On This Day

What Happened in January 1963

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 G Woods succeeds Eugene Black as president of the World Bank
  • Jan 1 WTEV (now WLNE) TV channel 6 in Providence RI begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 49th Rose Bowl: #1 Southern California beats #2 Wisconsin, 42-37
  • Jan 1 29th Sugar Bowl: #3 Mississippi beats #6 Arkansas, 17-13
  • Jan 1 29th Orange Bowl: #5 Alabama beats #8 Oklahoma, 17-0
  • Jan 3 WOUB TV channel 20 in Athens, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 4 Soviet Luna (4) reaches Earth orbit but fails to reach Moon

Musical Finale

Jan 5 Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's musical "Camelot", starring Richard Burton, Julie Andrews, and Robert Goulet, closes at Majestic Theater, NYC, after 873 performances and winning 4 Tony Awards

  • Jan 5 "Carnival!" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 719 performances
  • Jan 6 "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom" with Marlin Perkins begins on NBC
  • Jan 6 "Oliver!" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 774 performances
  • Jan 7 1st class postage raised from 4 cents to 5 cents

Sports History

Jan 7 The rift between Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell and head coach Paul Brown reaches a boiling point, and Brown is fired

  • Jan 8 "Mona Lisa", on loan, unveiled in America's National Gallery of Art

Music Premiere

Jan 8 Dmitri Shostakovich' opera "Katharina Ismailova" premieres in Riga

Historic Event

Jan 9 Mao Zedong writes his poem "Reply to Comrade Kuo Mo-jo"

  • Jan 11 Beatles release single "Please Please Me" / "Ask Me Why"; peaks at #2 in UK, and #3 in US

Sports History

Jan 11 SF Warriors center Wilt Chamberlain scores 67 points in 134-129 defeat to LA Lakers at Cow Palace

  • Jan 12 "Go Away Little Girl" by Steve Lawrence peaks at #1
  • Jan 12 Spin bowler Bobby Simpson takes 5-57 for Australia v England
  • Jan 13 2nd AFL All Star Game, Balboa Stadium, San Diego, California: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 21-14; MVPs: Curtis McClinton, Dallas Texans, RB; Earl Faison, LA Chargers, DE

NFL Pro Bowl

Jan 13 13th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Eastern Conference beats Western Conference, 30-20; MVPs: Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns, RB; Eugene Lipscomb, Pittsburgh Steelers, DT

Historic Event

Jan 14 George Wallace sworn in as Governor of Alabama, his address states "segregation now; segregation tomorrow; segregation forever!"

Historic Publication

Jan 14 "The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Plath is published by Heinemann in the UK, the author commits suicide a month later

Historic Event

Jan 16 Khrushchev claims to have a 100-megaton nuclear bomb

Historic Event

Jan 16 Tennessee Williams' "Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore" premieres

NBA All-Star Game

Jan 16 13th NBA All-Star Game, LA Memorial Sports Arena: East beats West, 115-108; MVP: Bill Russell, Boston Celtics, C

  • Jan 16 Los Angeles night club and music venue The Whiskey A-Go-Go opens (inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2006)
  • Jan 17 Joe Walker takes X-15 to altitude of 82 km
  • Jan 18 Reinier Paping wins Dutch 11-Cities Skating Race (10:59)

Sports History

Jan 18 Al Davis becomes the head coach and general manager of the Oakland Raiders

  • Jan 19 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Margaret Court beats Jan Lehane O'Neill for 4th consecutive year 6-2, 6-2

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 19 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Roy Emerson wins 1st of 5 straight Australian titles; beats countryman Ken Fletcher 6-3, 6-3, 6-1

Treaty of Interest

Jan 22 Elysée treaty of cooperation between France and Germany signed by Charles de Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer

Pro Wrestling

Jan 24 Buddy Rogers & Lou Thesz wrestle in Toronto, Rogers becomes WWF wrestling champ & Thesz becomes NWA champion

