What Happened in August 1963

Historical Events

Davis Cup

Aug 1 Arthur Ashe becomes first African-American tennis player to be named in the US Davis Cup team

  • Aug 1 Beatles Book is sold out on its 1st day of sale
  • Aug 1 Germany FR annexes Elten village
  • Aug 1 WQAD TV channel 8 in Moline, Illinois (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 2 30th Chicago College All-Star Game: All-Stars 20, Green Bay 17, 65,000 at Soldier Field
  • Aug 3 Beatles final performance at Cavern Club in Liverpool, England

Musical Finale

Aug 3 Richard Rodgers' musical drama "No Strings" closes at 84th St Theater, NYC, after 580 performances and 3 Tony Award wins

  • Aug 3 Warner Bros. Records releases single of Allan Sherman's novelty song "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter from Camp)", set to music of Amilcare Ponchielli's, "Dance of the Hours" from his 1876 opera "La Gioconda"
  • Aug 5 Britain, USA and USSR sign nuclear test ban treaty
  • Aug 5 Craig Breedlove sets world land speed record of 407.477 mph in Spirit of America at the Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah
  • Aug 6 Philadelphia NBA franchise changes name from 'Nationals' to the '76ers', based on US Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia in 1776

Historic Event

Aug 7 Jacqueline Kennedy becomes 1st US First Lady to give birth (Patrick Kennedy) since Mrs Cleveland

  • Aug 8 Great Train Robbery in England, £2.6 million ($7.3 million)
  • Aug 8 Kingsmen release "Louie, Louie", radio stations label it obscene
  • Aug 8 LA Dodgers F Howard & B Skowron are 3rd to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • Aug 8 Verne Gagne beats Fritz Von Erich in Amarillo, to become NWA champ
  • Aug 9 Britains rock TV show "Ready Steady Go", premieres
  • Aug 9 NY Met Roger Craig's NL record-tying 18-game losing streak ends
  • Aug 11 Four ANC political detainees escape from Pretoria Central prison in South Africa
  • Aug 11 Kingston Trio are mystery guest on "What's My Line?"
  • Aug 12 Portuguese dictator Salazar firm on African colonization

Sports History

Aug 12 Stan Musial announces he will retire at end of year

Sports History

Aug 13 Dave DeBusschere pitches a shutout against the Cleveland Indians

  • Aug 13 US Customs agents confiscate 21 gold coins from Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas

Sports History

Aug 13 Warren Spahn sets left-hander strike out mark at 2,382

  • Aug 15 Fulbert Youlou resigns as President of Congo-Brazzaville
  • Aug 16 Independence is restored to Dominican Republic
  • Aug 17 Jim Hickman becomes 1st NY Met to hit for cycle
  • Aug 17 Oriole's Dick Hall retires his 28th consecutive player in relief

Historic Event

Aug 18 James Meredith becomes the 1st black graduate from University of Mississippi

  • Aug 19 NAACP Youth Council begins sit-ins at lunch counters, Oklahoma City, OKlahoma
  • Aug 21 Jerry Lynch's record 15th pinch-hit HR gives Pirates a 7-6 win
  • Aug 21 Martial law declared in South Vietnam, following raids on Buddhist pagodas
  • Aug 22 NASA civilian test pilot Joe Walker in the X-15 rocket plane achieves a world record altitude of 354,200 feet (107,960 m, 67 miles)
  • Aug 23 Beatles release single "She Loves You" in the UK
  • Aug 23 Ringo admits he wrote a song "Don't Pass Me By"
  • Aug 23 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 24 1st 200 meter freestyle swum under 2 minutes (Don Schollander 1:58)
  • Aug 24 24th Venice Film Festival: "Hands Over the City" directed by Francesco Rosi wins Golden Lion
  • Aug 24 John Pennel is first person to pole-vault 17'

Music History

Aug 25 Paul McCartney is fined 31 pounds & given a 1 yr suspended license for speeding

  • Aug 26 West Indies beat England 2-1 in series, 1st holders of Wisden Cricket Trophy
  • Aug 28 Evergreen Point Floating Bridge connecting Seattle & Bellevue opens

March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

Aug 28 Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I have a dream" speech addressing the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom civil rights march at Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.

Baseball Record

Aug 29 Harmon Killebrew (Twins) HRs off Pete Burnside (Senators) in DH

  • Aug 30 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.

