What Happened in August 1963

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 Beatles Book is sold out on its 1st day of sale
  • Aug 1 Germany FR annexes Elten village
  • Aug 1 WQAD TV channel 8 in Moline, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 2 30th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 20, Green Bay 17 (65,000)
  • Aug 3 "No Strings" closes at 84th St Theater NYC after 580 performances
  • Aug 3 Allan Sherman releases "Hello Mudda, Hello Fadda"
  • Aug 3 Beatles final performance at Cavern Club in Liverpool
  • Aug 4 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Milwaukee Jaycee Golf Open
  • Aug 5 Britain, USA & USSR sign nuclear test ban treaty
  • Aug 5 Craig Breedlove sets world auto speed record at 407.45 MPH

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Aug 7 Jacqueline Kennedy becomes 1st US First Lady to give birth (Patrick Kennedy) since Mrs Cleveland

  • Aug 8 Great Train Robbery in England, £2.6 million ($7.3 million)
  • Aug 8 Kingsmen release "Louie, Louie", radio stations label it obscene
  • Aug 8 LA Dodgers F Howard & B Skowron are 3rd to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • Aug 8 Verne Gagne beats Fritz Von Erich in Amarillo, to become NWA champ
  • Aug 9 Britains rock TV show, Ready Steady Go, premieres
  • Aug 9 NY Met Roger Craig's NL record-tying 18-game losing streak ends
  • Aug 11 Kingston Trio are mystery guest on "What's My Line?"
  • Aug 11 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Waterloo Women's Golf Open Invitational
  • Aug 11 Four ANC political detainees escape from Pretoria Central prison in South Africa
  • Aug 12 Portuguese dictator Salazar firm on African colonization

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Aug 12 Stan Musial announces he will retire at end of year

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • Aug 13 US Customs agents confiscate 21 gold coins from Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas
  • Aug 13 Warren Spahn sets left-hander strike out mark at 2,382
  • Aug 15 Fulbert Youlou resigns as President of Congo-Brazzaville
  • Aug 16 Independence is restored to Dominican Republic
  • Aug 17 Jim Hickman becomes 1st NY Met to hit for cycle
  • Aug 17 Oriole's Dick Hall retires his 28th consecutive player in relief
  • Aug 18 James Meredith becomes 1st black graduate from U of Mississippi
  • Aug 18 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Albuquerque Swing Parade Golf Tournament
  • Aug 19 NAACP Youth Council begins sit-ins at lunch counters, Oklahoma City
  • Aug 21 Jerry Lynch's record 15th pinch-hit HR gives Pirates a 7-6 win
  • Aug 21 Martial law declared in South Vietnam, following raids on Buddhist pagodas
  • Aug 22 NASA civilian test pilot Joe Walker in X-15 reaches 67 miles (106 km)
  • Aug 22 The X-15 rocket plane achieves a world record altitude of 354,200 feet (107,960 m, 67 miles)
  • Aug 23 Beatles release "She Loves You" in UK
  • Aug 23 Ringo admits he wrote a song "Don't Pass Me By"
  • Aug 23 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 24 1st 200 metre freestyle swum under 2 minutes (Don Schollander 1:58)
  • Aug 24 John Pennel is first person to pole-vault 17'
  • Aug 24 24th Venice Film Festival: "Hands Over the City" directed by Francesco Rosi wins Golden Lion
  • Aug 25 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Ogden Ladies' Golf Open

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Aug 25 Paul McCartney is fined 31 pounds & given a 1 yr suspended license for speeding

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • Aug 26 W I beat England 2-1 in series, 1st holders of Wisden Cricket Trophy
  • Aug 28 200,000 march and demonstrate for African American civil rights in Washington, D.C.
  • Aug 28 Evergreen Point Floating Bridge connecting Seattle & Bellevue opens

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Aug 28 Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I have a dream speech" addressing civil rights march at Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Aug 29 Harmon Killebrew (Twins) HRs off Pete Burnside (Senators) in DH
  • Aug 30 Hotline communication link between Pentagon (Washington, D.C.) and the Klemlin (Moscow) installed

Famous Birthdays

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Aug 1 Coolio [Artis Leon Ivey Jr.], American rapper (Gangsta's Paradise), born in Monessen Pennsylvania

