1964 Newspapers

Our collection of 1964 newspapers features splendid original of some of the nation’s most trusted and well-established sources such as The Times, The Guardian, and The Daily Mail. The 1960s was a fascinating decade that bore no resemblance to the war torn years of the first half of the century. The conservative mentality of the 50s was being rapidly deconstructed, as society began to advocate for freedom and equality. There was a resurgence of women’s liberation movements, which sought equality with men in all areas of life, including the workplace.

Read all about the events that marked this year in history, and understand what it was like to experience them through first hand accounts as they happened.

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1964 Newspaper Headlines Summary

1964 newspaper headlines are filled with stories that shocked and enthralled the public. Some of the most memorable 1964 news reports include stories about the Beatles and the “Beatle-Mania” which had gripped the world. It was the year in which the Rolling Stones released their first album, Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment in South Africa, and BBC Two began broadcasting in Britain. This list shows key events from some of our 1964 newspaper articles, chronicling history through the words and pictures of those who experienced it.

29th January 1964
The 1964 Winter Olympics are held in Innsbruck, Austria.

7th February 1964
The Beatles arrive at New York City’s JFK International Airport, receiving a tumultuous reception from a throng of screaming fans. This is the first occurrence of “Beatle-mania” in the United States.

25th February 1964
Cassius Clay beats Sonny Liston in Miami Beach, Florida, and is crowned the heavyweight champion of the world.

16th April 1964
The Rolling Stones release their debut album, “The Rolling Stones“.

16th April 1964
Thirteen men are sentenced to a total of 307 years in jail for a heist known as The Great Train Robbery. The men had stolen £2.6m in used bank notes after holding up the night mail train travelling from Glasgow to London in August 1963.

20th April 1964
BBC Two begins broadcasting in the United Kingdom.

12th June 1964
Nelson Mandela and seven others are sentenced to life imprisonment in South Africa and sent to the Robben Island prison.

21st June 1964
Spain beats the Soviet Union 2-1 to win the 1964 European Nations Cup.

6th July 1964
Malawi declares its independence from the United Kingdom.

13th August 1964
Murderers Gwynne Owen Evans and Peter Anthony Allen become the last people to be executed in the United Kingdom.

14th September 1964
The London Daily Herald ceases publication and is replaced by The Sun.

21st September 1964
The island of Malta obtains independence from the United Kingdom.

10-24th October 1964
The 1964 Summer Olympics are held in Tokyo.

15th October 1964
The Labour Party wins the parliamentary elections, ending thirteen years of Conservative Party rule.

9th November 1964
The House of Commons votes to abolish the death penalty for murder in Britain.

10th December 1964
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway.

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