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      1964 Births and Deaths      


1964 Academy Awards - The 'Oscars'
Best Actor: Rex Harrison ( My Fair Lady )
Best Actress: Julie Andrews ( Mary Poppins )
Best Film: My Fair Lady      

Song Contest 1964

Winner: Italy
Gigliola Cinquetti
'Non Ho L'Eta Per Amarti'

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1964 - General

The Average Wage: £18.2s.2d

Philips introduce the musicassette ( compact cassette )
Rudi Gernreich 'designs' the topless swimsuit
Nancy Astor the first female M.P. dies
Ian Smith becomes Prime Minister of Rhodesia
Peter Sellers marries Britt Ekland at Guildford register office
Henry Cooper wins the European Heavyweight boxing title
Chemotherapy is first used in the treatment of cancer
Miss Universe is Corinna Tsopei ( Miss Greece)
The first postulation of the existence of Quarks is made
Construction of the Aswan Dam is commenced at Abu Simbel

Unemployment quoted at 405,000
China tests its first atomic bomb
The first MOOG synthesiser is developed by Robert Moog
British troops are sent into Cyprus
Elizabeth Taylor marries Richard Burton
The Indian statesman Panjit Nehru dies

Honda diversifies into car production
Miss World is Ann Sidney ( Miss United Kingdom )
Word processors are first generally seen
Nelson Mandela and 7 others are sentenced to life imprisonment for treason

1964 British Olympic Gold Medal Winners

Innsbruck Winter Olympics

Tony Nash and Robin Dixon Two-man bobsleigh

Tokyo Olympics

Lynn Davies  Long jump        Mary Rand  Long jump        Anne Packer  800metres        Ken Matthews  20km walk

Donald Campbell captures land ( 403.10 m.p.h. ) and water ( 276.33 m.p.h. ) speed records in Australia

John Surtees becomes the only man to win world titles on both two and four wheels
Grand Prix crashes claim the lives of Carel de Beaufort and Tim Mayer

Lyndon B.Johnson wins presidential election and signs the Civil Rights Act and Anti-poverty Bill

U.S. Congress passes the Gulf of Tonkin resolution to allow America to make war on Vietnam

The first electronic ticket barriers and unmanned trains are seen on the London Underground

January 1964

1st The first 'Top of the Pops' (right) programme is broadcast from a disused church in Manchester

1st Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland is dissolved

5th Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras I meet in Jerusalem

6th The Rolling Stones start their first tour as a headline act, supported by The Ronettes

8th In his first State-of-the-Union address, Lyndon Johnson declares a "War on Poverty"

12th The mainly Arab government of Zanzibar is overthrown by African nationalist rebels

13th 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' by The Beatles released in the United States

13th Mary Quant declares Paris fashions to be 'out of date'

16th Hello Dolly! opens in New York City's St. James Theatre

16th John Glenn, the first American astronaut, resigns and announces that he will seek the Ohio Democratic nomination for U.S. Senator

18th Plans to build the World Trade Center are announced

20th The trial of the Great Train robbers starts

20th 'Meet the Beatles', the first Beatles album in the United States, is released

22nd Kenneth Kaunda inaugurated as the first President of Northern Rhodesia

23rd The 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified

25th The launch of the Echo C spacecraft is the first joint U.S. / Soviet project

28th A U.S. Air Force jet is shot down by Soviet fighters near Erfurt, E.Germany

29th The USSR launches two scientific satellites, Elektron I and II, from a single rocket

29th The 9th Winter Olympics open in Innsbruck

29th Actor Alan Ladd (right, bottom, with Marilyn Monroe) dies

30th The junta ruling S.Vietnam is toppled in a bloodless coup led by Maj. Gen. Nguyen Khanh

30th Ranger 6 is launched by NASA. Its mission is to crash-land on the moon with TV cameras

February 1964

3rd American spacecraft Ranger 6 crashes on the moon

6th Britain and France agree to build a Channel tunnel

6th Cuba cuts off the normal water supply to the United States naval base at Guantanamo Bay

