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1964 in

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Timeline for 1964
20th century | 1960s

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In 1964, both Peri Brown and Melanie Bush, two companions of the Sixth Doctor, were born.

Doctor X in an Amazing Adventure in Space was published. It was the first book about the television series Doctor X and was very rare. (PROSE: In Search of Doctor X)

When reality was almost destroyed by the Pyramid Eternia, a barman in Marbella became a lump of coal. This was reversed by the Ancients of the Universe. (PROSE: Big Bang Generation)

Dated events

January - June

On 11 May, Jane Potter drowned in the River Stock. (AUDIO: The Eternal Summer, Plague of the Daleks)

Sarah Jane Smith and Andrea Yates at Westport pier. (TV: Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?)

On 13 July, Maria Jackson broke free of the Trickster's Graske servant and arrived on this date. A few minutes later, thirteen-year-old Sarah Jane Smith's best friend Andrea Yates fell off a pier and drowned. The Trickster appeared and coaxed Andrea to switch places with Sarah Jane, creating an alternate timeline where she died instead. After spending over forty years in the altered timeline, Andrea revoked her deal with the Trickster and allowed herself to perish once again, restoring the original course of the timeline. Also by this time, the Beatles had sold out the first leg of their United Kingdom tour. (TV: Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?) They were still touring in November. (PROSE: In Search of Doctor X)

July - December

On 22 July, Melanie Bush was born. (PROSE: Spiral Scratch)

In October, the Labour Party defeated the Conservatives in the United Kingdom general election. The former's leader Harold Wilson became the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, succeeding Sir Alec Douglas-Home. James Callaghan was appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer. (AUDIO: State of Emergency) The Seventh Doctor, who had been elected as an independent member of Parliament using the alias "John Rutherford" in May 1963 on a platform of nuclear disarmament, stood down at this election. (AUDIO: 1963: The Assassination Games)

Also in October, a German U-boat which was patrolling the English Channel in 1943 was sent forward in time, where it threatened to torpedo the Isle of Wight ferry. Sir Toby Kinsella of the Intrusion Counter-Measures Group ordered Group Captain Ian Gilmore and his squad to investigate and render assistance to the personnel of the nearby Lanchester Naval Base. (AUDIO: State of Emergency)

In October, an aeroplane which left New York City with a crew of eleven and hundreds of passengers landed in London with no one aboard, not even the pilot. The matter was investigated by Professor Rachel Jensen of the Intrusion Counter-Measures Group. (AUDIO: State of Emergency)

15 November, according to her passport, was the birth date of Perpugilliam "Peri" Brown. (TV: Planet of Fire)

On 23 November, Joan Wright remembered the day Barbara Wright disappeared, one year prior. She spent time in Barbara's room and then settled herself in bed with a crossword and a cup of cocoa. She eventually fell asleep, and dreamt that she was chatting with Barbara in the kitchen over tea, and that Barbara told her she was all right, she was travelling, and she would be home very soon. The following morning she awoke, remembered the dream, and laughed and cried at the same time. (PROSE: A Long Night)

In December, Andy Hansen and Erimem went Christmas shopping in London. (PROSE: In Search of Doctor X)

Unknown dates

Allison Williams completed her degree at the University of Cambridge and obtained her doctorate. (AUDIO: Threshold)

The Beatles' song "I Want to Hold Your Hand" was knocked off the top of the British charts by the Dave Clark Five song "Glad All Over", which peaked at No. 6 in the United States. (AUDIO: Threshold)

The musical group the Who was formed. (AUDIO: 1963: Fanfare for the Common Men)

Allison Williams and Julian St Stephen became engaged. (AUDIO: Artificial Intelligence)

A failed attempt to kidnap Sir Alec Douglas-Home, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, took place. The incident was subsequently covered up by the British government. (AUDIO: The Pelage Project)

Foxgrove was demolished to make way for the A7665. (TV: The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith)

The Fourth Doctor visited St Cedd's College at Cambridge. (TV: Shada)

An archaeological dig in Alaska led by Tulung's father accidentally unearthed a Permian fossil. It revived and attacked them. While Shaun Brett's father fled, Tulung's father used dynamite to destroy the creature. The plane carrying Brett nearly collided with the TARDIS, which had materialised in mid-air immediately before travelling to 1994. (AUDIO: The Land of the Dead)

Nikita Khrushchev was removed from office as the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Nevertheless, he continued to exercise considerable control over the Politburo until his health began to fail seven years later. (PROSE: Who Killed Kennedy)

Muriel Wilberforce died in Pease Pottage. (AUDIO: The Wrong Doctors)

Members of an unnamed species attacked children on Parliament Hill. (COMIC: The Door to a Winter Long Ago)

By this time, many of the British Empire's colonies had gained independence. (AUDIO: State of Emergency)

George Best, Bobby Charlton and Denis Law played for Manchester United. (PROSE: In Search of Doctor X)

Alternate timelines

JFK survives

On 22 January, in an alternate timeline, US President John F. Kennedy would have started a nuclear war on this date if he had not been assassinated on 22 November 1963. (PROSE: Who Killed Kennedy)

Andrea Yates' world

On 13 July, in another alternative timeline created by the Trickster, Sarah Jane Smith drowned and Andrea lived. This was undone by Andrea in 2008, once she realised the results of what she had done. (TV: Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?)