What Happened in January 1963

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 G Woods succeeds Eugene Black as president of the World Bank
  • Jan 1 WTEV (now WLNE) TV channel 6 in Providence RI begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 49th Rose Bowl: #1 Southern California beats #2 Wisconsin, 42-37
  • Jan 1 29th Sugar Bowl: #3 Mississippi beats #6 Arkansas, 17-13
  • Jan 1 29th Orange Bowl: #5 Alabama beats #8 Oklahoma, 17-0
  • Jan 3 WOUB TV channel 20 in Athens, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 4 Soviet Luna (4) reaches Earth orbit but fails to reach Moon
  • Jan 5 "Camelot" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 873 performances
  • Jan 5 "Carnival!" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 719 performances
  • Jan 5 San Diego beats Boston 51-10 in AFL championship game
  • Jan 6 "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom" with Marlin Perkins begins on NBC
  • Jan 6 "Oliver!" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 774 performances
  • Jan 7 1st class postage raised from 4 cents to 5 cents

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Jan 7 The rift between Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell and head coach Paul Brown reaches a boiling point, and Brown is fired

American Football Coach Paul Brown
American Football Coach
Paul Brown
  • Jan 8 "Mona Lisa", on loan, unveiled in America's National Gallery of Art
  • Jan 8 Dmitri Shostakovitch' Katharina Ismailova premieres in Riga

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Jan 9 Mao Zedong writes his poem "Reply to Comrade Kuo Mo-jo"

Chinese Communist Revolutionary Mao Zedong
Chinese Communist Revolutionary
Mao Zedong
  • Jan 11 1st discotheque opens, Whiskey-a-go-go in LA
  • Jan 11 Beatles release "Please Please Me" & "Ask Me Why"
  • Jan 12 "Go Away Little Girl" by Steve Lawrence peaks at #1
  • Jan 12 Spin bowler Bobby Simpson takes 5-57 for Australia v England
  • Jan 13 AFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 21-14
  • Jan 13 NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 30-20

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Jan 14 George Wallace sworn in as Governor of Alabama, his address states "segregation now; segregation tomorrow; segregation forever!"

Politician and Segregationist George Wallace
Politician and Segregationist
George Wallace
  • Jan 14 "The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Path is published by Heinemann in the UK, the author commits suicide a month later

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Jan 16 Khrushchev claims to have a 100-megaton nuclear bomb

Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev
Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Nikita Khrushchev

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Jan 16 Tennessee Williams' "Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore" premieres

Playwright Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams
  • Jan 16 13th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 115-108 at Los Angeles
  • Jan 17 Joe Walker takes X-15 to altitude of 82 km

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Jan 17 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA SF Warriors scores 67 points vs LA

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Jan 18 Reinier Paping wins Dutch 11-Cities Skating Race (10:59)

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Jan 18 Al Davis becomes the head coach and general manager of the Oakland Raiders

American Football Coach and Executive Al Davis
American Football Coach and Executive
Al Davis
  • Jan 19 51st Women's Australian Championships: Margaret Court beats Jan Lehane O'Neill (6-2, 6-2)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 19 51st Men's Australian Championships: Roy Emerson beats Ken Fletcher (6-3, 6-3, 6-1)

Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
  • Jan 22 Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Naples Professional Golf Tournament

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Jan 22 The Elysée treaty of cooperation between France and Germany was signed by Charles de Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer.

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • Jan 24 Buddy Rogers & Lou Thesz wrestle in Toronto, Rogers becomes WWF wrestling champ & Thesz becomes NWA champion
  • Jan 26 "Milk & Honey" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 543 performances
  • Jan 26 Major League Rules Committee votes to expand strike zone
  • Jan 27 Jevgeni Grishin skates world record 500m in 39.6 sec
  • Jan 27 Sam Rice, Eppa Rixey, Elmer Flick, & John Clarkson elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 28 -34°F (-37°C), Cynthiana, Kentucky (state record)

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 29 Jim Thorpe, Red Grange & George Halas elected to football Hall of Fame

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
American Football Player, Coach, Owner, and Pioneer George Halas
American Football Player, Coach, Owner, and Pioneer
George Halas
NFL halfback Red Grange
NFL halfback
Red Grange

Music releaseMusic Recording

Jan 31 Tony Sheridan & Beat Brothers record "What'd I Say" & "Ruby Baby"

Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist Tony Sheridan
Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist
Tony Sheridan