7th Beatlemania hits the States as The Beatles arrive to start their first U.S. Tour

9th The Beatles make their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show

11th Greeks & Turks begin fighting in Limassol, Cyprus

19th Actor Edward Gargan dies

21st The first £10 notes are issued

25th Cassius Clay beats Sonny Liston in 7th rd to become World Heavyweight Boxing Champion

26th John Glenn slips on a rug, injuring his inner ear, prompting him to withdraw from the race for the        Senate nomination

27th The Italian government asks for help to keep the Leaning Tower of Pisa from falling over

29th Princess Alexandra gives birth to James Ogilvy

29th The Lockheed SR-71 'Blackbird' 2,000mph warplane is first made public

March 1964

1st Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, suspected military head of al-Qaeda, born

4th Jimmy Hoffa, President of the Teamsters, is convicted of tampering with a Federal jury

4th Malta gains independence

6th King Paul I of Greece dies and is succeeded by Constantine II

8th The Dave Clark Five make their debut on the Ed Sullivan show singing 'Glad All Over'

8th Malcolm X says that he is forming a black nationalist party

9th The first Ford Mustang comes off the assembly line at the Ford Motor Company

10th Prince Edward is born

11th First passenger flight of BEA's Hawker Siddeley Trident

14th The Dave Clark Five turn professional

14th In Dallas, a jury finds Jack Ruby guilty of killing JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald

20th The ESRO (European Space Research Organization), agreed in 1962, is finally established

20th Playwright Brendan Behan dies

23rd Actor Peter Lorre dies

27th The most powerful earthquake in U.S. history, magnitude 9.2, inflicts massive damage to         Anchorage, Alaska

28th Radio Caroline (right) starts broadcasting, Britain's first 'pirate radio' station

31st A military overthrow starts 21 years of dictatorship in Brazil

April 1964

The first commercial hydrofoil service to France from the Channel Islands is introduced

5th American General Douglas MacArthur dies

5th Jigme Dorfi, Premier of Bhutan, is shot dead by an unidentified assassin

7th IBM announces the System/360

11th The Brazilian Congress elects General Humberto Castelo Branco as President of Brazil

16th The Great Train robbers receive a total of 307 years imprisonment

16th In West Germany Geraldine Mock (right) completes the first round the world solo flight by a woman

20th President Lyndon Johnson and Premier Nikita Khrushchev announce plans to cut back production
       of materials for making nuclear weapons

20th Nelson Mandela makes his "I Am Prepared to Die" speech at the opening of the Rivonia Trial

21st BBC2 broadcasts its first programme - 'Play School'

22nd Greville Wynn is exchanged for Soviet spy Gordon Lonsdale

25th Thieves steal the head of the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen

26th Tanganyika and Zanzibar merge to form Tanzania

28th Lady Helen Windsor is born to the Duchess of Kent

29th First passenger flight of Standard Vickers VC-10

May 1964


The Pulitzer Prize committee decide there is no drama, fiction or music worthy of an award this year

The first Habitat store opens in London at 77 Fulham Road

1st Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones is born to Princess Margaret

2nd Barry Goldwater receives more than 75% of the votes in the Texas Republican Presidential primary

6th A fire at Chappell's Music kills one and destroys thousands of music manuscripts and records

7th A Pacific Airlines Fokker F27 crashes near Dublin, California, killing all 44 aboard

9th Radio Atlanta ( later Caroline South ) begins broadcasting

17th Mods and Rockers clash in seafront riots at Brighton and Margate (right)

19th The US State Department say more than 40 hidden microphones have been found in the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow

23rd Mrs. Madeline Dassault, wife of the French plane manufacturer and politician, is kidnapped

23rd Pablo Picasso paints his fourth 'Head of a Bearded Man'

24th 300 spectators are crushed to death in a riot at a football match in Lima, Peru.

