On This Day

What Happened on May 2, 1963

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Brian Tochi, American actor (Dr Alan Poe-St Elsewhere, Renegades), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jos van Eck, Dutch soccer player (Sparta), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Kenton Leonard, CFL cornerback (Calgary Stampeders), born in Point Coupee, Louisiana

Famous Deaths

  • Jack Crawford, cricketer (469 runs & 39 wickets in 12 Tests), dies
  • Tomas Vackar, composer, dies at 17
  • Van Wyck Brooks, American historian (Ordeal of Mark Twain), dies at 77