Historical Events in August 1963

Davis Cup

Aug 1 Arthur Ashe becomes first African-American tennis player to be named in the US Davis Cup team

  • Aug 1 Beatles Book is sold out on its 1st day of sale
  • Aug 1 Germany FR annexes Elten village
  • Aug 1 WQAD TV channel 8 in Moline, Illinois (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 2 30th Chicago College All-Star Game: All-Stars 20, Green Bay 17, 65,000 at Soldier Field
  • Aug 3 Beatles final performance at Cavern Club in Liverpool, England

Musical Finale

Aug 3 Richard Rodgers' musical drama "No Strings" closes at 84th St Theater, NYC, after 580 performances and 3 Tony Award wins

  • Aug 3 Warner Bros. Records releases single of Allan Sherman's novelty song "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter from Camp)", set to music of Amilcare Ponchielli's, "Dance of the Hours" from his 1876 opera "La Gioconda"
  • Aug 5 Britain, USA and USSR sign nuclear test ban treaty
  • Aug 5 Craig Breedlove sets world land speed record of 407.477 mph in Spirit of America at the Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah
  • Aug 6 Philadelphia NBA franchise changes name from 'Nationals' to the '76ers', based on US Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia in 1776

Historic Event

Aug 7 Jacqueline Kennedy becomes 1st US First Lady to give birth (Patrick Kennedy) since Mrs Cleveland

  • Aug 8 Great Train Robbery in England, ¬£2.6 million ($7.3 million)
  • Aug 8 Kingsmen release "Louie, Louie", radio stations label it obscene
  • Aug 8 LA Dodgers F Howard & B Skowron are 3rd to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • Aug 8 Verne Gagne beats Fritz Von Erich in Amarillo, to become NWA champ
  • Aug 9 Britains rock TV show "Ready Steady Go", premieres
  • Aug 9 NY Met Roger Craig's NL record-tying 18-game losing streak ends
  • Aug 11 Four ANC political detainees escape from Pretoria Central prison in South Africa
  • Aug 11 Kingston Trio are mystery guest on "What's My Line?"
  • Aug 12 Portuguese dictator Salazar firm on African colonization

Sports History

Aug 12 Stan Musial announces he will retire at end of year

Sports History

Aug 13 Dave DeBusschere pitches a shutout against the Cleveland Indians

  • Aug 13 US Customs agents confiscate 21 gold coins from Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas

Sports History

Aug 13 Warren Spahn sets left-hander strike out mark at 2,382

  • Aug 15 Fulbert Youlou resigns as President of Congo-Brazzaville
  • Aug 16 Independence is restored to Dominican Republic
  • Aug 17 Jim Hickman becomes 1st NY Met to hit for cycle
  • Aug 17 Oriole's Dick Hall retires his 28th consecutive player in relief

Historic Event

Aug 18 James Meredith becomes the 1st black graduate from University of Mississippi

  • Aug 19 NAACP Youth Council begins sit-ins at lunch counters, Oklahoma City, OKlahoma
  • Aug 21 Jerry Lynch's record 15th pinch-hit HR gives Pirates a 7-6 win
  • Aug 21 Martial law declared in South Vietnam, following raids on Buddhist pagodas
  • Aug 22 NASA civilian test pilot Joe Walker in the X-15 rocket plane achieves a world record altitude of 354,200 feet (107,960 m, 67 miles)
  • Aug 23 Beatles release single "She Loves You" in the UK
  • Aug 23 Ringo admits he wrote a song "Don't Pass Me By"
  • Aug 23 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 24 1st 200 meter freestyle swum under 2 minutes (Don Schollander 1:58)
  • Aug 24 24th Venice Film Festival: "Hands Over the City" directed by Francesco Rosi wins Golden Lion
  • Aug 24 John Pennel is first person to pole-vault 17'

Music History

Aug 25 Paul McCartney is fined 31 pounds & given a 1 yr suspended license for speeding

  • Aug 26 West Indies beat England 2-1 in series, 1st holders of Wisden Cricket Trophy
  • Aug 28 Evergreen Point Floating Bridge connecting Seattle & Bellevue opens

March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

Aug 28 Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I have a dream" speech addressing the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom civil rights march at Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.

Baseball Record

Aug 29 Harmon Killebrew (Twins) HRs off Pete Burnside (Senators) in DH

  • Aug 30 Hotline communication link between the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and the Kremlin in Moscow installed. Often known as the "red telephone" no phones were ever used, relying instead on Teletype equipment, fax machines and most recently secure email.