27th Radio Sutch ( later Radio City ) begins broadcasting

27th Prime Minister Nehru of India dies; he is succeeded by Lal Shastri

June 1964


2nd The Palestine Liberation Organisation is created in Jerusalem

2nd Cabaret artiste Phyllis Dixey dies, aged 50

3rd President Chung Hee Park declares martial law in Seoul, South Korea, after 10,000 student      demonstrators overpower police

4th The Blue Streak (right) is used in a launch from Woomera, Australia

8th Christine Keeler is released from prison

9th U.S. army deserter George John Gessner is convicted of passing secrets to the Russians

9th Lord Beaverbrook, press Baron of Express newspapers, dies aged 85

11th Greece rejects direct talks with Turkey over Cyprus

12th Nelson Mandela and seven others are sentenced to life imprisonment in South Africa

12th A crowd of 300,000 greet The Beatles on arrival in Adelaide, Australia

14th Francois Duvalier is declared President for life in Haiti

19th Senator Edward Kennedy is seriously injured in a private plane crash in Massachusetts

25th The Vatican condemns the female contraceptive pill

26th Moise Tshombe returns to Congo from his exile from Spain

July 1964

ITV is off-air for five days due to strike action

275 BEA flights are cancelled at Heathrow due to strike action

Spurs footballer John White is killed by lightning on a golf course in Enfield

Singer Tom Jones signs for the Decca record label

3rd President Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law

6th The Beatles film 'A Hard Day's Night' premieres at The Pavilion Theatre, London

6th Malawi declares independence from the United Kingdom

14th Spacecraft Mariner IV gives the first close-up pictures of Mars

22nd Second meeting of the Organization of African Unity

27th The total number of United States forces in Vietnam rises to 21,000

28th Winston Churchill (right) leaves the House of Commons for the last time

28th Lennon and McCartney are almost electrocuted by faulty microphones in Sweden

29th The first family planning clinic opens

31st Jim Reeves dies in a plane crash near Beery Field airport, Nashville

31st Ranger 7 sends back the first close-up views of the surface of the moon

August 1964

The New York World Fair is held

4th United States destroyers USS Maddox and USS C. Turner Joy are attacked in the Gulf of Tonkin

5th Aircraft from carriers USS Ticonderoga and USS Constellation bomb North Vietnam in retaliation

5th Simba rebel army in Congo capture Stanleyville and takes 1000 western hostages

6th Actor Cedric Hardwicke dies

8th A Rolling Stones gig in the Kurhaus in Scheveningen ends in a riot after 15 minutes

12th Great Train robber Charles Wilson escapes from Winston Green prison

12th Ian Fleming, author of 13 James Bond books dies in Canterbury, aged 56

13th Murderers Gwynne Owen Evans and Peter Anthony Allen are executed in twin executions at Strangeways and Walton prisons. They are the last people to be executed in the United Kingdom

14th Singer Johnny Burnette is drowned in a fishing accident

15th Freddie Trueman becomes the first man to take 300 Test wickets in cricket

16th In a coup, General Nguyen Khanh replaces Duong Van Minh as South Vietnam's chief of state

21st Three women are found guilty of indecency for wearing topless dresses in public

22nd The first 'Match of the Day' programme is broadcast, Kenneth Wolstenholme commentating

22nd Roger Hunt (right) scores the first 'Match of the Day' goal as Liverpool beat Arsenal 3-2

24th Nimbus 1 is launched, first satellite to take good quality night pictures

September 1964

3rd Robert Kennedy resigns as U.S. Attorney-General to run for Senate

4th The Forth Road Bridge opens over the Firth of Forth in Scotland

10th Germany receives its 1,000,000th foreign worker

14th The Daily Herald ceases publication

14th The presses at 'The Sun' start rolling at 10 p.m.