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Amber Rudd, British politician, Home Secretary (2016-18), born in London, England

Coolio

Aug 1 Coolio [Artis Leon Ivey Jr.], American Grammy Award-winning singer-rapper (Gangsta's Paradise), born in Monessen, Pennsylvania (d. 2022)

  • Aug 1 Demián Bichir, Mexican-American actor (A Better Life), born in Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico
  • Aug 1 John Carroll Lynch, American actor (Shutter Island, Gran Torino), born in Boulder, Colorado
  • Aug 1 Koichi Wakata, Japanese astronaut (STS 72, sk: 92), born in Ōmiya, Saitama, Japan
  • Aug 2 Daniel Pelosi, American convicted murderer, born in Center Moriches, New York
  • Aug 3 Carlo Imperato, American actor (Fame), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Aug 3 Ed Roland, American singer-songwriter (Collective Soul), born in Stockbridge, Georgia
  • Aug 3 Isaiah Washington, American actor (The 100), born in Houston, Texas

James Hetfield

Aug 3 James Hetfield, American heavy metal rocker (Metallica), born in Downey, California

  • Aug 3 Libor Pimek, tennis star, born in Most, Czechoslovakia
  • Aug 4 Andrew Bartlett, Australian politician
  • Aug 5 James Wilder, American actor (Scorchers, Zombie High, Murder 1), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Aug 5 Mike Nocito, American rocker (Johnny Hates Jazz), born in Wiesbaden, West Germany
  • Aug 6 Charles Ingram, English former British Army major known for cheating on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, born in Derbyshire, England
  • Aug 6 Jamie Kensit, British pop singer (Eighth Wonder - "I'm Not Scared"), born in Lambeth, London
  • Aug 6 Kimberley Conrad, American Playboy model (January 1988, Playmate of the year 1989) who married Hugh Hefner, born in Moulton, Alabama
  • Aug 6 Thomas Bohrer, US West Islip NY, rower (Olympic-92)
  • Aug 6 [Michael] Tony Dees, Pascagoula Miss, hurdler
  • Aug 7 Harold Perrineau Jr., American actor, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 7 Marcus Lewis, American soul singer (Sing Me A Song), born in Pontiac, Michigan
  • Aug 7 Patrick Kennedy, son of US President JFK (lives only 3 days)
  • Aug 8 Caroline Crawley, British alt-rock singer (Shelleyan Orphan; Babacar), born in Bournemouth, England (d. 2016)
  • Aug 8 Jon Turteltaub, American director
  • Aug 8 Kyoko Chan Cox, American daughter of Yoko Ono and Anthony Cox, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Aug 8 Ron Karkovice, Union NJ, catcher (Chicago White Sox)
  • Aug 8 Stephen Walkom, Canadian ice hockey official and executive
  • Aug 9 Lonnie Quinn, American actor (Will Cooley in All My Children), born in Cheshire, Connecticut

Whitney Houston

Aug 9 Whitney Houston, American singer ("I Will Always Love You"; "I Wanna Dance With Somebody"), actress (The Bodyguard), and film producer (The Princess Diaries), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2012)

  • Aug 10 Andrew Sullivan, English-born journalist
  • Aug 10 Phoolan Devi, Indian bandit and revolutionary (d. 2001)
  • Aug 11 Mike Huff, outfielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Aug 11 Thornetta Davis, American blues singer, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Aug 12 Sir Mix A Lot [Anthony Ray], American rapper (Baby Got Back), born in Auburn, Washington
  • Aug 13 Elizabeth Bourland, Costa Rican sharp shooter, US 3x20 rifle (Olympic 7th 1996)

Sridevi Kapoor

Aug 13 Sridevi Kapoor [Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan], Indian actress and film producer referred to as Indian cinema's "first female superstar" (Himmatwala, Solva Sawan), born in Sivakasi, Madras State (d. 2018)

