A Comparative Timeline of World Events and the Life of Sri Chinmoy 1931 1964 1970 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1964 7 FEBRUARY The Beatles began their first American tour. 25 FEBRUARY Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) became world heavyweight boxing champion by defeating Sonny Liston. 13 APRIL At the age of 32, Chinmoy Kumar Ghose came to the West. He arrived at New York’s JFK Airport. 22 APRIL The New York World’s Fair opened in Queens. It featured the futuristic Unisphere. 27 MAY India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, died. 12 JUNE In South Africa, Nelson Mandela was convicted of treason and sentenced to life imprisonment. He was moved to a jail cell on Robben Island. 18 JULY Race riots erupted in New York City. 7 AUGUST Congress passed Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, giving President Johnson broad military powers in North Vietnam. The resolution amounted to a declaration of war. 10-24 OCTOBER The Summer Olympics was held in Tokyo. 14 OCTOBER Civil rights leader, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for advocating a policy of non-violence. 21 NOVEMBER New York’s Verrazano-Narrows Bridge opened. It was the world’s longest suspension bridge at the time. 3 DECEMBER Police arrested 824 students at the University of California at Berkley after they staged a massive sit-in.