Rapper Coolio
  • Aug 1 Koichi Wakata, Japanese astronaut (STS 72, sk: 92), born in Ōmiya, Saitama, Japan
  • Aug 1 Demián Bichir, Mexican actor
  • Aug 1 John Carroll Lynch, American actor
  • Aug 2 Caroline Pierce, Cheshire England, golfer (1995 JAL Big Apple Classic-2nd)
  • Aug 2 Jeff Bloom, Canadian Tour golfer (1988 Montana Open), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Aug 2 Daniel Pelosi, American convicted murderer
  • Aug 3 Carlo Imperato, actor (Fame), born in The Bronx, New York

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Aug 3 James Hetfield, American heavy metal rocker (Metallica-Helpless), born in Downey, California

Metallica Rocker James Hetfield
Metallica Rocker
James Hetfield
  • Aug 3 Libor Pimek, Czech, tennis star
  • Aug 3 Kyoko Chan Cox, American musician, daughter of Yoko Ono
  • Aug 3 Isaiah Washington, American actor
  • Aug 3 Ed Roland, American singer-songwriter (Collective Soul), born in Stockbridge, Georgia
  • Aug 4 Andrew Bartlett, Australian politician
  • Aug 5 James Wilder, actor (Scorchers, Zombie High, Murder 1), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Aug 6 Kimberley Conrad Hefner, Moulton Al, playmate of year (Jan, 1988)
  • Aug 6 Thomas Bohrer, US West Islip NY, rower (Olympic-92)
  • Aug 6 [Michael] Tony Dees, Pascagoula Miss, hurdler
  • Aug 7 Marcus Lewis, Pontiac Mich, singer (Sing me a Song)
  • Aug 7 Patrick Kennedy, son of US President JFK (lives only 3 days)
  • Aug 7 Patrick Newman, St Catharines Ontario, rower (Olympics-10-88, 96)
  • Aug 7 Harold Perrineau Jr., American actor
  • Aug 8 Carol Lewis, Willingboro NJ, high jumper (Olympic-9th-1984)
  • Aug 8 Ron Karkovice, Union NJ, catcher (Chicago White Sox)
  • Aug 8 Jon Turteltaub, American director
  • Aug 8 Stephen Walkom, Canadian ice hockey official and executive
  • Aug 9 Lonnie Quinn, Cheshire Conn, actor (Will Cooley-All My Children)

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Aug 9 Whitney Houston, singer (One Moment in Time, Bodyguard), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2012)