  • Jan 26 "Milk & Honey" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 543 performances
  • Jan 26 Major League Rules Committee votes to expand strike zone
  • Jan 27 Yevgeni Grishin skates world record 500m in 39.6 sec
  • Jan 27 Sam Rice, Eppa Rixey, Elmer Flick, & John Clarkson elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 28 -34°F (-37°C), Cynthiana, Kentucky (state record)
  • Jan 28 "Still" single released by Bill Anderson (Billboard No. 1 U.S. Hot Country Singles, 1963)

Historic Event

Jan 30 Ivan Sutherland submits a thesis containing his Sketchpad program, a forerunner to modern-day graphic user interfaces and computer-aided design programs

Music Recording

Jan 31 Tony Sheridan & Beat Brothers (later known as The Beatles) record "What'd I Say" & "Ruby Baby"


Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Lina Kačiušytė, Lithuanian swimmer (Olympic gold 200m breaststroke 1980; WR 1979 2:28.36), born in Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Jan 2 David Cone, American baseball pitcher (perfect game 1999; AL Cy Young Award 1994; 5 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1992 Toronto Blue Jays; 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 NY Yankees), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Jan 2 Edgar Martínez, American Baseball Hall of Fame third baseman and DH (7 × MLB All-Star; 5 × Silver Slugger Award; AL batting champion 1992, 95; Seattle Mariners), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 3 Aamer Malik, Pakistani cricket batsman (14 Tests, 2x100s 1989; 24 ODIs), born in Mandi Bahauddin, Punjab, Pakistan
  • Jan 3 Jim Everett, American NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1990; NFL passing TD leader 1988, 89; LA Rams, New Orleans Saints), born in Emporia, Kansas
  • Jan 3 Jerome Young, American pro wrestler (New Jack), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Jan 3 Alex Wheatle MBE, black British novelist
  • Jan 4 Dave Foley, actor and comedian (Kids In The Hall, Dave Nelson on NewsRadio)
  • Jan 4 Linda Muri, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Killingly, Connecticut
  • Jan 4 Till Lindemann, German heavy metal singer (Rammstein), born in Leipzig, East Germany
  • Jan 5 Jeff Fassero, American baseball pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Springfield, Illinois
  • Jan 5 Rick Ambrose, Dutch singer (Jewel - "Mystery Of Fate,"), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Jan 6 Norm Charlton, American baseball pitcher (Seattle Mariners), born in Fort Polk, California
  • Jan 6 Paul Brindley, English pop bassist (Sundays, Can't Be Sure)
  • Jan 6 Philippe Perrin, French test pilot, born in Meknes, Morocco
  • Jan 7 Craig Shipley, Australian-American baseball infielder (San Diego Padres), born in Parramatta, Australia
  • Jan 7 Clint Mansell, English musician and composer, born in Coventry, United Kingdom

Rand Paul

Jan 7 Rand Paul, American politician (Senate-R-Kentucky 2011-), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Jan 8 Hiromi Kobayashi, Japanese golfer (3 LPGA Tour titles), born in Iwaki, Fukushima
  • Jan 9 Michael Everson, Irish-American expert in writing systems and Unicode, born in Norristown, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 10 Mark Pryor, American politician, born in Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Jan 10 Deborah Bone, English mental health nurse who was the inspiration for the song "Disco 2000" by Jarvis Cocker, born in Sheffield, England (d. 2014)
  • Jan 11 Jason Connery, actor (Robin Hood), born in London, England
  • Jan 11 Kate Gompert, Ames lA, tennis star
  • Jan 11 Petra Schneider, East German swimmer (Olympic gold 400m, 400m medley Moscow), born in Chemnitz, Germany
  • Jan 11 Tracy Caulkins, Winona Minn, swimmer (Olympic-3 gold-1984)
  • Jan 12 François Girard, French Canadian film director and screenwriter, born in Saint-Félicien, Quebec
  • Jan 13 Tim Kelly, American rock guitarist (Slaughter), born in Trenton, New Jersey (d. 1998)
  • Jan 13 Kevin McClatchy, American businessman

Steven Soderbergh

Jan 14 Steven Soderbergh, American producer, director, writer (Ocean's Eleven, Traffic), born in Atlanta, Georgia

