What Happened in December 1963

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 NY Jets 1st shutout, beat KC 17-0
  • Dec 1 Nagaland becomes a state of Indian union
  • Dec 2 First Dutch rocket launched/reaches height of 10 km
  • Dec 2 ML Rules Committee bans oversized catcher's mitts, effective in 1965
  • Dec 2 1964 NFL Draft: Dave Parks from Texas Tech first pick by San Francisco 49ers

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Dec 4 Aldo Moro forms Italian government (1963-1968)

Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro
Italian Prime Minister
Aldo Moro
  • Dec 4 Pope Paul VI closes 2nd session of 2nd Vatican Council
  • Dec 6 Beatles begin a tradition of releasing a Christmas record for fans
  • Dec 6 Test Cricket debut of Graeme Pollock at the Gabba
  • Dec 7 Ian Meckiff no-balled for throwing against the South Africans
  • Dec 7 Instant replay is used for the first time in a Army-Navy game.
  • Dec 8 "Girl Who Came to Supper" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 112 performances
  • Dec 8 Mickey Wright/Dave Ragan Jr wins LPGA Haig & Haig Scotch Mixed Golf
  • Dec 8 Frank Sinatra Jr is kidnapped
  • Dec 8 Pan Am Flight 214 crashes outside Elkton, Maryland with 81 killed. Only case of lighting causing air crash
  • Dec 10 6-year old Donny Osmond's singing debut on Andy Williams Show
  • Dec 10 Zanzibar gains independenence from Great Britain

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Dec 10 Karl Ziegler and Giulio Natta receive the 1963 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work on the technology of high polymers

Chemist/Nobel Laureate Karl Ziegler
Chemist/Nobel Laureate
Karl Ziegler

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Dec 12 Argentina asks for extradition of ex-President Juan Perón

General and President of Argentina Juan Perón
General and President of Argentina
Juan Perón
  • Dec 12 Frank Sinatra Jr returned after being kidnapped
  • Dec 12 Kenya (formerly British East Africa) declares independence from UK
  • Dec 13 Capital records signs right of first refusal agreement with The Beatles
  • Dec 14 Verne Gagne beats The Crusher in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ
  • Dec 17 Tsjoi Doo Sun forms government in South Korea
  • Dec 17 West & East Berlin sign accord about travel rules
  • Dec 18 Clarke runs world record 10k (28:15.6)
  • Dec 18 Muskegon, Michigan gets 3' of snow
  • Dec 20 Berlin Wall opens for 1st time to West Berliners
  • Dec 20 Massemba-Debate elected President of Congo-Brazzaville
  • Dec 20 Trial against 21 camp guards of Auschwitz begins
  • Dec 22 Oakland Raider Tom Flores passes for 6 touchdowns vs Houston (52-49)

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Dec 22 Official 30-day mourning period for President John F. Kennedy ends

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Dec 22 Cruise ship Lakonia burns 180 miles north of Madeira with the loss of 128 lives.
  • Dec 23 Beach Boys 1st appearance on "Shindig"
  • Dec 23 Fire on Greek ship Laconia, 128 die
  • Dec 24 Greek & Turks riot in Cyprus
  • Dec 25 Walt Disney's "The Sword in the Stone" is released
  • Dec 26 "Double Dublin" opens at Little Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Dec 26 Beatles release "I Want To Hold Your Hand"/"I Saw Her Standing There"
  • Dec 26 US furnishes cereal to USSR
  • Dec 28 "Double Dublin" closes at Little Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Dec 28 "Jennie" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 82 performances

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Dec 28 Merle Haggard 1st appearance on country chart with "Sing a Sad Song"

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • Dec 28 14th Formula One WDC: Jim Clark wins by 21 points
  • Dec 29 52nd Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Adelaide (3-2)
  • Dec 29 Chicago Bears win NFL championship, defeating New York Giants 14-10 in Chicago
  • Dec 30 "Let's Make A Deal," debuts on NBC-TV
  • Dec 30 Congress authorizes Kennedy half dollar
  • Dec 31 Dear Abby show premieres on CBS radio (runs 11 years)
  • Dec 31 Jerry Garcia & Bob Weir played music together for the 1st time

