On This Day

What Happened in June 1963

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 "El Watusi" by Ray Barreto hits #17
  • Jun 3 A Northwest Airlines DC-7 crashes in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of British Columbia, killing 101
  • Jun 4 1st broadcast of "Pop Go the Beatles" on BBC radio
  • Jun 5 British Minister of War John Profumo resigns due to Christine Keeler scandal
  • Jun 5 Dutch Princess Marijke changes her name to Christina

Historic Siege

Jun 5 State of siege proclaimed in Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini arrested

  • Jun 6 Gasunie, Dutch gas and transportation company established
  • Jun 7 1st Rolling Stones TV appearance (Thank Your Lucky Stars) & release 1st single, "Come On"
  • Jun 8 "Mr President" closes at St James Theater NYC after 265 performances
  • Jun 8 95th Belmont: Braulio Baeza aboard Chateaugay wins in 2:30.2
  • Jun 8 American Heart Association is 1st agency to campaign against cigarettes
  • Jun 9 1st Sunday night game in baseball SF Giants lose to Houston Colts 3-0

TV Show Appearance

Jun 9 Barbra Streisand appears, for her third time, on "The Ed Sullivan Show"

Historic Event

Jun 10 US Equal Pay Act signed into law by President John F. Kennedy

  • Jun 11 Gov Wallace tries to prevent blacks registering at University of Alabama
  • Jun 11 Greek government of Karamanlis resigns
  • Jun 11 US President JFK says segregation is morally wrong and that it is "time to act"

Vietnamese Monk Burns Himself Alive

Jun 11 Buddhist monk Thích Quảng Đức immolates himself at a Saigon intersection, creating one of the Vietnam War's most iconic images

Assassination

Jun 12 American civil rights activist Medgar Evers is assassinated by white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith in Jackson, Mississippi

Film Premiere

Jun 12 "Cleopatra" directed by Joseph Mankiewicz and starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton premieres in NYC, then most expensive film ever made

  • Jun 14 NY Met Duke Snider hits his 400th HR
  • Jun 14 Valery Bykovsky in Vostok 5 orbits earth 81 times in 5 days

Musical Finale

Jun 15 Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's musical "The Sound of Music", closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater, NYC, after 1443 performances

  • Jun 15 "Sukiyaki" sung by Japanese singer Kyu Sakamoto, hits #1
  • Jun 15 American Leonard "Buddy" Edelen runs world record marathon (2:14:28) at Polytechnic Marathon (from Windsor to Chiswick, England)

Historic Event

Jun 15 Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion resigns

  • Jun 15 SF Giants future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal no-hits Houston Colt .45s, 1-0

Historic Event

Jun 16 Soviet space mission Vostok 6 is launched with Valentina Tereshkova onboard, who becomes the 1st woman in space

  • Jun 16 Levi Eshkol replaces David Ben-Gurion as Israeli Prime Minister
  • Jun 17 British House of Commons debates Profumo-Christine Keeler affair
  • Jun 17 Supreme Court rules against Bible reading/prayer in public schools
  • Jun 18 3,000 blacks boycott Boston public school to protest de facto segregation
  • Jun 19 2 Russian space missions return to Earth
  • Jun 19 Charter members of Canadian Football Hall of Fame chosen
  • Jun 19 Greek government of Pipinolis forms
  • Jun 19 Valentina Tereshkova 1st woman in space returns to Earth
  • Jun 20 Beatles form "Beatles Ltd" to handle their income
  • Jun 20 US & USSR agree to set up "Hot Line"

Papal Inauguration

Jun 21 Cardinal Montini elected Pope Paul VI, 262nd head of Roman Catholic Church, succeeding John XXIII

  • Jun 21 13th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Devil" and "Bushido: The Cruel Code of the Samurai" win the Golden Bear (tie)

Music Single

Jun 22 "Little" Stevie Wonder aged 13 releases his first single "Fingertips" (first live non-studio recording to go to No. 1 on Billboard)

US Golf Open

Jun 23 US Open Men's Golf, The Country Club: Julius Boros wins his second Open title in an 18-hole playoff with Arnold Palmer and Jacky Cupit

