On This Day

What Happened on August 30, 1963

Historical Events

  • 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

  • Michael Chiklis, American actor (Commish, The Shield), born in Lowell, Massachusetts
  • Paul Oakenfold, British record producer and DJ, born in Mile End, London

Famous Deaths

  • Axel Stordahl, American arranger (Tommy Dorsey; Frank Sinatra), orchestra leader (Eddie Fisher), and composer (McHales's Navy theme), dies of cancer at 50
  • Guy Burgess, English-born Soviet spy, dies of acute liver failure at 52
1963 Highlights

About August 30, 1963

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 58 years, 3 months and 6 days
Leap Year: No

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