Kingdom
25 March Ken Wregget / Ice Hockey Player / Canada
26 AugustTorsten Schmitz / Boxer / Germany
27 OctoberMark Taylor / Cricketer / Australia
30 January Otis Smith / Basketball Player / United States of America
30 AprilLorenzo Staelens / Footballer / Belgium
31 MayDarryl "D.M.C." McDaniels / Producer / United States of America

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1964:

YearName / Profession / Country
01 NovemberNita Ambani / Industrialist / India
07 OctoberSharmila Rege / Writer / India
07 February Ashok Banker / Author / India
30 AprilTony Fernandes / Business Man / India
15 FebruaryAshutosh Gowariker / Actor / India
07 JulyNabam Tuki / Politician / India
04 SeptemberAadesh Shrivastava / Writer / India
22 FebruarySooraj Barjatya / Director / India
23 SeptemberNavni Parihar / Actress / India
19 FebruarySonu Walia / Actress / India
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