  • Jun 23 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Maple Bluff CC: Mickey Wright defends title by 9 shots from Kathy Whitworth for her 10th major championship
  • Jun 23 NY Mets Jimmy Piersall hits his 100th HR, he circles bases backwards
  • Jun 23 US President John F. Kennedy tours Western Europe
  • Jun 23 The Detroit March to Freedom occurs with 125,000 people participating, the largest civil rights demonstration in America up to that point
  • Jun 24 1st demonstration of home video recorder, at BBC Studios, London
  • Jun 24 Levi Eshkol forms 11th Israeli government
  • Jun 24 Zanzibar granted internal self-government by Britain
  • Jun 25 Famous cricket draw at Lord's as England hang on against the Windies
  • Jun 25 JFK speaks at Pauls Church in Frankfurt
  • Jun 25 Curnick Ndlovu, South African worker's union leader and African National Congress Leader, is arrested for acts of sabotage
  • Jun 26 Alfons Gorbach forms Austrian government
  • Jun 26 Dutch 2nd Chamber condemns commercial TV
  • Jun 26 US President John F. Kennedy gives his famous "Ich bin ein Berliner" (intended to mean "I am a Berliner", but may actually mean "I am a doughnut") speech in West Berlin
  • Jun 27 Bill J Kramer & Dakotas record Lennon & McCartney "I Call Your Name"
  • Jun 27 US President John F. Kennedy spend his 1st full day in Ireland
  • Jun 27 USAF Major Robert A Rushworth in X-15 reaches 86,900 m
  • Jun 27 Phillies Johnny Callison hits for cycle, but Phillie centerfielder Tony Gonzalez's error ends his record 205 consecutive errorless games
  • Jun 28 Belaunde Terry inaugurated as President of Peru
  • Jun 29 "Little Me" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 257 performances
  • Jun 29 Beatles' 1st song "From Me to You" hits UK charts
  • Jun 29 SVB, Students Unions, established under Barrel Regtien
  • Jun 30 Ciaculli massacre: A car bomb, intended for Mafia boss Salvatore Greco, kills seven police and military officers near Palermo
  • Jun 30 International Labour Organisation excludes South Africa from its two-day meeting because of its apartheid policies

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Mike Joyce, British rock drummer (The Smiths - Ask; Panic; Sheila Take a Bow), born in Manchester, England
  • Jun 1 Shawn Pelton, American session and touring drummer and percussionist (SNL band; Sheryl Crow; Shawn Colvin: Darryl Hall, Rod Stewart; Rosanne Cash), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Jun 1 David Rudman, American puppeteer (Cookie Monster, 2001-present), writer, director, and producer born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 2 Brian Harvey, baseball umpire (NL)
  • Jun 2 Norm Lewis, American stage and screen actor and singer, born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • Jun 3 Deb Richard, American golfer (5 LPGA Tour titles), born in Abbeville, Louisiana
  • Jun 3 Sabrina Goles, Yugoslavia, tennis player
  • Jun 3 Rudy Demotte, Belgian politician, born in Ronse, Belgium
  • Jun 3 Toshiaki Karasawa, Japanese actor, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jun 4 Carey Nelson, Canadian marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Saskatchewan, Western Canada
  • Jun 4 Jim Lachey, American NFL tackle (Washington Redskins), born in St. Henry, Ohio
  • Jun 4 Mossimo Giannulli, American fashion designer (founded Mossimo), born in California
  • Jun 4 Xavier McDaniel, American NBA forward (Seattle SuperSonics), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Jun 6 Dannette Leininger, Kailua HA, team handball wing (Olympics 1992, 96)
  • Jun 6 Vladimir Ruzicka, hockey forward (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998)
  • Jun 6 Jason Isaacs, English actor (Harry Potter films), born in Liverpool, England
  • Jun 7 Roberto Alagna, Italian-French operatic tenor, born in Clichy-sous-Bois, Seine-Saint-Denis, France
  • Jun 7 Gordon Gano, American musician (Violent Femmes), born in Connecticut

Johnny Depp

Jun 9 Johnny Depp, American actor (21 Jump Street, Pirates of the Caribbean), born in Owensboro, Kentucky

