February 1963 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 Nyasaland (now Malawi) becomes self-governing under Hastings Banda
  • 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 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 US female Figure Skating championship won by Lorraine Hanlon
  • Feb 10 US male Figure Skating championship won by Thomas Litz
  • 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
  • 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 C & A Building in Amsterdam burns down

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 19 Robert Frost wins Bollingen Prize

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 21 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 24 5th Daytona 500: Tiny Lund wins (151.566 MPH)

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 1 Takashi Murakami, Japanese artist
  • Feb 2 Philip Laats, Belgian judoka
  • Feb 6 Kevin Trudeau, American entrepreneur
  • Feb 7 Heidemarie M Stefanyshyn-Piper, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Feb 9 Brian Greene, American physicist
  • Feb 12 Ed Lover, American radio personality
  • Feb 18 Henry Winter, English football journalist
  • Feb 19 Laurell K. Hamilton, American writer
  • Feb 20 Marilisa Xenogiannakopoulou, Greek politician
  • Feb 20 Jon Lynn Christensen, former Nebraska Congressman
  • Feb 21 Michael Gostigian, Newtown Sq PA, pentathelete (Oly-16th-88, 92, 96)
  • Feb 22 Pebbles Flintstone, fictional character on "The Flintstones"
  • Feb 23 Debbie Kruck, Danbury CT, Ms Fitness USA (1994)
  • Feb 23 Reza Abdoh, theatre director
  • Feb 23 Radosław Sikorski, Polish politician
  • Feb 25 Alison Roberts, fashion designer
  • Feb 27 Pär Nuder, Swedish politician

Deaths in History

  • Feb 1 Fleetwood Lindley, the last living person to see Abraham Lincoln's face (b. 1888)
  • Feb 6 Mohammed ibn al-Chattabi Abd el-Krim, Morocco opposition leader, dies
  • Feb 6 Abd el-Krim, Moroccan politician
  • Feb 8 Abdul Karim Kassem, PM of Iraq (58-63), assassinated in Baghdad at 48

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Feb 11 Sylvia Plath, American poet/novelist (Ariel), commits suicide at 30

Author and Poet Sylvia Plath
Author and Poet
Sylvia Plath
  • Feb 13 Harry Steers, bowling hall of famer, dies
  • Feb 18 Todd "Hugh" Gaitskell, leader British Labour Party, dies at 56
  • Feb 26 Artturi A Leinonen, Fin journalist/politician (Prophet), dies at 74
  • Feb 28 Rajendra Prasad, First President of India (b. 1884)