17th Licences are granted to 22 applicants to drill for oil and gas in the North Sea

20th Bill Haley returns to Britain for the first time since 1957 (supporting Brenda Lee)

24th The Warren Commission Report, the first official investigation into the         assassination of John F. Kennedy is published

27th The TSR2 supersonic strike aircraft (right) makes its maiden flight

28th Comedian Harpo Marx dies aged 70

October 1964

1st The Japanese 'Bullet' train runs for the first time

5th 23 men and 31 women escape to West Berlin through a tunnel under the Berlin Wall

5th Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip begin an 8-day visit to Canada

10th The 18th Olympic games open in Tokyo, Japan

10th Eddie Cantor dies

12th The USSR launches the first multi-person spacecraft and the first flight without space suits

14th Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr becomes the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize

15th Musician Cole Porter dies

15th Khrushchev is deposed as Leonid Brezhnev and Alexei Kosygin assume power in the USSR

16th Harold Wilson becomes Labour Prime Minister in U.K. general election (right top)

16th The People's Republic of China explodes an atomic bomb in Sinkiang

17th Brezhnev (right bottom) succeeds Kruschev as Soviet First Secretary

20th Ex-president Herbert Hoover dies

22nd A design is selected to become the new official Flag of Canada

22nd EMI records reject The Who

24th Northern Rhodesia becomes the independent Republic of Zambia, ending 73 years of British rule

29th The TAMI show is filmed, showcasing The Rolling Stones

29th The 565 carat 'Star of India' is stolen from the American Museum of Natural History in New York

31st The Windmill Theatre, famous for its nude tableaux, closes down

November 1964

2nd The first episode of television soap opera 'Crossroads' is broadcast (right)

3rd President Victor Paz Estenssoro of Bolivia is overthrown by a military rebellion

3rd Lyndon B. Johnson defeats Republican Barry Goldwater in the US presidential election

5th Mariner 3, an intended Mars probe, is launched from Cape Kennedy, but fails

9th Judy Garland gives a concert jointly with daughter Liza Minelli in London

9th The House of Commons votes to abolish the death penalty for murder in Britain

10th Australia partially reintroduces compulsory military service due to the Indonesian Confrontation

11th An economy budget raises income tax by 6% to pay for larger old age pensions

19th The U.S. Defense Dept announces the closing of 95 military bases including Brooklyn Navy Yard

21st The Verrazano Narrows Bridge (at the time, the world's longest suspension bridge) opens to traffic

23rd The first British commercial radio station, Radio Manx, goes on air

24th Belgian paratroopers and mercenaries capture Stanleyville but some hostages die in the fighting

28th NASA launches the Mariner 4 Mars probe from Cape Kennedy

30th The Soviet Zond 2 joins Mariner 4 heading towards Mars

December 1964

Radio London, the American-backed pirate radio station begins broadcasting

3rd Police arrest over 800 students during protests at the University of California, Berkeley

6th Martin Luther King preaches a sermon in St. Paul's Cathedral

8th Lord Marks of Marks & Spencer dies aged 76

11th Singer Sam Cooke is shot dead in L.A. by motel manageress Bertha Lee Franklin

19th Dusty Springfield returns from South Africa after refusing to play to segregated audiences.

