Historical Events in April 1963

  • Apr 1 NY Mets purchase Duke Snider from the Dodgers for $40,000
  • Apr 1 NYC's newspapers resume publishing after a 114 day strike
  • Apr 1 Soap operas "General Hospital" & "Doctors" premiere on ABC TV
  • Apr 2 Explorer 17 attains Earth orbit (254/914 km)
  • Apr 2 USSR launches Luna 4; missed Moon by 8,500 km
  • Apr 5 Beatles receive their 1st silver disc (Please Please Me)
  • Apr 5 Susuga Malietoa Tanumafili II becomes chief of Western Samoa

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 7 27th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: 23 year old Jack Nicklaus wins the first of his record 6 Green Jackets with a 3-foot par putt on the final hole to finish 1 stroke ahead of Tony Lema

  • Apr 7 Yugoslavia proclaimed a Socialistic republic
  • Apr 7 Public stock offering of 115,000 shares in Milwaukee Braves withdrawn after only 13,000 shares are sold to 1,600 new investors

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Apr 8 35th Academy Awards: "Lawrence of Arabia", Anne Bancroft & Gregory Peck win

Actor Gregory Peck
Actor
Gregory Peck
Actress Anne Bancroft
Actress
Anne Bancroft
Soldier and Writer T. E. Lawrence
Soldier and Writer
T. E. Lawrence
  • Apr 8 Tigers claim young pitcher Denny McLain from the White Sox for $25,000

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Apr 9 Winston Churchill becomes 1st honorary US citizen

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • Apr 10 USS Thresher, a nuclear powered submarine, sinks 220 miles east of Boston killing 129 men, including 17 civilians
  • Apr 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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Apr 11 John XXIII encyclical On peace in truth, justice, charity & liberty


  • Apr 11 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 11 Warren Spahn beats Mets 6-1 for his 328th win (most by a lefty)
  • Apr 12 Beatles "From Me to You" is released in UK
  • Apr 12 Police in Birmingham, Alabama, use dogs & cattle prods on peaceful demonstrators

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Apr 13 Pete Rose triples for his 1st major league base hit

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Apr 13 Pirate's Bob Friend balks 4 times in a game

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Apr 14 George Harrison is impressed by unsigned group "Rolling Stones"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Apr 15 "Sophie" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Apr 15 67th Boston Marathon won by Aurèle Vandendriessche of Belgium in race record 2:18:58
  • Apr 18 Dr James Campbell performed the 1st human nerve transplant
  • Apr 18 Stanley Cup Final, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: Toronto Maple Leafs go back-to-back with a 3-1 Game 5 win over Detroit Red Wings for a 4-1 series victory
  • Apr 19 "Hot Spot" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 43 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

Apr 19 Johnny Cash releases his single "Ring Of Fire" written by his future wife June Carter and Merle Kilgore

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
Country Singer June Carter Cash
Country Singer
June Carter Cash
  • Apr 20 "Sophie" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • Apr 20 -30] All Africa Conferences of Churches opens in Kampala Uganda
  • Apr 20 10th National Film Awards (India): "Dada Thakur" wins the Golden Lotus

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Apr 21 Beatles meet The Rolling Stones for the 1st time

Drummer Charlie Watts
Drummer
Charlie Watts
  • Apr 21 The Universal House of Justice of the Bahá'í Faith is elected for the first time

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Apr 22 Lester B. Pearson is sworn in as the 14th Prime Minister of Canada

Prime Minister of Canada Lester B. Pearson
Prime Minister of Canada
Lester B. Pearson
  • Apr 23 Jerry Bock and S. Harnick's musical "She Loves Me" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 302 performances
  • Apr 24 17th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 2
  • Apr 24 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 27 "Jopie" Pengel forms government in Suriname

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Apr 27 Cuban premier Fidel Castro arrives in Moscow

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Apr 28 17th Tony Awards: "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" win

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 29 LPGA Titleholders Championship, Augusta CC: Marilynn Smith beats Mickey Wright by 1 shot in 18-hole playoff

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • Apr 29 KRE-AM in Berkeley CA changes call letters to KPAT