What Happened in February 1963

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 Nyasaland (now Malawi) becomes self-governing under Hastings Banda
  • Feb 2 Helen Shapiro begins tour (Beatles are part of undercard)
  • Feb 3 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational
  • Feb 5 Maarten Schmidt discovers enormous red shifts in quasars
  • Feb 5 Soviet lunar probe failure
  • Feb 8 1st transmission of Clandestine Voice of Iraqi People (Communist)
  • Feb 8 AFL's Dallas Texans become KC Chiefs
  • Feb 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 9 1st flight of Boeing 727 jet
  • Feb 9 7th largest snowfall in NYC history (42.4 cm, 16.7")
  • Feb 10 Mickey Wright wins LPGA St Petersburg Women's Golf Open
  • Feb 10 US female Figure Skating championship won by Lorraine Hanlon
  • Feb 10 US male Figure Skating championship won by Thomas Litz
  • Feb 11 Beatles tape 10 tracks for their 1st album
  • Feb 11 CIA Domestic Operations Division created (pretty scary!)
  • Feb 11 Julia Child's show The French Chef premieres.
  • Feb 12 Argentina asks extraditon of ex-president Peron
  • Feb 14 US launches communications satellite Syncom 1

Film release premierFilm Premier

Feb 14 "81/2" a film directed by Federico Fellini premieres in Italy, starring Marcello Mastroianni.

Film director, Scriptwriter Federico Fellini
Film director, Scriptwriter
Federico Fellini
  • Feb 15 1st US female world figure skating champ (Tenley Albright)
  • Feb 15 Ken Lynch records "Misery," 1st Lennon-McCartney song by someone else
  • Feb 16 1st round-trip swim of Strait of Messina, Italy (Mary Revell of US)
  • Feb 16 Beatles top British rock charts with "Please, Please Me"
  • Feb 16 C & A Building in Amsterdam burns down

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Feb 16 North Carolina forward Billy Cunningham grabs a record 27 rebounds in a game vs Clemson

NBA Forward and Coach Billy Cunningham
NBA Forward and Coach
Billy Cunningham
  • Feb 17 Toru Terasawa runs world record marathon (2:15:15.8

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Feb 19 Robert Frost wins Bollingen Prize

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Feb 19 USSR informs JFK it is withdrawing several thousand troops from Cuba

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Feb 20 End of the Test Cricket careers of Neil Harvey & Alan Davidson

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Feb 20 Willie Mays (SF Giants) signs a record $100,000 per year contract

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Feb 21 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 22 Beatles begin their own music publishing company (Northern Songs)
  • Feb 24 5th Daytona 500: Tiny Lund wins (151.566 MPH)
  • Feb 25 Beatles release their 1st single in US "Please Please Me"

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Feb 27 Mickey Mantle of NY Yankees sign a baseball contract worth $100,000

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Takashi Murakami, Japanese artist
  • Feb 2 Stephen McGann, actor (Catherine the Great), born in Liverpool, England
  • Feb 2 Eva Cassidy, American singer, born in Washington D.C (d. 1996)
  • Feb 2 Philip Laats, Belgian judoka
  • Feb 4 Jane Leary, Australian golfer (1992 Australian Amateur Champ), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Feb 4 Pirmin Zurbriggen, Swiss alpine skier (Olympic-gold-1988)
  • Feb 4 Tracie Ruiz-Conforto, Hawaii, sync swimmer (Oly-2 gold/silver-84, 88)
  • Feb 5 Steven Shainberg, American film director
  • Feb 6 David Capel, cricketer (England all-rounder in 15 Tests 1987-90)
  • Feb 6 Mike Hough, NHL left wing (Florida Panthers), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Feb 6 Kevin Trudeau, American entrepreneur
  • Feb 7 Heidemarie M Stefanyshyn-Piper, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Feb 7 Roland Lefebvre, cricket pace bowler (Glamorgan & Holland)
  • Feb 8 Mohammad Azharuddin, cricketer (elegant Indian batsman 1984-)
  • Feb 8 Raleigh MCkenzie, NFL center/guard (Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers)
  • Feb 8 Joshua Kadison, American pianist and songwriter
  • Feb 9 Bonnie Levin, WPVA volleyballer, born in Miami, Florida
  • Feb 9 Madusa Miceli, [Debra Ann], wrestler (WCW), born in Milan, Italy
  • Feb 9 Mike Rindel, cricketer (N Transvaal opening bat ODI ton v Pak 1995)
  • Feb 9 Travis Tritt, Marietta Ga, country vocalist (Country Club)
  • Feb 9 Brian Greene, American physicist
  • Feb 10 Bennie Thompson, NFLer (Saints, Chiefs, Cleveland Browns/Ravens)
  • Feb 10 Harris Huizingh, soccer player (FC Groningen)
  • Feb 10 Joakim Nystrom, Sweden, tennis star
  • Feb 10 Lenny Dykstra, centerfielder (NY Met, Philadelphia Phillies)
  • Feb 11 Todd Benzinger, US baseball player (SF Giants)
  • Feb 11 José Mari Bakero, Spanish footballer
  • Feb 12 Brent Jones, NFL tight end (SF 49ers)
  • Feb 12 John Michael Higgins, American actor
  • Feb 12 Ed Lover, American radio personality
  • Feb 13 Roberta Vasquez, playmate (November, 1984), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 14 D'Wayne Wiggins, singer (Tony! Toni! Tone!)
  • Feb 14 Jeff Dellenbach, NFL center (NE Patriots, GB Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Feb 14 John Marzano, catcher (Seattle Mariners), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 14 Zach Galligan, American actor (Gremlins), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 14 Enrico Colantoni, Canadian actor
  • Feb 16 Dano Halsall, Swiss swimmer
  • Feb 17 Dan Reed, rocker/actor (HOTS, Lake Consequence)

