On This Day

What Happened in May 1963

Historical Events

  • May 1 1st American (James Whittaker) conquers Mount Everest
  • May 1 Indonesia takes control of Irian Jaya (west New Guinea) from Neth
  • May 1 First one-day cricket competition is played (Gillette Cup); Lancashire beats Leicestershire by 101 at Old Trafford

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 1 Gloria Steinem's expose on Playboy bunny working conditions published in "Show" magazine

Journalist Gloria Steinem
Journalist
Gloria Steinem

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May 2 Children's crusade begins in Birmingham, Alabama. More than 600 African American school children arrested for marching against segregation, organised by James Bevel and the SCLC

Civil Rights Activist James Bevel
Civil Rights Activist
James Bevel
  • May 3 Leslie Narum is only Baltimore Oriole to homer on his 1st at bat
  • May 3 Birmingham officials turn high pressure hoses and dogs on children's crusade protest against segregation prompting widespread condemnation
  • May 4 89th Kentucky Derby: Braulio Baeza aboard Chateaugay wins in 2:01.8
  • May 4 Pitcher Bob Shaw sets record of 5 balks in a game
  • May 6 Pulitzer prize awarded to Barbara Tuchman (Guns of August)
  • May 7 Bruno Sammartino becomes WWF champ
  • May 7 SETC Telstar 2 launched (apogee 6,700 miles (10,800 km))
  • May 8 "Dr No" premieres in US

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 8 JFK offers Israel assistance against aggression

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • May 9 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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May 10 Decca signs Rolling Stones on advice of Beatle George Harrison

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

  • May 11 "Puff (The Magic Dragon)" by Peter, Paul & Mary hits #2
  • May 11 LA Dodger Sandy Koufax 2nd no-hitter beats NY Giants, 8-0
  • May 11 Racial bomb attacks in Birmingham Alabama

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 12 Bob Dylan walks out of the "Ed Sullivan Show"

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
TV Host Ed Sullivan
TV Host
Ed Sullivan
  • May 12 Race riot in Birmingham, Alabama
  • May 14 Kuwait is 111th member of the United Nations
  • May 15 Last Project Mercury flight, L Gordon Cooper in Faith 7, launched
  • May 15 Peter, Paul & Mary win their 1st Grammy (If I Had a Hammer)
  • May 15 Tottenham Hotspur of England win 3rd European Cup winner's Cup against Atlético Madrid of Spain 5-1 at Rotterdam

Music awardsGrammy Awards

May 15 5th Grammy Awards: I Left My Heart In San Francisco, Robert Goulet wins

Singer and Actor Robert Goulet
Singer and Actor
Robert Goulet
  • May 16 "Beast in Me" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • May 16 Gordon Cooper completes 22 orbits in Faith 7, ends US Proj Mercury
  • May 17 Bruno Sammartino beats Buddy Rogers in NY, to become WWF champ
  • May 17 Houston Colt .45's Don Notterbart no-hits Phillies, 4-1
  • May 17 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 18 "Beast in Me" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • May 18 "If You Wanna Be Happy" by Jimmy Soul hits #1
  • May 18 88th Preakness: Bill Shoemaker aboard Candy Spots wins in 1:56.2

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

May 20 Sukarno appointed president of Indonesia

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
Sukarno
  • May 22 Greek parliament leader Lambrakis injured

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May 22 Mickey Mantle hits a ball off Yankee Stadium's facade

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • May 22 European Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London: José Altafini scores twice as AC Milan edge Benfica, 2-1 for first title to an Italian club
  • May 23 NBC purchases 1963 AFL championship game TV rights for $926,000
  • May 23 16th Cannes Film Festival: "The Leopard" directed by Luchino Visconti wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 24 1st Lockheed A-12 to crash, CIA pilot Ken Collins ejects safely
  • May 25 "Hot Spot" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 43 performances
  • May 25 Great Britain ends its amateur-professional classes in cricket
  • May 25 Organization for African Unity formed by Chad, Mauritania and Zambia

Film tv awardsEmmy Awards

May 26 15th Emmy Awards: "The Dick Van Dyke Show", E G Marshall & Shirley Booth win

Actress Shirley Booth
Actress
Shirley Booth
Actor, Comedian, Writer and Director Carl Reiner
Actor, Comedian, Writer and Director
Carl Reiner
  • May 26 Organization of African Unity forms
  • May 26 Wes Stock becomes only Baltimore Oriole to win a doubleheader

