What Happened in October 1963

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Nigeria enacts a new constitution and becomes a republic

Baseball Record

Oct 2 LA Dodgers' Sandy Koufax strikes out World Series record 15 NY Yankees in Game 1 of the Baseball World Series at Yankee Stadium; Dodgers win, 5-2 and sweep series, 4-0

Historic Event

Oct 2 West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer condemns western grain shipments to USSR

  • Oct 3 Hurricane Flora hits Haiti; about 5,000 die & 100,000 injured
  • Oct 3 Meredith Wilson's musical "Here's Love", based on the film "Miracle on 34th Street", opens at Shubert Theater, NYC; runs for 338 performances
  • Oct 4 -8] Hurricane Flora, kills 6,000 in Cuba & Haiti
  • Oct 4 Gambia achieves full internal self-government

NHL All-Star Game

Oct 5 17th NHL All-Star Game, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: Toronto Maple Leafs tie All Stars, 3-3; MVP: Frank Mahovlich, Toronto, LW

  • Oct 5 Hyde St Pier re-opens as State Historical Park
  • Oct 6 Baseball World Series: LA Dodgers edge NY Yankees, 2-1 at Dodger Stadium for 4-0 series sweep; MVP: Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax
  • Oct 7 Bobby Baker resigns as Senate Democratic secretary
  • Oct 7 Hurricane Flora hits Haiti & Dominican Republic, kills 7,190

Treaty of Interest

Oct 7 JFK signs ratification for nuclear test ban treaty

Music History

Oct 7 The Rolling Stones record the Lennon-McCartney song "I Wanna Be Your Man" at Kingsway Sound Studio in London

  • Oct 8 Sultan of Zanzibar cedes his mainland possessions to Kenya
  • Oct 9 French air force gets first nuclear weapons
  • Oct 9 Hurricane Flora ravages Cuba & Haiti, kills 6,000
  • Oct 9 Vajont Dam disaster, landslide creates 50 million cubic metre wave killing around 2,000 in the Piave Valley in Northern Italy

Film Premiere

Oct 10 "From Russia With Love" 2nd James Bond film based on a novel by Ian Fleming, starring Sean Connery and Daniela Bianchi, premieres in London

Nobel Prize

Oct 10 American chemist and anti-nuclear weapons campaigner Linus Pauling wins the Nobel Peace Prize the same day the first nuclear test treaty comes into effect [1]

  • Oct 10 France cedes control of the Bizerte naval base to Tunisia
  • Oct 10 Netherlands population hits 12,000,000

Film & TV History

Oct 11 William Shatner stars in "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" episode of CBS anthology series "The Twilight Zone"

  • Oct 12 "Student Gypsy" closes at 84th St Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • Oct 12 Archaeological digs begin at Masada, Israel
  • Oct 12 Final event at Polo Grounds, New York City; 14,235 attend 1st (and only) "Latino All-Star Game" - National League wins 5-2 over American League; festivities include a concert by Tito Puente [1]
  • Oct 12 San Francisco's Oakland Bay Bridge converted to 1-way on each deck

LPGA Championship

Oct 13 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Stardust CC: Mickey Wright wins 4th LPGA title by 2 shots from Mary Mills, Louise Suggs & Mary Lena Faulk

  • Oct 13 Ryder Cup Golf, East Lake CC: US beats Great Britain, 23-9; competition format changes with addition of 4-ball (better ball) matches on a 3rd day of play
  • Oct 13 The term "Beatlemania" is coined after Beatles appear at the London Palladium
  • Oct 14 Algeria & Morocco border conflict
  • Oct 14 WGHP TV channel 8 in Greensboro-High Point, NC (ABC) begins
  • Oct 15 Ludwig Erhard succeeds Konrad Adenauer as Chancellor of West Germany
  • Oct 16 2 secret US military satellites launched from Cape Canaveral
  • Oct 16 NY newspaper "Mirror" last edition
  • Oct 17 "Jennie" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 82 performances
  • Oct 17 The Beatles record "I Want to Hold Your Hand" at EMI Studios in London
  • Oct 18 IOC votes Mexico City to host 1968 Olympics
  • Oct 20 Alec Douglas-Home's Conservative Party forms British government
  • Oct 20 France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker, Algeria

NFL Record

Oct 20 Jim Brown sets NFL single-season rushing record, 1,863 yds

Historic Event

Oct 20 South Africa begins trial of Nelson Mandela & 8 others on conspiracy charges

  • Oct 20 WITV TV channel 7 in Charleston, South Carolina (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 22 225,000 students boycot Chicago schools in Freedom Day protest
  • Oct 22 BAC One-Eleven prototype airliner crashes on October 22 in UK with the loss of all on board.

