On This Day

What Happened on August 1, 1963

Historical Events

Davis Cup

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

  • Beatles Book is sold out on its 1st day of sale
  • Germany FR annexes Elten village
  • WQAD TV channel 8 in Moline, Illinois (ABC) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

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


Coolio [Artis Leon Ivey Jr.], American rapper (Gangsta's Paradise), born in Monessen Pennsylvania

  • Demián Bichir, Mexican-American actor (A Better Life), born in Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico
  • John Carroll Lynch, American actor (Shutter Island, Gran Torino), born in Boulder, Colorado
  • Koichi Wakata, Japanese astronaut (STS 72, sk: 92), born in Ōmiya, Saitama, Japan

Famous Deaths

  • Theodore Roethke, American poet (Praise to the end!), dies at 55
1963 Highlights

About August 1, 1963

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 58 years, 4 months and 4 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Leo