  • Jan 14 Adjoa Andoh, English actress (Casualty, Bridgerton), born in Bristol, England
  • Jan 15 Erling Kagge, Norwegian explorer (South Pole), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Jan 15 Lijuan Geng, Chinese-Canadian tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Hebei, China
  • Jan 15 Richard Nasheim, Canadian-Austrian ice hockey coach and forward (Team Austria 1998), born in Regina, Canada
  • Jan 15 Yaro Dachniwsky, American team handball goalie (Olympics 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 15 Carl McCoy, British gothic-metal rock singer (Fields of the Nephilim - "Blue Water"), and graphic artist, born in Lambeth, London, England
  • Jan 16 James May, English television presenter, born in Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Jan 17 Kai Hansen, German heavy metal guitarist and vocalist (Helloween, Gamma Ray), born in Hamburg, West Germany
  • Jan 17 Cyrus Chestnut, American jazz pianist and composer, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jan 18 Maxime Bernier, French Canadian politician, born in Saint-Georges, Canada
  • Jan 18 Martin O'Malley, Governor of Maryland, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 18 Yury Zakharevich, Soviet weightlifter, born in Tver Oblast, Russia
  • Jan 18 Tom Alexander, American model, and actor (Forbidden Dance; Dream A Little Evil), born in New York City (d. 1992)
  • Jan 19 Caron Wheeler, English singer (Soul II Soul - "Keep on Movin'"), born in Acton, London
  • Jan 19 Michael Adams, American NBA guard (Charlotte Hornets), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Jan 19 Martin Bashir, British reporter, born in Wandsworth, London
  • Jan 19 John Bercow, British politician (C), Speaker of the House of Commons (2009-), born in London, England
  • Jan 20 Scott Fisher, Australian basketball forward (Olympics 1996), born in San Jose, California
  • Jan 20 James Denton, American actor, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Jan 20 Mark Ryden, American Pop Surrealist painter, album cover art creator (Michael Jackson; Aerosmith; 4 Non-Blondes), born in Medford, Oregon
  • Jan 20 David Baszucki, Canadian-American entrepreneur, engineer and innovator (Roblox Corporation, Knowledge Revolution), born in Canada
  • Jan 21 Detlef Schrempf, German-American NBA forward, 1985-2001 (Mavericks, Pacers, Supersonics), born in Leverkusen, West Germany
  • Jan 21 Jessie Hester, American NFL wide receiver, 1985-95 (Raiders, Falcons, Colts, Rams), born in Belle Glade, Florida

Hakeem Olajuwon

Jan 21 Hakeem Olajuwon, Nigerian-American NBA center, 1984-2002 (Houston Rockets, Olympic gold 1996), born in Lagos, Nigeria

  • Jan 22 Jeff Treadway, American baseball infielder (LA Dodgers), born in Columbus, Georgia
  • Jan 22 Andrei Tchmil, Ukrainian-Belgian cyclist, born in Khabarovsk, Russia
  • Jan 23 Gail O'Grady, American actress (Hitman, Nobody's Perfect, NYPD Blue), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jan 23 Rocco Romano, Canadian CFL guard (Calgary Stampeders), born in Hamilton, Canada
  • Jan 23 Guido Karp, German music photographer, born in Mayen, West Germany
  • Jan 24 Martyn Grimley, English field hockey player, born in Halifax, United Kingdom
  • Jan 24 Arnold Vanderlyde, Dutch boxer, born in Sittard, Netherlands
  • Jan 25 Carl Fysh, British pop-rocker (Brother Beyond - "Can You Keep a Secret?")
  • Jan 25 Marcello Giordani, Italian tenor (Metropolitan Opera, 1993-2008), born in Augusta, Sicily (d. 2019)
  • Jan 26 Andrew Ridgeley, British pop guitarist, songwriter and producer (Wham - "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"), born in Windlesham, Surrey, England
  • Jan 26 Jazzie B [Beresford Romeo], English rapper (Soul II Soul - "Feel Free"), born in Hornsey, London, England
  • Jan 26 Simon O'Donnell, Australian cricket all-rounder (6 Tests, 6 wickets, BB 3/37; 87 ODIs, 108 wickets; Victoria CA), born in Deniliquin, Australia
  • Jan 26 José Mourinho, Portuguese soccer manager (Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Manchester Utd, Real Madrid, Tottenham, Roma), born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • Jan 28 Danny Spitz, heavy metal guitarist (Anthrax, 1983-95, 2005-08 - State of Euphoria), born in Rockland County, New York
  • Jan 28 Denise Biellmann, Swiss figure skater (Olympic 4th 1980), born in Zurich, Switzerland
  • Jan 29 Bob Holly 'Hardcore Holly', American professional wrestler, born in Glendale, California
  • Jan 30 Danny Wright, American new age pianist, and composer, born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Jan 31 John Dye, American actor (Andrew-Touched by an Angel), born in Amory, Mississippi (d. 2011)

