What Happened in February 1963

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 Nyasaland (now Malawi) becomes self-governing under Hastings Banda
  • Feb 2 Helen Shapiro begins tour (Beatles are part of undercard)
  • Feb 5 Maarten Schmidt discovers enormous red shifts in quasars
  • Feb 5 Soviet lunar probe failure
  • Feb 8 1st transmission of Clandestine Voice of Iraqi People (Communist)
  • Feb 8 AFL's Dallas Texans become KC Chiefs
  • Feb 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 9 1st flight of Boeing 727 jet
  • Feb 9 7th largest snowfall in NYC history (42.4 cm, 16.7")
  • Feb 10 US female Figure Skating championship won by Lorraine Hanlon
  • Feb 10 US male Figure Skating championship won by Thomas Litz
  • Feb 11 Beatles tape 10 tracks for their 1st album
  • Feb 11 CIA Domestic Operations Division created
  • Feb 11 American chef Julia Child's show "The French Chef" premieres
  • Feb 12 Argentina asks extraditon of ex-president Peron
  • Feb 14 US launches communications satellite Syncom 1

Film release premierFilm Release

Feb 14 "8½" film directed by Federico Fellini, starring Marcello Mastroianni and Claudia Cardinale, is released (Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 1964)

Film director, Scriptwriter Federico Fellini
Film director, Scriptwriter
Federico Fellini
  • Feb 15 1st US female world figure skating champ (Tenley Albright)
  • Feb 15 Ken Lynch records "Misery," 1st Lennon-McCartney song by someone else
  • Feb 16 1st round-trip swim of Strait of Messina, Italy (Mary Revell of US)
  • Feb 16 Beatles top British rock charts with "Please, Please Me"
  • Feb 16 C & A Building in Amsterdam burns down

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Feb 16 North Carolina forward Billy Cunningham grabs a record 27 rebounds in a game vs Clemson

NBA Forward and Coach Billy Cunningham
NBA Forward and Coach
Billy Cunningham

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Feb 16 Philosopher Hannah Arendt's controversial account of the trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann is first published in "The New Yorker"

Political Theorist Hannah Arendt
Political Theorist
Hannah Arendt
Nazi SS Officer and War Criminal Adolf Eichmann
Nazi SS Officer and War Criminal
Adolf Eichmann
  • Feb 17 Toru Terasawa runs world record marathon (2:15:15.8

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 19 Robert Frost wins Bollingen Prize

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 19 USSR informs JFK it is withdrawing several thousand troops from Cuba

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Feb 19 "The Feminine Mystique" by Betty Friedan, widely credited as the start of second-wave feminism, is published

  • Feb 20 End of the Test Cricket careers of Neil Harvey & Alan Davidson

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Feb 20 Willie Mays (SF Giants) signs a record $100,000 per year contract

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Feb 21 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 22 Beatles begin their own music publishing company (Northern Songs)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 23 Luciano Pavarotti makes his debut at the Vienna State Opera in "La traviata"

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti
  • Feb 24 5th Daytona 500: Tiny Lund driving for Wood Bros Racing, wins on 4 pit stops as first 10 laps run under caution flag because of rain
  • Feb 25 Beatles release their 1st single in US "Please Please Me"

