What Happened in December 1963

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Nagaland becomes a state of Indian union
  • Dec 1 Wendell Scott wins the Grand National Series Jacksonville 200 at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Florida, becoming the first black driver to win a race at NASCAR's premier level
  • Dec 2 First Dutch rocket launched, reaches height of 10 km
  • Dec 2 MLB Rules Committee bans oversized catcher's mitts; rule effective only in 1965
  • Dec 2 1964 NFL Draft: Dave Parks from Texas Tech first pick by San Francisco 49ers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 4 Aldo Moro forms Italian government (1963-1968)

Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro
Italian Prime Minister
Aldo Moro
  • Dec 4 Pope Paul VI closes 2nd session of 2nd Vatican Council
  • Dec 4 Boston Bruins' right wing Andy Hebenton sets a new NHL record by playing in his 581st consecutive game in 2-2 tie with Chicago Black Hawks; reaches 630 straight games
  • Dec 6 The Beatles begin a tradition of releasing a Christmas record for fans
  • Dec 6 Test Cricket debut of Graeme Pollock at the Gabba
  • Dec 7 Ian Meckiff no-balled for throwing against the South Africans
  • Dec 7 Instant replay is used for the first time in a Army-Navy game.
  • Dec 8 "Girl Who Came to Supper" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 112 performances
  • Dec 8 Frank Sinatra Jr is kidnapped
  • Dec 8 Pan Am Flight 214 crashes outside Elkton, Maryland with 81 killed
  • Dec 10 6-year old Donny Osmond's singing debut on Andy Williams Show

  • Dec 10 Zanzibar gains independenence from Great Britain

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Dec 10 Karl Ziegler and Giulio Natta receive the 1963 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work on the technology of high polymers

Chemist/Nobel Laureate Karl Ziegler
Chemist/Nobel Laureate
Karl Ziegler

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 12 Argentina asks for extradition of ex-President Juan Perón

General and President of Argentina Juan Perón
General and President of Argentina
Juan Perón
  • Dec 12 Frank Sinatra Jr returned after being kidnapped
  • Dec 12 Kenya (formerly British East Africa) declares independence from UK
  • Dec 13 Capital records signs right of first refusal agreement with The Beatles
  • Dec 14 Verne Gagne beats The Crusher in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ
  • Dec 17 Tsjoi Doo Sun forms government in South Korea
  • Dec 17 West & East Berlin sign accord about travel rules
  • Dec 17 Ballon d'Or: Dynamo Moscow goalkeeper Lev Yashin wins award for best European football player; beats Milan midfielder Gianni Rivera and Tottenham striker Jimmy Greaves; first Russian national to win trophy
  • Dec 18 Clarke runs world record 10k (28:15.6)
  • Dec 18 Muskegon, Michigan gets 3' of snow

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 18 "The Pink Panther" film premieres directed by Blake Edwards and starring Peter Sellers and David Niven with theme by Henry Mancini

Actor and Comedian Peter Sellers
Actor and Comedian
Peter Sellers
Composer and Conductor Henry Mancini
Composer and Conductor
Henry Mancini
Actor David Niven
Actor
David Niven
  • Dec 20 Berlin Wall opens for 1st time to West Berliners
  • Dec 20 Massemba-Debate elected President of Congo-Brazzaville
  • Dec 20 Trial against 21 camp guards of Auschwitz begins

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 20 "Contempt" film directed by Jean-Luc Godard, starring Brigitte Bardot and Jack Palance, is released

Actress and Model Brigitte Bardot
Actress and Model
Brigitte Bardot
  • Dec 22 Oakland Raider Tom Flores passes for 6 touchdowns vs Houston (52-49)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 22 Official 30-day mourning period for President John F. Kennedy ends

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Dec 22 Cruise ship Lakonia burns 180 miles north of Madeira with the loss of 128 lives
  • Dec 23 Beach Boys 1st appearance on "Shindig"
  • Dec 23 Fire on Greek ship Laconia, 128 die
  • Dec 24 Greek & Turks riot in Cyprus
  • Dec 25 Walt Disney's "The Sword in the Stone" is released
  • Dec 26 "Double Dublin" opens at Little Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Dec 26 The Beatles release "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "I Saw Her Standing There" in the US
  • Dec 26 US furnishes cereal to USSR
  • Dec 28 "Double Dublin" closes at Little Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Dec 28 "Jennie" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 82 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 28 Merle Haggard 1st appearance on country chart with "Sing a Sad Song"