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Feb 17 Michael Jordan, American NBA guard/forward (Chicago Bulls) and sports superstar, born in Chicago, Illinois

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • Feb 17 Larry the Cable Guy, American comedian
  • Feb 18 John Gesek, NFL center (Washington Redskins)
  • Feb 18 Rob Andrew, English rugby player
  • Feb 18 Henry Winter, English football journalist
  • Feb 19 Jessica Tuck, American actress (Megan-1 Life to Live), born in NYC, New York

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Feb 19 Seal, English singer-songwriter (Killer, Crazy, Kiss by a Rose), born in London

Musician & Songwriter Seal
Musician & Songwriter
Seal
  • Feb 19 Laurell K. Hamilton, American writer

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Feb 20 Charles Barkley, American NBA forward (Phoenix, Rockets, Olympic gold 1996), born in Leeds, Alabama

NBA Power Forward Charles Barkley
NBA Power Forward
Charles Barkley
  • Feb 20 Ian Brown, English rock vocalist (Stone Roses-Made of Stone)
  • Feb 20 William Baldwin, NY, actor (Backdraft, Sliver, Flatliners)
  • Feb 20 Marilisa Xenogiannakopoulou, Greek politician
  • Feb 20 Jon Lynn Christensen, former Nebraska Congressman
  • Feb 21 Greg Turner, New Zealand golfer, born in Dunedin
  • Feb 21 Michael Gostigian, Newtown Sq PA, pentathelete (Oly-16th-88, 92, 96)
  • Feb 22 Pebbles Flintstone, fictional character on "The Flintstones"
  • Feb 22 Dave Besteman, speed skater (Olympics-1994), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Feb 22 Devon Malcolm, cricketer (in Jamaica England fast bowler 1989-95)
  • Feb 22 Vijay Singh, Lautoka Fiji, PGA golfer (1993 Buick Classic)
  • Feb 23 Bobby Bonilla, American outfielder (NY Mets, Balt Orioles, Marlins), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 23 Debbie Kruck, Danbury CT, Ms Fitness USA (1994)
  • Feb 23 Reza Abdoh, theatre director
  • Feb 23 Robert Collins, keyboard player
  • Feb 23 Radosław Sikorski, Polish politician
  • Feb 24 Fuad Reveiz, NFL kicker (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Feb 24 Matias Carrillo, Mexican/US baseball outfielder (Florida Marlins)
  • Feb 25 Alison Roberts, fashion designer

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Feb 25 Paul O'Neill, MLB right fielder (Cincinnati Reds, NY Yankees), born in Columbus, Ohio

MLB Right Fielder Paul O'Neill
MLB Right Fielder
Paul O'Neill
  • Feb 25 Tom McHale, NFL tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • Feb 27 Francesco Cancellotti, Italy, tennis star
  • Feb 27 Pär Nuder, Swedish politician
  • Feb 28 Claudio Chiappucci, Italian cyclist

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 2 Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola (23) weds documentary filmmaker Eleanor Jessie Neil (26) in Las Vegas, Nevada


Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Fleetwood Lindley, the last living person to see Abraham Lincoln's face (b. 1888)
  • Feb 2 Herman Bouber, [Blom], actor/playwright (Bluejackets), dies at 77
  • Feb 6 Mohammed ibn al-Chattabi Abd el-Krim, Morocco opposition leader, dies
  • Feb 6 Werner Erich Josten, German composer (Jungle), dies at 77
  • Feb 6 Abd el-Krim, Moroccan politician
  • Feb 7 Learco Guerra, Italian cyclist (b. 1902)
  • Feb 8 Abdul Karim Kassem, PM of Iraq (58-63), assassinated in Baghdad at 48
  • Feb 8 George Dolenz, Italian actor (Count of Monte Cristo), dies at 55

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Feb 11 Sylvia Plath, American poet/novelist (Ariel), commits suicide at 30

Author and Poet Sylvia Plath
Author and Poet
Sylvia Plath
  • Feb 13 Harry Steers, bowling hall of famer, dies
  • Feb 16 Laszlo Lajtha, composer, dies at 70
  • Feb 18 Monte Blue, American silent film actor (Apache), dies of heart attack at 73
  • Feb 18 Todd "Hugh" Gaitskell, leader British Labour Party, dies at 56
  • Feb 20 Ferenc Fricsay, Hungarian conductor (b. 1914)
  • Feb 20 Jacob Gade, Danish composer(b. 1879)
  • Feb 26 Artturi A Leinonen, Fin journalist/politician (Prophet), dies at 74
  • Feb 28 Theodore Newton, actor (Voltaire, Ace of Aces), dies at 58
  • Feb 28 Rajendra Prasad, First President of India (b. 1884)