May 1964 calendar

May 1964

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in May 1964.
The US president was Lyndon B. Johnson (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Sir Alec Douglas-Home (Conservative), Pope St Paul VI was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on May 1964: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1964?


  • 01 May 1964 1st BASIC program runs on a computer
  • 02 May 1964 90th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack aboard Northern Dancer wins in 2:00.
  • 03 May 1964 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Clifford Ann Creed Golf Invitational.
  • 04 May 1964 Another World andAs the World Turns premieres on TV
  • 05 May 1964 Separatists riot in QuTbec, Canada.
  • 07 May 1964 Pacific Air Lines Flight 773, a Fairchild F-27 airliner, crashes near San Ramon, California, killing all 44 aboard; the FBI later reports that a cockpit recorder tape indicates that the pilot and co-pilot had been shot by a suicidal passenger.
  • 09 May 1964 Khrushchev visits Egypt
  • 12 May 1964 Manlio Brosio chosen as secretary-general of NATO.
  • 14 May 1964 Underground America Day is first observed.
  • 15 May 1964 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 16 May 1964 Verne Gagne beats Mad Dog Vachon in Omaha, to become NWA champion.
  • 17 May 1964 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Muskogee Civitan Golf Open Invitational.
  • 18 May 1964 David Frost interviews Paul McCartney on BBC
  • 19 May 1964 US diplomats find at least 40 secret microphones in the Moscow embassy.
  • 20 May 1964 Buster Mathis defeats Joe Frazier to qualify for US Olympic team.
  • 21 May 1964 First nuclear-powered lighthouse begins operations (Chesapeake Bay).
  • 22 May 1964 LBJ presents Great Society
  • 23 May 1964 Dale Greig runs female marathon world record (3:27:45).
  • 24 May 1964 18th Tony Awards: Luther and Hello Dolly win.
  • 25 May 1964 16th Emmy Awards: Dick Van Dyke Show, Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore
  • 26 May 1964 Fade Out-Fade In opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 199 performances
  • 27 May 1964 From Russia With Love premieres in US
  • 28 May 1964 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 9th String quartet
  • 30 May 1964 Beyond the Fringe closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 673 performances
  • 31 May 1964 Charles Schmid kills first Pied Piper victim
  • 02 May 1964 Vietnam War: An explosion sinks the American aircraft carrier USNS while it is docked at Saigon. Two Viet Cong combat swimmers had placed explosives on the ship's hull. She is raised and returned to service less than seven months later.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Can't Buy Me Love
  2. - Hello, Dolly!
  3. - My Guy
  4. - Love Me Do
  5. - Do You Want To Know A Secret

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Don't Throw Your Love Away
  2. - World Without Love
  3. - Juliet
  4. - I Believe
  5. - My Boy Lollipop


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in May 1964?

The Green Felt Jungle by Ed Reid and Ovid Demaris

The Green Felt Jungle


The Green Felt Jungle, the first book to explore the Las Vegas mirage, where unrestrained tourists can legally and innocently gamble.

A Day In The Life Of President Kennedy by Jim Bishop

A Day In The Life Of President Kennedy


"To my everlasting sorrow, I was not the last writer to collaborate with President Kennedy on an exclusive piece. So I requested that it be published exactly as it was written.

Reuben, Reuben by Peter DeVries

Reuben, Reuben


Two great deli sandwiches.............(pretty corny and cheesy, eh?--nudge, nudge) Spofford was inspired by Reuben, Reuben. THIS IS THE BASE FOR THE HIT MOVIE THAT STARRING TOM CONTI Reuben, Reuben was a 1983 comedy movie.

Von Ryan'S Express by David Westheimer

Von Ryan'S Express


Unwittingly, an Air Force colonel delivers a group British and American officers to the Germans and plans an escape

The Martyred by Richard E. Kim

The Martyred


"Written in an atmosphere of total austerity, and yet the passion for the book is constantly beating up against its seemingly barren surface.