What Happened in May 1963

Historical Events

  • May 1 1st American (James Whittaker) conquers Mount Everest
  • May 1 Indonesia takes control of Irian Jaya (west New Guinea) from Neth
  • May 3 Leslie Narum is only Balt Oriole to homer on his 1st at bat
  • May 4 89th Kentucky Derby: Braulio Baeza aboard Chateaugay wins in 2:01.8
  • May 4 Pitcher Bob Shaw sets record of 5 balks in a game
  • May 5 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open
  • May 6 Pulitzer prize awarded to Barbara Tuchman (Guns of August)
  • May 7 Bruno Sammartino becomes WWF champ
  • May 7 SETC Telstar 2 launched (apogee 6,700 miles (10,800 km))
  • May 8 "Dr No" premieres in US

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 8 JFK offers Israel assistance against aggression

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • May 9 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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May 10 Decca signs Rolling Stones on advice of Beatle George Harrison

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • May 11 "Puff (The Magic Dragon)" by Peter, Paul & Mary hits #2
  • May 11 LA Dodger Sandy Koufax 2nd no-hitter beats NY Giants, 8-0
  • May 11 Racial bomb attacks in Birmingham Alabama

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May 12 Bob Dylan walks out of the "Ed Sullivan Show"

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
  • May 12 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Alpine Civitan Golf Open
  • May 12 Race riot in Birmingham, Alabama
  • May 14 Kuwait is 111th member of the United Nations
  • May 15 Last Project Mercury flight, L Gordon Cooper in Faith 7, launched
  • May 15 Peter, Paul & Mary win their 1st Grammy (If I Had a Hammer)
  • May 15 Tottenham Hotspur of England win 3rd European Cup winner's Cup against Atlético Madrid of Spain 5-1 at Rotterdam

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 15 5th Grammy Awards: I Left My Heart In San Francisco, Robert Goulet wins

American Singer and Actor Robert Goulet
American Singer and Actor
Robert Goulet
  • May 16 "Beast in Me" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • May 16 Gordon Cooper completes 22 orbits in Faith 7, ends US Proj Mercury
  • May 17 Bruno Sammartino beats Buddy Rogers in NY, to become WWF champ
  • May 17 Houston Colt .45's Don Notterbart no-hits Phillies, 4-1
  • May 17 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 18 "Beast in Me" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • May 18 "If You Wanna Be Happy" by Jimmy Soul hits #1
  • May 18 88th Preakness: Bill Shoemaker aboard Candy Spots wins in 1:56.2
  • May 19 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Muskogee Civitan Golf Open

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May 20 Sukarno appointed president of Indonesia

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
  • May 22 Greek parliament leader Lambrakis injured

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May 22 Mickey Mantle hits a ball off Yankee Stadium's facade

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • May 22 8th European Cup: Milan beats Benfica 2-1 at London
  • May 23 NBC purchases 1963 AFL championship game TV rights for $926,000
  • May 23 16th Cannes Film Festival: "The Leopard" directed by Luchino Visconti wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 24 1st Lockheed A-12 to crash, CIA pilot Ken Collins ejects safely
  • May 25 "Hot Spot" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 43 performances
  • May 25 Early Wynn wins his 300th baseball game
  • May 25 Great Britain ends its amateur-professional classes in cricket
  • May 25 Organization for African Unity formed by Chad, Mauritania & Zambia
  • May 26 15th Emmy Awards: Dick Van Dyke Show, E G Marshall & Shirley Booth win
  • May 26 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
  • May 26 Organization of African Unity forms
  • May 26 Wes Stock becomes only Balt Oriole to win a doubleheader

Sport awardTennis Open

May 26 62nd Men's French Championships: Roy Emerson beats Pierre Darmon (3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4)

Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
  • May 26 62nd Women's French Championships: Lesley Turner beats Ann Jones (2-6, 6-3, 7-5)

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 27 Jomo Kenyatta elected 1st Prime Minister of Kenya