  • Jun 9 Gilad Atzmon, Israeli-British jazz saxophonist, accordion player, bandleader, and author (The Wandering Who? A Study of Jewish Identity Politics), born in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Jun 10 Jeanne Tripplehorn, American actress (Big Love, Grey Gardens), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Jun 10 Vital Borkelmans, Belgian soccer defender (22 caps; Club Brugge 350 games) and manager (Jordan), born in Maaseik, Belgium
  • Jun 11 Tommy Barnhardt, American NFL punter (Carolina Panthers, GB Packers, TB Bucs), born in China Grove, North Carolina
  • Jun 11 Bruce Kimball, American diver (Olympic silver 1984), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Jun 11 Sandra Schmirler, Canadian curler (Olympic gold 1998), born in Biggar, Saskatchewan, Canada (d. 2000)
  • Jun 11 Elvis Stanić, Croatian contemporary jazz fusion guitarist, born in Rijeka, Yugoslavia (now Croatia)
  • Jun 11 Konstantin Scherbakov, Russian concert pianist (Rachmaninoff International, 1983), and pedagogue (Zurich University of the Arts, 1998-present), born in Barnaul, Siberia, Russian SFSR
  • Jun 12 Philippa June Baker, double scull rower (Olympics 1996), born in Wanganui, New Zealand
  • Jun 12 Warwick Capper, Australian rules footballer, born in Victoria, Australia
  • Jun 12 Tim DeKay, American actor (White Collar), born in Lansing, New York
  • Jun 12 Jerry Lynn, American professional wrestler, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jun 12 Johnny Weiss, American professional wrestler (Johnny Hotbody), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 12 Philippe Bugalski, French rally driver (d. 2012)
  • Jun 13 Bettina Bunge, German tennis player (Virginia Slims of California 1983), born in Adliswil, Switzerland
  • Jun 13 Catarina Lindqvist, Swedish tennis player (Swedish Open 1986), born in Kristinehamn, Sweden
  • Jun 13 Edward Sturing, Dutch soccer player (Vitesse), born in Apeldoorn, Netherlands
  • Jun 13 Randy Gilhen, Canadian-German ice hockey forward (Stanley Cup 1991, Pittsburgh Penguins; first German-born player to win SC), born in Zweibrücken, West Germany
  • Jun 13 Paul De Lisle, Canadian rock bassist (Smash Mouth - "All Star"; "I'm A Believer"), born in Exeter, Ontario
  • Jun 14 Chris DeGarmo, American guitarist (Queensryche - "Breaking The Silence"), born in Wenatchee, Washington
  • Jun 14 James Patrick, Canadian NHL defenseman (Calgary Flames), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Helen Hunt

Jun 15 Helen Hunt, American actress (Mad About You - "Jamie"; As Good as it Gets), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Jun 15 Scott Rockenfield, American drummer (Queensryche - "Breaking the Silence"), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jun 15 Blanca Portillo, Spanish stage and screen actress (Volver: Goya's Ghost), born in Madrid, Spain
  • Jun 16 Mohsin Kamal, Pakistani cricketer (fast bowler for Pakistan), born in Faisalabad, Pakistan
  • Jun 16 Jim Fullington, American professional wrestler
  • Jun 16 Scott Alexander, American screenwriter
  • Jun 17 Greg Kinnear, American actor and talk show host (Talk Soup, Sabrina, Later), born in Logansport, Indiana
  • Jun 17 Kevin Glover, American NFL center (Detroit Lions), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jun 18 Bruce Smith, NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills)
  • Jun 18 Darren "Dizzy" Reed, American rock keyboardist (Guns N' Roses - "Sweet Girl of Mine"), born in Hinsdale, Illinois
  • Jun 18 Joe Walter, NFL tackle (Cin Bengals)
  • Jun 19 Simon Wright, British rock drummer (AC/DC, 1983-89; Dio, 1989-91), born in Oldham, Lancashire, England
  • Jun 19 Rory Underwood, English rugby union footballer
  • Jun 20 Kirk Baptiste, American 200m runner (Olympic silver 1984), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • Jun 20 Matt Anger, American tennis star, born in Walnut Creek, California
  • Jun 20 Amir Derakh [Davidson], American rock guitarist, and synthesizer player (Orgy; Julien-K), born in Schenectady, New York
  • Jun 20 Don West, American professional wrestling announcer, born in Chicago, iIlinois
  • Jun 21 Jeff Musselman, American MLB player, born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 21 Mike Sherrard, American NFL wide receiver (NY Giants), born in Oakland, Califiornia
  • Jun 22 Anne-Marie Ruddock, rocker (Amazulu-Excitable)
  • Jun 22 Randy Couture, American mixed martial artist (3-time UFC Heavyweight Champion, 2-time UFC Light heavyweight Champion), born in Everett, Washington
  • Jun 22 John Tenta, Canadian professional wrestler (d. 2006)
  • Jun 23 Colin Montgomerie, Scottish golfer (Senior PGA C'ship 2014-15, US Senior Open 2014), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Jun 23 Steve Shelley, American drummer (Sonic Youth), born in Midland, Michigan
  • Jun 24 Duval Love, NFL guard (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Jun 24 Anatoly Borisovich Jurkin, Russian writer
  • Jun 24 Preki, Serbian-born American soccer player
  • Jun 24 Mike Wieringo, American comic book artist (d. 2007)
  • Jun 25 Doug Gilmour, Canadian Hockey HOF center (Canada Cup gold 1987; Stanley Cup 1989 Calgary Flames; 2 x NHL All Star; Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Kingston, Ontario

George Michael

Jun 25 George Michael [Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou], English singer-songwriter and pop superstar (Wham! - "Careless Whisper"; "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"; solo - " I Want Your Sex"; "Faith"), born in London, England (d. 2016)

