This Day in History

The Ford Mustang Makes its Grand Debut

The Ford Mustang, a symbol of American automotive innovation, made its grand debut at the New York World’s Fair on April 17, 1964. This sleek and affordable sports car captured the hearts of Americans, revolutionizing the auto industry and becoming an instant classic. Its introduction not only spawned a new class of vehicles, the “pony […]

Earthquake Devastates Alaska

A devastating earthquake, known as the Great Alaska Earthquake, strikes the state with a magnitude of 9.2, triggering landslides, tsunamis, and widespread destruction across the region. This seismic event remains one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded in North American history, reshaping the landscape and prompting advancements in earthquake preparedness and engineering.

Italian Government Seeks Solutions for Leaning Tower of Pisa

On February 27, 1964, the Italian government initiated a call for suggestions to address the structural issues of the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa. Engineers and experts worldwide were invited to propose innovative solutions to stabilize and preserve this historical landmark.

The Beatles Perform on The Ed Sullivan Show 

A historic moment in music and television took place on February 9th, 1964, as The Beatles made their iconic debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, captivating audiences across America and igniting “Beatlemania.”

Sartre Wins and Declines Nobel Prize

Jean-Paul Sartre won and then declined the Nobel Prize for Literature. He regretted that it gave the appearance of scandal, but declined because he felt that accepting the award would limit his reach and influence as a writer.

China’s Atomic Bomb

China exploded an atomic bomb at 15:00 hours on October 16, 1964, thereby successfully carrying out its first nuclear test. This is a major achievement of the Chinese people in their struggle to strengthen their national defence and oppose the U.S. imperialist policy of nuclear blackmail and nuclear threats.

Voskhod I

USSR launches Voskhod I, first spacecraft with multi-person crew; it is also the first mission in which the crew did not wear space suits.