Theater Premiere

Oct 23 Neil Simon's play "Barefoot in the Park" starring Robert Redford and Elizabeth Ashley premieres in NYC

Sports History

Oct 23 New York Yankees name Yogi Berra as manager, replacing Ralph Houk who becomes the team's general manager

  • Oct 24 "110 in the Shade" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 330 performances
  • Oct 24 Dutch KRO-TV shows first episode of American western series "Bonanza"
  • Oct 24 Sandy Koufax is unanimous winner of Cy Young Award
  • Oct 25 Anti-Kennedy "WANTED FOR TREASON" pamphlets scattered in Dallas
  • Oct 25 The Beatles begin their 1st full foreign tour in Karlstad, Sweden, performing twice at a secondary school auditorium
  • Oct 26 US performs underground nuclear test at Fallon, Nevada
  • Oct 27 Cricketer Bob Simpson scores 359 for NSW v Qld at the Gabba in Brisbane

NHL Record

Oct 27 Detroit Red Wings right wing Gordie Howe scores 544th career goal in 6-4 loss to Montreal Canadiens, tying Maurice Richard's all-time NHL regular season record

  • Oct 29 "Meet the Beatles" booklet is published

Historic Event

Oct 29 Edgar Kaufmann Jr. deeds his family property Fallingwater (1935), designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy [1]

The Beatles on Ed Sullivan

Oct 31 Ed Sullivan witnesses Beatlemania firsthand at London's Heathrow Airport as the Beatles are greeted by their fans upon returning from Sweden

  • Oct 31 Leaking propane gas explodes kills 64 at 'Holiday on Ice' in Indiana

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Beth Chamberlin, Danville Vt, actress (Beth Spaulding-Guiding Light)

Mark McGwireMark McGwire (59 years old)

Oct 1 American MLB 1st baseman, coach (12-time All Star, Oakland A's, St. Louis Cardinals), born in Pomona, California

  • Oct 2 Keith Bradshaw, Australian cricket administrator (Secretary & Chief Executive Marylebone Cricket Club; CEO South Australian Cricket), born in Hobart, Australia (d. 2021)

Maria RessaMaria Ressa (59 years old)

Oct 2 Filipino-American journalist (co-founder of Rappler, 2021 Nobel Peace Prize), born in Manila, Philippines

  • Oct 3 Dan Goldie, American tennis player and author ("The Investment Answer", #1 NY Times bestselling book), born in Sioux City Iowa
  • Oct 3 Marion Peck, American artist and painter
  • Oct 4 A. C. Green, American basketball power forward (most consecutive games [1,192] in NBA and ABA history; LA Lakers), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Oct 4 Koji Ishikawa, Japanese children's book author and illustrator, born in Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • Oct 5 Hugh Morris, cricketer (England lefty opening batsman 1991)

Laura DaviesLaura Davies (59 years old)

Oct 5 British golfer (4 major titles; US Open 1987), born in Coventry, England

  • Oct 5 Sophie Favier, Lyon France, actress (Sans Interdits)
  • Oct 5 Tony Dodemaide, cricketer (Victorian, Sussex & Australian all-rounder)

Elisabeth ShueElisabeth Shue (59 years old)

Oct 6 American actress (Cocktail, Back to the Future Part II), born in Wilmington, Delaware