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Glenn Trimble, cricketer (son of Sam Two ODI's for Australia 1986)
  • Jan 1 Lance Smith, NFL guard (NY Giants)
  • Jan 1 Lina Kačiušytė, Lithuanian swimmer
  • Jan 2 David Cone, baseball pitcher (NY Mets/Tor Blue Jays/NY Yankees), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Jan 2 Edgar Martinez, baseball 1st baseman (Seattle Mariners), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 3 Aamer Malik, cricketer (Pakistani batsman in 13 Tests 1987-90)
  • Jan 3 Ashley Chinner, Cape Town South Africa, golfer (1992 CGIA Canadian Tour)
  • Jan 3 Jim Everett, NFL quarterback (LA Raiders, NO Saints, San Diego Chargers)
  • Jan 3 Vic Grimes, American professional wrestler
  • Jan 3 Jerome Young, American professional wrestler
  • Jan 3 Alex Wheatle MBE, black British novelist
  • Jan 4 Dave Foley, actor and comedian (Kids In The Hall, Dave Nelson on NewsRadio)
  • Jan 4 Linda Muri, Killingly Conn, rower (Olympics-96)
  • Jan 4 Till Lindemann, German singer (Rammstein)
  • Jan 5 Jeff Fassero, Springfield IL, pitcher (Montreal Expos)
  • Jan 5 Rick Ambrose, singer (Jewel)
  • Jan 6 Norm Charlton, Fort Polk LA, pitcher (Seattle Mariners)
  • Jan 6 Paul Brindley, English pop bassist (Sundays, Can't Be Sure)
  • Jan 6 Philippe Perrin, Meknes Morocco, Lt Col FAF/astronaut
  • Jan 7 Craig Shipley, Australian/US baseball infielder (San Diego Padres)
  • Jan 7 Clint Mansell, English musician and composer

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Jan 7 Rand Paul, US politician (Senate-R-Kentucky 2011-), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

United States Senator Rand Paul
United States Senator
Rand Paul
  • Jan 8 Hiromi Kobayashi, Fukushima Japan, LPGA golfer (1993 JAL Big Apple)
  • Jan 9 Michael Everson, expert in writing systems and Unicode
  • Jan 10 Frank Wijnhoven, Dutch soccer player (NEC, Treffers)
  • Jan 10 Mark Pryor, American politician
  • Jan 11 Jason Connery, actor (Robin Hood), born in London, England
  • Jan 11 Kate Gompert, Ames lA, tennis star
  • Jan 11 Petra Schneider, E German swimming star (world record 400m)
  • Jan 11 Tracy Caulkins, Winona Minn, swimmer (Olympic-3 gold-1984)
  • Jan 12 François Girard, French-Canadian film director and screenwriter
  • Jan 13 Dirk Tazelaar, cricketer (Queensland & Surrey left-arm pace bowler)
  • Jan 13 Felita Carr, dance skater (& Komarov-1995 Pac Champ), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Jan 13 Tim Patrick Kelly, guitarist (Slaughter-Stick it Live), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • Jan 13 Kevin McClatchy, American businessman
  • Jan 14 Steven Soderbergh, American producer, director, writer (Ocean's Eleven, Traffic), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jan 15 Erling Kagge, Norway, explorer (South Pole)
  • Jan 15 Lijuan Geng, Hebei China, Canadian tennis player (Olympics-96)
  • Jan 15 Richard Nasheim, hockey forward (Team Austria 1998)
  • Jan 15 Yaro Dachniwsky, team handball goalie (Olympics-1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 16 James May, English television presenter
  • Jan 17 Kai Hansen, German singer and guitarist (Gamma Ray)
  • Jan 18 Jane Horrocks, Lancashire England, actress (Absolutely Fabulous)
  • Jan 18 Maxime Bernier, French Canadian politician
  • Jan 18 Martin O'Malley, Governor of Maryland
  • Jan 18 Yury Zakharevich, Soviet weightlifter
  • Jan 19 Adele Peterson, LPGA golfer
  • Jan 19 Caron Wheeler, English singer (Soul II Soul-Keep on Movin')
  • Jan 19 Michael Adams, NBA guard (Charlotte Hornets)
  • Jan 19 Martin Bashir, Pakistani-born reporter
  • Jan 20 Scott Fisher, Australian basketball forward (Oly-96), born in San Jose, California
  • Jan 20 James Denton, American actor
  • Jan 21 Cindy Schreyer, Forest Park GA, LPGA golfer (1993 Sun-Times Challenge)
  • Jan 21 Detlef Schrempf, Germany, NBA forward (Mavericks, Pacers, Supersonics)
  • Jan 21 Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon, Nigeria, NBA center (Rockets, Oly-gold-96)
  • Jan 21 Jessie Hester, NFL player (St Louis Rams)
  • Jan 22 Jeff Treadway, US baseball infielder (LA Dodgers)
  • Jan 22 Andrei Tchmil, Ukrainian-Belgian cyclist
  • Jan 23 Gail O'Grady, actress (Hitman, Nobody's Perfect, NYPD Blue), born in Detroit, Michigan

