What Happened in April 1963

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 NY Mets purchase Duke Snider from the Dodgers for $40,000
  • Apr 1 NYC's newspapers resume publishing after a 114 day strike
  • Apr 1 Soap operas "General Hospital" & "Doctors" premiere on ABC TV
  • 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

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 7 27th Masters Golf Tournament: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 286

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  • Apr 7 Public stock offering of 115,000 shares in Milwaukee Braves withdrawn after only 13,000 shares are sold to 1,600 new investors

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 8 35th Academy Awards: "Lawrence of Arabia", Anne Bancroft & Gregory Peck win

Actor Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
Actress Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft
Soldier and Writer T. E. Lawrence
Soldier and Writer
T. E. Lawrence
  • Apr 8 Tigers claim young pitcher Denny McLain from the White Sox for $25,000

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Apr 9 Winston Churchill becomes 1st honorary US citizen

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 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

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Apr 11 John XXIII encyclical On peace in truth, justice, charity & liberty

  • Apr 11 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 11 Warren Spahn beats Mets 6-1 for his 328th win (most by a lefty)
  • Apr 12 Beatles "From Me to You" is released in UK
  • Apr 12 Police in Birmingham, Alabama, use dogs & cattle prods on peaceful demonstrators

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

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Apr 13 Pirate's Bob Friend balks 4 times in a game

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Apr 14 George Harrison is impressed by unsigned group "Rolling Stones"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • Apr 15 "Sophie" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Apr 18 Dr James Campbell performed the 1st human nerve transplant
  • Apr 18 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 1
  • Apr 19 "Hot Spot" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 43 performances
  • Apr 19 67th Boston Marathon won by Aurele Vandendriessche of Belgium in 2:18:58
  • 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

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

Drummer Charlie Watts
Charlie Watts
  • Apr 21 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Sunshine Women's Golf Open
  • Apr 21 The Universal House of Justice of the Bahá'í Faith is elected for the first time

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

Prime Minister of Canada Lester B. Pearson
Prime Minister of Canada
Lester B. Pearson
  • Apr 23 "She Loves Me" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 302 performances
  • Apr 23 Jerry Bock & S Harnick's musical "She Loves Me" premieres in NYC
  • 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

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Apr 27 Cuban premier Fidel Castro arrives in Moscow

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Apr 28 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • Apr 28 17th Tony Awards: "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" win
  • Apr 29 KRE-AM in Berkeley CA changes call letters to KPAT

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 2 Dermot Reeve, English cricketer and unorthodox all-rounder, born in Kowloon, Hong Kong
  • Apr 2 Mike Gascoyne, British engineer
  • Apr 2 Karl Beattie, English television director and producer
  • Apr 3 Chris Bosio, baseball pitcher (Seattle Mariners)
  • Apr 3 Zakir Khan, cricketer (two Tests for Pakistan 1986-89)
  • Apr 3 Criss Oliva, American musician (d. 1993)
  • Apr 3 Jack Del Rio, American football coach
  • Apr 3 Tsuyoshi Sekito, Japanese composer
  • Apr 4 Anthony Clark, comedian (Boyd Pritchett-Boston Common)
  • Apr 4 Dale Hawerchuk, NHL center (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 4 David Gavurin, English pop guitarist/composer (Sundays, Blind)
  • Apr 4 Jack Del Rio, NFL linebacker (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Apr 4 Nigel Preston, British drummer (The Cult), born in Birmingham (d. 1992)

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Apr 4 Graham Norton [Graham Walker], Irish comedian and TV presenter, born in Dublin

TV Host and Comedian Graham Norton
TV Host and Comedian
Graham Norton
  • 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 7 Jaime de Marichalar, duke of Lugo, Spanish royalty
  • Apr 8 Alec Stewart, cricketer (son of Micky/opening bat Occasional WK)
  • Apr 8 Erica Terwillegar, Nelsonville NJ, lugist
  • Apr 8 Julian Lennon, singer (Too Late for Goodbyes) and son of John, born in Liverpool, England
  • Apr 8 Terry Porter, NBA guard (Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • Apr 8 Seth Tobias, American financial commentator (d. 2007)
  • Apr 9 Joe Scarborough, American television personality
  • 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, NFL center (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Apr 10 Marvin Freeman, pitcher (Colorado Rockies), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 10 Mike Devereaux, Casper WY, outfielder (Baltimore Orioles)
  • Apr 10 Warren DeMartini, heavy metal musician (Ratt)
  • Apr 10 Doris Leuthard, member of the Swiss Federal Council
  • 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 poker player
  • Apr 11 Billy Bowden, New Zealand cricket umpire, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Apr 13 Gary Kasparov, Russian chess player, undisputed world champion (1985-93), born in Baku, Azerbaijan
  • Apr 13 Jan Willem van Ede, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht, PSV)
  • Apr 13 Mark Leiter, Joliet IL, pitcher (SF Giants)
  • Apr 14 Cynthia Cooper, WNBA guard (Houston Comets/Olympic gold 1988)

