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Major Events of 1964

1964 (Roman Numerals: MCMLXIV) was the 64th year of the 20th century. 1964 was a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Wednesday.

On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 1964.
News Events of 1964

Gulf Of Tonkin incident between United States and North Vietnam.

US Surgeon General warns against cigarette smoking.

China tests her first atomic bomb.

Atomic Bomb

Nelson Mandela imprisoned and sentenced to life imprisonment in South Africa, for opposing Apartheid.

The Beatles arrive on their first visit to the USA.

First Ford Mustang produced.

Zambia, Malta independent from UK.

Major earthquake ("Good Friday Earthquake") hits Alaska.

Forth Road Bridge opens.

Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) founded.

Tanganyika and Zanzibar merge to form Tanzania.

Sports in 1964
  • Olympic Games:

    • 1964 Summer Olympics (Games of the XVIII Olympiad): Tokyo, Japan

    • 1964 Winter Olympics (IX Olympic Winter Games): Innsbruck, Austria

    • Olympic games in Toyko broadcast worldwide by satellite for the first time.

  • Baseball:

    1964 World Series

    • Winning Team: St. Louis Cardinals

    • Losing Team: New York Yankees

  • Soccer:

    1964 European Cup:

    • Winners: Internazionale

    • Runners-Up: Real Madrid

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