AgreementContract of Interest

Feb 27 Mickey Mantle of NY Yankees sign a baseball contract worth $100,000

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Takashi Murakami, Japanese artist, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Feb 2 Stephen McGann, actor (Catherine the Great), born in Liverpool, England
  • Feb 2 Eva Cassidy, American singer, born in Washington D.C (d. 1996)
  • Feb 2 Philip Laats, Belgian judoka
  • Feb 4 Pirmin Zurbriggen, Swiss alpine skier (Olympic gold 1988)
  • Feb 4 Tracie Ruiz-Conforto, Hawaii, sync swimmer (Olympic 2 gold/silver-84, 88)
  • Feb 5 Steven Shainberg, American film director
  • Feb 6 David Capel, English cricketer (England all-rounder in 15 Tests 1987-90), born in Northampton, United Kingdom
  • Feb 6 Mike Hough, Canadian NHL left wing (Florida Panthers), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Feb 6 Kevin Trudeau, American entrepreneur, born in Lynn, Massachusetts
  • Feb 7 Heidemarie M Stefanyshyn-Piper, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Feb 7 Roland Lefebvre, cricket pace bowler (Glamorgan & Holland)
  • Feb 8 Mohammad Azharuddin, cricketer (elegant Indian batsman 1984-)
  • Feb 8 Raleigh MCkenzie, NFL center/guard (Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers)
  • Feb 8 Joshua Kadison, American pianist and songwriter
  • Feb 9 Bonnie Levin, WPVA volleyballer, born in Miami, Florida
  • Feb 9 Madusa Miceli, [Debra Ann], wrestler (WCW), born in Milan, Italy
  • Feb 9 Mike Rindel, cricketer (N Transvaal opening bat ODI ton v Pak 1995)
  • Feb 9 Travis Tritt, Marietta Ga, country vocalist (Country Club)
  • Feb 9 Lolo Ferrari [Eve Valois], French adult actress and dancer, born in Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dôme, France (d. 2000)
  • Feb 9 Brian Greene, American physicist
  • Feb 10 Bennie Thompson, American football safety (Saints, Chiefs, Cleveland Browns/Ravens), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 10 Harris Huizingh, Dutch football player (FC Groningen)
  • Feb 10 Joakim Nystrom, Swedish tennis star, born in Skellefteå, Sweden
  • Feb 10 Lenny Dykstra, American MLB centerfielder (NY Met, Philadelphia Phillies), born in Santa Ana, California
  • Feb 10 Philip Glenister, British Actor (Outkast, Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes), born in Harrow, Middlesex, England
  • Feb 11 Todd Benzinger, American baseball player (SF Giants)
  • Feb 11 José Mari Bakero, Spanish footballer
  • Feb 12 Brent Jones, NFL tight end (SF 49ers), born in Santa Clara, California
  • Feb 12 Ed Lover, US radio personality, born in Hollis, New York
  • Feb 13 Roberta Vasquez, American actor and model (November, 1984), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 14 D'Wayne Wiggins, American musician (Tony! Toni! Tone!), born in Oakland, California
  • Feb 14 Jeff Dellenbach, US NFL center (NE Patriots, GB Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Wausau, Wisconsin
  • Feb 14 John Marzano, American baseball catcher (Seattle Mariners), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 14 Zach Galligan, American actor (Gremlins), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 14 Enrico Colantoni, Canadian actor, born in Toronto, Canada
  • Feb 16 Dano Halsall, Swiss swimmer
  • Feb 17 Dan Reed, rocker/actor (HOTS, Lake Consequence)

Person of interestMichael Jordan

Feb 17 Michael Jordan, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward, owner (5-time NBA MVP, 6-time NBA champion Chicago Bulls), born in Brooklyn, New York

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • Feb 17 Larry the Cable Guy [Daniel Lawrence Whitney], American comedian (Blue Collar Comedy Tour), born in Pawnee City, Nebraska
  • Feb 18 John Gesek, NFL center (Washington Redskins)
  • Feb 18 Rob Andrew, English rugby player
  • Feb 18 Henry Winter, English football journalist
  • Feb 19 Jessica Tuck, American actress (Megan-1 Life to Live), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestSeal

Feb 19 Seal [Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel], English singer-songwriter (Killer, Crazy, Kiss by a Rose), born in London

Musician & Songwriter Seal
Musician & Songwriter
Seal
  • Feb 19 Laurell K. Hamilton, American writer

Person of interestCharles Barkley

Feb 20 Charles Barkley, American basketball forward (NBA MVP 1993, 11-time All Star, Olympic gold 1996), born in Leeds, Alabama

