April 1963 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 NYC's newspapers resume publishing after a 114 day strike
  • Apr 2 Explorer 17 attains Earth orbit (254/914 km)
  • Apr 2 USSR launches Luna 4; missed Moon by 8,500 km
  • Apr 5 Susuga Malietoa Tanumafili II becomes chief of Western Samoa
  • Apr 7 Yugoslavia proclaimed a Socialistic republic

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Apr 9 Winston Churchill becomes 1st honorary US citizen

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

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

  • Apr 11 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 11 Warren Spahn beats Mets 6-1 for his 328th win (most by a lefty)
  • Apr 12 Birmingham police use dogs & cattle prods on peaceful demonstrators
  • Apr 13 Pirate's Bob Friend balks 4 times in a game
  • Apr 18 Dr James Campbell performed the 1st human nerve transplant
  • Apr 20 -30] All Africa Conferences of Churches opens in Kampala Uganda
  • Apr 21 The Universal House of Justice of the Bahá'í Faith is elected for the first time.

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Apr 22 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 24 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 27 "Jopie" Pengel forms government in Suriname

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Apr 27 Cuban premier Fidel Castro arrives in Moscow

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Apr 28 17th Tony Awards: "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" win
  • Apr 29 KRE-AM in Berkeley CA changes call letters to KPAT

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 2 Mike Gascoyne, British engineer
  • Apr 7 Jaime de Marichalar, duke of Lugo, Spanish royalty
  • Apr 8 Erica Terwillegar, Nelsonville NJ, lugist
  • Apr 8 Seth Tobias, American financial commentator (d. 2007)
  • Apr 10 Doris Leuthard, member of the Swiss Federal Council
  • Apr 11 Chris Ferguson, American poker player
  • Apr 11 Billy Bowden, New Zealand umpire
  • Apr 13 Gary Kasparov, Russian chess player, undisputed world champion (1985-93), born in Baku, Azerbaijan
  • Apr 15 Bobby Pepper, American journalist
  • Apr 16 Tomas Libous, US politician (Senate-R-New York 1989-2015) brought down by scandal, born in Johnson City, New York (d. 2016)
  • Apr 19 Valerie Plame Wilson, former C.I.A. agent
  • Apr 20 Aubrey de Grey, British biomedical gerontologist
  • Apr 23 Magnús Ver Magnússon, Icelandic powerlifter
  • Apr 28 Obiageli Ezekwesili, Nigerian Accountant and World Bank official (#BringBackOurGirls campaign)

Weddings in History

  • Apr 24 English princess Alexandra marries Sir Angus Ogilvy at Westminster Abbey

Deaths in History

  • Apr 5 Jacobus JP Old, architect/co-founder (The Style), dies at 73
  • Apr 6 Otto Struve, Russian-born astronomer (b. 1897)
  • Apr 15 Edward "Carji" Greeves, Australian rules footballer (b. 1903)
  • Apr 18 Henrietta Kreis, 3rd of famous Wallenda aerialist to fall to death
  • Apr 18 Meyer Jacobstein, American politician (b. 1880)