On This Day

Historical Events in January 1963

  • Jan 1 G Woods succeeds Eugene Black as president of the World Bank
  • Jan 1 WTEV (now WLNE) TV channel 6 in Providence RI begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 49th Rose Bowl: #1 Southern California beats #2 Wisconsin, 42-37
  • Jan 1 29th Sugar Bowl: #3 Mississippi beats #6 Arkansas, 17-13
  • Jan 1 29th Orange Bowl: #5 Alabama beats #8 Oklahoma, 17-0
  • Jan 3 WOUB TV channel 20 in Athens, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 4 Soviet Luna (4) reaches Earth orbit but fails to reach Moon

Musical Finale

Jan 5 Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's musical "Camelot", starring Richard Burton, Julie Andrews, and Robert Goulet, closes at Majestic Theater, NYC, after 873 performances and winning 4 Tony Awards

  • Jan 5 "Carnival!" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 719 performances
  • Jan 6 "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom" with Marlin Perkins begins on NBC
  • Jan 6 "Oliver!" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 774 performances
  • Jan 7 1st class postage raised from 4 cents to 5 cents

Sports History

Jan 7 The rift between Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell and head coach Paul Brown reaches a boiling point, and Brown is fired

  • Jan 8 "Mona Lisa", on loan, unveiled in America's National Gallery of Art

Music Premiere

Jan 8 Dmitri Shostakovich' opera "Katharina Ismailova" premieres in Riga

Historic Event

Jan 9 Mao Zedong writes his poem "Reply to Comrade Kuo Mo-jo"

  • Jan 11 Beatles release single "Please Please Me" / "Ask Me Why"; peaks at #2 in UK, and #3 in US

Sports History

Jan 11 SF Warriors center Wilt Chamberlain scores 67 points in 134-129 defeat to LA Lakers at Cow Palace

  • Jan 12 "Go Away Little Girl" by Steve Lawrence peaks at #1
  • Jan 12 Spin bowler Bobby Simpson takes 5-57 for Australia v England
  • Jan 13 2nd AFL All Star Game, Balboa Stadium, San Diego, California: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 21-14; MVPs: Curtis McClinton, Dallas Texans, RB; Earl Faison, LA Chargers, DE

NFL Pro Bowl

Jan 13 13th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Eastern Conference beats Western Conference, 30-20; MVPs: Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns, RB; Eugene Lipscomb, Pittsburgh Steelers, DT

Historic Event

Jan 14 George Wallace sworn in as Governor of Alabama, his address states "segregation now; segregation tomorrow; segregation forever!"

Historic Publication

Jan 14 "The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Plath is published by Heinemann in the UK, the author commits suicide a month later

Historic Event

Jan 16 Khrushchev claims to have a 100-megaton nuclear bomb

Historic Event

Jan 16 Tennessee Williams' "Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore" premieres

NBA All-Star Game

Jan 16 13th NBA All-Star Game, LA Memorial Sports Arena: East beats West, 115-108; MVP: Bill Russell, Boston Celtics, C

  • Jan 16 Los Angeles night club and music venue The Whiskey A-Go-Go opens (inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2006)
  • Jan 17 Joe Walker takes X-15 to altitude of 82 km
  • Jan 18 Reinier Paping wins Dutch 11-Cities Skating Race (10:59)

Sports History

Jan 18 Al Davis becomes the head coach and general manager of the Oakland Raiders

  • Jan 19 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Margaret Court beats Jan Lehane O'Neill for 4th consecutive year 6-2, 6-2

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 19 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Roy Emerson wins 1st of 5 straight Australian titles; beats countryman Ken Fletcher 6-3, 6-3, 6-1

Treaty of Interest

Jan 22 Elysée treaty of cooperation between France and Germany signed by Charles de Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer

Pro Wrestling

Jan 24 Buddy Rogers & Lou Thesz wrestle in Toronto, Rogers becomes WWF wrestling champ & Thesz becomes NWA champion

  • Jan 26 "Milk & Honey" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 543 performances
  • Jan 26 Major League Rules Committee votes to expand strike zone
  • Jan 27 Yevgeni Grishin skates world record 500m in 39.6 sec
  • Jan 27 Sam Rice, Eppa Rixey, Elmer Flick, & John Clarkson elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 28 -34°F (-37°C), Cynthiana, Kentucky (state record)
  • Jan 28 "Still" single released by Bill Anderson (Billboard No. 1 U.S. Hot Country Singles, 1963)

Historic Event

Jan 30 Ivan Sutherland submits a thesis containing his Sketchpad program, a forerunner to modern-day graphic user interfaces and computer-aided design programs

Music Recording

Jan 31 Tony Sheridan & Beat Brothers (later known as The Beatles) record "What'd I Say" & "Ruby Baby"