  • Jun 25 Mike Stanley, American baseball player (NY Yankees, Boston Red Sox), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Jun 25 Si-An Deng, Canadian badminton player (Olympics 1996), born in Shanghai, China
  • Jun 25 Yann Martel, Spanish-Canadian author (Life of Pi), born in Salamanca, Spain
  • Jun 25 John Benjamin Hickey, American actor (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), born in Plano, Texas
  • Jun 26 Harriet Wheeler, English pop singer and composer (The Sundays)
  • Jun 26 Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Russian businessman and philanthropist, born in Moscow, Russia
  • Jun 26 Richard Garfield, American mathematician and game designer (Magic: The Gathering), born in Philadelphia
  • Jun 27 Stephen Peterson, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jun 27 Paul Roos, Australian rules footballer, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Jun 27 Johnny Benson Jr., American NASCAR driver, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Jun 28 Allen Pitts, CFL slot back (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Jun 29 Anne-Sophie Mutter, German violinist (Berlin Phil), born in Rheinfelden, West Germany
  • Jun 29 Khalid El-Masri, German-Lebanese suspected terrorist mistakenly abducted by the Macedonian police in 2003, and handed over to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), born in Kuwait
  • Jun 30 Rupert Graves, English actor (Handful of Dust, Maurice, Sherlock), born in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset
  • Jun 30 Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Swedish guitarist and songwriter, born in Stockholm, Sweden

Famous Weddings

Rod Taylor

Jun 1 Australian actor Rod Taylor (33) weds model Mary Hilem (25) at Westwood Community Methodist Church in Hollywood, California; divorce in 1969

Betty White

Jun 14 "The Golden Girls" actress Betty White (41) weds "Password" game show host Allen Ludden (45) at the Sands Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada


Famous Deaths

  • Jun 2 Century Milstead, American College Football Hall of Fame tackle (Yale; NFL C'ship 1927, NY Giants), dies at 62

John XXIII

Jun 3 Pope John XXIII [Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli], 261st Pope (1958-63), dies at 81

  • Jun 3 Paul Maxey, American actor (The Narrow Margin, Till the Clouds Roll By), dies from a heart attack at 56
  • Jun 3 Nazim Hikmet, Turkish poet (Tosun Pasa, The Passenger), dies at 61
  • Jun 5 Donat Raymond, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame builder (head Canadian Arena Company, Montreal Forum rebuilt in 1968) and politician, dies at 83
  • Jun 6 William Baziotes, American painter (abstract expressionist), dies at 50
  • Jun 7 ZaSu Pitts, American actress (Life With Father, Dames, Wedding March), dies at 69
  • Jun 9 Vasyl Barvinsky, Ukrainian pianist, composer, conductor, musicologist ("Béla Bartók in Lviv"), and teacher (Lysenko Higher Institute of Music, 1915-48), dies at 75
  • Jun 10 Anita King, American stunt driver (1st woman to drive across the US unaccompanied) and actress (Tender Loving Care), dies of heart attack at 74
  • Jun 10 Jack Root, Czech-American boxer (First world light heavyweight champion 1903), dies from a heart attack at 87
  • Jun 11 Thích Quảng Đức, Buddhist monk, immolates himself on a street in Saigon at the age of 65-66
  • Jun 12 Andrew Browne, Irish/British admiral (Cape Matapan, WW II), dies at 80

Medgar Evers

Jun 12 Medgar Evers, American civil rights activist, NAACP official, shot in Jackson, Mississippi at 37

  • Jun 17 John Cowper Powys, British writer and critic (Wood & Stone, Wolf Solent), dies at 90
  • Jun 17 Alain F B Alanbrooke, 1st viscount of Brookeborough, dies at 79
  • Jun 17 John Whiting, British actor, dramatist and critic (PT Raiders, The Devils, The Good Companions), dies of cancer at 45
  • Jun 18 Pedro Armendáriz, Mexican actor (From Russia With Love, Fort Apache), commits suicide at 51
  • Jun 20 Gordon Jones, American character actor (The Green Hornet; Flying Tigers; Abbott & Costello), dies from a heart attack at 52
  • Jun 20 Joseph Self, American murderer, executed by hanging in Walla Walla, Washington at 32; last state execution until 1990
  • Jun 20 Ralph Sanford, American actor (Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp), dies at 64
  • Jun 20 Raphaël Salem, Greek mathematician, dies at 64
  • Jun 22 Maria Tănase, Romanian singer of traditional and popular music (b. 1913)
  • Jun 26 Obe Postma, Frisian poet (Fan wjerklank en bisinnen (Of resonance and reflection)), naturalist, and historian, dies at 95
  • Jun 28 John 'Home Run' Baker, American Baseball HOF third baseman (World Series 1910, 11, 13; AL HR leader 1911–14; AL RBI leader 1912, 13; Philadelphia A's), dies at 77