Historical Events in May 1963

  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
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 Atl├ętico 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

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

May 20 Sukarno appointed president of Indonesia

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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)