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1964 Historical Event(s)
- January 23, 1964 – The 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution, prohibiting the use of poll taxes in national elections, is ratified.
- 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 1, 1964 – Villarrica Volcano begins a strombolian eruption causing lahars that destroy half of the town of Coñaripe.
- March 21, 1964 – In Copenhagen, Denmark, Gigliola Cinquetti wins the ninth Eurovision Song Contest for Italy singing “Non ho l'età” (“I'm not old enough”).
- May 2, 1964 – Vietnam War: An explosion sinks the USS Card while docked at Saigon. Viet Cong forces are suspected of placing a bomb on the ship.
- August 1, 1964 – The Belgian Congo is renamed the Republic of the Congo.
- August 2, 1964 – Vietnam War: Gulf of Tonkin incident – North Vietnamese gunboats allegedly fire on the U.S. destroyers USS Maddox and USS Turner Joy.
- August 4, 1964 – Gulf of Tonkin Incident: U.S. destroyers USS Maddox and USS Turner Joy report coming under attack in the Gulf of Tonkin.
- September 27, 1964 – The British TSR-2 aircraft XR219 makes its maiden flight from Boscombe Down in Wiltshire.
Who Were Born On 1964?
- January 31, 1964 – Jeff Hanneman, American musician (Slayer)
- March 31, 1964 – Fez Marie Whatley, American radio host and comedian
- June 30, 1964 – Alexandra Christina Manley, Hong Kong-born ex-wife of Prince Joachim of Denmark
- August 8, 1964 – Anastasia Ashman, American writer
- September 6, 1964 – Rosie Perez, American actress
- September 28, 1964 – Paul Jewell, English football manager
- October 1, 1964 – Christopher Titus, American actor and comedian
- November 24, 1964 – Garret Dillahunt, American actor
- December 19, 1964 – Arvydas Sabonis, Lithuanian basketball player