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Arjuna Ranatunga, cricketer (Sri Lankan Test batsman since 1982)
  • Dec 1 Marco Greco, Brazilian racing driver
  • Dec 2 Ann Patchett, American novelist
  • Dec 3 Ashley De Silva, Sri Lankan Cricket wicketkeeper (1993)
  • Dec 3 Steve Hegg, Dana Point California, road cyclist (Olympics-16th-84, 96)
  • Dec 3 Joe Lally, American musician (Fugazi)
  • Dec 3 Terri Schiavo, American right to die figure (d. 2005)
  • Dec 4 Johanna Wright, WPVA volleyballer (Pismo Beach-4th), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Dec 4 Mike Snoei, soccer player (Sparta)
  • Dec 4 Sergey Bubka, Ukraine, pole vaulter (Olympics-gold-88, 92)
  • Dec 5 Bob Friend, Nike golfer (1991 Fort Wayne Open), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 5 Carrie Hamilton, Carol Burnett's daughter/actress (Fame)
  • Dec 5 Doctor Dre, American radio personality
  • Dec 5 Eddie "the Eagle" Edwards, English ski jumper
  • Dec 7 Barbara Weathers, vocalist (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover)
  • Dec 7 Kristi Albers, LPGA golfer (1993 Sprint Classic), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Dec 7 Theo Snelders, former Dutch footballer
  • Dec 8 Toshiaki Kawada, Japanese professional wrestler
  • Dec 9 Barry Wilburn, NFL full safety (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Dec 9 Barbara Palacios, Carcas Venz, Miss Universe (1986)
  • Dec 9 Dave Hilton, Jr., Canadian boxer
  • Dec 9 Masako, Crown Princess of Japan
  • Dec 10 Doug Henry, pitcher (NY Mets), born in Sacramento, California
  • Dec 10 Gerald Sandel, soccer player (Sparta)
  • Dec 10 Michael Lofton, fencer-sabre (Olympics-96), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Dec 10 Robin White, tennis player (US Open doubles 1988), born in San Diego, California
  • Dec 11 Claudia Kohde-Kilsch, German FR, tennis star
  • Dec 11 John Lammers, Dutch soccer player (NAC)
  • Dec 11 Mark Alalmo, actor (Avenging Force)
  • Dec 11 Mark Greatbatch, cricketer (big-hitting NZ opener)
  • Dec 11 Jon Brion, American musician/record producer
  • Dec 12 Teresa Blake, Tuscaloosa Ala, actress (Gloria Marsh-All My Children)
  • Dec 12 Ai Orikasa, Japanese voice actress and singer
  • Dec 12 Juan Carlos Varela, President of Panama (2014-), born in Panama City
  • Dec 14 Cindy Gibb, Bennington Vt, actress (Search for Tomorrow, Youngblood)
  • Dec 15 Asif Karim, cricketer (slow left-arm bowler for Kenya 1996 World Cup)
  • Dec 15 David Wingate, NBA guard/forward (Seattle Supersonics)
  • Dec 15 Helen Slater, American actress (Supergirl, Billie Jean, Ruthless People), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 15 Andrew Luster, Max Factor heir
  • Dec 16 Benjamin Bratt, California, actor (Det Reynaldo Curtis-Law & Order)
  • Dec 16 Brian Clark, Brandon Man, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 Morden Pro-Am)
  • Dec 16 Cathy Johnston-Forbes, High Point NC, LPGA golfer (1990 du Maurier)
  • Dec 16 Silvio Diliberto, WLAF kicker (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Dec 16 Jeff Carson, American singer
  • Dec 18 Charles Oakley, NBA forward (NY Knicks)
  • Dec 18 Lori McNeil, tennis star (1995 Oakland doubles), born in San Diego, California

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Dec 18 Brad Pitt, American actor (12 Monkeys, Fight Club) and producer (The Departed, 12 Years a Slave), born in Shawnee, Oklahoma

