On This Day

What Happened in April 1963

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 NY Mets purchase future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Duke Snider from the LA Dodgers for $40,000; Snider had starred for the Brooklyn Dodgers 1947-57
  • Apr 1 NYC's newspapers resume publishing after a 114 day strike
  • Apr 1 American television soap opera premieres: "General Hospital" (ABC) & "Doctors" (NBC)
  • Apr 2 Explorer 17 attains Earth orbit (254/914 km)
  • Apr 2 USSR launches Luna 4; missed Moon by 8,500 km
  • Apr 5 Beatles receive their 1st silver disc (Please Please Me)
  • Apr 5 Susuga Malietoa Tanumafili II becomes chief of Western Samoa

US Masters Golf

Apr 7 27th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: 23 year old Jack Nicklaus wins the first of his record 6 Green Jackets with a 3-foot par putt on the final hole to finish 1 stroke ahead of Tony Lema

  • Apr 7 Yugoslavia proclaimed a Socialistic republic
  • Apr 7 Public stock offering of 115,000 shares in Milwaukee Braves withdrawn after only 13,000 shares are sold to 1,600 new investors

Sports History

Apr 8 Detroit Tigers claim young pitcher Denny McLain on waivers from the Chicago White Sox; McLain goes on the win Cy Young Award 1968, 69 and AL MVP 1968

Historic Event

Apr 9 Winston Churchill becomes 1st honorary US citizen

  • Apr 10 USS Thresher, a nuclear powered submarine, sinks 220 miles east of Boston killing 129 men, including 17 civilians
  • Apr 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Catholic Encyclical

Apr 11 Pope John XXIII publishes encyclical "Pacem in terris", that peace between all peoples must be based on truth, justice, love and freedom

  • Apr 11 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Sports History

Apr 11 Milwaukee Braves future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn beats NY Mets, 6-1 for his 328th win; most by a left-hander in MLB history

  • Apr 12 Beatles third single, "From Me To You" is released in UK
  • Apr 12 Police in Birmingham, Alabama, use dogs & cattle prods on peaceful demonstrators

Sports History

Apr 13 Pete Rose triples for his 1st major league base hit

  • Apr 13 Pirate's Bob Friend balks 4 times in a game

Music History

Apr 14 Quiet Beatle George Harrison is impressed by unsigned British blues band "Rolling Stones"

Music Premiere

Apr 15 Steve Allen's musical "Sophie", based on the life of American singer, and comic actress Sophie Tucker, opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 8 performances

  • Apr 15 67th Boston Marathon won by Aurèle Vandendriessche of Belgium in race record 2:18:58
  • Apr 18 Dr James Campbell performed the 1st human nerve transplant
  • Apr 18 Stanley Cup Final, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: Toronto Maple Leafs go back-to-back with a 3-1 Game 5 win over Detroit Red Wings for a 4-1 series victory
  • Apr 19 "Hot Spot" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 43 performances

Music Single

Apr 19 Johnny Cash releases single "Ring Of Fire" written by his future wife June Carter and Merle Kilgore

  • Apr 20 "Sophie" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • Apr 20 -30] All Africa Conferences of Churches opens in Kampala Uganda
  • Apr 20 10th National Film Awards (India): "Dada Thakur" wins the Golden Lotus

Music History

Apr 21 Beatles meet The Rolling Stones for the 1st time

  • Apr 21 The Universal House of Justice of the Bahá'í Faith is elected for the first time

Historic Event

Apr 22 Lester B. Pearson is sworn in as the 14th Prime Minister of Canada

  • Apr 23 Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick's musical "She Loves Me" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 302 performances

Hall of Fame

Apr 24 Future Basketball Hall of Fame point guard Bob Cousy plays his last NBA game for Boston as Celtics beat LA Lakers, 112-109 in Game 6 for their 5th straight NBA C'ship

  • Apr 24 17th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 2
  • Apr 24 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 27 "Jopie" Pengel forms government in Suriname

Historic Event

Apr 27 Cuban premier Fidel Castro arrives in Moscow

  • Apr 28 17th Tony Awards: "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" win

Golf Tournament

Apr 29 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Marilynn Smith beats Mickey Wright by 1 shot in 18-hole playoff