Founding Father of Kenya Jomo Kenyatta
Founding Father of Kenya
Jomo Kenyatta
  • May 28 Cyclone hits Chittagong, Bangladesh; about 1 million houses destroyed
  • May 28 Estimated 22,000 die in another cyclone in Bay of Bengal (India)
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Parnelli Jones wins in 3:29:35.365 (230.357 km/h)

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Robert Seguso, Minneapolis MN, tennis star
  • May 2 Brian Tochi, actor (Dr Alan Poe-St Elsewhere, Renegades), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 2 Jos van Eck, Dutch soccer player (Sparta)
  • May 2 Kenton Leonard, CFL cornerback (Calgary Stampeders)
  • May 3 Jeff Hornacek, NBA guard (Utah Jazz)
  • May 3 Jamie Reeves, British strongman
  • May 3 Sally Whittaker, English actress
  • May 5 Simon Rimmer, English chef
  • May 5 Heidi Kozak, American actress
  • May 5 James LaBrie, Canadian singer (Dream Theater)
  • May 6 Alessandra Ferri, British ballerina (American Ballet Theater)
  • May 7 Johnny Lee Middleton, American musician (Savatage & Trans-Siberian Orchestra)
  • May 8 Clemens Lothaller, Austria, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-13 backup)
  • May 8 Izabela Kloc, Polish politician
  • May 8 Terry Christian, British radio presenter
  • May 8 Robin Jarvis, British writer
  • May 9 Sanja Doležal, Croatian singer (Novi fosili)
  • May 10 Lisa M Nowak, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut, born in Washington, D.C.
  • May 11 Blair Piercy, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 Cordova Bay Open), born in Vancouver, Canada
  • May 11 Mark Breland, American welterweight boxer (Olympic-gold-1984), born in Brooklyn, New York

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May 11 Natasha Richardson, actress (Gothic, Handmaid's Tale), born in London, England

  • May 11 Gunilla Carlsson, Swedish politician
  • May 11 Masatoshi Hamada, Japanese comedian
  • May 11 Roark Critchlow, actor
  • May 12 Vanessa A. Williams, American actress (Rhonda Blair-Melrose Place), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 12 Stefano Modena, Italian racing driver
  • May 12 Charles Pettigrew, American singer (Charles and Eddie) (d. 2001)
  • May 13 Julian Brookhouse, rocker (Curiosity Killed Cat-Keep Your Distance)
  • May 13 Wally Masur, England, tennis star
  • May 14 Pat Borders, catcher (California Angels), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • May 15 George Heidweiler, Suriname, Dutch painter
  • May 15 Grant Herslov, actor (Wayne-Spencer, Under One Roof), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 16 Jon Coffelt, American artist
  • May 16 Mercedes Echerer, Austrian actress and politician
  • May 17 Jon Koncak, NBA center (Orlando Magic)
  • May 17 Page McConnell, American songwriter and keyboardist (Phish), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 18 Marty McSorley, Hamilton, NHL defenseman (LA Kings, NY Rangers)
  • May 19 Rebecca Bradley, LPGA golfer
  • May 19 Filippo Galli, Italian footballer
  • May 20 Brian Nash, actor (Joel-Please Don't Eat Daisies), born in Glendale, California
  • May 20 David Wells, Torrance CA, pitcher (Baltimore Orioles, NY Yankees)
  • May 20 Dipak Chudasama, cricketer (Kenya opening batsman 1996 World Cup)
  • May 21 Yelena Vodorezova, USSR, figure skater (Olympic-1976)
  • May 21 Richard Appel, American writer
  • May 21 Kevin Shields, Musician (My Bloody Valentine)
  • May 24 Gene Anthony Ray, dancer/actor (Leroy-Fame), born in Harlem, New York
  • May 24 Horace Holden Jr, slalom double canoe (Olympics-11th-96), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • May 24 Joe Dumars, NBA guard (Detroit Pistons)
  • May 24 Ken Ftach, tennis star, born in St Louis, Missouri
  • May 24 Ivan Capelli, Italian racing driver
  • May 24 Michael Chabon, American author
  • May 24 Kathy Leander, Swiss singer
  • May 24 Rich Rodriguez, American football coach
  • May 25 Mike Myers, Canada, comedian (SNL, Wayne's World) [or Jun 25]
  • May 26 Charles Van Eman, Pitts, actor (Charlie-All My Children, Dynasty II)
  • May 26 Eddie Martin Jr, jockey
  • May 28 Eugene Robinson, NFL safety (Seattle Seahawk, GB Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • May 28 Houman Younessi, Iranian-born scientist
  • May 28 Gavin Harrison, British drummer (Porcupine Tree)
  • May 29 Lisa Whelchel, Fort Worth Texas, actress (Blair-Facts of Life)
  • May 29 Tracey E Bregman, Munich Germany, actress (Lauren-Bold & Beautiful, Days of Our Life)
  • May 29 Blaze Bayley, British singer (ex-Iron Maiden)
  • May 29 Ukyo Katayama, Japanese racing driver
  • May 30 Helen Patricia Sharman, Great Britain, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-12)
  • May 30 Lynda Wiesmeier, playmate (Jul, 1982), born in Washington, D.C.
  • May 31 Wendy Smith, rocker (Prefab Sprout-2 Wheels Good)
  • May 31 Viktor Orbán, Hungarian politician
  • May 31 Wesley Willis, American musician (d. 2003)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

