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1964 Historical Event(s)
- January 13, 1964 – Karol Wojtyla, the future Pope John Paul II, is appointed archbishop of Krakow, Poland.
- January 30, 1964 – Ranger program: Ranger 6 is launched.
- February 10, 1964 – Melbourne-Voyager collision: The aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne collides with the destroyer HMAS Voyager off the south coast of New South Wales, Australia.
- February 13, 1964 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Dragon in Chinese astrology.
- March 12, 1964 – New Hampshire Lottery: New Hampshire becomes the first U.S. state to legally sell lottery tickets in the 20th century.
- August 1, 1964 – The Belgian Congo is renamed the Republic of the Congo.
- August 4, 1964 – American civil rights movement: civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney are found dead in Mississippi after disappearing on June 21.
- October 24, 1964 – Northern Rhodesia gains independence from the United Kingdom and becomes the Republic of Zambia (Southern Rhodesia remained a colony until the next year, with the Unilateral Declaration of Independence)
- October 28, 1964 – Vietnam War: U.S. officials deny any involvement in bombing North Vietnam.
- 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?
- January 14, 1964 – Mark Addy, British actor
- March 17, 1964 – Jacques Songo'o, Cameroonian footballer
- May 16, 1964 – Edit Berces, Hungarian marathon runner
- May 30, 1964 – Wynonna Judd, American country singer
- June 10, 1964 – Jimmy Chamberlin, American drummer (The Smashing Pumpkins)
- June 21, 1964 – Doug Savant, American actor
- July 8, 1964 – Alexei Gusarov, Russian ice hockey player
- August 7, 1964 – John Birmingham, Australian author
- August 9, 1964 – Brett Hull, Canadian-born American ice hockey player