  • Apr 29 KRE-AM in Berkeley CA changes call letters to KPAT

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 2 Dermot Reeve, English cricket all-rounder (3 Tests, 29 ODIs), born in Kowloon, Hong Kong
  • Apr 2 Mike Gascoyne, British motor racing engineer, designer, writer (McLaren, Sauber, Tyrrell, Jordan, Renault, Toyota, Force India) and broadcaster (BBC 5 Live, Sky Sports), born in Norwich, England
  • Apr 2 Karl Beattie, English television director and producer (Most Haunted), born in Guildford, Surrey
  • Apr 3 Chris Bosio, American baseball pitcher (Seattle Mariners), born in Carmichael, California
  • Apr 3 Zakir Khan, Pakistani cricketer (two Tests for Pakistan 1986-89), born in Bannu, Pakistan
  • Apr 3 Criss Oliva, American musician (Savatage), born in Pompton Plains, New Jersey (d. 1993)
  • Apr 3 Tsuyoshi Sekito, Japanese video game composer, born in Osaka, Japan
  • Apr 4 Anthony Clark, American actor and comedian (Boyd Pritchett-Boston Common), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Apr 4 Dale Hawerchuk, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (#1 pick NHL Draft 1981; Calder Trophy 1982; Canada Cup 1987, 91; Winnipeg Jets, Buffalo Sabres), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2020)
  • Apr 4 David Gavurin, English pop guitarist and composer (Sundays, Blind)
  • Apr 4 Jack Del Rio, American football player, NFL linebacker (Minnesota Vikings), born in Castro Valley, California
  • Apr 4 Nigel Preston, British drummer (The Cult), born in Birmingham (d. 1992)
  • Apr 4 Jane McDonald, British pop singer and television presenter (Loose Women; Cruising with JAne), born in Wakefield, England
  • Apr 6 Lorenzo Lynch, NFL safety (Az Cardinals, Oakland Raiders)
  • Apr 6 Rafael Correa, Ecuadorian politician and 43rd President of Ecuador (2007-2017), born in Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • Apr 6 Shaun Toub, Persian-American actor (Iron Man; Homeland), born in Tehran, Imperial State of Iran
  • Apr 7 Jaime de Marichalar, duke of Lugo, Spanish royalty
  • Apr 8 Alec Stewart, English cricketer (son of Micky, opening batter, occasional wicket keeper), born in Merton Park, England
  • Apr 8 Erica Terwillegar, American lugist, born in Nelsonville, New Jersey
  • Apr 8 Julian Lennon, English singer-songwriter ("Too Late for Goodbyes"), philanthropist (The White Feather Foundation), photographer, and son of John, born in Liverpool, England
  • Apr 8 Terry Porter, American basketball point guard and coach (Portland Trail Blazers; Minnesota Timberwolves; NBA All Star 1991, 93), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Apr 8 Seth Tobias, American financial commentator (d. 2007)
  • Apr 8 Donita Sparks, American singer, guitarist, and songwriter (L7), and podcaster (The Hi-Low Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 9 Joe Scarborough, American television personality, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Apr 9 Marc Jacobs, American fashion designer (Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 10 Claire Smith, equestrian 3 day event (Olympics 1996), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Apr 10 Kirk Lowdermilk, American football NFL center (Indianapolis Colts), born in Canton, Ohio
  • Apr 10 Mike Devereaux, American baseball outfielder (Baltimore Orioles), born in Casper, Wyoming
  • Apr 10 Warren DeMartini, American heavy metal guitarist (Ratt), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 10 Doris Leuthard, Swiss politician, President of Switzerland (2017), born in Merenschwand, Switzerland
  • Apr 10 Mark Oliver Everett, American singer-songwriter, musician and author (Eels), born in Virginia
  • Apr 10 Peter Morgan [Morganthau], English playwright and screenwriter (The Queen, The Crown), born in London, England
  • Apr 11 Eddy Moya, actor, born in El Paso, Texas
  • Apr 11 Elizabeth Smylie, tennis star (1987 Oklahoma City), born in Perth, Australia
  • Apr 11 Chris Ferguson, American professional poker player, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 11 Billy Bowden, New Zealand cricket umpire (84 Tests, 200 ODIs, 24 T20Is), born in Auckland, New Zealand

Garry Kasparov

Apr 13 Gary Kasparov, Russian chess player (world champion 1985-93), born in Baku, Azerbaijan

  • Apr 13 Jan Willem van Ede, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht, PSV), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Apr 13 Mark Leiter, American baseball pitcher (SF Giants), born in Joliet, Illinois
  • Apr 14 Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, American WNBA guard (Houston Comets/Olympic gold 1988) and coach, born in Chicago, Illinois

Meg Mallon

Apr 14 Meg Mallon, American golfer (4 major titles; US Open 1991, 2004), born in Natick, Massachusetts

  • Apr 14 Thomas W. Libous, American politician (Senate-R-New York 1989-2015) brought down by scandal, born in Johnson City, New York (d. 2016)
  • Apr 15 Manoj Prabhakar, Indian cricketer (Indian opening batsman & opening bowler), born in Ghaziabad, India
  • Apr 16 Garry Galley, Canadian NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Apr 16 Hu Na, Chinese tennis star, born in Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • Apr 16 Jimmy Osmond, American pop singer (Donnie & Marie), born in Canoga Park, California
  • Apr 16 Nick Berry, English actor (Wicksy-EastEnders), born in Woodford, Essex
  • Apr 16 Saleem Malik, Pakistani cricketer (memorable Pakistani & Essex batsman), born in Kayerpora, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Apr 16 John Delaney, American politician (Rep-D-Maryland 2013-19), born in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey
  • Apr 17 Joel Murray, American actor (Mad Men), born in Wilmette, Illinois