Famous Weddings

Willie Nelson

Jan 12 Country singer Willie Nelson (29) weds singer Shirley Collie (31) in Las Vegas; divorce in 1971

Bob Newhart

Jan 12 Actor and comedian Bob Newhart (33) weds Virginia "Ginnie" Quinn


Famous Deaths

  • Jan 2 Dick Powell [Richard Ewing Powell], American singer, actor, producer and director (Cry Danger, Dick Powell Theater), dies from cancer at 58
  • Jan 2 Jack Carson, Canadian-American actor (Star is Born, Mildred Pierce), dies at 52
  • Jan 3 Oskar Back, Hungarian-Dutch violinist and pedagogue, dies at 83

Rogers Hornsby

Jan 5 Rogers Hornsby, American Baseball Hall of Fame 2nd baseman (NL MVP 1925, 29; 7 x NL batting champion; 3 x .400+ seasons; St. Louis Cardinals, Browns) and manager (Cardinals, Browns, Cubs), dies of a heart ailment at 66

  • Jan 6 Lourens GM Baas Becking, Dutch botanist/resistance fighter, dies at 68
  • Jan 7 Arthur Edward Moore, Australian politician (Premier of Queensland 1929-32), dies at 86
  • Jan 8 Stark Young, American writer (So Red the Rose), dies at 81
  • Jan 8 Kay [Katherine Linn] Sage, American artist and poet commits suicide aged 64
  • Jan 10 Tadeusz Szeligowski, Polish composer (The Peacock and the Girl), dies at 66
  • Jan 11 Arthur D Nock, English-Americans historian (St Paul), dies at 60
  • Jan 13 Rad Kortenhorst [Leonardus Gerardus Kortenhorst], Dutch politician (KVP), dies at 76
  • Jan 14 Gustav Regler, German writer, dies at 64
  • Jan 16 Gilardo Gilardi, Argentine composer, pianist and conductor (La leyenda del urutaú, Réquiem, Misa de Gloria), dies at 73
  • Jan 16 Ike Quebec, American tenor-saxophone player, dies of cancer at 44
  • Jan 18 Johnnie Moyes, Australian journalist and cricketer (S Aust batsman), dies at 70
  • Jan 18 Hugh Gaitskell, British politician (Leader of the Labour Party), dies at 56
  • Jan 21 Al St. John, American vaudeville and silent film comic (Young and Dumb),and talkie character actor billed as "Fuzzy" St. John (Outlaws of the Plains), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • Jan 21 Franz Jung, German writer and political activist, dies at 74
  • Jan 25 Wilson Kettle, Nfld, dies at 102, leaving 582 living descendants
  • Jan 26 Ole Olsen, American comedian (Olsen & Johnson), dies at 70
  • Jan 27 John Farrow, Australian director and actor (Botany Bay, Wake Island), dies from a heart attack at 58
  • Jan 28 Jean Felix Piccard, swiss explorer, dies on his 79th birthday
  • Jan 28 Gustave Garrigou, French cyclist (Tour de France 1911), dies at 78

Robert Frost

Jan 29 Robert Frost, American poet (New Hampshire, 4 Pulitzers), dies at 88

  • Jan 30 Francis Poulenc, French pianist and composer (Concert champêtre; Les Biches), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • Jan 30 Sir Pelham Warner, English cricket batsman, tour manager and administrator (15 Tests; MCC chairman of selectors), dies at 89