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 23 Hakeem Olajuwon, Lagos, Nigeria, NBA center (Houston Rockets)

NBA Center Hakeem Olajuwon
NBA Center
Hakeem Olajuwon
  • Jan 23 Rocco Romano, CFL guard (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Jan 24 Martyn Grimley, English field hockey player
  • Jan 24 Arnold Vanderlyde, Dutch boxer
  • Jan 25 Carl Fysh, rocker (Brother Beyond-Can You Keep a Secret)
  • Jan 25 Joe Lloyd, Highland Park Ill, Canadian Tour golfer (1993 Space Coast)
  • Jan 26 Andrew Ridgeley, England, rock guitarist (Wham-Wake Me Up)
  • Jan 26 Jazzie B, [Beresford Romeo], English rapper (Soul II Soul-Feel Free)
  • Jan 26 Simon O'Donnell, cricketer (Deniliquin NSW ODI all-rounder 1985-90)
  • Jan 26 José Mourinho, Portuguese football manager (Chelsea), born in Setúbal, Lisbon
  • Jan 28 Colleen Harp, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-9th-1994), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 28 Danny Spitz, heavy metal guitarist (Anthrax-Protest & Survive)
  • Jan 28 Denise Beillmann, Switz, figure skater (Olympics-4th-1980)
  • Jan 29 Michelle Bell, Melrose MA, LPGA golfer (1981 Mass School Girls Champ)
  • Jan 29 Bob Holly, American professional wrestler
  • Jan 31 John Dye, Amory Mass, actor (Andrew-Touched by an Angel)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 12 Country singer Willie Nelson (29) weds singer Shirley Collie (31) in Las Vegas

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 2 Dick Powell, actor/director (Dick Powell Theater), dies at 58
  • Jan 2 Jack Carson, actor (Star is Born, Mildred Pierce), dies at 52
  • Jan 3 Oscar Backing, Austria/Neth viola player, dies at 83
  • Jan 5 Rogers Hornsby, baseball player, dies of a heart ailment at 66
  • Jan 6 Lourens GM Baas Becking, Dutch botanist/resistance fighter, dies at 68
  • Jan 7 Arthur Moore, Premier of Queensland (b. 1876)
  • Jan 8 Stark Young, US writer (So Red the Rose), dies at 81
  • Jan 8 Kay Sage, American artist and poet commits suicide aged 64
  • Jan 10 Tadeusz Szeligowski, composer, dies at 66
  • Jan 11 Arthur D Nock, English/Americans historian (St Paul), dies at 60
  • Jan 13 Leonardus G Kortenhorst, Dutch MP (KVP), dies at 76
  • Jan 14 Gustav Regler, German writer, dies at 64
  • Jan 16 Gilardo Gilardi, composer, dies at 73
  • Jan 16 Ike Quebec, American tenor-saxophone player (b. 1918)
  • Jan 18 Johnnie Moyes, journalist/cricketer (S Aust batsman), dies
  • Jan 21 Al St John, actor (Law & Order, Devil Riders), dies at 70
  • Jan 21 Franz Jung, German writer and political activist, dies at 74
  • Jan 25 Wilson Kettle, Nfld, dies at 102, leaving 582 living descendents
  • Jan 26 John Sigvard Olsen, comedian (Olsen & Johnson), dies at 70
  • Jan 27 John Farrow, actor/director (Botany Bay), dies at 58
  • Jan 28 Jean Felix Piccard, swiss explorer, dies on his 79th birthday
  • Jan 28 Gustave Garrigou, French cyclist (b. 1884)

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Jan 29 Robert Frost, American poet (New Hampshire, 4 Pulitzers), dies at 88

  • Jan 30 P F "Plum" Warner, cricketer (England mgr during Bodyline tour), dies
  • Jan 30 Francis Poulenc, French composer (b. 1899)