Conan O'Brien

Apr 18 Conan Chris O'Brien, American TV host (Late Night), born in Brookline, Massachusetts

  • Apr 18 Phil Simmons, West Indian cricketer (West Indian opening batsman), born in Arima, Trinidad
  • Apr 18 Eric McCormack, Canadian-American actor (Will & Grace), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 18 Andrés Reyes [Universo 2000], Mexican pro wrestler (3 x CMLL World Heavyweight Championship), born in Santa Anita, Mexico (d. 2018)
  • Apr 20 Brett Garsed, Australian rock guitarist (Nelson; Garsed/Helmerich), born in Victoria, Australia
  • Apr 20 Kal Swan, Scottish heavy metal singer-songwriter (Bad Moon Rising), born in Raleigh, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Apr 20 Mauricio Gugelmin, Brazilian racing driver, born in Joinville, Brazil
  • Apr 20 Aubrey de Grey, British biomedical gerontologist, born in London
  • Apr 20 Rachel Whiteread, English artist (House), born in Ilford, England
  • Apr 21 John Cameron Mitchell, American actor (Misplaced, Band of the Hand), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Apr 21 Ken Caminiti, MLB third baseman, 1987-2001, (Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, and 3 other teams; NL MVP- 1996), born in Hanford, California (d. 2004)
  • Apr 21 Roy Dupuis, Canadian actor
  • Apr 21 Steve Shapiro, American jazz and session musician vibraphonist, and music producer, born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Apr 22 Sean Lock, British comedian and actor (British Comedy Award, 2000), born in Chertsey, Surrey
  • Apr 23 Magnús Ver Magnússon, Icelandic powerlifter (World's Strongest Man 1991, 94, 95, 96), born in Egilsstaðir, Iceland
  • Apr 24 Billy Gould, American rock bassist (Faith No More - "Epic"; "Easy"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 24 Joey Vera, American heavy metal rocker (Armored Saint - "Aftermath"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 24 Mano Solo [Emmanuel Cabut], French singer, born in Châlons-sur-Marne (d. 2010)
  • Apr 24 Tõnu Trubetsky, Estonian punk rock musician, born in Tallinn, Estonia
  • Apr 25 Marcos Ferrufino, Bolivian soccer defender (9 caps; Bolívar 252 games) and manager (San José, Real Potosí), born in Oruro, Bolivia (d. 2021)
  • Apr 26 Bill Wennington, Canadian NBA center (Chicago Bulls), born in Montreal, Quebec

Jet Li

Apr 26 Jet Li [Li Lianjie], Chinese Singaporean actor and martial artist (Romeo Must Die, Unleashed), born in Beijing, China

  • Apr 27 Schae Harrison, American actress (Darla-Bold & Beautiful), born in Anaheim Hills, California
  • Apr 27 Cali Timmins, Canadian actress (Ryan's Hope), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Apr 27 Russell T. Davies, Welsh TV writer and executive producer (Doctor Who, Queer as Folk), born in Swansea, Wales
  • Apr 28 Obiageli Ezekwesili, Nigerian Accountant and World Bank official (#BringBackOurGirls campaign)

Mike Babcock

Apr 29 Mike Babcock, Canadian NHL Coach (Anaheim, Detroit, Team Canada), born in Manitouwadge, Ontario

  • Apr 30 Steve Smith, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Apr 30 Michael Waltrip, American auto racer (Daytona 500 2001, 2003), born in Owensboro, Kentucky

Famous Weddings

Anita Ekberg

Apr 6 Actress Anita Ekberg (31) weds actor Rik Van Nutter (33) in Lugano, Switzerland

Jerry Garcia

Apr 23 American guitarist Jerry Garcia (20) weds Sara Ruppenthal in California; divorce in 1967

  • Apr 24 English princess Alexandra marries Sir Angus Ogilvy at Westminster Abbey

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 4 Endzion Barelli, dies 2 days after winning a boxing match at 18
  • Apr 4 Jason Robards Sr, American actor (Acapulco, Isle of the Dead), dies from a heart attack at 70
  • Apr 5 Jacobus JP Old, architect/co-founder (The Style), dies at 73
  • Apr 5 Julius Harrison, composer, dies at 78
  • Apr 6 Otto Struve, Russian-born astronomer (b. 1897)
  • Apr 9 Eddie Edwards, American jazz trombonist, dies at 71
  • Apr 12 Herbie Nichols, American jazz pianist and composer ("Lady Sings the Blues"), dies of leukemia at 43
  • Apr 12 Alfred Métraux, Swiss anthropologist, dies at 60
  • Apr 15 Edward "Carji" Greeves, Australian Rules Football midfielder (winner inaugural Brownlow Medal 1924), dies at 59
  • Apr 18 Meyer Jacobstein, American politician, dies at 83
  • Apr 30 Bryant Washburn, American actor (Exposure, Millionaire Kid, Nabonga), dies at 74