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

May 26 French Championships Men's Tennis: Australian Roy Emerson beats home favourite Pierre Darmon 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4

Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
  • May 26 French Championships Women's Tennis: Australian Lesley Turner wins the first of 2 French titles; beats England's Ann Jones 2-6, 6-3, 7-5

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 27 Jomo Kenyatta elected 1st Prime Minister of Kenya

Founding Father of Kenya Jomo Kenyatta
Founding Father of Kenya
Jomo Kenyatta
  • May 28 Cyclone hits Chittagong, Bangladesh; about 1 million houses destroyed
  • May 28 Estimated 22,000 die in a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal (India)
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Parnelli Jones wins in 3:29:35.365 (230.357 km/h)

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Robert Seguso, American tennis player (4 x men's doubles major titles; Olympic gold men's doubles 1988), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • May 2 Brian Tochi, American actor (Dr Alan Poe-St Elsewhere, Renegades), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 3 Jeff Hornacek, American basketball player and coach, born in Elmhurst, Illinois
  • May 3 Jamie Reeves, British coal miner, strongman and professional wrestler (1989 World's Strongest Man), born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
  • May 5 Simon Rimmer, English chef and TV host (Something for the Weekend), born in Wallasey, Merseyside, England
  • May 5 Heidi Kozak, Danish-American actress (Slumber Party Massacre 2), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • May 5 James LaBrie, Canadian singer (Dream Theater), born in Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada
  • May 6 Alessandra Ferri, British ballerina (American Ballet Theater)
  • May 7 Johnny Lee Middleton, American musician (Savatage & Trans-Siberian Orchestra), born in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • May 8 Clemens Lothaller, Austrian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-13 backup)
  • May 8 Izabela Kloc, Polish politician
  • May 8 Terry Christian, British radio presenter
  • May 8 Robin Jarvis, British writer
  • May 9 Sanja Doležal, Croatian singer (Novi fosili)
  • May 10 Lisa M Nowak, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut, born in Washington, D.C.
  • May 11 Mark Breland, American welterweight boxer (Olympic gold 1984), born in Brooklyn, New York

Person of interestNatasha Richardson

May 11 Natasha Richardson, English actress (Gothic, Handmaid's Tale), born in London, England

  • May 11 Gunilla Carlsson, Swedish politician
  • May 11 Masatoshi Hamada, Japanese comedian
  • May 11 Roark Critchlow, actor
  • May 12 Vanessa A. Williams, American actress (Rhonda Blair-Melrose Place), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 12 Stefano Modena, Italian racing driver
  • May 12 Charles Pettigrew, American singer (Charles and Eddie) (d. 2001)
  • May 13 Julian Brookhouse, rocker (Curiosity Killed Cat-Keep Your Distance)
  • May 13 Wally Masur, England, tennis star
  • May 14 Pat Borders, catcher (California Angels), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • May 15 George Heidweiler, Suriname, Dutch painter
  • May 15 Grant Herslov, actor (Wayne-Spencer, Under One Roof), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 16 Jon Coffelt, American artist
  • May 16 Mercedes Echerer, Austrian actress and politician
  • May 17 Jon Koncak, NBA center (Orlando Magic)
  • May 17 Page McConnell, American songwriter and keyboardist (Phish), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 18 Marty McSorley, Hamilton, NHL defenseman (LA Kings, NY Rangers)
  • May 19 Filippo Galli, Italian footballer
  • May 20 Brian Nash, actor (Joel-Please Don't Eat Daisies), born in Glendale, California
  • May 20 David Wells, American baseball pitcher (perfect game 1998; World Series 1992, 98; MLB All Star 1995, 98, 2000), born in Torrance, California
  • May 21 Yelena Vodorezova, USSR, figure skater (Olympic-1976)
  • May 21 Richard Appel, American writer
  • May 21 Kevin Shields, American born Irish musician (My Bloody Valentine), born in Queens, New York
  • May 24 Gene Anthony Ray, American dancer and actor (Leroy-Fame), born in Harlem, New York (d. 2003)
  • May 24 Horace Holden Jr., American slalom double canoe (Olympic 11th 1996), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • May 24 Joe Dumars, American Basketball Hall of Fame guard (Detroit Pistons; 6-time NBA All-Star), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • May 24 Ivan Capelli, Italian racing driver, born in Milan, Italy
  • May 24 Michael Chabon, American novelist (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay), born in Washington, D.C.
  • May 24 Kathy Leander, Swiss singer, born in Alle, Switzerland
  • May 24 Rich Rodriguez, American football coach, born in Grant Town, West Virginia
  • May 24 Ken Flach, American professional tennis player (4 Grand Slam titles, 2 mixed doubles), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2018)
  • May 25 Mike Myers, Canadian comedian (SNL, Wayne's World), born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
  • May 26 Charles Van Eman, Pitts, actor (Charlie-All My Children, Dynasty II)
  • May 26 Eddie Martin Jr, jockey
  • May 28 Eugene Robinson, NFL safety (Seattle Seahawk, GB Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • May 28 Houman Younessi, Iranian-born scientist
  • May 28 Gavin Harrison, British drummer (Porcupine Tree)
  • May 29 Lisa Whelchel, actress (Blair-Facts of Life), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • May 29 Tracey E Bregman, actress (Lauren-Bold & Beautiful, Days of Our Life), born in Munich. Germany
  • May 29 Blaze Bayley [Bayley Cooke], English singer (Wolfsbane, Iron Maiden), born in Birmingham
  • May 29 Ukyo Katayama, Japanese auto racer, team manager (F1 95 starts), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • May 29 Claude Loiselle, Canadian hockey center, executive (NHL 1994-2002), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • May 30 Helen Patricia Sharman, Great Britain, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-12)
  • May 30 Sally Dyvenor [Whittaker], English actress (Coronation Street), born in Middleton, Lancashire, England
  • May 31 Wendy Smith, rocker (Prefab Sprout-2 Wheels Good)
  • May 31 Viktor Orbán, Hungarian politician, Prime Minister of Hungary (2010-), born in Székesfehérvár, Hungary
  • May 31 Wesley Willis, American musician (d. 2003)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

