Historical Events in December 1963

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

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

Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro
Italian Prime Minister
Aldo Moro
  • 4th Pope Paul VI closes 2nd session of 2nd Vatican Council
  • 6th Beatles begin a tradition of releasing a Christmas record for fans
  • 6th Test Cricket debut of Graeme Pollock at the Gabba
  • 7th Ian Meckiff no-balled for throwing against the South Africans
  • 7th Instant replay is used for the first time in a Army-Navy game.
  • 8th "Girl Who Came to Supper" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 112 performances

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8th Mickey Wright/Dave Ragan Jr wins LPGA Haig & Haig Scotch Mixed Golf

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 8th Pan Am Flight 214 crashes outside Elkton, Maryland with 81 killed. Only case of lighting causing air crash
  • 9th Frank Sinatra Jr is kidnapped
  • 10th 6-year old Donny Osmond's singing debut on Andy Williams Show
  • 10th Zanzibar gains independenence from Great Britain

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10th 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
  • 12th Argentina asks for extradition of ex-president Juan Peron
  • 12th Frank Sinatra Jr returned after being kidnapped
  • 12th Kenya (formerly British East Africa) declares independence from UK
  • 13th Capital records signs right of first refusal agreement with The Beatles
  • 14th Verne Gagne beats The Crusher in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ
  • 17th Tsjoi Doo Sun forms government in South Korea
  • 17th West & East Berlin sign accord about travel rules
  • 18th Clarke runs world record 10k (28:15.6)
  • 18th Muskegon, Michigan gets 3' of snow
  • 20th Berlin Wall opens for 1st time to West Berliners
  • 20th Massemba-Debate elected pres of Congo-Brazzaville
  • 20th Trial against 21 camp guards of Auschwitz begins
  • 22nd Oakland Raider Tom Flores passes for 6 touchdowns vs Houston (52-49)
  • 22nd Official 30-day mourning period for President John F Kennedy ends
  • 22nd Cruise ship Lakonia burns 180 miles north of Madeira with the loss of 128 lives.
  • 23rd Beach Boys 1st appearance on "Shindig"
  • 23rd Fire on Greek ship Laconia, 128 die
  • 24th Greek & Turks riot in Cyprus
  • 25th Walt Disney's "The Sword in the Stone" is released
  • 26th "Double Dublin" opens at Little Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 26th Beatles release "I Want To Hold Your Hand"/"I Saw Her Standing There"
  • 26th US furnishes cereal to USSR
  • 28th "Double Dublin" closes at Little Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • 28th "Jennie" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 82 performances

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