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • Dec 28 14th Formula One WDC: Jim Clark wins by 21 points
  • Dec 28 Scottish Lotus driver Jim Clark wins his record 7th Grand Prix of the F! season, the South African event at Prince George Circuit; first Scotsman to win the World Championship of Drivers title
  • Dec 29 52nd Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Adelaide (3-2)
  • Dec 29 Chicago Bears win NFL championship, defeating New York Giants 14-10 in Chicago
  • Dec 30 "Let's Make A Deal," debuts on NBC-TV
  • Dec 30 Congress authorizes Kennedy half dollar
  • Dec 31 Dear Abby show premieres on CBS radio (runs 11 years)
  • Dec 31 Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir play music together for the 1st time

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Arjuna Ranatunga, cricketer (Sri Lankan Test batsman since 1982)
  • Dec 1 Marco Greco, Brazilian racing driver
  • Dec 2 Ann Patchett, American novelist
  • Dec 3 Ashley De Silva, Sri Lankan Cricket wicketkeeper (1993)
  • Dec 3 Steve Hegg, Dana Point California, road cyclist (Olympics-16th-84, 96)
  • Dec 3 Joe Lally, American musician (Fugazi)
  • Dec 3 Terri Schiavo, American right to die figure (d. 2005)
  • Dec 4 Johanna Wright, WPVA volleyballer (Pismo Beach-4th), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Dec 4 Mike Snoei, Dutch soccer player (Sparta), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Dec 4 Sergey Bubka, Ukrainian pole vaulter (Olympic gold 1988, 6 world titles), born in Luhansk, Ukraine
  • Dec 5 Carrie Hamilton, American actress (Fame), born in NYC, New York (d. 2002)
  • Dec 5 Eddie "the Eagle" Edwards, English ski jumper, born in Cheltenham, England
  • Dec 7 Barbara Weathers, vocalist (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover)
  • Dec 7 Kristi Albers, LPGA golfer (1993 Sprint Classic), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Dec 7 Theo Snelders, former Dutch footballer
  • Dec 8 Toshiaki Kawada, Japanese professional wrestler
  • Dec 9 Barry Wilburn, NFL full safety (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Dec 9 Barbara Palacios, Carcas Venz, Miss Universe (1986)
  • Dec 9 Dave Hilton, Jr., Canadian boxer
  • Dec 9 Masako, Crown Princess of Japan
  • Dec 10 Doug Henry, pitcher (NY Mets), born in Sacramento, California
  • Dec 10 Gerald Sandel, soccer player (Sparta)
  • Dec 10 Michael Lofton, fencer-sabre (Olympics 1996), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Dec 10 Robin White, tennis player (US Open doubles 1988), born in San Diego, California
  • Dec 11 Claudia Kohde-Kilsch, German tennis star, born in Saarbrücken, West Germany
  • Dec 11 John Lammers, Dutch soccer player (NAC), born in Tilburg, Netherlands
  • Dec 11 Mark Greatbatch, New Zealand cricketer (big-hitting NZ opener), born in Auckland
  • Dec 11 Jon Brion, American musician and record producer, born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey
  • Dec 12 Teresa Blake, American actress (Gloria Marsh-All My Children), born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Dec 12 Ai Orikasa, Japanese voice actress and singer, born in Tokyo
  • Dec 12 Juan Carlos Varela, President of Panama (2014-), born in Panama City
  • Dec 14 Cindy Gibb, American actress (Search for Tomorrow, Youngblood), born in Bennington, Vermont
  • Dec 15 Asif Karim, cricketer (slow left-arm bowler for Kenya 1996 World Cup)
  • Dec 15 David Wingate, NBA guard/forward (Seattle Supersonics)
  • Dec 15 Helen Slater, American actress (Supergirl, Billie Jean, Ruthless People), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 15 Andrew Luster, Max Factor heir
  • Dec 16 Benjamin Bratt, California, actor (Det Reynaldo Curtis-Law & Order)
  • Dec 16 Brian Clark, Brandon Man, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 Morden Pro-Am)
  • Dec 16 Cathy Johnston, American golfer, (du Maurier Classic 1990), born in High Point, North Carolina
  • Dec 16 Silvio Diliberto, WLAF kicker (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Dec 16 Jeff Carson, American singer
  • Dec 18 Charles Oakley, NBA forward (NY Knicks)
  • Dec 18 Lori McNeil, tennis star (1995 Oakland doubles), born in San Diego, California

Person of interestBrad Pitt

Dec 18 Brad Pitt, American actor (12 Monkeys, Fight Club) and producer (The Departed, 12 Years a Slave), born in Shawnee, Oklahoma

