May 1964

May 14, 1964: Nasser and Khrushchev press button for explosion at Aswan Dam
"Papa Doc" Duvalier named Haiti's President-for-life
May 24, 1964: Candidate Goldwater suggests using nuclear weapons in Vietnam War

The following events occurred in May 1964:

May 1, 1964 (Friday)

  • At 4:00 a.m.[1] at Dartmouth College, mathematics professors John Kemeny and Thomas Kurts ran the first program written in BASIC(Beginners' All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code), an easy to learn computer programming language that they had created. The original version had 14 statements (DATA, DEF, DIM, END, FOR, GOSUB, IF, LET, NEXT, PRINT, READ, REM, and RETURN) and nine built in DEF functions (Sin, Cos, Tan, Atn, Exp, Log, Sqr, Rnd, and Int). Kemeny would write later that "We at Dartmouth envisaged the possibility of millions of people writing their own computer programs" [2]
  • Born: Yvonne van Gennip, Netherlands speed skater, winner of three gold medals in 1988 Winter Olympics; in Haarlem
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