  • Aug 13 Tigg Ketler, American drummer (Bang Tango - "Dancin' On Coals"), born in Chula Vista, California
  • Aug 15 Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mexican film director (Birdman, Babel), born in Mexico City
  • Aug 15 Greg Adams, Nelson, NHL left wing (Dallas Stars)
  • Aug 15 Jack Russell, superb England cricket wicket-keeper (36 Tests 1988-94)
  • Aug 15 Lydia Czuckermann-Hatuel, Israel, Women's foil fencer (Olympics 1996)
  • Aug 17 Jackie Walorski, American politician (Rep-R-Indiana 2013-22), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 2022)
  • Aug 17 Jon Gruden, American NFL coach (Super Bowl 2002, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Oakland/LV Raiders) and broadcaster (ESPN MNF), born in Sandusky, Ohio
  • Aug 17 S. Shankar, Indian film director (Gentleman, Indian, Jeans), born in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Aug 18 Luiz Mattar, Brazilian tennis player, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Aug 19 Joey Tempest [Rolf Larsson], Swedish rocker (Europe - "The Final Countdown"), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Aug 19 John Stamos, American actor (General Hospital, Full House), born in Cypress, California
  • Aug 20 Bruce Hick, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Aug 21 Melvin Douglas, American 198 lbs/90 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Topeka, Kansas
  • Aug 21 Mohammed VI of Morocco, King of Morocco (1999-present), born in Rabat, Morocco
  • Aug 21 Richmond Arquette, American actor, born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 22 (Myra) "Tori" Amos, American multiple Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, and pianist ("Crucify"; "Cornflake Girl"), born in Newton, North Carolina
  • Aug 22 David Sanford, American composer, jazz trombonist, bandleader, and educator (Mount Holyoke, 1998-present), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 22 Lily Yip, Chinese-American table tennis player (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Guangzhou, China
  • Aug 22 Terry Catledge, American NBA star (Orlando Magic), born in Houston, Mississippi
  • Aug 22 Tom Ansberry, American long-distance runner
  • Aug 23 Park Chan-wook, South Korean filmmaker (Joint Security Area, Thirst), born in Seoul
  • Aug 23 Richard Illingworth, English cricket spin bowler (9 Tests, 19 wickets; Worcestershire CCC) and international umpire, born in Bradford, England
  • Aug 24 Hideo Kojima, Japanese video game director (Death Stranding), born in Setagaya, Tokyo
  • Aug 24 John Bush, American heavy metal singer (Armored Saint, 1982-present; Anthrax, 1992-2005, 2010), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 25 James Backhouse, British artist
  • Aug 26 David Byas, English cricketer (left-handed Yorkshire batsman), born in Middledale, England
  • Aug 27 Downtown Julie Brown, Welsh TV personality and actress (Club MTV, The Earth Day Special, Junket Whore), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • Aug 28 Regina Marie Jacobs, 800m/1500m runner (Olympics 10th 1996), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 28 Reyna Thompson, American NFL cornerback (NY Giants), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Aug 29 Elizabeth Fraser, Scottish singer (Cocteau Twins - "Heaven OR Las Vegas"), born in Grangemouth, Scotland
  • Aug 29 Greg Holmes, American tennis player, born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Aug 30 Michael Chiklis, American actor (Commish, The Shield), born in Lowell, Massachusetts
  • Aug 30 Paul Oakenfold, British record producer and DJ, born in Mile End, London
  • Aug 31 Richard "Reb" Beach, American heavy metal guitarist (Winger; Whitesnake), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 31 Sonny Silooy, Dutch soccer player (Ajax) and manager, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Aug 31 Todd Carty, English actor (Grange Hill, The Bill), born in London, England

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Theodore Roethke, American poet (Praise to the end!), dies at 55
  • Aug 2 Oliver [Hazard Perry] La Farge, American anthropologist and novelist, dies at 61
  • Aug 5 Salvador Bacarisse, Spanish composer, dies at 64
  • Aug 6 Tom Keene, American actor (Our Daily Bread), dies of cancer at 68
  • Aug 8 Sándor Jemnitz, Hungarian composer, dies at 72
  • Aug 10 Ernst Wetter, Member of the Swiss Federal Council, dies at 85
  • Aug 10 Estes Kefauver, American politician (Sen-D-Tn), dies at 60
  • Aug 10 Patrick Kennedy, son of US President JFK, dies at only 3 days
  • Aug 14 Clifford Odets, American playwright (1961 Award of Merit-Golden Boy), dies at 57
  • Aug 14 Clyde Hurley, American session and big band jazz trumpeter (Glenn Miller - "Tuxedo Junction"; "In The Mood"), dies of heart failure at 46
  • Aug 15 John Powell, American composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 17 Richard Barthelmess, American actor (Broken Blossoms, Noose, Heroes for Sales), dies of cancer at 68
  • Aug 19 Kathleen Parlow, Canadian violinist, and educator, dies at 72
  • Aug 20 Joan Voûte, Dutch astronomer, dies at 84
  • Aug 21 John Gunn, English cricket medium pace bowler (6 Tests, 18 wickets, BB 5/76; Nottinghamshire CCC), dies at 87
  • Aug 22 William Richard Morris, 1st viscount Nuffield motor manufacturer, dies
  • Aug 23 Glen Gray [Knoblauch], American jazz saxophonist and bandleader (Casa Loma Orchestra), dies of lymphoma, at 63
  • Aug 26 Larry Keating, American actor (George Burns Show, Roger-Mr Ed), dies at 67
  • Aug 27 Allama Mashriqi, Pakistani scholar and politician (b. 1888)

W.E.B. Du Bois

Aug 27 W. E. B. Du Bois, American civil rights activist, writer (Souls of Black Folk) and co-founder of the NAACP, dies in Accra, Ghana, at 95

  • Aug 30 Axel Stordahl, American arranger (Tommy Dorsey; Frank Sinatra), orchestra leader (Eddie Fisher), and composer (McHales's Navy theme), dies of cancer at 50
  • Aug 30 Guy Burgess, English-born Soviet spy, dies of acute liver failure at 52
  • Aug 31 Georges Braque, French cubist painter and sculptor (My bicycle) who helped develop Cubism with Pablo Picasso, dies at 81