On This Day

What Happened in 1963

Historical Events

1963 in Film & TV

  • Aug 24 24th Venice Film Festival: "Hands Over the City" directed by Francesco Rosi wins Golden Lion

1963 in Music

  • Jan 16 Los Angeles night club and music venue The Whiskey A-Go-Go opens (inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2006)
  • Feb 16 Beatles top British rock charts with "Please, Please Me"
  • Feb 23 Luciano Pavarotti makes his debut at the Vienna State Opera in "La traviata"
  • Mar 22 The Beatles release their 1st album, "Please Please Me"
  • May 10 Decca signs Rolling Stones on advice of Beatle George Harrison
  • Jun 22 "Little" Stevie Wonder aged 13 releases his first single "Fingertips" (first live non-studio recording to go to No. 1 on Billboard)
  • Oct 17 The Beatles record "I Want to Hold Your Hand" at EMI Studios in London

Did You Know?

Hotline communication link between the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and the Kremlin in Moscow installed. Often known as the "red telephone" no phones were ever used, relying instead on Teletype equipment, fax machines and most recently secure email.

On August 30, 1963

Would You Believe?

John Lennon utters his infamous line at a Royal Variety Performance "Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? And for the rest of you, if you’ll just rattle your jewelry…" in London

On November 4, 1963

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