1964 in History – What happened in year 1964

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.

Know what happened in 1964:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
02 November King Saud of Saudi Arabia was deposed by his half-brotherFaisal over concerns of the former's profligacy and his inability todeal with the socialism of Egypt's Gamal Abdel Nasser.
04 September The Forth Road Bridge crossing the Firth of Forth in Scotlandopened to traffic.
10 OctoberThe opening ceremony of the 1964 Summer Olympics took place inTokyo, the first to be telecast live internationally via satellite.
12 DecemberJomo Kenyatta became the first President of the Republic ofKenya.
13 March American Kitty Genovese was murdered, reportedly in view of neighbors who did nothing to help her, prompting research into the bystander effect.
13 September South Vietnamese Generals Lam Van Phat and Duong Van Duc stageda coup attempt after junta leader Nguyen Khanh demoted them.
17 OctoberPrime Minister of Australia Robert Menzies opened theartificial Lake Burley Griffin in the middle of the capital Canberra.
19 DecemberThe Army of the Republic of Vietnam, the ruling junta of SouthVietnam led by Nguyen Khanh, initiated a coup, dissolving and arrestingmembers of the High National Council, a civilian advisory body.
19 September An armed revolt by Montagnards serving in the Army of theRepublic of Vietnam against the rule of Nguyen Khanh led to the deathsof 70 ethnic Vietnamese soldiers.
21 JuneThree civil rights workers were lynched by members of the KuKlux Klan near Philadelphia, Mississippi, US.
24 OctoberThe military court of South Vietnamese junta chief Nguyen Khanhacquitted Generals Duong Van Duc and Lam Van Phat of leading aSeptember 1964 coup attempt against Khanh, despite the pair'sproclamation of his overthrow during their military action.
24 September The Warren Commission released its report, concluding that LeeHarvey Oswald acted alone in the assassination of U.S. President John F.Kennedy.
28 January An unarmed US Air Force T-39 Sabreliner on a training mission was shot down over Erfurt, East Germany, by a Soviet MiG-19, killing all three aboard.
31 March Brazilian Armed Forces led an overthrow of Brazilian President João Goulart and established a military government that would last for 21 years.
26 AprilTanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form Tanzania with JuliusNyerere as its first president.
30 March Jeopardy!, the popular American game show created by MervGriffin, made its debut on the NBC television network.
01 OctoberThe Tokaido Shinkansen, the first Shinkansen line of high-speed railways in Japan, opened for service.
02 NovemberKing Saud of Saudi Arabia was deposed by his half-brotherFaisal over concerns of the former's profligacy and his inability todeal with the socialism of Egypt's Gamal Abdel Nasser.
02 JulyU.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Actinto law (pictured), outlawing segregation in schools, at the workplace,and other facilities that served the general public.
04 SeptemberThe Forth Road Bridge crossing the Firth of Forth in Scotlandopened to traffic.
04 AugustA second U.S. Navy destroyer (USS Maddox pictured) 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.
06 MarchIn a radio broadcast, Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammadannounced that American boxer Cassius Clay would change his name toMuhammad Ali (pictured).
09 MayNgô Ðình C?n, de facto ruler of central Vietnam under hisbrother President Ngô Ðình Di?m before the family's toppling, wasexecuted.
09 February English 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 OctoberThe opening ceremony of the 1964 Summer Olympics took place inTokyo, the first to be telecast live internationally via satellite.
10 February The Royal Australian Navy aircraft carrier HMAS Melbournecollided with and sank the destroyer HMAS Voyager in Jervis Bay,Australia, killing 82 of Voyager's personnel.
11 January In 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 DecemberJomo Kenyatta became the first President of the Republic ofKenya.
12 January Rebels led by John Okello overthrew Sultan Jamshid binAbdullah, ending 200 years of Arab dominance in Zanzibar.


List of famous birthdays in the year 1964:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
05 OctoberPhilip A. Haigh / Author / United Kingdom
08 AugustPaul Taylor / Cricketer / United Kingdom
08 February Trinny Woodall / Author / United Kingdom
09 DecemberLes Kiss / Rugby Player / Australia
13 MayChris Maitland / Drummer / United Kingdom
13 January Penelope Ann Miller / Actress / United States of America
13 NovemberTimo Rautiainen / Racing Car Driver / Finland
14 SeptemberFaith Ford / Actress / United States of America
16 March Patty Griffin / Writer / United States of America
17 January John Schuster / Rugby Player / New Zealand
18 January Virgil Hill / Boxer / United States of America
21 DecemberJoe Kocur / Ice Hockey Player / Canada
22 AprilBo Gunge / Composer / Denmark
24 SeptemberRonald van der Kemp / Fashion Designer / Netherlands
24 OctoberRosana Arbelo / Singer / Spain
25 DecemberGary McAllister / Footballer / Scotland
26 March Martin Donnelly / Racing Car Driver / Ireland
28 MayPhil Vassar / Writer / United States of America
30 JulyVivica A. Fox / Actress / United States of America
31 OctoberFrank Bruni / Journalist / United States of America

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1964:

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

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