Historical Events in 1963

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

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Jan 7th 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 8th "Mona Lisa", on loan, unveiled in America's National Gallery of Art
  • Jan 8th Dmitri Shostakovitch' Katharina Ismailova premieres in Riga

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

Chinese Communist Revolutionary Mao Zedong
Chinese Communist Revolutionary
Mao Zedong
  • Jan 11th 1st discotheque opens, Whiskey-a-go-go in LA
  • Jan 11th Beatles release "Please Please Me" & "Ask Me Why"
  • Jan 12th "Go Away Little Girl" by Steve Lawrence peaks at #1
  • Jan 12th Spin bowler Bobby Simpson takes 5-57 for Australia v England
  • Jan 13th AFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 21-14
  • Jan 13th NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 30-20
  • Jan 14th George C Wallace sworn in as governor of Alabama, his address states "segregation now; segregation tomorrow; segregation forever!"
  • Jan 14th "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 16th Khrushchev claims to have a 100-megaton nuclear bomb

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

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

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

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

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

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Jan 18th 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 19th 51st Women's Australian Championships: Margaret Court beats Jan Lehane O'Neill (6-2, 6-2)

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Jan 19th 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 22nd Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Naples Professional Golf Tournament

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Jan 22nd 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 24th Buddy Rogers & Lou Thesz wrestle in Toronto, Rogers becomes WWF wrestling champ & Thesz becomes NWA champion
  • Jan 26th "Milk & Honey" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 543 performances
  • Jan 26th Major League Rules Committee votes to expand strike zone
  • Jan 27th Jevgeni Grishin skates world record 500m in 39.6 sec
  • Jan 27th Sam Rice, Eppa Rixey, Elmer Flick, & John Clarkson elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 28th -34°F (-37°C), Cynthiana, Kentucky (state record)

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Jan 29th 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

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Jan 31st 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
  • Feb 1st Nyasaland (now Malawi) becomes self-governing under Hastings Banda
  • Feb 2nd Helen Shapiro begins tour (Beatles are part of undercard)

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Feb 3rd Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational

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

Film-release-premierFilm Premier

Feb 14th "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 15th 1st US female world figure skating champ (Tenley Albright)
  • Feb 15th Ken Lynch records "Misery," 1st Lennon-McCartney song by someone else
  • Feb 16th 1st round-trip swim of Strait of Messina, Italy (Mary Revell of US)
  • Feb 16th Beatles top British rock charts with "Please, Please Me"
  • Feb 16th C & A Building in Amsterdam burns down

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Feb 16th 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 17th Toru Terasawa runs world record marathon (2:15:15.8

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Feb 19th Robert Frost wins Bollingen Prize

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

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

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

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

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

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Mar 1st 200,000 French mine workers strike
  • Mar 2nd 10th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats Wake Forest, 68-57
  • Mar 3rd Senegal adopts a new constitution
  • Mar 5th Beatles record "From Me to You" & "Thank You Girl"

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Mar 5th 20th Golden Globes: Lawrence of Arabia, Gregory Peck, & Geraldine Page win

Soldier and Writer T. E. Lawrence
Soldier and Writer
T. E. Lawrence
Actor Gregory Peck
Actor
Gregory Peck
  • Mar 8th Syrian Arab Rep Revolution Day - Military coup in Syria
  • Mar 9th Beatles began 1st British tour, supporting Tommy Roe & Chris Montez

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Mar 10th Pete Rose debuts with hits in his 2 1st at bats in spring training

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose

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Mar 12th Beatles perform as a trio, John Lennon is ill with a cold

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Mar 13th 2 Russian reconnaissance flights over Alaska
  • Mar 13th Hindemith & Wilder's opera "Long Christmas Dinner" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 13th Indonesia & Netherlands recover diplomatic relations
  • Mar 14th SF Guy Rogers ties NBA record with 28 assists
  • Mar 15th WFAN TV channel 14 in Washington, D.C. (IND) begins broadcasting

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Mar 17th Bob Cousy plays his last NBA game

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy
  • Mar 17th Elizabeth Ann Seton of NY beatified (canonized in 1975)
  • Mar 17th Eruptions of Mount Agung Bali, kills 1,900 Balinese
  • Mar 18th "Tovarich" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 264 performances
  • Mar 18th France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker, Algeria
  • Mar 18th WGSF TV channel 31 in Newark, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 20th 1st "Pop Art" exhibition (NYC)

Person-of-interestClosure of Alcatraz

Mar 21st Alcatraz federal penitentiary in SF Bay closed

  • Mar 21st David Hendon & Douglas Cross' musical premieres in London
  • Mar 22nd Beatles release 1st album, "Please Please Me"
  • Mar 22nd Brit Min of War John Profumo denies having sex with Christine Keeler
  • Mar 23rd 25th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Loyola beats Cin 60-58 (OT)
  • Mar 23rd Rolf Hochhuth's "Der Stellvertreter" premieres in Berlin
  • Mar 23rd 8th Eurovision Song Contest: Grethe and Jorgen Ingmann for Denmark win singing "Dansevise" in London
  • Mar 25th KWHY TV channel 22 in Los Angeles, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 27th Beeching axe: Dr. Richard Beeching issues a report calling for huge cuts to the United Kingdom's rail network.
  • Mar 28th AFL's NY Titan's become the NY Jets
  • Mar 29th Final episode of soap opera "Young Doctor Malone"
  • Mar 30th France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria
  • Mar 30th 117th Grand National: Pat Buckley aboard Ayala wins
  • Mar 31st LA ends streetcar service after 90 years
  • Apr 1st NY Mets purchase Duke Snider from the Dodgers for $40,000
  • Apr 1st NYC's newspapers resume publishing after a 114 day strike
  • Apr 1st Soap operas "General Hospital" & "Doctors" premier on TV
  • Apr 2nd Explorer 17 attains Earth orbit (254/914 km)
  • Apr 2nd USSR launches Luna 4; missed Moon by 8,500 km
  • Apr 5th Beatles receive their 1st silver disc (Please Please Me)
  • Apr 5th Susuga Malietoa Tanumafili II becomes chief of Western Samoa

