December 1964 calendar

December 1964

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in December 1964.
The US president was Lyndon B. Johnson (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Harold Wilson (Labour), Pope St Paul VI was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on December 1964: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 1964?


  • 01 Dec 1964 Houston Colt .45s change name to Houston Astros.
  • 03 Dec 1964 Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer 1st airs on TV
  • 04 Dec 1964 Baseball approves a free-agent draft
  • 06 Dec 1964 KTVR TV channel 13 in La Grande, OR (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 10 Dec 1964 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Dr Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 11 Dec 1964 Sam Cooke, American singer ("You Send Me", "Sad Moon"), slain at a motel at age 33.
  • 12 Dec 1964 Shooting starts for Star Trek pilot The Cage
  • 13 Dec 1964 In El Paso, Texas, US President Lyndon Johnson and Mexican President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz set off an explosion diverting Rio Grande, to reshape US-MTxico border.
  • 14 Dec 1964 Michael Brown meets Rene Fladen, then writes Walk Away Rene
  • 15 Dec 1964 Canada adopts maple leaf flag
  • 16 Dec 1964 US performs nuclear test in the Pacific Ocean.
  • 18 Dec 1964 I Had a BaIl opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 199 performances
  • 19 Dec 1964 The South Vietnamese military junta of Nguyen Khanh dissolved the High National Council and arrested some of the members.
  • 20 Dec 1964 Levi Eshkol forms Israeli government.
  • 21 Dec 1964 The James Bond film ''Goldfinger'' begins its run in U.S. theaters. It becomes one of the most successful and popular Bond films ever made.
  • 22 Dec 1964 Lockheed SR-71 spy aircraft reaches 3,530 kph (record for a jet).
  • 23 Dec 1964 India and Ceylon hit by cyclone, about 4,850 killed.
  • 24 Dec 1964 Shooting begins on The Cage the pilot for Star Trek
  • 25 Dec 1964 Goldfinger premieres in US
  • 26 Dec 1964 Moors Murderers claim last victim
  • 27 Dec 1964 Cleveland Browns beat Baltimore Colts 27-0 in NFL championship game.
  • 28 Dec 1964 Principal filming of Dr Zhivago, begins
  • 30 Dec 1964 United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) established as a permanent organ of the UN General Assembly.
  • 31 Dec 1964 Indonesia proclaims expelled from the UN
  • 05 Dec 1964 Lloyd J. Old discovers the first linkage between the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) and disease—mouse leukemia—opening the way for the recognition of the importance of the MHC in the immune response.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in December 1964?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Ringo
  2. - Mr. Lonely
  3. - Come See About Me
  4. - I Feel Fine
  5. - She's Not There

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Baby Love
  2. - I Feel Fine
  3. - Yeh Yeh
  4. - Oh Pretty Woman
  5. - Downtown


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in December 1964?

Not Under Oath by John Kieran

Not Under Oath


John Kieran's Recollections and Reflections: Not Under Oath

This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart

This Rough Magic


Lucy visits her sister Lucy in Corfu for a visit. She is thrilled to learn that Sir Julian Gale is renting the castello over their villa to him, one of England's brightest lights.

My Favorite Things by Dorothy F. Rodgers

My Favorite Things


Dorothy Rodgers, 1964. My Favorite Things. A Personal Guide to Decorating. Illustrated with 20 full-page color photos. Hardcover, 279 pages. Published by Avenel Books.

Candy by Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg



The now-classic Candy was banned upon its first publication. It is a hilarious romp about Candy Christian, an all-American girl with wide eyes and lusciousness. Candy, a satire on Voltaire's Candide, chronicles her adventures meeting mystics and sexual analysts as …

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

A Moveable Feast