August 1963 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 1 Germany FR annexes Elten village
  • Aug 3 Allan Sherman releases "Hello Mudda, Hello Fadda"
  • Aug 5 Britain, USA & USSR sign nuclear test ban treaty
  • Aug 5 Craig Breedlove sets world auto speed record at 407.45 MPH

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Aug 7 Jacqueline Kennedy becomes 1st US First Lady to give birth (Patrick Kennedy) since Mrs Cleveland

  • Aug 8 Great Train Robbery in England, £2.6 million ($7.3 million)
  • Aug 8 Verne Gagne beats Fritz Von Erich in Amarillo, to become NWA champ
  • Aug 11 Kingston Trio are mystery guest on "What's My Line?"
  • Aug 11 Four ANC political detainees escape from Pretoria Central prison in South Africa
  • Aug 12 Portuguese dictator Salazar firm on African colonization
  • Aug 13 US Customs agents confiscate 21 gold coins from Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas
  • Aug 13 Warren Spahn sets left-hander strike out mark at 2,382
  • Aug 15 Fulbert Youlou resigns as President of Congo-Brazzaville
  • Aug 16 Independence is restored to Dominican Republic
  • Aug 17 Oriole's Dick Hall retires his 28th consecutive player in relief
  • Aug 18 James Meredith becomes 1st black graduate from U of Mississippi
  • Aug 19 NAACP Youth Council begins sit-ins at lunch counters, Oklahoma City
  • Aug 21 Jerry Lynch's record 15th pinch-hit HR gives Pirates a 7-6 win
  • Aug 21 Martial law declared in South Vietnam, following raids on Buddhist pagodas
  • Aug 22 NASA civilian test pilot Joe Walker in X-15 reaches 67 miles (106 km)
  • Aug 22 The X-15 rocket plane achieves a world record altitude of 354,200 feet (107,960 m, 67 miles)
  • Aug 23 Ringo admits he wrote a song "Don't Pass Me By"
  • Aug 23 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 24 1st 200 metre freestyle swum under 2 minutes (Don Schollander 1:58)
  • Aug 28 200,000 march and demonstrate for African American civil rights in Washington, D.C.
  • Aug 28 Evergreen Point Floating Bridge connecting Seattle & Bellevue opens

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Aug 28 Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I have a dream speech" addressing civil rights march at Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Aug 29 Harmon Killebrew (Twins) HRs off Pete Burnside (Senators) in DH
  • Aug 30 Hotline communication link between Pentagon (Washington, D.C.) and the Klemlin (Moscow) installed

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 1 Koichi Wakata, Japanese astronaut (STS 72, sk: 92), born in Ōmiya, Saitama, Japan
  • Aug 2 Daniel Pelosi, American convicted murderer
  • Aug 4 Andrew Bartlett, Australian politician
  • Aug 7 Patrick Kennedy, son of US President JFK (lives only 3 days)
  • Aug 8 Jon Turteltaub, American director
  • Aug 10 Andrew Sullivan, English-born journalist
  • Aug 10 Phoolan Devi, Indian bandit and revolutionary (d. 2001)
  • Aug 15 Lydia Czuckermann-Hatuel, Israel, Women's foil fencer (Oly-1996)
  • Aug 21 King Mohammed VI of Morocco
  • Aug 24 Hideo Kojima, Japanese video game director
  • Aug 25 James Backhouse, British artist
  • Aug 29 Elizabeth Brown, minister healer/writer
  • Aug 30 Paul Oakenfold, British disc jockey

Deaths in History

  • Aug 1 Theodore Roethke, US poet (Praise to the end!), dies
  • Aug 2 Oliver Hazzard Perry La Farge, US anthropologist/writer, dies at 61
  • Aug 10 Estes Kefauver, (Sen-D-Tn), dies at 60
  • Aug 10 Patrick Kennedy, son of US President JFK, dies at only 3 days
  • Aug 10 Ernst Wetter, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1877)
  • Aug 14 Clifford Odets, US playwright (Golden Boy), dies at 57
  • Aug 20 Joan Voûte, Dutch astronomer (b. 1879)
  • Aug 22 William Richard Morris, 1st viscount Nuffield motor manufacturer, dies

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Aug 27 W E B Du Bois, scholar/founder (NAACP), dies at 95 in Accra Ghana

Civil Rights Activist W.E.B. Du Bois
Civil Rights Activist
W.E.B. Du Bois
  • Aug 27 Garrett Morgan, American inventor (gas mask and traffic signal), dies at 86
  • Aug 27 Allama Mashriqi, Pakistani scholar and politician (b. 1888)
  • Aug 30 Guy Burgess, English-born Soviet spy (b. 1911)
  • Aug 31 Georges Braque, French cubist painter and sculptor (My bicycle) who helped develop Cubism with Pablo Picasso, dies at 81