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Apr 7th 27th Masters Golf Tournament: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 286

  • Apr 7th Yugoslavia proclaimed a Socialistic republic
  • Apr 7th Public stock offering of 115,000 shares in Milwaukee Braves withdrawn after only 13,000 shares are sold to 1,600 new investors

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Apr 8th 35th Academy Awards - "Lawrence of Arabia", Anne Bancroft & Gregory Peck win

Actor Gregory Peck
Actor
Gregory Peck
Actress Anne Bancroft
Actress
Anne Bancroft
Soldier and Writer T. E. Lawrence
Soldier and Writer
T. E. Lawrence
  • Apr 8th Tigers claim young pitcher Denny McLain from the White Sox for $25,000

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Apr 9th Winston Churchill becomes 1st honorary US citizen

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • Apr 10th USS Thresher, a nuclear powered submarine, sinks 220 miles east of Boston
  • Apr 10th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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Apr 11th John XXIII encyclical On peace in truth, justice, charity & liberty

  • Apr 11th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 11th Warren Spahn beats Mets 6-1 for his 328th win (most by a lefty)
  • Apr 12th Beatles "From Me to You" is released in UK
  • Apr 12th Birmingham police use dogs & cattle prods on peaceful demonstrators
  • Apr 13th Pete Rose triples for his 1st major league base hit
  • Apr 13th Pirate's Bob Friend balks 4 times in a game

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Apr 14th George Harrison is impressed by unsigned group "Rolling Stones"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Apr 15th "Sophie" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Apr 18th Dr James Campbell performed the 1st human nerve transplant
  • Apr 18th Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 1
  • Apr 19th "Hot Spot" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 43 performances
  • Apr 19th 67th Boston Marathon won by Aurele Vandendriessche of Belgium in 2:18:58
  • Apr 20th "Sophie" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • Apr 20th -30] All Africa Conferences of Churches opens in Kampala Uganda
  • Apr 20th 10th National Film Awards (India): "Dada Thakur" wins the Golden Lotus
  • Apr 21st Beatles meet Rolling Stones for 1st time

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Apr 21st Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Sunshine Women's Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • Apr 21st The Universal House of Justice of the Bahá'í Faith is elected for the first time.

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Apr 22nd Lester B. Pearson is sworn in as the 14th Prime Minister of Canada

Prime Minister of Canada Lester B. Pearson
Prime Minister of Canada
Lester B. Pearson
  • Apr 23rd "She Loves Me" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 302 performances
  • Apr 23rd Jerry Bock & S Harnick's musical "She Loves Me" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 24th 17th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 2
  • Apr 24th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 27th "Jopie" Pengel forms government in Suriname

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Apr 27th Cuban premier Fidel Castro arrives in Moscow

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Apr 28th Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • Apr 28th 17th Tony Awards: "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" win
  • Apr 29th KRE-AM in Berkeley CA changes call letters to KPAT
  • May 1st 1st American (James Whittaker) conquers Mount Everest
  • May 1st Indonesia takes control of Irian Jaya (west New Guinea) from Neth
  • May 3rd Leslie Narum is only Balt Oriole to homer on his 1st at bat
  • May 4th 89th Kentucky Derby: Braulio Baeza aboard Chateaugay wins in 2:01.8
  • May 4th Pitcher Bob Shaw sets record of 5 balks in a game
  • May 5th Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open
  • May 6th Pulitzer prize awarded to Barbara Tuchman (Guns of August)
  • May 7th Bruno Sammartino becomes WWF champ
  • May 7th SETC Telstar 2 launched (apogee 6,700 miles (10,800 km))
  • May 8th "Dr No" premieres in US
  • May 8th JFK offers Israel assistance against aggression
  • May 9th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 10th Decca signs Rolling Stones on advice of Beatle George Harrison
  • May 11th "Puff (The Magic Dragon)" by Peter, Paul & Mary hits #2
  • May 11th LA Dodger Sandy Koufax 2nd no-hitter beats NY Giants, 8-0
  • May 11th Racial bomb attacks in Birmingham Alabama

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

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

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May 15th 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 16th "Beast in Me" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • May 16th Gordon Cooper completes 22 orbits in Faith 7, ends US Proj Mercury
  • May 17th Bruno Sammartino beats Buddy Rogers in NY, to become WWF champ
  • May 17th Houston Colt .45's Don Notterbart no-hits Phillies, 4-1
  • May 17th US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 18th "Beast in Me" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • May 18th "If You Wanna Be Happy" by Jimmy Soul hits #1
  • May 18th 88th Preakness: Bill Shoemaker aboard Candy Spots wins in 1:56.2
  • May 19th Mickey Wright wins LPGA Muskogee Civitan Golf Open

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May 20th Sukarno appointed president of Indonesia

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
Sukarno
  • May 22nd Greek parliament leader Lambrakis injured
  • May 22nd Mickey Mantle hits a ball off Yankee Stadium's facade
  • May 22nd 8th European Cup: Milan beats Benfica 2-1 at London
  • May 23rd NBC purchases 1963 AFL championship game TV rights for $926,000
  • May 23rd 16th Cannes Film Festival: "The Leopard" directed by Luchino Visconti wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 24th 1st Lockheed A-12 to crash, CIA pilot Ken Collins ejects safely