Actor and Producer Brad Pitt
Actor and Producer
Brad Pitt
  • Dec 18 Karl Dorrell, American football coach
  • Dec 18 Pauline Ester, French singer
  • Dec 18 Allan Kayser, American actor
  • Dec 19 Chris Greatrex, LPGA golfer (1995 Fielcrest Cannon Classic-71st)
  • Dec 19 Jennifer Beals, actress (Flashdance, Bride), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 19 Karen Bliss-Livingston, Quakertown PA, cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • Dec 19 Til Schweiger, German actor
  • Dec 20 Karen Moncrieff, actress (Xtro 3, Days of Our Lives), born in Sacramento, California
  • Dec 20 Pam Casale, tennis player (Marco Island finals 1985), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • Dec 20 Infanta Elena of Spain
  • Dec 22 Bryan McMillan, cricketer (brilliant South African all-rounder since 1992)
  • Dec 22 Giuseppe Bergomi, Italian footballer
  • Dec 22 Luna H. Mitani, Japanese American surrealism painter
  • Dec 23 Carol Peterka, Little Falls MN, team handball back court (Oly-92, 96)
  • Dec 23 Jim Harbaugh, NFL quarterback (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Dec 23 Keiji Muto, wrestler (NWA/WWC/NJPW)
  • Dec 23 Donna Tartt, American author
  • Dec 24 Mary Ramsey, singer (10,000 Maniacs)
  • Dec 24 Timo Jutila, Tampere FIN, hockey defenseman (Team Finland)
  • Dec 24 Jay Bilas, American basketball analyst
  • Dec 24 Caroline Aherne, British comedienne, writer and actress (The Royale Family), born in London (d. 2016)
  • Dec 25 Joop Gall, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen)
  • Dec 26 Lars Ulrich, Danish/US heavy metal drummer (Metallica-Kill 'em All)
  • Dec 27 Dana Chladek, Decin Czech, US slalom Kayak (Olympics-br/silver-92, 96)
  • Dec 27 Jim Leyritz, Lakewood OH, catcher (NY Yankees)
  • Dec 27 Mark Pike, NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills)
  • Dec 27 Gaspar Noé, Argentinian-born director
  • Dec 28 Malcolm Gets, actor (Richard Karinsky-Caroline In the City)
  • Dec 28 Mel Stottlemyre Jr, pitcher (Toronto Blues Jays)
  • Dec 28 Willow Bay, TV host (Good Morning America)
  • Dec 29 Francisco Bustamante, Filipino billiard player
  • Dec 29 Dave McKean, British artist and filmmaker
  • Dec 29 Sean Payton, American football coach
  • Dec 30 Alessandra Mussolini, actress (Ferragosto OK), born in Naples, Italy
  • Dec 30 Johnny van 't Schip, Dutch soccer star (Ajax, Genua)
  • Dec 30 Milan Srejber, Czech, tennis star
  • Dec 30 Robert Jenkins, NFL tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • Dec 30 Chandler Burr, American author
  • Dec 31 Ed Simmons, NFL tackle (Washington Redskins)
  • Dec 31 Scott Ian, American heavy metal guitarist (Anthrax-I'm the Man), born in Queens, New York
  • Dec 31 Konishiki, American sumo wrestler

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 2 Sabu Sabu, actor (Jungle Book, Drums), dies of heart attack at 39
  • Dec 2 Thomas J. Hicks, British-born runner (b. 1875)
  • Dec 5 Herbert H Lehman, (Gov-D-NY), dies
  • Dec 5 Karl Amadeus Hartmann, composer, dies at 58
  • Dec 5 Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, Prime Minister of Pakistan (b. 1892)
  • Dec 6 Jozef Goossenaerts, Flem philologist (Language Boundary), dies at 81
  • Dec 8 Field Marshal Sarit Dhanarajata, Prime Minister of Thailand (b. 1908)
  • Dec 12 Yasujiro Ozu, Japanese film director (b. 1903)
  • Dec 13 Hubert ME Pierlot, Belgian advocate/premier (1939-45), dies at 79
  • Dec 14 Dinah Washington, singer, dies of sleeping pill overdose at 39
  • Dec 14 Erich Ollenhauer, German politician (SPD), dies at 62
  • Dec 18 Winifried P I Zillig, German composer/conductor (Opfer), dies at 58
  • Dec 20 Paul Constantinescu, composer, dies at 54
  • Dec 21 Jack Hobbs, cricketer (61 Tests for England), dies
  • Dec 25 Tristan Tzara, writer, dies at 67
  • Dec 26 "Gorgeous George" Wagner, wrestler, dies
  • Dec 28 Abbott Joseph Liebling, American journalist/writer, dies
  • Dec 28 Paul Hindemith, German composer (Composer's World), dies at 68