Memory Lane

SMU 50-Year Reunion

Memory Lane: 1964 History

Births:  Nicolas Cage, Matt Dillon, Melissa Gilbert, Dwight Gooden, Rob Lowe.


The Oscars:

Best Picture: My Fair Lady.

Best Actor: Rex Harrison, My Fair Lady.

Best Actress: Julie Andrews, Mary Poppins.

Nobel Prizes:

Peace: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Literature: Jean Paul Sartre (declined)

Grammy Awards:

Record: "The Girl from Ipanema."

Male Vocalist: Louis Armstrong, "Hello, Dolly.!"

Female Vocalist: Barbara Streisand, "People."

Group: The Beatles, "Hard Day's Night."



Other Major Films of 1964: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Zorba the Greek, Goldfinger, 7 Faces of Dr. Lao, Becket, Topkapi, Seance on a Wet Afternoon, Father Goose, Marriage Italian Style, The Pumpkin Eater, The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

The Beatles made three top-rated appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show.

New TV shows of 1964: Peyton Place, Jeopardy, Bewitched, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., The Addams Family, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Flipper, Gilligan's Island, The Munsters, Let's Make a Deal, Daniel Boone.

Popular Dances: The Frug, the Dog, the Monkey, and the Watusi.

Discotheques became fashionable, along with go-go girls in cages.

Top Broadway Shows: Hello Dolly!, Fiddler on the Roof.

Ten days after her divorce from Eddie Fisher, Elizabeth Taylor married Richard Burton.

Top Attractions at the New York World's Fair: General Motors' Futurama, and Michelangelo's Pieta.

New York's Gallery of Modern Art opened in its new building on Columbus Circle.


The Summer Olympics were held in Tokyo, Japan; the Winter Olympics were in Innsbruck, Austria.

"Bullet" Bob Hayes was the Gold Medal winner in the 100 meter run.

In hockey, Toronto defeated Detroit to win its third straight Stanley Cup.

Ray Bluth had the highest average among professional bowlers.

A record 58-pound channel catfish was caught in the Santee-Cooper reservoir in South Carolina.

Cassius Clay knocked out Sonny Liston to win the heavyweight title.

Peggy Fleming was the U.S. women's figure skating champion.

Northern Dancer, ridden by Willie Hartack, won both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

A.J. Foyt won the 48th annual Indianapolis 500.

UCLA defeated Duke for the NCAA division I basketball championship.

The Boston Celtics won their 6th straight NBA championship.

Wilt Chamberlain of San Francisco was the NBA scoring leader; Oscar Robertson of Cincinnati was the MVP.

Ara Parseghian of Notre Dame was college football's Coach of the Year.

Alabama was the number 1 football team, beating Mississippi 12-7 in the Sugar Bowl.


Other Events of 1964:

Lyndon Johnson defeated Barry Goldwater in the presidential election.

Unmanned rockets sent back the first close-up pictures of the moon's surface, as well as the closest fly-by photos of Mars.

The first major Surgeon General's Report on smoking and health was released.

President Johnson signed the most comprehensive civil rights bill in U.S. history.

Jimmy Hoffa was convicted of fraud and sentenced to 5 years in prison.

The Treasury Department announced that the U.S. would borrow from the International Monetary Fund for the first time.

The Palestine Liberation Organization was established.

The Warren Commission concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, authorizing an increased U.S. presence in Vietnam.

Large scale race riots erupted in New York, Philadelphia, and several other cities.

The 400th birthday of William Shakespeare was widely celebrated.

Following numerous anti-American riots, Congress agreed to renegotiate the Panama Canal Treaty.

The FBI arrested 21 persons for violating the civil rights of three civil rights workers murdered in Mississippi.

China became the 5th nuclear power by exploding an atomic bomb on October 16.

The Senate Rules Committee found Bobby Baker guilty of "many gross improprieties."

The 24th Ammendment, abolishing the poll tax, was ratified.