• Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act into law, abolishing racial segregation in the U.S.
• The “War on Poverty” would be declared.
• The Good Friday Earthquake, the most powerful earthquake in U.S. history at a magnitude of 9.2, strikes South Central Alaska, killing 125 people and inflicting massive damage to the city of Anchorage, Alaska.
• Jimmy Hoffa is convicted by a federal jury of tampering.
• The United States Supreme Court rules that under the First Amendment, speech criticizing political figures cannot be censored.
• A Dallas, Texas jury finds Jack Ruby guilty of killing John F. Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.
FADS and ENTERTAINMENT
• Movies: “Mary Poppins” “My Fair Lady” “Goldfinger” “A Hard Day’s Night”
• T.V.: “Jeopardy”, “Bewitched”, ”The Addams Family”, ”The Munsters”, Gilligan’s Island” all premiere.
• The Beatles hold the top 5 positions in the Billboard Top 40 singles in America, The top songs in America as listed on April 4, in order, are: Can’t Buy Me Love, Twist and Shout, She Loves You, I Want to Hold Your Hand, and Please Please Me.
• The Rolling Stones release their debut album, The Rolling Stones.
• Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) beat Sonny Liston to become boxings heavyweight champion.
• The first “Muscle Car” the Pontiac GTO hits the streets, as does the Ford Mustang
• Arizona was the closest statewide contest in the 1964 United States presidential election. It was decided just by 0.99%, despite being the home state of Republican nominee, Senator Barry Goldwater.
• Originally recorded in 1963 by the American vocal group The Exciters.
• The band was originally called “The Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers”
• In 1964, the group was asked to provide a new theme for the pop music television programme Ready Steady Go! They responded with “5-4-3-2-1” which, with the help of weekly television exposure, rose to #5 in the UK Singles Chart.
• The song was parodied by the controversial hip hop group 2 Live Crew on their 1988 album Move Somethin’,
• Mann went on to write advertising jingles after the group’s demise.
• “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” from Manfred Mann Your #1 @ 1 from October 1964.