Historical Events in February 1963

  • Feb 1 Nyasaland (now Malawi) becomes self-governing under Hastings Banda
  • Feb 2 Helen Shapiro begins tour (Beatles are part of undercard)
  • Feb 3 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational
  • Feb 5 Maarten Schmidt discovers enormous red shifts in quasars
  • Feb 5 Soviet lunar probe failure
  • Feb 8 1st transmission of Clandestine Voice of Iraqi People (Communist)
  • Feb 8 AFL's Dallas Texans become KC Chiefs
  • Feb 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 9 1st flight of Boeing 727 jet
  • Feb 9 7th largest snowfall in NYC history (42.4 cm, 16.7")
  • Feb 10 Mickey Wright wins LPGA St Petersburg Women's Golf Open
  • Feb 10 US female Figure Skating championship won by Lorraine Hanlon
  • Feb 10 US male Figure Skating championship won by Thomas Litz
  • Feb 11 Beatles tape 10 tracks for their 1st album
  • Feb 11 CIA Domestic Operations Division created (pretty scary!)
  • Feb 11 Julia Child's show The French Chef premieres.
  • Feb 12 Argentina asks extraditon of ex-president Peron
  • Feb 14 US launches communications satellite Syncom 1

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

Sports record brokenNBA Record

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 19 Robert Frost wins Bollingen Prize

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

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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

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

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

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle