On This Day

What Happened in July 1963

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 The Beatles record "She Loves You" and "I'll Get You"

Historic Event

Jul 1 US President JFK arrives in Rome

  • Jul 1 ZIP (Zone Improvement Plan) Codes are introduced for United States mail

Baseball Record

Jul 2 SF Giants legend Willie Mays breaks up classic Juan Marichal vs Warren Spahn pitching dual, homering in 16th inning off Spahn for 1-0 win vs Milwaukee Braves

  • Jul 3 In New Zealand, a National Airways Corporation Dakota DC-3 crashes in the Kaimai Ranges; all 23 passengers and crew are killed in New Zealand’s worst internal civil aviation accident
  • Jul 5 1st Beatles' tune to hit US charts, Del Shannon's cover of "From Me to You" at no. 87

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 5 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American Chuck McKinley wins his only Grand Slam singles title beating Fred Stolle of Australia 9-7, 6-1, 6-4

  • Jul 6 South African workers' union leader Billy Nair arrested

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 8 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Australian Margaret Smith wins her first of 3 Wimbledon titles beating Billie Jean Moffitt 6-3, 6-4

  • Jul 8 Reports of Charlie Finley's intention to move KC A's to Oakland
  • Jul 8 US bans all monetary transactions with Cuba
  • Jul 9 34th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-3 at Municipal Stadium, Cleveland
  • Jul 9 All star MVP: Willie Mays (SF Giants)
  • Jul 9 Crusher Lisowski beats Verne Gagne in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ
  • Jul 11 South-African ANC Walter Sisulu/Andrew Mlangeni/Govan Mbeki arrested
  • Jul 13 Future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Early Wynn, wins his 300th and last MLB game at 43
  • Jul 13 Indian government announces it will cut last remaining links with South Africa by refusing landing facilities to South African aircraft
  • Jul 13 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: Bob Charles of New Zealand wins his only major championship in a 36-hole playoff, 8 strokes ahead of runner-up Phil Rodgers; becomes first left-hander to win a major title

Sports History

Jul 14 50th Tour de France: French cyclist Jacques Anquetil wins his 3rd consecutive general classification event; first rider to win Tour 4 times

  • Jul 15 KAIT TV channel 8 in Jonesboro, AR (ABC) begins broadcasting

Music History

Jul 15 Paul McCartney is fined £17 for speeding

  • Jul 16 Amazon river carries 190,000 m3/sec of water (record)
  • Jul 17 Telstar soccer team forms in Ijmuiden

Sports History

Jul 17 Dave DeBusschere hits a single off Bennie Daniels, his 1st and only MLB hit

  • Jul 18 Failed military coup in Syria
  • Jul 18 The United Nations Special Committee on Apartheid releases its second interim report pressing for international sanctions against South Africa, particularly the supply of arms, ammunition and petroleum
  • Jul 19 NASA civilian Test pilot Joe Walker in X-15 reaches 105 km
  • Jul 20 17 African states & Madagascar sign peace treaty with EC

US Women's Golf Open

Jul 20 US Open Women's Golf, Kenwood CC: Mary Mills wins her first of 3 major titles by 3 strokes ahead of runners-up Louise Suggs and Sandra Haynie

  • Jul 20 Verne Gagne beats Crusher Lisowski in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ
  • Jul 20 Riots break out at Mt Eden Prison, Auckland, New Zealand

PGA Championship

Jul 21 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Dallas Athletic Club: Jack Nicklaus wins first of 5 PGA C'ships by 2 shots from fellow American Dave Ragan

Boxing Title Fight

Jul 22 In their second clash Sonny Liston once again KOs Floyd Patterson in round 1 at the Convention Center, Las Vegas to retain the world heavyweight boxing title

  • Jul 22 Sarawak achieves independence from British colonial rule
  • Jul 24 124 Unification church couples wed in Korea
  • Jul 24 Dutch government of Marijnen forms
  • Jul 25 Belgian Senate accept Law on language regulations
  • Jul 25 US, Russia & Britain sign nuclear Test ban treaty
  • Jul 26 Skopje, Yugoslavia, destroyed by earthquake, kills 1,000+
  • Jul 26 US Syncom 2, 1st geosynchronous communications satellite, launched
  • Jul 26 The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development votes to admit Japan.
  • Jul 27 Fritz Von Erich beats Verne Gagne in Omaha, to become NWA champ
  • Jul 27 General Amin al-Hafez becomes President of Syria

Historic Event

Jul 30 British spy Kim Philby found in Moscow

  • Jul 31 Arturo Illia elected President of Argentina
  • Jul 31 MLB Cleveland Indians ties record of 4 consecutive home runs to beat California Angels, 9-5; Woodie Held, Pedro Ramos, Tito Francona and Larry Brown all go deep off Paul Foytack in 6th inning

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Edward Tsang Lu, American physicist and NASA astronaut (STS 84), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Jul 1 Roddy Bottum, American rock keyboardist (Faith No More - "Real Thing"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 1 Igor Zhelezovski, Belarusian speed skater (record 6 x World Sprint Champion; Olympic silver 1994; bronze 1988), born in Orša, Byelorussia (d. 2021)
  • Jul 2 Mark Kermode, British film critic
  • Jul 3 Don August, American baseball player (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Inglewood, California
  • Jul 3 Tracey Emin, English artist (Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963–1995), born in Croydon, England

Henri Leconte

Jul 4 Henri Leconte, French tennis player (French open finalist 1988), born in Lillers, France

  • Jul 4 José Oquendo, Puerto Rican baseball player, born in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
  • Jul 5 Edie Falco, American actress (Carmela Soprano-The Sopranos), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 5 Russ Lorenson, American singer and actor, born in Upland, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 6 Edwin Gorter, Dutch soccer player (Lommel/FC Utrecht), born in Den Haag, Netherlands
  • Jul 7 Lance Johnson, American baseball outfielder (NY Mets), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Jul 7 Naved Anjum, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani all-rounder, two Tests 1989-90), born in Lahore, Pakistan
  • Jul 7 Perry Richardson, American bassist (Firehouse - "Love of a Lifetime"), born in Conway, South Carolina
  • Jul 7 Vonda Shepard, American pop singer, born in New York
  • Jul 8 Bob Ctvrtlik, volleyball outsider (Olympic gold 1988, bronze 1992, 96), born in Long Beach, California
  • Jul 8 Mike Ridley, Canadian NHL center (Vancouver Canucks), born in Winnipeg, Canada
  • Jul 8 Pablo Magallon, jockey
  • Jul 10 Brad Henry, American politician and Oklahoma governor (Democratic: 2003-11), born in Shawnee, Oklahoma
  • Jul 11 Al MacInnis, Inverness NS, NHL defenseman (Team Canada, St Louis)
  • Jul 11 Lisa Rinna, American actress (Days of Our Lives, Melrose Place), born in Medford, Oregon
  • Jul 12 Norman Alvis, Fair Oaks California, cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • Jul 12 Thierry Tulasne, French tennis star
  • Jul 13 Anthony "Spud" Webb, NBA guard (5f 7inch slam dunk champion), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jul 13 Bob Carpenter, Beverly, NHL left wing (NJ Devils)
  • Jul 13 Bobby Rock [Brock], rock drummer (Nelson - "Love & Affection"), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jul 14 Phil Rosenthal, American newspaper columnist (Chicago Tribune), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 15 Brigitte Nielsen, Danish-Italian actress (Red Sonja, Rocky IV), born in Eisinore Denmark
  • Jul 15 Joe Phillips, NFL defensive tackle (KC Chiefs)
  • Jul 15 Steve Thomas, Stockport England, NHL left wing (NJ Devils)

Mikael Pernfors

Jul 16 Mikael Pernfors, Swedish Tennis Star (1986 French Open finalist), born in Malmö, Sweden

  • Jul 16 Phoebe Cates, American actress (Fast Times at Ridgemount High), born in Manhattan, NYC
  • Jul 16 Srečko Katanec, Slovenian footballer and coach, born in Ljubljana, SFR Yugoslavia
  • Jul 17 Denise Miller, American actress (Billie-Archie Bunker's Place), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 17 Susan Lindauer, American peace activist, accused spy, and author (Extreme Prejudice), born in Alaska
  • Jul 17 Matti Nykänen, Finnish ski jumper (4 Olympic gold 1984, 88), born in Jyväskylä, Finland (d. 2019)
  • Jul 17 Letsie III, King of Lesotho, born in Morija, Basutoland
  • Jul 17 John Ventimiglia, American actor (The Sopranos), born in Queens, New York
  • Jul 17 Regina Belle, American pop, and R&B singer-songwriter, and Grammy Award winner (with Peabo Bryson - "A Whole New World"), born in Engelwood, New Jersey
  • Jul 18 Lonnie Young, NFL safety/cornerback (NY Jets)
  • Jul 18 Martín Torrijos Espino, President of Panama
  • Jul 18 Al Snow, American professional wrestler
  • Jul 19 Mark Carreon, American baseball outfielder (SF Giants), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 19 Marla Duncan, Miss Northern California fitness (1990), born in Fairfield, California
  • Jul 19 Sandor Wladar, Hungarian 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1980), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Jul 19 Garth Nix, Australian author (Keys to the Kingdom), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Jul 20 Jenny Spangler, American marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Monroe, Wisconsin
  • Jul 20 Paula Ivan, Romanian runner (world record mile), born in Herăști, Romania
  • Jul 20 Frank Whaley, American actor (Pulp Fiction), born in Syracuse, New York
  • Jul 21 Kevin Poole, English footballer
  • Jul 21 Paulo Silva, Brazilian mixed martial artist and professional wrestler
  • Jul 22 Eddie Anderson, NFL safety (Oakland Raiders)
  • Jul 22 Joanna Going, actress (Lisa Grady-Another World)
  • Jul 22 Emilio Butragueno, Spanish footballer
  • Jul 22 Rob Estes, American actor
  • Jul 22 Emily Saliers, American singer (Indigo Girls - "Closer to Fine"), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Jul 23 Slobodan Živojinović, Serbian tennis player (US Open doubles 1986), born in Belgrade, Serbia
  • Jul 24 Julie Krone, American jockey (only female to ride Triple Crown race winner; Colonial Affair Belmont Stakes 1993), born in Benton Harbor, Michigan

Karl Malone

Jul 24 Karl Malone, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (NBA MVP 1997, 99; 14 x NBA All Star; Utah Jazz; Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Summeerfield, Louisiana

  • Jul 25 Denis Coderre, French Canadian politician, born in Joliette, Quebec, Canada
  • Jul 25 Julian Hodgson, English chess player, born in London
  • Jul 26 Andy Timmons, American guitarist (Danger Danger-Screw It), born in Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Jul 26 Marianne Berglund, Swedish cyclist (1983 Ruffles Tour of Texas), born in Skellefteå, Sweden
  • Jul 27 Donnie Yen, Hong Kong actor, martial artist and director (Ip Man, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), born in Guangzhou, China
  • Jul 27 Jason Buck, American NFL defensive end (Scottish Claymores), born in Moses lake, Washington
  • Jul 27 Karl Mueller, American bassist (Soul Asylum - "Runaway Train"), born in Minneapolis (d. 2005)
  • Jul 27 Karrin Allyson, American jazz singer (Wild for You), born in Great Bend, Kansas
  • Jul 28 Patrizia Pellegrino, Italian actress and TV personality (Italy's Miss Teenager 1980), born in Naples, Italy
  • Jul 29 Alexandra Paul, actress (Christine, American Flyers, Dragnet), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 29 Azeem Hafeez, cricketer (fingerless Pakistani lefty quick)
  • Jul 29 Damon Allen, CFL quarterback (BC Lions)
  • Jul 29 Michel Boerebach, Dutch soccer player (FC Twente)
  • Jul 29 Patty Dodd, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-2nd-1988), born in Bogotá, Colombia
  • Jul 29 Steve Frey, Meadowbrook PA, pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • Jul 29 Graham Poll, English football referee
  • Jul 29 Jim Beglin, Irish football commentator
  • Jul 30 Chris Mullin, American NBA forward (Warriors, Pacers, Olympic gold 1992), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 30 Ingrid Butts, American cross country skier (Olympics 1994), born in Denver, Colorado

Lisa Kudrow

Jul 30 Lisa Kudrow, American actress (Phoebe Buffay on Friends), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Jul 30 Monique Gabrielle, American actress (Bad Girls 4, Amazon Women on Moon), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 31 Brian Skrudland, Canadian NHL center (fastest goal in playoff OT-0:09 seconds Game 2 1986), born in Peace River, Alberta
  • Jul 31 Fatboy Slim [Norman Cook], British musician and record producer (Housemartins; Fatboy Slim), born in Bromley, England
  • Jul 31 Denise Johnson, British rock and soul singer (Primal Scream - "Don’t Fight It, Feel It"), and songwriter ("Where Does It Go") born in Manchester, England (d. 2020)

Famous Weddings

Jimmy Johnson

Jul 12 NFL coach Jimmy Johnson (19) weds Linda Kay Cooper

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Camille Chautemps, premier France, dies
  • Jul 2 Seth Barnes Nicholson, American astronomer who discovered four satellites of Jupiter, dies at 71
  • Jul 4 Fritz Reutter, German composer, dies at 66
  • Jul 4 Grant Richards, actor (Doug-Doorway to Danger), dies at 48
  • Jul 4 Bernard Freyberg, Governor-General of New Zealand (b. 1889)
  • Jul 5 Daniel Ruyneman, composer, dies at 76
  • Jul 9 Frank Mayo, American silent screen actor (Burning Gold, Hell's Headquarters), dies of a heart attack at 77
  • Jul 10 John Sutton, British actor (The Three Musketeers, Tower of London, Return of Fly), dies of heart attack at 54
  • Jul 10 Teddy Wakelam, English sports broadcaster (BBC) and rugby union player (captain Harlequin RFC), dies at 70
  • Jul 18 A H C Cooper, South African cricketer (Test v England 1914), dies
  • Jul 25 Ugo Cerletti, Italian neurologist (discovered the method of electroconvulsive therapy), dies at 85
  • Jul 27 Garrett Morgan, American inventor (gas mask and traffic signal), dies at 86
  • Jul 29 Dave Smith, cricketer (2 Tests in 1912 Australian side), dies
  • Jul 29 Dorian Le Gallienne, Australian composer, dies at 48