May 5 Iraqi President Saddam Hussein (26) weds teacher Sajida Talfah (26)

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein

HeartWedding of Interest

May 11 Prime Minister of Canada John Turner (33) weds Geills McCrae Kilgour (25)

17th Prime Minister of Canada John Turner
17th Prime Minister of Canada
John Turner

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Lope K. Santos, Filipino writer, Father of the Philippine National Language and Grammar (b. 1879)
  • May 2 Jack Crawford, cricketer (469 runs & 39 wickets in 12 Tests), dies
  • May 2 Tomas Vackar, composer, dies at 17
  • May 2 Van Wyck Brooks, US historian (Ordeal of Mark Twain), dies at 77
  • May 5 Heinrich Gebhard, German-born American composer, dies at 84
  • May 5 Jacobus JP Old, architect/co-founder (Stijl), dies at 73
  • May 6 Monty Wooley, actor (Pied Piper, Man Who Came to Dinner), dies at 74
  • May 6 Theodore von Kármán, Hungarian-born physicist (b. 1881)

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May 9 Charles Vyner Brooke, 3rd and last White Rajah of Sarawak (1917-46), dies at 88

3rd and Last White Rajah of Sarawak Charles Vyner Brooke
3rd and Last White Rajah of Sarawak
Charles Vyner Brooke
  • May 10 Gene "Big Daddy" Lipscomb, American football player (b. 1931)
  • May 11 Herbert Spencer Gasser, American physiologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1888)
  • May 12 Stanislaw Wiechowicz, composer, dies at 69
  • May 12 Bobby Kerr, Canadian runner (b. 1882)
  • May 13 Alois Hudal, bishop, helped Nazi war criminals escape (b. 1885)
  • May 17 John Wilce, physician and former head football coach at the Ohio State University (b. 1888)
  • May 18 Ernie [Ernest] Davis, American football player (1st African American to win Heisman Trophy) (b. 1939) dies of leukemia aged 23
  • May 24 Elmore James, blues guitarist, dies at 45 of a heart attack
  • May 26 Sharon Lynn, actress (Way Out West, Big Broadcast), dies at 53
  • May 27 Lambrakis, Greek EDA-parliament leader, murdered
  • May 28 Vissarion Yakovlevich Shebalin, composer, dies at 60
  • May 31 Carel C van Essen, archaeologist (Art of Ancient Rome), dies at 63