January 11 Surgeon General Luther L. Terry
releases his report on cigarette smoking.
January 16 Hello, Dolly! opens at the St. James Theater in New York City.
January 23 The Twenty-fourth Amendment, abolishing the poll tax,
becomes part of the U.S. Constitution.
February 7 The Beatles arrive at JFK Airport.
February 25 World heavyweight championship fight between Cassius
Clay and Sonny
Liston takes place.
March 27 Alaskan earthquake kills 117 people.
April 12 Arnold Palmer wins the Masters for the fourth time.
April 22 The New York World’s Fair opens.
May 30 A. J. Foyt wins the
forty-eighth Indianapolis 500 at an average speed of 147 miles per hour.
June 10 Senate votes
the civil rights bill, ending a
July 2 President Lyndon Johnson signs
the Civil Rights Act.
July 15 Sen. Barry Goldwater
is nominated for the Presidency on the Republican ticket.
August 2 North Vietnamese
PT boats attack
the USS Maddox in
the Gulf of Tonkin.
August 4 The bodies of three murdered civil rights workers are discovered outside Philadelphia, Mississippi.
August 7 Congress passes the
Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, approving U.S. military intervention in Southeast Asia.
August 20 President Johnson signs the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, authorizing nearly $100 million for a Job Corps, training programs, and other antipoverty initiatives.
August 27 Lyndon Johnson becomes the Democratic candidate for President.
September 3 LBJ signs the Wilderness Act, establishing a permanent
wilderness system of more than nine million acres.
September 27 The Warren Commission
releases its report, saying there was no conspiracy
involved in the assassination of President Kennedy.
October 14 Martin Luther King, Jr., wins the Nobel Peace Prize.
October 15 The St. Louis
Cardinals defeat the New York Yankees
to win the World Series.
November 3 Lyndon Johnson is elected President with 486 electoral votes to Goldwater’s 52 and a popular vote of 43,126,506 to 27,175,754.
November 21 The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge opens, joining Brooklyn and Staten Island with a 6,690-foot span, the world’s longest.
November 28 Mariner 4 launches from Cape Kennedy, Florida; it will
pictures of the surface of Mars next summer.
December 4 The FBI arrests 21
Mississippi residents in the murder of the civil rights workers; the charges are soon dropped.
December 14 The Supreme Court rules that the public accommodations sections of
the Civil Rights Act, which
in hotels, is constitutional.