July 1964

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The following events occurred in July 1964:

July 1, 1964 (Wednesday)

  • Field Marshal Mohammad Ayub Khan, president of Pakistan, visits Kabul briefly, where he meets King Mohammad Zahir. For the first time in several years, relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan are relatively amicable following the decision of the government of Afghanistan to deal with the Pakhtunistan dispute only through diplomatic negotiations and to carry on normal relations with Pakistan in other respects.
  • In an event at the Bislett stadion in Oslo, Norwegian Terje Pedersen breaks the Men's javelin world record.[1]

July 2, 1964 (Thursday)

July 3, 1964 (Friday)

  • The Spanish tanker MV Bonifaz collides with French ship MV Fabiola off the Spanish coast in fog. Bonfiaz catches fire and sinks. Six of her 50 crew are rescued by the West German ship MV Sloman Malaga.[2] Bonifaz was also carrying six passengers. The Dutch ship MV Setas picks up 22 crew and three passengers. Four of the crew subsequently die of their injuries.[3]
  • Black Muslim uprising at Joliet prison in the wake of Cooper v. Pate.[4][5]

July 4, 1964 (Saturday)

  • Alabama governor George Wallace gives a speech condemning the Civil Rights Act, claiming that it will threaten individual liberty, free enterprise and private property rights and adding: "The liberal left-wingers have passed it. Now let them employ some pinknik social engineers in Washington, D.C., to figure out what to do with it."[6]
  • The Beach Boys' I Get Around reaches Number One on the Billboard charts.
  • Born: Elie Saab, Lebanese fashion designer, in Beirut

July 5, 1964 (Sunday)

July 6, 1964 (Monday)

July 7, 1964 (Tuesday)

July 8, 1964 (Wednesday)

  • Vietnam War: U.S. military personnel announce that U.S. casualties in Vietnam have risen to 1,387, including 399 dead and 17 MIA.
  • The British ferry SS Arromanches runs aground off Seaford, East Sussex, in a storm, but is refloated after three hours.[9]

July 9, 1964 (Thursday)

  • United Airlines Flight 823 crashes 2 miles northeast of Parrottsville, Tennessee, after experiencing an uncontrollable fire on board, killing all 39 people on board.[10] The fire originates below the passenger floor and eventually enters the passenger cabin. One passenger attempts to abandon the aircraft through am escape window prior to impact but does not survive the free-fall. The fire eventually burns through the cockpit and it is likely the crew was unconscious by that time. The exact cause of the fire remains unknown; overheating of the plane's battery or something in a passenger's luggage are thought the most likely possibilities.
  • A partial solar eclipse occurs.

July 10, 1964 (Friday)

July 11, 1964 (Saturday)

July 12, 1964 (Sunday)

July 13, 1964 (Monday)

  • Appeals by Lennie Field and the unrelated Brian Field, implicated in the previous year's Great Train Robbery, against the charges of Conspiracy to Rob are allowed by a court. Their sentences are thus effectively reduced to five years.
  • Died: Joel Brand, 58, Romanian-born German member of the Hungarian Aid and Rescue Committee (liver disease)

July 14, 1964 (Tuesday)

July 15, 1964 (Wednesday)

  • The Post Office Tower in London is completed, although it does not begin operation until October 1965.[16]

July 16, 1964 (Thursday)

July 17, 1964 (Friday)

July 18, 1964 (Saturday)

July 19, 1964 (Sunday)

July 20, 1964 (Monday)

July 21, 1964 (Tuesday)

July 22, 1964 (Wednesday)

July 23, 1964 (Thursday)

July 24, 1964 (Friday)

  • Egyptian cargo ship SS Star of Alexandria explodes and sinks at Bône, Algeria, killing at least twenty people and injuring at least 165 others.[20]
  • Born: Bert van Gulik, Business Informationmanager, in Huijbergen, the Netherlands.

July 25, 1964 (Saturday)

July 26, 1964 (Sunday)

July 27, 1964 (Monday)

  • Vietnam War: The U.S. sends 5,000 more military advisers to South Vietnam, bringing the total number of United States forces in Vietnam to 21,000.

July 28, 1964 (Tuesday)

July 29, 1964 (Wednesday)

July 30, 1964 (Thursday)

  • Born: Vivica A. Fox, US actress and TV producer, in South Bend, Indiana

July 31, 1964 (Friday)

  • Ranger program: Ranger 7 sends back the first close-up photographs of the moon (images are 1,000 times clearer than anything ever seen from Earth-bound telescopes).
  • A temperature of 53.3 °C (127.9 °F) is recorded in Toksun County, the highest reliable temperature recorded during standard conditions anywhere in China.
  • In an event at Los Altos, California, swimmer Dick Roth breaks the world record in the 400 metres individual medley.
  • Died: Jim Reeves, 40, US country singer, killed when the small plane he was piloting encountered a violent thunderstorm while flying over Brentwood, Tennessee.


  1. "12th IAAF World Championships In Athletics: IAAF Statistics Handbook. Berlin 2009." (PDF). Monte Carlo: IAAF Media & Public Relations Department. 2009. pp. Pages 546, 559. Archived from the original (pdf) on November 23, 2012. Retrieved August 5, 2009. 
  2. "16 Missing in Ship Collision" The Times (London). Saturday, 4 July 1964. (56055), col D, p. 8.
  3. "26 Feared Dead in Tanker Collision" The Times (London). Monday, 6 July 1964. (56056), col G, p. 8.
  4. "4 Muslim Convicts Stage A Rebellion", New York Times, 4 July 1964.
  5. Toussaint Losier, "'. . .For Strictly Religious Reason[s]': Cooper v. Pate and the Origins of the Prisoners’ Rights Movement", Souls 15, 2013.
  6. Wallace, George C. (July 4, 1964). The Civil Rights Movement: Fraud, Sham, and Hoax (Speech). Retrieved April 26, 2012. 
  7. Hart-Davis, Duff (2011). The War That Never Was. Random House. ISBN 978-0-099-55329-8. Chapter 8: Breach of Security.
  8. "14th Berlin International Film Festival". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2010-02-16. 
  9. "670 Children in Grounded Ship" The Times (London). Thursday, 9 July 1964. (56059), col B, p. 9.
  10. Accident description at the Aviation Safety Network
  11. Farrow, John (10 July 1964). "Lema nabs British Open". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. p. 3B. 
  12. United States v. Bolden
  13. Mickey Wright captures her fourth 'Open' title
  14. The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read (1978)
  15. Losin, Peter. "Miles Ahead Session Details". Miles Ahead. Peter Losin. Retrieved 2009-01-10. 
  16. Palmer, Alan; Veronica (1992). The Chronology of British History. London: Century Ltd. pp. 422–423. ISBN 0-7126-5616-2. 
  17. "Trepassey - 1964". Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  18. Siw Malmqvist biographical entry in Nationalencyklopedin
  19. & Behcet Kemal, "The Formation of RCD: Regional Cooperation for Development", Middle Eastern Studies, Volume 45, Number 4, July 2009 , pp. 637-660(24)
  20. "Egyptian Ship Blows Up" The Times (London). Saturday, 25 July 1964. (56073), col D, p. 6.
  21. "SR-71 Blackbird." lockheedmartin.com. Retrieved: 14 March 2010.
  22. Brief biography of Gunnar Reiss-Andersen (in Norwegian)