January 1964: A Retrospective

January 2nd, 2014


As we start the New Year, we thought it would be interesting to look back and see what historical events took place on this month in January, fifty years ago in 1964. As you can see from the list below, in only one month, a great deal happened around the world, some of which continue to be part of the news today.

We hope you’ll find this retrospective interesting or at the least amusing in that history does have a way of repeating itself, from political unrest, revolution to diplomatic stalemates. It also chronicles some firsts, such as the announcement about plans to build the World Trade Center, the first female presidential candidate and the Beatles having their first #1 hit in the U.S.

January 1964

January 1st – In Africa, Federation of Rhodesia & Nyasaland dissolved

January 2nd – Failed assassination attempt on president Nkrumah of Ghana (though 2 years later in 1966, a military coup led to his ouster forcing him to seek exile in Guinea)

January 3rd – On TV in the U.S., the Jack Paar Show shows a clip of the Beatles singing “She Loves You.” To view the clip, click on this link:

January 5th – Pope Paul VI visits Jordan & Israel

January 7th – Bahamas becomes self-governing
(and on July 10, 1973, it gained its independence)

January 8th – European Parliament accept Mansholt Plan

January 8th – U.S. President Lyndon B Johnson declares “War on Poverty”

January 11th – Panama ends diplomatic relations with US
 after the breakout of anti-US rioting that started two days earlier on January 9th

January 11th – U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry reports that smoking may be hazardous

January 12th – In Tanzania, revolution overthrows Sultan of Zanzibar, one month after independence Revolution

January 13th – Hindu-Muslim rioting breaks out in the Indian city of Calcutta – now Kolkata – resulting in the deaths of more than 100 people.

January 14th – Jacqueline Kennedy’s 1st public appearance (TV) since President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. To see a clip of her TV appearance, click on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auVIO5zM8C0

January 18th – Plans for World Trade Center announced (NYC)

January 22nd – At the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, the Wisconsin Pavilion displayed the world’s largest cheese (15,723 kg or 34,591 pounds) manufactured

January 24th – 24th Amendment to US Constitution goes into effect & states voting rights could not be denied due to failure to pay taxes

January 25th – Beatles 1st US #1, “I Want to Hold your Hand” (Cashbox)

January 25th – Echo 2, US communications satellite launched

January 27th – Margaret Chase Smith (Sen-R-Maine) tries for Republican Presidential bid

January 29th – 9th Winter Olympic games open in Innsbruck, Austria

January 29th – Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove,” premieres

Film Director Stanley Kubrick

January 29th – Unmanned Apollo 1 Saturn launcher test attains Earth orbit

January 30th – Military coup of Gen Nguyen Khanh in South Vietnam

January 30th – Ranger 6 launched; makes perfect flight to Moon, but cameras fail

January 31st – The U.S. report “Smoking & Health” connects smoking to lung cancer

Together, let’s help make 2014 a year of remarkable achievements and breakthroughs that promote the betterment of our global society and planet as a whole. Happy New Year!


Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, Inc.

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