On This Day

What Happened on February 20, 1963

Historical Events

  • Australian cricket greats Neil Harvey and Alan Davidson play final Test match in drawn 5th Test vs England at the Sydney Cricket Ground

Baseball Record

Future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Willie Mays becomes the highest-paid player in MLB, signing a record $100,000 contract with the San Francisco Giants

Famous Birthdays

Charles Barkley

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

  • Darek Oleszkiewicz [formerly known as Oles], Polish jazz bassist, composer (Los Angeles Jazz Quartet), and educator, born in Wrocław, Poland
  • Ian Brown, English rock vocalist (Stone Roses-Made of Stone)
  • Jon Lynn Christensen, former Nebraska Congressman
  • Marilisa Xenogiannakopoulou, Greek politician

Famous Deaths

  • Ferenc Fricsay, Hungarian-Austrian conductor, dies at 48
  • Jacob Gade, Danish violinist and composer (Jalousie ; Cinema Music), dies at 83
1963 Highlights

About February 20, 1963

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 58 years, 9 months and 12 days
Leap Year: No

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