May 1963 in History

Events in History

  • 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 6 Pulitzer prize awarded to Barbara Tuchman (Guns of August)
  • 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
  • May 11 Racial bomb attacks in Birmingham Alabama
  • 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 16 Gordon Cooper completes 22 orbits in Faith 7, ends US Proj Mercury
  • May 17 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 20 Sukarno appointed president of Indonesia

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
  • May 22 Greek parliament leader Lambrakis injured
  • May 24 1st Lockheed A-12 to crash, CIA pilot Ken Collins ejects safely
  • May 25 Organization for African Unity formed by Chad, Mauritania & Zambia
  • May 26 Organization of African Unity forms
  • May 26 Wes Stock becomes only Balt Oriole to win a doubleheader

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)

Birthdays in History

  • May 3 Jamie Reeves, British strongman
  • May 5 Simon Rimmer, English chef
  • May 6 Alessandra Ferri, British ballerina (American Ballet Theater)
  • May 8 Clemens Lothaller, Austria, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-13 backup)
  • May 8 Izabela Kloc, Polish politician
  • May 8 Terry Christian, British radio presenter
  • May 8 Robin Jarvis, British writer
  • May 10 Lisa M Nowak, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut, born in Washington, D.C.
  • May 11 Gunilla Carlsson, Swedish politician
  • May 15 George Heidweiler, Suriname, Dutch painter
  • May 16 Jon Coffelt, American artist
  • May 21 Richard Appel, American writer
  • May 24 Michael Chabon, American author
  • May 28 Houman Younessi, Iranian-born scientist
  • May 30 Helen Patricia Sharman, Great Britain, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-12)
  • May 31 Viktor Orbán, Hungarian politician

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

May 5 Iraqi President Saddam Hussein (26) weds teacher Sajida Talfah (26)

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein

HeartWedding of Interest

May 11 Prime Minister of Canada John Turner (33) weds Geills McCrae Kilgour (25)

17th Prime Minister of Canada John Turner
17th Prime Minister of Canada
John Turner

Deaths in History

  • May 1 Lope K. Santos, Filipino writer, Father of the Philippine National Language and Grammar (b. 1879)
  • May 2 Van Wyck Brooks, US historian (Ordeal of Mark Twain), dies at 77
  • May 5 Jacobus JP Old, architect/co-founder (Stijl), dies at 73
  • May 6 Theodore von Kármán, Hungarian-born physicist (b. 1881)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 9 Charles Vyner Brooke, 3rd and last White Rajah of Sarawak (1917-46), dies at 88

3rd and Last White Rajah of Sarawak Charles Vyner Brooke
3rd and Last White Rajah of Sarawak
Charles Vyner Brooke
  • May 11 Herbert Spencer Gasser, American physiologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1888)
  • May 13 Alois Hudal, bishop, helped Nazi war criminals escape (b. 1885)
  • May 17 John Wilce, physician and former head football coach at the Ohio State University (b. 1888)
  • May 27 Lambrakis, Greek EDA-parliament leader, murdered
  • May 31 Carel C van Essen, archaeologist (Art of Ancient Rome), dies at 63