Actor and Producer Brad Pitt
Actor and Producer
Brad Pitt
  • Dec 18 Karl Dorrell, American football coach
  • Dec 18 Pauline Ester, French singer
  • Dec 18 Allan Kayser, American actor
  • Dec 19 Chris Greatrex, LPGA golfer (1995 Fielcrest Cannon Classic-71st)
  • Dec 19 Jennifer Beals, actress (Flashdance, Bride), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 19 Karen Bliss-Livingston, Quakertown PA, cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • Dec 19 Til Schweiger, German actor
  • Dec 20 Karen Moncrieff, actress (Xtro 3, Days of Our Lives), born in Sacramento, California
  • Dec 20 Pam Casale, tennis player (Marco Island finals 1985), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • Dec 20 Infanta Elena of Spain
  • Dec 22 Bryan McMillan, South African cricketer (brilliant all-rounder since 1992)
  • Dec 22 Giuseppe Bergomi, Italian footballer, born in Milan, Italy
  • Dec 22 Luna H. Mitani, Japanese-American surrealist painter
  • Dec 23 Carol Peterka, Little Falls MN, team handball back court (Olympics 1992, 96)
  • Dec 23 Jim Harbaugh, NFL quarterback (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Dec 23 Keiji Muto, wrestler (NWA/WWC/NJPW)
  • Dec 23 Donna Tartt, American author
  • Dec 24 Mary Ramsey, singer (10,000 Maniacs)
  • Dec 24 Timo Jutila, Tampere FIN, hockey defenseman (Team Finland)
  • Dec 24 Jay Bilas, American basketball analyst
  • Dec 24 Caroline Aherne, British comedienne, writer and actress (The Royale Family), born in London (d. 2016)
  • Dec 25 Joop Gall, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen)
  • Dec 26 Lars Ulrich, Danish/US heavy metal drummer (Metallica-Kill 'em All)
  • Dec 27 Dana Chladek, Czech-American slalom kayaker (Olympic bronze 1992, silver 1996), born in Děčín, Czech Republic
  • Dec 27 Jim Leyritz, Lakewood OH, catcher (NY Yankees)
  • Dec 27 Mark Pike, NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills)
  • Dec 27 Gaspar Noé, Argentinian-born director
  • Dec 28 Malcolm Gets, actor (Richard Karinsky-Caroline In the City)
  • Dec 28 Mel Stottlemyre Jr, pitcher (Toronto Blues Jays)
  • Dec 28 Willow Bay, TV host (Good Morning America)
  • Dec 29 Francisco Bustamante, Filipino billiard player
  • Dec 29 Dave McKean, British artist and filmmaker
  • Dec 29 Sean Payton, American football coach
  • Dec 30 Alessandra Mussolini, actress (Ferragosto OK), born in Naples, Italy
  • Dec 30 Johnny van 't Schip, Dutch soccer star (Ajax, Genua)
  • Dec 30 Milan Srejber, Czech, tennis star
  • Dec 30 Robert Jenkins, NFL tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • Dec 30 Chandler Burr, American author, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 31 Ed Simmons, NFL tackle (Washington Redskins)
  • Dec 31 Scott Ian, American heavy metal guitarist (Anthrax-I'm the Man), born in Queens, New York
  • Dec 31 Konishiki, American sumo wrestler

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 2 Thomas J. Hicks, British-born runner (b. 1875)
  • Dec 2 Sabu [Dastagir], Indian actor (The Thief of Bagdad, Elephant Boy, Drum), dies of a heart attack at 39
  • Dec 5 Herbert H Lehman, (Gov-D-NY), dies
  • Dec 5 Karl Amadeus Hartmann, German composer, dies at 58
  • Dec 5 Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, Prime Minister of Pakistan (b. 1892)
  • Dec 6 Jozef Goossenaerts, Flem philologist (Language Boundary), dies at 81
  • Dec 8 Field Marshal Sarit Dhanarajata, Prime Minister of Thailand (b. 1908)
  • Dec 12 Yasujiro Ozu, Japanese film director (b. 1903)
  • Dec 13 Hubert ME Pierlot, Belgian advocate/premier (1939-45), dies at 79
  • Dec 13 Stan Jones, American songwriter, composer and actor (Rio Grande, The Sheriff of Cochise), dies of cancer at 49
  • Dec 14 Dinah Washington, American singer (What a Difference a Day Makes), dies of sleeping pill overdose at 39
  • Dec 14 Erich Ollenhauer, German politician, leader of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (1952-63), dies at 62
  • Dec 18 Winifried P I Zillig, German composer/conductor (Opfer), dies at 58
  • Dec 20 Paul Constantinescu, composer, dies at 54
  • Dec 21 Jack Hobbs, cricketer (61 Tests for England), dies
  • Dec 25 Tristan Tzara [Samuel Rosenfeld] Romanian-French poet (Approximate Man), dies at 67
  • Dec 26 "Gorgeous George" Wagner, wrestler, dies
  • Dec 28 Abbott Joseph Liebling, American journalist/writer, dies
  • Dec 28 Paul Hindemith, German composer (Composer's World), dies at 68