October 17, 2021

1964 (MCMLXIV) in the Gregorian calendar was a leap year that began on a Wednesday.



First quarter

January 1 - The Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland is dissolved. January 8 - US President Lyndon B. Johnson declares "war on poverty" in the country. January 12 - Zanzibar rebels launch the Zanzibar Revolution and declare themselves a republic. January 30 - Ranger 6 is launched by NASA. The mission is to bring TV cameras and crash lands on the Moon. February 2 - US spacecraft Ranger VI lands on the moon. February 11 - War breaks out in Limassol, Cyprus, between the Greeks and the Turks. Taiwan breaks diplomatic relations with France. March 6 - Paul I of Greece dies and is succeeded by Constantine II. March 9 - In Cyprus, Greek Cypriot forces attack Turkish strongholds. March 14 - A Dallas jury finds Jack Ruby guilty of killing John F. Kennedy's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald. March 20 - The forerunner of the European Space Agency, ESRO (European Space Research Organization), is created. March 27 - The Good Friday earthquake in Alaska: The strongest earthquake in US history hits Alaska. The quake, with a magnitude of 9.2, killed 125 people and caused extensive damage in Anchorage. March 31 - The dictatorship in Brazil, under General Castello Branco, begins.

Second quarter

April 1 - João Belchior Marques Goulart is ousted as President of Brazil following a coup. April 2 - Saab launches project leading to the production of a new and larger car; Saab 99. April 26 - Tanganyika and Zanzibar merge into Tanzania. May 29 - The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) is established. June 12 - In South Africa, Nelson Mandela, who has already been imprisoned since 1961, is sentenced to life in prison for treason and espionage. June 30 - UN military forces leave Congo.

Third quarter

July 26 - State of emergency in Rochester, New York after racial riots. August 2 - US warships are attacked by North Vietnamese torpedo boats in the Gulf of Tonkin. August 13 - Last execution in Britain. September 3 - Indonesian forces land in Malaysia. September 4 - British forces come to Malaysia's aid. September 13 - Coup in South Vietnam. September 21 - Malta becomes independent. September 27 - The Warren Commission concludes that Lee Harvey Oswald alone killed President John F. Kennedy.

Fourth quarter

October 15 - Nikita Khrushchev is ousted as Prime Minister and Party Secretary. November 3 - Lyndon B. Johnson wins over Barry Goldwater in the US presidential election. November 4 - A military junta seizes power in Bolivia. November 8 - A ceasefire in the Yemeni civil war. November 12 - OPEC is created. November 24 - Belgian and US forces release 1,300 white hostages in Stanleyville, Congo. December 12 - Kenya becomes independent. December 25 - A tsunami hits Ceylon and India. 7000 perish.


January 19 - The skate "Einar 1" hits ground and sinks in Varanger. Four perish. January 20 - Cargo vessel "Norvarp" is on a journey from Finnmark to Trondheim with mink feed, when it crashes and sinks outside Andenes lighthouse. January 25 - The bankline boat "Nysjø" is sunk by the East German tanker "Trattendorf" off Hjelmsøy in Finnmark. 14 perish. February 3 - Cargo vessel "Norhals" with stockfish cargo sinks in a storm between Buholmråsa lighthouse and Nord-Rødøy in Trøndelag. The crew of three perishes. February 26 - The herring boat "Norna" sinks. One perishes. March 2 - The five kroner banknotes are replaced with coins. March 12 - A shark disappears off Arnøya in Troms. Three perish. April 12 - The Knights' Race is arranged for the first time. May 4 - The right to practice religion is enshrined in the constitution. September 14 - Langnes Airport, Trom

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