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston
  • Aug 10 Andrew Sullivan, English-born journalist
  • Aug 10 Phoolan Devi, Indian bandit and revolutionary (d. 2001)
  • Aug 11 Mike Huff, outfielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Aug 12 Sir Mix A Lot, American rapper
  • Aug 13 Elizabeth Bourland, Costa Rica, US 3x20 rifle (Olympics-7th-1996)
  • Aug 13 Pamela Jean Stein, playmate (Nov, 1987), born in Syracuse, New York
  • Aug 13 Tigg Ketler, Chula Vista Ca, drummer (Bang Tango-Dancin' on Coals)
  • Aug 13 Sridevi, Indian actress
  • Aug 15 Greg Adams, Nelson, NHL left wing (Dallas Stars)
  • Aug 15 Jack Russell, superb England cricket wicket-keeper (36 Tests 1988-94)
  • Aug 15 Lydia Czuckermann-Hatuel, Israel, Women's foil fencer (Oly-1996)
  • Aug 15 Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mexican film director (Birdman, Babel), born in Mexico City
  • Aug 16 Scott Dunlap, Canadian Tour golfer (1995 South African Masters), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 17 Carmen Berg, Bismark ND, playmate (July, 1987)
  • Aug 17 S. Shankar, Indian film director.
  • Aug 18 Luiz Mattar, Brazil, tennis star
  • Aug 19 Joey Tempest, rocker (Europe-The Final Countdown)
  • Aug 19 John Stamos, Cypress California, actor (General Hospital, Full House)
  • Aug 20 Bruce Hick, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • Aug 21 Melvin Douglas, Topeka KS, 198 lbs/90 kg freestyle wrestler (Oly-96)
  • Aug 21 King Mohammed VI of Morocco
  • Aug 21 Richmond Arquette, American actor, born in New York City
  • Aug 22 Lily Yip, Canton China, US table tennis player (Olympics-92, 96)
  • Aug 22 Terry Catledge, NBA star (Orlando Magic)
  • Aug 22 Thomas Ansberry, Okinawa Japan, US 10K runner
  • Aug 22 Tori Amos, [Myra Ellen Amos], NC, pianist/vocalist (Under The Pink,)
  • Aug 23 Blaine Schmidt, CFL offensive linebacker (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Aug 23 Richard Illingworth, cricketer (England slow-left-armer 1991- )
  • Aug 24 John Bush, US heavy metal singer (Anthrax-Armed & Dangerous)
  • Aug 24 Hideo Kojima, Japanese video game director
  • Aug 25 James Backhouse, British artist
  • Aug 26 David Byas, cricketer (left-handed Yorkshire batsman)
  • Aug 27 Patty Duffek, Woodland Hills California, playmate (May, 1984)
  • Aug 27 Downtown Julie Brown, Welsh TV personality and MTV VJ
  • Aug 28 Abe Button, soccer player (Vitesse)
  • Aug 28 Regina Marie Jacobs, 800m/1500m runner (Olympics-10th-1996), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 28 Reyna Thompson, NFL cornerback (NY Giants)
  • Aug 29 Elizabeth Brown, minister healer/writer
  • Aug 29 Greg Holmes, Covina Cal, tennis star
  • Aug 29 Greg Steele, rocker (Faster Pussycat-Wake Me When It's Over)
  • Aug 29 Elizabeth Fraser, Scottish singer
  • Aug 30 Michael Chiklis, Lowell, Massachusetts, American actor (Commish, The Shield)
  • Aug 30 Paul Oakenfold, British disc jockey
  • Aug 31 Reb Beach, heavy metal rocker (Winger-17)
  • Aug 31 Sonny Silooy, soccer player (Ajax)
  • Aug 31 Todd Carty, Irish actor

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Theodore Roethke, US poet (Praise to the end!), dies
  • Aug 2 Oliver Hazzard Perry La Farge, US anthropologist/writer, dies at 61
  • Aug 5 Salvador Bacarisse, Spanish composer (b. 1898)
  • Aug 6 Tom Keene, actor (Our Daily Bread), dies of cancer at 68
  • Aug 8 Sandor Jemnitz, composer, dies at 72
  • Aug 10 Estes Kefauver, (Sen-D-Tn), dies at 60
  • Aug 10 Patrick Kennedy, son of US President JFK, dies at only 3 days
  • Aug 10 Ernst Wetter, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1877)
  • Aug 14 Clifford Odets, US playwright (Golden Boy), dies at 57
  • Aug 15 John Powell, American composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 17 Richard Barthelmess, actor (Heroes for Sales), dies of cancer at 68
  • Aug 19 Kathleen Parlow, Canadian violinist (b. 1890)
  • Aug 20 Joan Voûte, Dutch astronomer (b. 1879)
  • Aug 21 John Gunn, cricketer (England all-rounder in 6 Tests 1901-05), dies
  • Aug 22 William Richard Morris, 1st viscount Nuffield motor manufacturer, dies
  • Aug 23 Glen Gray, American jazz musician and leader of the Casa Loma Orchestra (b. 1900)
  • Aug 26 Larry Keating, actor (George Burns Show, Roger-Mr Ed), dies at 67

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Aug 27 W E B Du Bois, scholar/founder (NAACP), dies at 95 in Accra Ghana

Civil Rights Activist W.E.B. Du Bois
Civil Rights Activist
W.E.B. Du Bois
  • Aug 27 Garrett Morgan, American inventor (b. 1877)
  • Aug 27 Allama Mashriqi, Pakistani scholar and politician (b. 1888)
  • Aug 30 Axel Stordahl, orchestra leader (Frank Sinatra Show), dies at 50
  • Aug 30 Guy Burgess, English-born Soviet spy (b. 1911)
  • Aug 31 Georges Braque, French cubist painter and sculptor (My bicycle) who helped develop Cubism with Pablo Picasso, dies at 81