  • Oct 6 Jsu Garcia, American actor
  • Oct 10 Anita Mui, Hong Kong Cantopop singer and actress, "Madonna of the East", born in Hong Kong (d. 2003)
  • Oct 10 Daniel Pearl, American journalist (kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan), born in Princeton, New Jersey (d. 2002)
  • Oct 10 Jolanda de Rover, Dutch swimmer (1984 Olympics), born in Amstelveen, Netherlands
  • Oct 10 Mike Donnelly, American NHL left wing, 1986-98 (Los Angeles Kings, and 4 other teams), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Oct 11 Faisal bin Al Hussein, Prince of Jordan, son of King Hussein and Princess Muna, born in Amman, Jordan
  • Oct 11 Ronny Rosenthal, Israeli footballer (Israel national football team), born in Haifa, Israel
  • Oct 12 Alan McDonald, Northern Irish soccer defender (52 caps; QPR 476 games), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2012)
  • Oct 12 Lane Frost, American professional bull rider, born in La Junta, Otero County Colorado (d. 1989)
  • Oct 12 Michael Zordich, American NFL strong safety (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Oct 12 Satoshi Kon, Japanese anime film director, born in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan (d. 2010)
  • Oct 13 Colin Channer, Jamaican writer (often referred as "Bob Marley" with a pen), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Oct 13 Michael Lavine, American portrait photographer and contributor to several grunge rock album art packages (Nirvana; Soundgarden), born in San Francisco, California
  • Oct 14 Keith Byars, American College Football HOF running back (Ohio State Uni; Pro Bowl 1993 Miami Dolphins), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Oct 14 Yim Jae-beom, South Korean rock singer, born in Seoul
  • Oct 15 Stanley Menzo, Surinamese-Dutch soccer goalkeeper (Ajax/PSV), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • Oct 16 Missy Hyatt, wrestling manager (WCW, ECW), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Oct 17 Petri Alanko, Finnish classical flute player (Finnish RSO, 1988-2012) and educator (Sibelius Academy, since 2012), born in Joensuu, Finland
  • Oct 17 Sergio Goycochea, Argentine footballer
  • Oct 19 Jim Dombrowski, NFL guard (New Orleans Saints)
  • Oct 19 Prince Laurent of Belgium, Château de Belvédère, Laeken, son of King Albert II and Queen Paola
  • Oct 19 Sinitta [Malone], British-American singer ("So Macho"; "Toy Boy"), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Oct 20 Julie Payette, Canadian scientist, astronaut and Governor General (2017-2021), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Oct 20 Navjot Singh Sidhu, Indian politician and cricketer (Indian opening batsman), born in Patiala, Punjab, India
  • Oct 20 Nikos Tsiantakis, Greek footballer, born in Gorgogyri, Greece

Brian BoitanoBrian Boitano (59 years old)

Oct 22 American figure skater (Olympic men's singles gold 1988), born in Mountain View, California

  • Oct 23 Allison Shearmur [Allison Ivy Brecker], American film executive and producer (Star Wars, The Hunger Games, Jason Bourne), born in NYC, New York (d. 2018)
  • Oct 23 David Bedard, Canadian springboard diver (Olympics 1984, 88, 92, 96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Oct 24 John Hendrie, Scottish footballer, born in Lennoxtown, Scotland
  • Oct 25 Tracy Nelson, American actress (Glitter; Square Pegs; Father Dowling Mysteries - "Sister Stephanie"), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Oct 26 Natalie Merchant, American singer and songwriter (10,000 Maniacs - "These Are Days"; "Trouble Me"), born in Jamestown, New York
  • Oct 26 Ted Demme, American film and television director, born in NYC, New York (d. 2002)
  • Oct 26 Tom Cavanagh, Canadian actor and producer (Ed, Scrubs), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Oct 26 Tony Casillas, American NFL defensive tackle (NY Jets, Dallas Cowboys), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Oct 27 Deborah Moore, English actress (Danielle-Day of Our Lives), born in London

Marla MaplesMarla Maples (59 years old)

Oct 27 American actress (Will Rogers Follies), ex-wife of Donald Trump, born in Dalton, Georgia

