1964 in the United States

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Events from the year 1964 in the United States.


Federal Government[edit]






  • April 2 – Mrs. Malcolm Peabody, 72, mother of Massachusetts Governor Endicott Peabody, is released on $450 bond after spending 2 days in a St. Augustine, Florida jail, for participating in an anti-segregation demonstration there.
  • April 4 – Three high school friends in Hoboken, N.J., open the first BLIMPIE on Washington Street.
  • April 8 – Four of 5 railroad operating unions strike against the Illinois Central Railroad without warning, bringing to a head a 5-year dispute over railroad work rules.
  • April 12 – In Detroit, Michigan, Malcolm X delivers a speech entitled "The Ballot or the Bullet."
  • April 13 – The 36th Academy Awards ceremony is held.
  • April 14 – A Delta rocket's third-stage motor ignites prematurely in an assembly room at Cape Canaveral, killing 3.
  • April 17
  • April 20 – U.S. President Lyndon Johnson in New York, and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in Moscow, simultaneously announce plans to cut back production of materials for making nuclear weapons.
  • April 22 – The 1964 New York World's Fair opens to celebrate the 300th anniversary of New Amsterdam being taken over by British forces under the Duke of York (later King James II) and being renamed New York in 1664. The fair runs until Oct. 18, 1964 and reopens April 21, 1965, finally closing October 17, 1965. (Not sanctioned, due to being within 10 years of the Seattle World's Fair in 1962, some countries decline, but many countries have pavilions with exotic crafts, art & food.)




  • July 2 – President Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law, abolishing racial segregation in the United States.
  • July 8 – U.S. military personnel announce that U.S. casualties in Vietnam have risen to 1,387, including 399 dead and 17 MIA.
  • July 16 – At the Republican National Convention in San Francisco, U.S. presidential nominee Barry Goldwater declares that "extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice", and "moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue".
  • July 27 – Vietnam War: The U.S. sends 5,000 more military advisers to South Vietnam, bringing the total number of United States forces in Vietnam to 21,000.



  • September 4 – The last execution in the United States for a crime other than murder occurs in Alabama as James Coburn is put to death for robbery.
  • September 7 – President Lyndon Johnson's re-election campaign airs the controversial and influential "Daisy" ad.[6]
  • September 16 – Shindig! premieres on the ABC, featuring the top musical acts of the Sixties.
  • September 17 – Bewitched, starring Elizabeth Montgomery, premieres on ABC.
  • September 27 – The Warren Commission Report, the first official investigation of the assassination of United States President John F. Kennedy, is published.[4]



November 3: LBJ re-elected in a landslide


  • December 1 – Vietnam War: U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson and his top-ranking advisers meet to discuss plans to bomb North Vietnam (after some debate, they agree on a 2-phase bombing plan).
  • December 3 – Berkeley Free Speech Movement: Police arrest about 800 students at the University of California, Berkeley, following their takeover of and massive sit-in at the Sproul Hall administration building. The sit-in most directly protested the U.C. Regents' decision to punish student activists for what many thought had been justified civil disobedience earlier in the conflict.
  • December 6 – The 1-hour stop-motion animated special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, based on the popular Christmas song, premieres on NBC. It becomes a beloved Christmas tradition, still being shown on television more than 50 years later.
  • December 10 – Martin Luther King, Jr. is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway.
  • December 14 – Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States (379 US 241 1964): The U.S. Supreme Court rules that, in accordance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, establishments providing public accommodations must refrain from racial discrimination.
  • December 15 – The Washington Post publishes an article about James Hampton, who had built a glittering religious throne out of recycled materials.
  • December 18 – In the wake of deadly riots in January over control of the Panama Canal, the U.S. offers to negotiate a new canal treaty.
  • December 27 – The Cleveland Browns defeat the Baltimore Colts in the NFL Championship Game.





See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mission & History". National Museum of American History. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  2. ^ Flynn, George Q. (1993). The Draft, 1940–1973. Modern war studies. University Press of Kansas. p. 175. ISBN 0-7006-0586-X. 
  3. ^ Gottlieb, Sherry Gershon (1991). Hell no, we won't go!: resisting the draft during the Vietnam War. Viking. p. xix. ISBN 0-670-83935-3. 1964: May 12—Twelve students at a New York rally burn their draft cards... 
  4. ^ a b "On This Day", New York Times, retrieved 25 August 2016 
  5. ^ Brown, Peter; Steven Gaines (2002). The Love You Make: An Insider's Story of the Beatles. NAL Trade. ISBN 0-451-20735-1. 
  6. ^ "Top 10 Campaign Ads: Daisy Girl". Time. September 22, 2008. Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  7. ^ Moog, R. A. (1965). "Voltage-Controlled Electronic Music Modules". Journal of the Audio Engineering Society. 13 (3): 200–206. 

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