21st The House of Commons votes to abolish the death penalty in Britain

21st The General Dynamics F111 fighter (right) makes its first flight

28th Roy Parker, editor and founder of Record Retailer, dies aged 45

29th An East-end shooting incident is linked to the Kray brothers

   1964 Births
   1964 Deaths

January 2 Pernell Whitaker, boxer
January 6 Henry Maske, German boxer
January 7 Nicolas Cage, actor
January 12 Jeff Bezos, president of
January 13 Penelope Ann Miller, actress
January 23 Mariska Hargitay, actress
January 27 Bridget Fonda, actress
February 4 Noodles, guitarist with The Offspring
February 5 Laura Linney, actress
February 15 Chris Farley, actor, comedian
February 18 Matt Dillon, actor
March 7 Bret Easton Ellis, author
March 9 Juliette Binoche, actress
March 10 Edward, Earl of Wessex
March 11 Shane Richie, British actor
March 17 Rob Lowe, actor
March 18 Bonnie Blair, Olympic gold medalist speed skater
March 18 Irene Cara, actress, singer
March 18 Rozalla, singer
March 25 Lisa Gay Hamilton, actress
March 29 Elle Macpherson, model
March 30 Tracy Chapman, singer
April 3 Bjarne Riis, Tour de France winner
April 7 Russell Crowe, actor
April 13 Caroline Rhea, actress
April 25 Hank Azaria, actor, voice actor
April 29 Federico Castelluccio, actor
May 6 Dana Hill, actress
May 8 Melissa Gilbert, actress
May 8 Bobby Labonte, NASCAR driver
May 26 Lenny Kravitz, guitarist, singer
May 28 Jeff Fenech, boxer
May 28 Christa Miller, actress
May 30 Wynonna Judd, singer
June 12 Paula Marshall, actress
June 13 Kathy Burke, actress and comedienne
June 15 Courteney Cox, actress
June 21 Doug Savant, actor
July 3 Joanne Harris, author
July 3 Yeardley Smith, voice actress
July 16 Miguel Indurain, 5-time Tour de France winner
July 30 Vivica A. Fox, actress
July 31 Jim Corr, singer, musician
August 24 Salizhan Sharipov, cosmonaut
August 25 Maxim Kontsevich, Russian mathematician
September 2 Keanu Reeves, actor
September 11 Roxann Dawson, Star Trek actress
September 22 Bonnie Hunt, actress
October 22 Drazen Petrovic, Basketball Hall of Fame
October 29 Yasmin Le Bon, model
November 9 Robert Duncan McNeill, Star Trek actor
November 10 Kenny Rogers, baseball player
November 11 Calista Flockhart, actress
December 5 Karin Snelson, author/editor
December 8 Teri Hatcher, actress
December 18 Steve Austin, wrestler
December 18 Don Beebe, American football player
December 23 Eddie Vedder, lead singer with Pearl Jam

January 15 Jack Teagarden, musician
January 17 T.H. White, author
January 29 Alan Ladd, actor
February 5 Matilde Moisant, pioneer aviatrix
February 19th, Edward Gargan, actor
February 25 Grace Metalious, writer 'Peyton Place'
February 26 F. F. E. Yeo-Thomas, World War II SOE agent
February 27 Orry-Kelly, costume designer
March 6, King Paul I of Greece
March 9 Paul Erich von Lettow-Vorbeck, German general
March 20 Brendan Behan, playwright
March 23 Peter Lorre, Hungarian-born actor
April 5 Douglas MacArthur, U.S. Army general
April 5 Jigme Dorfi, Premier of Bhutan
May 2 Nancy Astor, British parliamentarian
May 27 Jawaharlal Nehru, Indian politician
June 2 Phyllis Dixey, cabaret artiste
June 9th, Lord Beaverbrook, press baron
July John White, Spurs football player
July 2 Glenn "Fireball" Roberts, NASCAR race car driver
July 7 Lillian Copeland, American athlete
July 31 Jim Reeves, Country singer
August 6th, Cedric Hardwicke, actor
August 12th, Ian Fleming, author
August 13 Gwynne Owen Evans and Peter Anthony Allen, murderers
August 14 Johnny Burnette, singer
August 27 Gracie Allen, actress, comedienne
September 28 Harpo Marx, comedian with the Marx Brothers
October 10th, Eddie Cantor, entertainer
October 15 Cole Porter, U.S. composer
October 20 Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States
December 1 J. B. S. Haldane, British geneticist
December 6 Consuelo Vanderbilt, Duchess of Marlborough
December 8 Lord Marks of Marks & Spencer
December 11 Sam Cooke, singer
December 11 Alma Schindler Mahler Gropius Werfel, wife of Gustav Mahler
December 14 Francisco Canaro, tango composer
December 17 Victor Franz Hess, U.S. physicist
December 28 Roy Parker, editor and founder of Record Retailer

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