  • Oct 28 Eros Ramazotti, Italian pop musician and songwriter ("Adesso Te"), born in Cinecittà Est, Rome, Italy
  • Oct 28 James Miller, the "Fan Man" (d. 2002)
  • Oct 28 Kevin Dineen, Canadian NHL right wing, coach (Hartford Whalers, Philadelphia Flyers), born in Quebec City, Québec
  • Oct 28 Lauren Holly, actress (Picket Fences), born in Bristol, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 28 Rob Bailey, English cricket batsman (4 Tests; Northamptonshire CCC, Derbyshire CCC) and umpire (ODIs 24, T20Is 18), born in Biddulph, England
  • Oct 30 Jerry de Borg, British pop guitarist (Jesus Jones - "Real, Real, Real"), born in Kentish Town, London, England
  • Oct 30 Kristina Wagner, American actress (Felicia Jones-General Hospital), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Oct 30 Michael Beach, American actor (Soul Food), born in Roxbury, Massachusetts
  • Oct 30 Mike Veletta, Australian cricketer (West Aussie opening batsman, 8 Tests for Aust), born in Perth, Australia
  • Oct 30 Todd Sand, American pairs skaters (Olympics 1994), born in Burbank, California
  • Oct 31 Dermot Mulroney, American actor (Samantha, Sunset, Long Gone), born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • Oct 31 Dunga [Carlos Caetano Bledorn Verri], Brazilian footballer, born in Ijuí, Brazil
  • Oct 31 Fred McGriff, American baseball infielder (Atlanta Braves), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Oct 31 Johnny Marr, British guitarist and songwriter (The Smiths - "This Charming Man"; "Ask"), born in Ardwick, Manchester, England
  • Oct 31 Mikkey Dee [Micael Kiriakos Delaoglou], Swedish rock musician and drummer [Motörhead, Scorpions], born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Oct 31 Rob Schneider, American actor (Saturday Night Live, Jamie Coleman-Men Behaving Badly), born in San Francisco, California

Famous Weddings

Mary Travers

Oct 15 American folk singer Mary Travers (26) weds American portrait photographer Barry Feinstein (32); divorce in 1967

Elizabeth Montgomery

Oct 26 Actress Elizabeth Montgomery (30) weds director-producer William Asher (42) in El Paso, Texas


Famous Deaths

  • Oct 2 Herb Joesting, College Football Hall of Fame halfback/fullback (Uni of Minnesota; Chicago Bears), dies from heart failure at 58
  • Oct 3 Bobby McDermott, American Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame guard and coach (2 × NBL Coach of the Year 1944-45, Fort Wayne Pistons), dies at 49
  • Oct 7 Grace Darmond, silent screen actress (Below the Surface), dies at 69
  • Oct 7 Gustaf Gründgens, German actor and director (M, Faust, A Glass of Water), dies from an internal hemorrhage at 63
  • Oct 8 Remedios Varo, Spanish-Mexican surrealist artist (Eyes on the table, Useless Science or the Alchemist), dies of a heart attack aged 54 [1]
  • Oct 9 Thurlow Lieurance, American composer (By the Waters of Minnetonka; Sad Moon on Falling Leaf), ethno-musicologist (Indigenous peoples), and educator, dies at 85

Edith PiafEdith Piaf (1915-1963)

Oct 10 French singer (No, I Don't Regret Anything; Le Vie En Rose), dies of liver failure at 47

  • Oct 10 Roy Cazaly, Australian rules footballer, dies at 70

Jean CocteauJean Cocteau (1889-1963)

Oct 11 French poet, filmmaker and painter (Les Enfants Terribles), dies at 73

  • Oct 15 Edmond Fleg[enheimer], Swiss-French writer (Ecoute Israel), dies at 88
  • Oct 15 Horton Smith. American golfer (US Masters 1934, 36), dies of Hodgkin's disease at 55
  • Oct 17 Jacques Hadamard, French mathematician (proved the prime number theorem), dies at 97
  • Oct 18 Cláudio Carneyro, Portuguese violinist, composer, and educator, dies at 68
  • Oct 21 George Cressey, American geographer (Crossroads), dies at 66
  • Oct 21 Józef Franczak, Polish soldier and anti-communist resistance fighter who was the last cursed soldiers, dies in a firefight with 35 functionaries of a ZOMO (paramilitary riot police) at 45
  • Oct 22 Elvin M. Jellinek, American Physiologist and pioneer in the study of alcoholism, dies at 73
  • Oct 24 Beverly Wills, American actress (I Married Joan - "Beverly"; Some Like It Hot), dies in a house fire at 30
  • Oct 25 Abu-Bakr Khairat, Egyptian composer, dies at 53
  • Oct 28 Mart Saar, Estonian composer, dies at 81
  • Oct 29 Adolphe Menjou, American actor (Front Page, Star is Born), dies at 73
  • Oct 29 Michael Holliday [Norman Milne], British pop singer ("The Story of My Life"), dies of a suspected drug overdose at 38
  • Oct 31 Henry Daniell, British actor (The Great Dictator, Camille, Philadelphia Story, Body Snatchers), dies at 69