December 1963 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 Nagaland becomes a state of Indian union
  • Dec 2 First Dutch rocket launched/reaches height of 10 km

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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 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 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

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Dec 12 Argentina asks for extradition of ex-president Juan Perón

General and President of Argentina Juan Perón
General and President of Argentina
Juan Perón
  • Dec 12 Frank Sinatra Jr returned after being kidnapped
  • Dec 12 Kenya (formerly British East Africa) declares independence from UK
  • 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 US furnishes cereal to USSR
  • Dec 30 Congress authorizes Kennedy half dollar

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 2 Ann Patchett, American novelist
  • Dec 3 Terri Schiavo, American right to die figure (d. 2005)
  • Dec 5 Doctor Dre, American radio personality
  • Dec 9 Masako, Crown Princess of Japan
  • Dec 12 Juan Carlos Varela, President of Panama (2014-), born in Panama City
  • Dec 15 Andrew Luster, Max Factor heir
  • Dec 20 Infanta Elena of Spain
  • Dec 22 Luna H. Mitani, Japanese American surrealism painter
  • Dec 23 Donna Tartt, American author
  • Dec 27 Gaspar Noé, Argentinian-born director
  • Dec 29 Francisco Bustamante, Filipino billiard player
  • Dec 30 Chandler Burr, American author

Deaths in History

  • Dec 5 Herbert H Lehman, (Gov-D-NY), dies
  • Dec 5 Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, Prime Minister of Pakistan (b. 1892)
  • Dec 6 Jozef Goossenaerts, Flem philologist (Language Boundary), dies at 81
  • Dec 8 Field Marshal Sarit Dhanarajata, Prime Minister of Thailand (b. 1908)
  • Dec 13 Hubert ME Pierlot, Belgian advocate/premier (1939-45), dies at 79
  • Dec 14 Erich Ollenhauer, German politician (SPD), dies at 62
  • Dec 25 Tristan Tzara, writer, dies at 67
  • Dec 28 Abbott Joseph Liebling, American journalist/writer, dies