On This Day

What Happened on May 24, 1963

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • 1st Lockheed A-12 to crash, CIA pilot Ken Collins ejects safely

Famous Birthdays

  • Gene Anthony Ray, American dancer and actor (Leroy-Fame), born in Harlem, New York (d. 2003)
  • Horace Holden Jr., American slalom double canoe (Olympic 11th 1996), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Ivan Capelli, Italian racing driver, born in Milan, Italy
  • Joe Dumars, American Basketball Hall of Fame guard (Detroit Pistons; 6-time NBA All-Star), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Kathy Leander, Swiss singer, born in Alle, Switzerland
  • Ken Flach, American professional tennis player (4 Grand Slam titles, 2 mixed doubles), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2018)
  • Michael Chabon, American novelist (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Rich Rodriguez, American football coach, born in Grant Town, West Virginia

Famous Deaths

  • Elmore James, blues guitarist, dies at 45 of a heart attack