Media

1964

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  • The Village Voice wins New York Press Association’s Annual Newspaper Contest.
  • Jack Newfield joins the Voice.
  • The Obie Awards expand to include Off-Off Broadway productions for the first time.
  • The Voice publishes a letter from Mel Brooks attacking Michael Smith, the drama critic. Brooks calls him a cockroach and asks to have his typewriter impounded.
  • The United States gets its glimpse of The Beatles on home soil when they perform on The Ed Sullivan Show.
  • The New York Times wins a key court case in its fight for freedom of the press. In New York Times Company v. Sullivan the U.S. Supreme Court establishes the standard for actual malice, which allowed greater freedom in reporting of the Southern civil rights movement.
  • 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.