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1964 Historical Event(s)
- February 13, 1964 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Dragon in Chinese astrology.
- April 20, 1964 – BBC Two launches with a power cut because of the fire at Battersea Power Station.
- June 11, 1964 – World War II veteran Walter Seifert runs amok in an elementary school in Cologne, Germany, killing at least eight children and two teachers and seriously injuring several more with a home-made flamethrower and a lance.
- June 21, 1964 – Three civil rights workers, Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Mickey Schwerner, are murdered in Neshoba County, Mississippi, United States, by members of the Ku Klux Klan.
- 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.
- October 16, 1964 – Soviet leaders Leonid Brezhnev and Alexei Kosygin are inaugurated as General Secretary of the CPSU and Premier, respectively and the collective leadership is established.
- October 22, 1964 – Canada: A Multi-Party Parliamentary Committee selects the design which becomes the new official Flag of Canada.
- November 28, 1964 – Vietnam War: National Security Council members agree to recommend that U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson adopt a plan for a two-stage escalation of bombing in North Vietnam.
- December 11, 1964 – Che Guevara speaks at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.
- December 14, 1964 – American Civil Rights Movement: Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States – The United States Supreme Court rules that the U.S. Congress can use the Constitution’s Commerce Clause power to fight discrimination.
Who Were Born On 1964?
- February 15, 1964 – Leland D. Melvin, NASA astronaut
- May 30, 1964 – Wynonna Judd, American country singer
- June 9, 1964 – Wayman Tisdale, American basketball player and smooth jazz bassist (d. 2009)
- June 27, 1964 – Stephan Brenninkmeijer, Dutch film producer and director
- August 22, 1964 – Tom Gibis, American voice actor
- October 11, 1964 – Michael J. Nelson, American actor
- November 7, 1964 – Li Nanxing, Singaporean actor
- November 16, 1964 – Dwight Gooden, American baseball player
- November 25, 1964 – Bert van Vlaanderen, Dutch long-distance runner
- December 16, 1964 – Georgie Parker, Australian actress