The British music invasion began with the Beatles' chart-topping I Want To Hold Your Hand and their debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. Their first major-label U.S. album, Meet The Beatles, became America's best-selling LP of all time within a week of its release. In April, the Beatles occupied the top five positions on the U.S. singles chart.
An earthquake near Anchorage with an estimated Richter scale magnitude of 8.6 killed 131 Alaskans.
The "long, hot summer" of civil unrest resulted in major riots in Harlem, Philadelphia, Chicago and Jacksonville.
President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Martin Luther King, Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize.
Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev was removed from the Communist Party and replaced by Leonid Brezhnev. Aleksei Kosygin was appointed premier.
The Futurama exhibit by General Motors was the most popular attraction at the World's Fair in New York. Lower-than-expected attendance caused many of the attractions to close before the end of the fair.
An unmanned U.S. spacecraft captured the first detailed pictures of the crater-ridden lunar surface.
Campaigning with his Great Society theme, President Johnson was elected to his first full term, in a landslide vote over Republican Barry Goldwater.
The Warren Commission determined that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone Kennedy assassin and there was no conspiracy in the Dallas shooting.
40 people died in heavy flooding, blizzards and ice storms during December in the Pacific Northwest.
Congress approved the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, giving President Johnson the authority to wage war against North Vietnam.
Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore received Emmys for best actor and actress and their Dick Van Dyke Show was named best comedy series.
McDonald's Restaurants expanded into the eastern states and became a national chain.
Hello, Dolly! was Broadway's biggest hit.