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1964 Historical Event(s)
- January 12, 1964 – Rebels in Zanzibar begin a revolt known as the Zanzibar Revolution and proclaim a republic.
- February 13, 1964 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Dragon in Chinese astrology.
- February 29, 1964 – In Sydney, Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser sets a new world record in the 100-meter freestyle swimming competition (58.9 seconds).
- March 27, 1964 – The Good Friday Earthquake, the most powerful earthquake in U.S. history at a magnitude of 9.2 strikes South Central Alaska, killing 125 people and inflicting massive damage to the city of Anchorage.
- May 9, 1964 – Ngo Dinh Can, de facto ruler of central Vietnam under his brother President Ngo Dinh Diem before the family’s toppling, is executed.
- May 29, 1964 – The Arab League meets in East Jerusalem to discuss the Palestinian question, leading to the formation of the Palestinian Liberation Organization.
- July 31, 1964 – Ranger program: Ranger 7 sends back the first close-up photographs of the moon, with images 1,000 times clearer than anything ever seen from earth-bound telescopes.
- August 12, 1964 – Charlie Wilson, one of the Great Train Robbers, escapes from Winson Green Prison in Birmingham, England.
- October 14, 1964 – Leonid Brezhnev becomes the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, and thereby, along with his allies - such as Alexei Kosygin - the leader of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), ousting the former monolithic leader Nikita Khrushchev, and sending him into retirement as a nonperson in the USSR.
- December 24, 1964 – Vietnam War: Viet Cong operatives bomb the Brinks Hotel in Saigon to demonstrate they can strike an American installation in the heavily guarded capital.
Who Were Born On 1964?
- January 31, 1964 – Sylvie Bernier, French-Canadian diver
- February 22, 1964 – Gigi Fernandez, Puerto Rican tennis player
- March 14, 1964 – Dario Bisso, Italian conductor
- March 15, 1964 – Davide Pinato, Italian footballer
- April 14, 1964 – Gina McKee, British actress
- July 4, 1964 – Mark Slaughter, American singer
- July 6, 1964 – Cristina D'Avena, Italian singer and actress
- July 9, 1964 – Courtney Love, American singer and guitarist (Hole) and actress
- September 23, 1964 – Larry Krystkowiak, American basketball player and head coach
- October 9, 1964 – John Ralston, Canadian actor