NBA Power Forward Charles Barkley
NBA Power Forward
Charles Barkley
  • Feb 20 Ian Brown, English rock vocalist (Stone Roses-Made of Stone)
  • Feb 20 William Baldwin, NY, actor (Backdraft, Sliver, Flatliners)
  • Feb 20 Marilisa Xenogiannakopoulou, Greek politician
  • Feb 20 Jon Lynn Christensen, former Nebraska Congressman
  • Feb 21 Ranking Roger [Roger Charlery], British rock vocalist (The Beat, General Public), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2019)
  • Feb 21 Greg Turner, New Zealand golfer (4 European Tour titles), born in Dunedin, NZ
  • Feb 21 Michael Gostigian, American pentathelete (Olympic 16th-88, 92, 96), born in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 22 Pebbles Flintstone, fictional character on "The Flintstones"
  • Feb 22 Dave Besteman, American speed skater (Olympics 1994), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Feb 22 Devon Malcolm, Jamaican cricketer (in Jamaica England fast bowler 1989-95), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Feb 22 Vijay Singh, Fijian golfer (Masters 2000, PGA 1998, 2004) born in Lautoka, Fiji
  • Feb 23 Bobby Bonilla, American outfielder (NY Mets, Baltimore Orioles, Marlins), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 23 Debbie Kruck, Ms. Fitness USA (1994), born in Danbury, Connecticut
  • Feb 23 Reza Abdoh, Iranian-born American director and playwright, born in Tehran, Iran (d. 1995)
  • Feb 23 Robert Collins, English keyboard player (The Charlatans), born in Rowley Regis, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • Feb 23 Radosław Sikorski, Polish politician, born in Bydgoszcz, Poland
  • Feb 24 Fuad Reveiz, NFL kicker (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Feb 24 Matias Carrillo, Mexican-American baseball outfielder (Florida Marlins)
  • Feb 24 Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Indian Bollywood director (Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Devdas), born in Mumbai, India
  • Feb 25 Alison Roberts, fashion designer

Person of interestPaul O'Neill

Feb 25 Paul O'Neill, MLB right fielder (Cincinnati Reds, NY Yankees), born in Columbus, Ohio

MLB Right Fielder Paul O'Neill
MLB Right Fielder
Paul O'Neill
  • Feb 25 Tom McHale, NFL tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • Feb 27 Francesco Cancellotti, Italian tennis star, born in Perugia, Italy
  • Feb 27 Pär Nuder, Swedish politician, born in Täby, Sweden
  • Feb 28 Claudio Chiappucci, Italian cyclist

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 2 Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola (23) weds documentary filmmaker Eleanor Jessie Neil (26) in Las Vegas, Nevada


Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Fleetwood Lindley, the last living person to see Abraham Lincoln's face (b. 1888)
  • Feb 2 Herman Bouber, Dutch actor and playwright (Sailor's Wives), dies at 77
  • Feb 2 William Gaxton, American actor (Destry, Convoy), dies at 72
  • Feb 6 Werner Erich Josten, German composer (Jungle), dies at 77
  • Feb 6 Abd el-Krim, Moroccan political and military leader (Republic of the Rif), dies at 85
  • Feb 7 Learco Guerra, Italian road racing cyclist, dies at 60
  • Feb 8 Abd al-Karīm Qāsim, Prime Minister of Iraq (1958-63),, assassinated in Baghdad at 48
  • Feb 8 George Dolenz [Jure Dolenc], Italian actor (Scared Stiff, Count of Monte Cristo), dies from a heart attack at 55

Person of interestSylvia Plath

Feb 11 Sylvia Plath, American poet/novelist (Ariel), commits suicide at 30

Author and Poet Sylvia Plath
Author and Poet
Sylvia Plath
  • Feb 13 Harry Steers, bowling hall of famer, dies
  • Feb 16 Laszlo Lajtha, composer, dies at 70
  • Feb 16 Friedrich Dessauer, German physicist (radiologist), dies at 81
  • Feb 18 Monte Blue, American silent film actor (Apache), dies of heart attack at 73
  • Feb 18 Todd "Hugh" Gaitskell, leader British Labour Party, dies at 56
  • Feb 20 Ferenc Fricsay, Hungarian conductor (b. 1914)
  • Feb 20 Jacob Gade, Danish composer(b. 1879)
  • Feb 26 Artturi Leinonen, Finnish journalist and writer (Kati), dies at 74
  • Feb 27 William Auchterlonie, Scottish golfer (British Open 1893), dies at 90
  • Feb 28 Theodore Newton, American actor (Voltaire, Ace of Aces), dies at 58
  • Feb 28 Rajendra Prasad, Indian leader, First President of India (1950-62), dies at 78