Robert Duvall wins the Obie Award for distinguished performance in A View from the Bridge.
Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood—a story about murder of four members of a wealthy Kansas farm family—is published for the first time in The New Yorker. It is later released as a book by Random House.
Nelson Rockefeller, New York Governor from 1959 to 1973, creates the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. It merges with the New York City subway system.
The Jackson 5 travel to New York City to break into show business and win Amateur Night at the Apollo. Michael Jackson is 10 years old.
Malcolm X is assassinated by three members of the Nation of Islam at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem, where he was delivering a speech. He is 39.
The Voice runs the last interview Malcom X granted before his assassination.
The Beatles hold a press conference at Manhattan’s Warwick Hotel on the first stop of their 1965 North American tour. The group performs at Shea Stadium two days later.
The city endures a massive power blackout, and the ordeal becomes the subject of a motion picture entitled Where Were You When The Lights Went Out?.
The Worlds Fair is held at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens. It opens on April 22, 1964 and runs for two six-month seasons ending October 17, 1965. It is the largest World’s Fair ever held in the United States, occupying nearly a square mile.