Emancipation Day in Barbados, Bermuda, Guyana, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, and Jamaica – celebration of the end of slavery in these former and continuing British colonies in the Caribbean.
Gulf of Tonkin incident: The destroyer USS Maddox, while performing a signals intelligence patrol as part of DESOTO operations, engages three North Vietnamese Navy torpedo boats of the 135th Torpedo Squadron. A sea battle results, in which the Maddox expends over two hundred and eighty 3-inch and 5-inch shells, and in which four USN F-8 Crusader jet fighter bombers strafe the torpedo boats. One US aircraft is damaged, one 14.5 mm round hits the destroyer, three North Vietnamese torpedo boats are damaged, and four North Vietnamese sailors were killed and six wounded.
The wreckage of a plane piloted by popular singer Jim Reeves is found near Brentwood, Tennessee, 42 hours after it crashed. The bodies of Reeves and his manager Dean Manuel are found in the wreckage of the aircraft.
Andrew Pixley breaks into a room at the Wort Motor Hotel in Jackson, Wyoming, where Illinois Circuit Court Judge Robert McAuliffe and his family are staying. McAuliffe and his wife returned to their room in the early hours of the morning to find Pixley lying on the floor. Their older daughters, Debbie, 12, and Cindy, 8, had been sexually assaulted and murdered. Pixley was later executed for the crime.
^Nichols, CDR John B., and Barret Tillman, On Yankee Station: The Naval Air War Over Vietnam, Annapolis, Maryland: United States Naval Institute, 1987, ISBN 978-0-87021-559-9, p. 152, which also claims that this event occurred on August 7.
^"Tomato Ship Sinks After Collision" The Times (London). Friday, 7 August 1964. (56084), col E, p. 10.