World Events

  • Nelson Mandela sentenced to life imprisonment in South Africa (June 11).
  • Congress approves Gulf of Tonkin Resolution after North Vietnamese torpedo boats allegedly attack US destroyers (Aug. 7). Background: Vietnam War
  • Khrushchev is deposed; Kosygin becomes premier and Brezhnev becomes first secretary of the Communist Party (October). Background: Rulers of Russia since 1533
  • China detonates its first atomic bomb. Background: nuclear weapons
    World Statistics

    Population: 3.276 billion

    Nobel Peace Prize:
    Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (US)

U.S. Events
  • US Supreme Court rules that Congressional districts should be roughly equal in population (Feb. 17).
  • Three civil rights workers—Schwerner, Goodman, and Cheney—murdered in Mississippi (June). Background: Civil Rights
  • President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy issues Warren Report concluding that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.
  • Jack Ruby convicted of murder in slaying of Lee Harvey Oswald.
    U.S. Statistics

    President: Lyndon B. Johnson
    Vice President: none
    Population: 191,888,791
    Life expectancy: 70.2 years
    Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 23.9
    Property Crime Rate (per 1,000): 22.0
    Homicide Rate (per 100,000): 5.1

US GDP (1998 dollars):   $663 billion
Federal spending:   $118.53 billion
Federal debt:   $316.1 billion
Consumer Price Index:   31
Unemployment:   5.7%
Cost of a first-class stamp:   $0.05


World Series
St. Louis Cardinals d. NY Yankees (4-3)

NBA Championship
Boston d. SF Warriors (4-1)

Stanley Cup
Toronto d. Detroit (4-3)

Women: Maria Bueno d. M. Smith (6-4 7-9 6-3)
Men: Roy Emerson d. F. Stolle (6-4 12-10 4-6 6-3)

Kentucky Derby Champion
Northern Dancer

NCAA Basketball Championship
UCLA d. Duke (98-83)

NCAA Football Champions
Alabama (AP, UPI), (10-1-0); Arkansas (FW), (11-0-0) & Notre Dame (NFF), (9-1-0)

1964 Summer Olympics

1964 Winter Olympics



  • Folk musician Bob Dylan becomes increasingly popular during this time of social protest with songs expressing objection to the condition of American society.
  • Psychedelic bands such as The Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane enjoy great success with songs celebrating the counterculture of the ’60s.
  • Peyton Place premieres on ABC and is the first prime-time soap opera. Color television makes its way into U.S. homes.
  • The Beatles appear on The Ed Sullivan Show.


  • Red Desert, Dr. Strangelove, My Fair Lady, Mary Poppins, Zorba the Greek, Becket


  • Donald Barthelme, Come Back, Dr. Caligari
  • John Berryman, 77 Dream Songs
  • John Cheever, The Wapshot Scandal
  • James Dickey, Helmets, Two Poems of the Air
  • John Hawkes, Second Skin
  • Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast
  • Katherine Anne Porter, Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter
  • Hubert Selby, Last Exit to Brooklyn

Entertainment Awards

Oscars awarded in 1964
Academy Award, Best Picture: Tom Jones, Tony Richardson, producer (United Artists-Lopert Pictures)

Nobel Prize for Literature: Jean-Paul Sartre (France) (declined)

1964 Emmy Awards

1964 Tony Awards

Grammys awarded in 1964
Record of the Year: “The Days of Wine and Roses,” Henry Mancini
Album of the Year: The Barbra Streisand Album, Barbra Streisand (Columbia)
Song of the Year: “The Days of Wine and Roses,” Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer, composers

Miss America: Donna Axum (AR)

  • Ranger VII takes 4,316 high-resolution pictures of the moon. Background: US Unstaffed Planetary and Lunar Programs
  • US Surgeon General Luther Terry affirms that cigarette smoking causes cancer. Background: nuclear energy

Nobel Prizes in Science

Chemistry: Dorothy Mary Crowfoot Hodgkin (UK), for determining structure of compounds needed in combatting pernicious anemia

Physics: Charles Hard Townes (US), Nikolai G. Basov, and Aleksandr M. Prochorov (both USSR), for developing maser and laser principle of producing high-intensity radiation

Physiology or Medicine: Konrad E. Bloch (US) and Feodor Lynen (Germany), for research on mechanism and regulation of cholesterol and fatty-acid metabolism

  • Herbert Clark Hoover 10/20/1964
  • Douglas MacArthur
  • Harpo Marx


1964 – The Movie “Goldfinger”
the first of the 007 movies