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 transmission of "Pop Go the Beatles" on BBC radio
  • Jun 5 British Minister of War John Profumo resigns due to Christine Keeler scandal
  • Jun 5 Princess Marijke changes her name to Christina

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • 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

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Jun 9 Barbra Streisand appears on "Ed Sullivan Show"

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
TV Host Ed Sullivan
TV Host
Ed Sullivan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

VietnamVietnamese 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
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Thích Quảng Đức moments after setting fire to himself in Saigon as an act of protest
Thích Quảng Đức moments after setting fire to himself in Saigon as an act of protest

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

  • Jun 13 Vostok 6 launched, pilot is 1st woman cosmonaut
  • Jun 14 NY Met Duke Snider hits his 400th HR
  • Jun 14 Valery Bykovsky in Vostok 5 orbits earth 81 times in 5 days
  • Jun 15 "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 Buddy Nobles runs world record marathon (2:14:28)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 15 Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion resigns

1st Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion
1st Prime Minister of Israel
David Ben-Gurion

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 16 Valentina Tereshkova (USSR) is 1st woman in space, aboard Vostok 6

1st Woman in Space Valentina Tereshkova
1st Woman in Space
Valentina Tereshkova
  • 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
  • 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 1st Mayor's Trophy Game (New York), Mets beat Yankees 6-2
  • Jun 20 Beatles form "Beatles Ltd" to handle their income
  • Jun 20 US & USSR agree to set up "Hot Line"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 21 Pope Paul VI (Giovanni Battista Montini) succeeds John XXIII

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

Music releaseMusic 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)

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder

Sport awardUS 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 South Africa worker's union leader Curnick Ndlovu arrested
  • Jun 25 Curnick Ndlovu, South African Trade Unionist and African National Congress Leader, is arrested
  • 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 spent 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 28 Nikita Khrushchev visits East Berlin

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
  • 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 Cardinal Montini elected Pope Paul VI, 262nd head of Roman Catholic Church
  • 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, rock drummer (Smiths-Ask, Panic, London)
  • Jun 2 Brian Harvey, baseball umpire (NL)
  • Jun 3 Deb Richard, American golfer (5 LPGA Tour titles), born in Abbeville, Louisiana
  • Jun 3 Sabrina Goles, Yugoslavia, tennis star
  • Jun 3 Yuri Yuriyevich Krikun, Russian cosmonaut
  • Jun 3 Rudy Demotte, Belgian politician
  • Jun 3 Toshiaki Karasawa, Japanese actor
  • 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
  • Jun 7 Roberto Alagna, French tenor
  • Jun 7 Gordon Gano, American musician (Violent Femmes), born in Connecticut
  • Jun 8 Kino Haitsma, pianist/arrangeur (Josephine)
  • Jun 8 Keti Garbi, Greek singer

Person of interestJohnny Depp

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

  • Jun 9 Gilad Atzmon, Israeli jazz musician and author
  • Jun 10 Jeanne Tripplehorn, American actress
  • 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 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, American musician (Smash Mouth), born in Exeter, Ontario, Canada
  • 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

Person of interestHelen Hunt

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

Actress Helen Hunt
Actress
Helen Hunt
  • Jun 15 Scott Rockenfield, drummer (Queensryche-Breaking the Silence)
  • Jun 15 Blanca Portillo, Spanish actress
  • Jun 16 Mohsin Kamal, cricketer (Pakistani fast bowler 1984- )
  • 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 musician (Guns n' Roses-Sweet Girl of Mine)
  • Jun 18 Joe Walter, NFL tackle (Cin Bengals)
  • Jun 19 Rory Underwood, English rugby union footballer
  • Jun 20 Kirk Baptiste, 200m runner (Olympic silver 1984), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • Jun 20 Matt Anger, tennis star, born in Walnut Creek, California
  • Jun 20 Amir Derakh, American musician (Orgy)
  • Jun 20 Don West, American professional wrestling announcer
  • Jun 21 Jeff Musselman, baseball player
  • Jun 21 Mike Sherrard, NFL wide receiver (NY Giants)
  • 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 musician (Crucifucks and Sonic Youth)
  • 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 ice hockey player (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Person of interestGeorge Michael

Jun 25 George Michael [Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou], English singer-songwriter and pop superstar (Wham!, I Want Your Sex), born in London, England (d. 2016)

Pop Superstar George Michael
Pop Superstar
George Michael
  • 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 Wendy Lucero-Schayes, American diver (Olympic-92), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 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


LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 1 Actor Rod Taylor (33) weds model Mary Hilem (25) at Westwood Community Methodist Church in Hollywood

Actor Rod Taylor
Actor
Rod Taylor

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Actress and Comedian Betty White
Actress and Comedian
Betty White

Famous Deaths

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

Person of interestJohn 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 10 Anita King, actress (Tender Loving Care), dies of heart attack at 74
  • 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
  • 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, murderer, executed; last Wash state execution in 25 yrs
  • 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, Fries, poet/geography/historian (Own Cart), dies
  • Jun 28 Frank "Home Run" Baker, (hit 2 HRs in 1911 world series) dies at 77