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Apr 14 Meg Mallon, American LPGA golfer (1991 US Women's Open), born in Natick, Massachusetts

LPGA Golfer Meg Mallon
LPGA Golfer
Meg Mallon
  • Apr 15 Manoj Prabhakar, cricketer (Indian opening batsman & opening bowler)
  • Apr 15 Teresa Wentzel DeWitt, Ft Bragg NC, double trap (Olympics 1996)
  • Apr 15 Bobby Pepper, American journalist
  • Apr 16 Garry Galley, NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Apr 16 Hu Na, China, tennis star
  • Apr 16 Jimmy Osmond, singer (Donnie & Marie), born in Ogden, Utah
  • Apr 16 Nick Berry, Britain, actor (Wicksy-EastEnders)
  • Apr 16 Salim Malik, cricketer (memorable Pakistani & Essex batsman)
  • Apr 16 Tomas Libous, US politician (Senate-R-New York 1989-2015) brought down by scandal, born in Johnson City, New York (d. 2016)
  • Apr 17 Joel Murray, American actor

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

TV Host Conan O'Brien
TV Host
Conan O'Brien
  • Apr 18 Phil Simmons, cricketer (West Indian opening batsman)
  • Apr 18 Eric McCormack, Canadian-American actor (Will and Grace)
  • Apr 19 Valerie Plame Wilson, former C.I.A. agent
  • Apr 20 Brett Edward Garsed, Victoria Australia, heavy metal artist (Nelson)
  • Apr 20 Kal Swan, heavy metal rocker
  • Apr 20 Mauricio Gugelmin, Brazilian racing driver
  • Apr 20 Aubrey de Grey, British biomedical gerontologist
  • Apr 21 John Cameron Mitchell, American actor (Misplaced, Band of the Hand), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Apr 21 Ken Caminiti, Hanford CA, infielder (San Diego Padres)
  • Apr 21 Roy Dupuis, Canadian actor
  • Apr 23 Benoit Doucet, hockey forward (Team Germany 1998), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Apr 23 Magnús Ver Magnússon, Icelandic powerlifter
  • Apr 24 Billy Gould, rock bassist (Faith No More), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 24 Joey Vera, heavy metal rocker (Armored Saint-Aftermath)
  • Apr 24 Mano Solo [Emmanuel Cabut], French singer, born in Châlons-sur-Marne (d. 2010)
  • Apr 24 Tõnu Trubetsky, Estonian musician
  • Apr 26 Bill Wennington, NBA center (Chicago Bulls)
  • Apr 26 Thomas Searle, hockey defenseman (Team Austria 1998)

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

Chinese Actor and Martial Artist Jet Li
Chinese Actor and Martial Artist
Jet Li
  • Apr 26 Jet Li, Chinese martial artist and actor (Hero, The Expendables), born in Beijing, China
  • Apr 27 Arther van Dijk, drummer (Ivy Green)
  • Apr 27 Grant Show, actor (Jake-Melrose Place, Rick-Ryan's Hope)
  • Apr 27 Schae Harrison, Orange California, actress (Darla-Bold & Beautiful)
  • Apr 27 Cali Timmins, Canadian actress
  • 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)

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

NHL Coach Mike Babcock
NHL Coach
Mike Babcock
  • Apr 30 Steve Smith, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Glasgow, Scotland

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Actress Anita Ekberg
Anita Ekberg
  • 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 8 Len Tuckett, cricketer (no runs no wkts in 1 Test for S A), dies
  • Apr 15 Edward "Carji" Greeves, Australian rules footballer (b. 1903)
  • Apr 18 Henrietta Kreis, 3rd of famous Wallenda aerialist to fall to death
  • Apr 18 Meyer Jacobstein, American politician (b. 1880)
  • Apr 30 Bryant Washburn, American actor (Exposure, Millionaire Kid, Nabonga), dies at 74