May 5 Iraqi President Saddam Hussein (26) weds teacher Sajida Talfah (26)

Iraqi President and Dictator Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President and Dictator
Saddam Hussein

LoveWedding of Interest

May 11 Prime Minister of Canada John Turner (33) weds Geills McCrae Kilgour (25)

17th Prime Minister of Canada John Turner
17th Prime Minister of Canada
John Turner

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Lope K. Santos, Filipino writer and Father of the Philippine National Language and Grammar, dies at 83
  • May 2 Jack Crawford, English cricket all-rounder (12 Tests; Surrey, South Aust, Otago), dies at 76
  • May 2 Tomas Vackar, composer, dies at 17
  • May 2 Van Wyck Brooks, American historian (Ordeal of Mark Twain), dies at 77
  • May 5 Heinrich Gebhard, German-born American composer, dies at 84
  • May 5 Jacobus JP Old, architect/co-founder (Stijl), dies at 73
  • May 6 Monty Wooley, American actor (The Bishop's Wife, The Man Who Came to Dinner), dies at 74
  • May 6 Theodore von Kármán, Hungarian-born physicist (b. 1881)

Person of interestCharles Vyner Brooke

May 9 Charles Vyner Brooke, 3rd and last White Rajah of Sarawak (1917-46), dies at 88

3rd and Last White Rajah of Sarawak Charles Vyner Brooke
3rd and Last White Rajah of Sarawak
Charles Vyner Brooke
  • May 10 Gene "Big Daddy" Lipscomb, American football player (b. 1931)
  • May 11 Herbert Spencer Gasser, American physiologist & Nobel laureate, dies at 74
  • May 12 Stanisław Wiechowicz, Polish composer, dies at 69
  • May 12 Robert Kerr, Canadian runner (1908 Olympics), dies at 80
  • May 13 Alois Hudal, Austrian bishop who helped Nazi war criminals escape trial, dies at 77
  • May 16 Oleg Penkovsky, Soviet military intelligence (GRU), dies at 44
  • May 17 John Wilce, physician and former head football coach at the Ohio State University (b. 1888)
  • May 18 Ernie Davis, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (1st African-American to win Heisman Trophy 1961, Syracuse), dies of leukemia at 23
  • May 24 Elmore James, blues guitarist, dies at 45 of a heart attack
  • May 26 Sharon Lynn, actress (Way Out West, Big Broadcast), dies at 53
  • May 27 Lambrakis, Greek EDA-parliament leader, murdered
  • May 28 Vissarion Yakovlevich Shebalin, Soviet composer, dies at 60
  • May 31 Carel C. van Essen, Dutch archaeologist (Art of Ancient Rome), dies at 63