Historical Events in December 1963

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

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

Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro
Italian Prime Minister
Aldo Moro
  • Dec 4 Pope Paul VI closes 2nd session of 2nd Vatican Council
  • Dec 6 Beatles begin a tradition of releasing a Christmas record for fans
  • Dec 6 Test Cricket debut of Graeme Pollock at the Gabba
  • Dec 7 Ian Meckiff no-balled for throwing against the South Africans
  • Dec 7 Instant replay is used for the first time in a Army-Navy game.
  • Dec 8 "Girl Who Came to Supper" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 112 performances
  • Dec 8 Mickey Wright/Dave Ragan Jr wins LPGA Haig & Haig Scotch Mixed Golf
  • Dec 8 Frank Sinatra Jr is kidnapped
  • Dec 8 Pan Am Flight 214 crashes outside Elkton, Maryland with 81 killed. Only case of lighting causing air crash
  • Dec 10 6-year old Donny Osmond's singing debut on Andy Williams Show
  • Dec 10 Zanzibar gains independenence from Great Britain

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Dec 10 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
  • Dec 12 Argentina asks for extradition of ex-president Juan Peron
  • Dec 12 Frank Sinatra Jr returned after being kidnapped
  • Dec 12 Kenya (formerly British East Africa) declares independence from UK
  • Dec 13 Capital records signs right of first refusal agreement with The Beatles
  • Dec 14 Verne Gagne beats The Crusher in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ
  • Dec 17 Tsjoi Doo Sun forms government in South Korea
  • Dec 17 West & East Berlin sign accord about travel rules
  • Dec 18 Clarke runs world record 10k (28:15.6)
  • Dec 18 Muskegon, Michigan gets 3' of snow
  • Dec 20 Berlin Wall opens for 1st time to West Berliners
  • Dec 20 Massemba-Debate elected President of Congo-Brazzaville
  • Dec 20 Trial against 21 camp guards of Auschwitz begins
  • Dec 22 Oakland Raider Tom Flores passes for 6 touchdowns vs Houston (52-49)

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Dec 22 Official 30-day mourning period for President John F. Kennedy ends

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Dec 22 Cruise ship Lakonia burns 180 miles north of Madeira with the loss of 128 lives.
  • Dec 23 Beach Boys 1st appearance on "Shindig"
  • Dec 23 Fire on Greek ship Laconia, 128 die
  • Dec 24 Greek & Turks riot in Cyprus
  • Dec 25 Walt Disney's "The Sword in the Stone" is released
  • Dec 26 "Double Dublin" opens at Little Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Dec 26 Beatles release "I Want To Hold Your Hand"/"I Saw Her Standing There"
  • Dec 26 US furnishes cereal to USSR
  • Dec 28 "Double Dublin" closes at Little Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Dec 28 "Jennie" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 82 performances

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