Historical Events in May 1963

  • May 1 1st American (James Whittaker) conquers Mount Everest
  • May 1 First one-day cricket competition is played (Gillette Cup); Lancashire beats Leicestershire by 101 at Old Trafford

Historic Publication

May 1 Gloria Steinem's exposé, "A Bunny's Tale", on the working conditions for waitresses (bunnies) at New York City’s famed Playboy Club, published in "Show" magazine

  • May 1 Indonesia takes control of Irian Jaya (west New Guinea) from Neth

Historic Event

May 2 Children's crusade begins in Birmingham, Alabama. More than 600 African American school children arrested for marching against segregation, organised by James Bevel and the SCLC

  • May 3 Birmingham officials turn high pressure hoses and dogs on children's crusade protest against segregation prompting widespread condemnation
  • May 3 Leslie Narum is only Baltimore Oriole to homer on his 1st at bat
  • May 4 89th Kentucky Derby: Braulio Baeza aboard Chateaugay wins in 2:01.8
  • May 4 Pitcher Bob Shaw sets record of 5 balks in a game
  • May 6 Pulitzer prize awarded to Barbara Tuchman (Guns of August)
  • May 7 SETC Telstar 2 launched (apogee 6,700 miles (10,800 km))

Film Premiere

May 8 1st James Bond film, "Dr. No", starring Sean Connery, premieres in US

Historic Event

May 8 U.S. President John F. Kennedy offers Israel assistance against aggression from its neighbors

  • May 9 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Music History

May 10 Decca signs Rolling Stones on advice of Beatle George Harrison

  • May 11 "Puff (The Magic Dragon)" by Peter, Paul & Mary hits #2

Sports History

May 11 LA Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax throws his second career no-hitter; beats Juan Marichal and the SF Giants, 8-0

  • May 11 Racial bomb attacks in Birmingham Alabama

Music History

May 12 Bob Dylan walks out of "The Ed Sullivan Show" over a dispute about his song choice

  • May 12 Race riot in Birmingham, Alabama
  • May 14 Kuwait is 111th member of the United Nations

Grammy Awards

May 15 5th Grammy Awards: "I Left My Heart In San Francisco"; Robert Goulet win

  • May 15 Last Project Mercury flight, L Gordon Cooper in Faith 7, launched
  • May 15 Peter, Paul & Mary win their 1st Grammy (If I Had a Hammer)
  • May 15 Tottenham Hotspur of England win 3rd European Cup winner's Cup against Atlético Madrid of Spain 5-1 at Rotterdam
  • May 16 "Beast in Me" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • May 16 Gordon Cooper completes 22 orbits in Faith 7, ends US Proj Mercury

Pro Wrestling

May 17 Bruno Sammartino beats Buddy Rogers in NYC, to become WWWF champ

  • May 17 Houston Colt .45's Don Notterbart no-hits Phillies, 4-1
  • May 17 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 18 "Beast in Me" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • May 18 "If You Wanna Be Happy" by Jimmy Soul hits #1

Sports History

May 18 88th Preakness: Bill Shoemaker aboard Candy Spots wins in 1:56.2

Appointment of Interest

May 20 Sukarno appointed president of Indonesia

  • May 22 European Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London: José Altafini scores twice as AC Milan edge Benfica, 2-1 for first title to an Italian club
  • May 22 Greek parliament leader Lambrakis injured

Sports History

May 22 Mickey Mantle hits a ball off Yankee Stadium's facade

  • May 23 16th Cannes Film Festival: "The Leopard" directed by Luchino Visconti wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 23 NBC purchases 1963 AFL championship game TV rights for $926,000
  • May 24 1st Lockheed A-12 to crash, CIA pilot Ken Collins ejects safely

Meeting of Interest

May 24 Barbra Streisand performs "Happy Days Are Here Again" at White House Press Correspondents Dinner, and meets US President John F. Kennedy

  • May 25 "Hot Spot" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 43 performances
  • May 25 Great Britain ends its amateur-professional classes in cricket
  • May 25 Organization for African Unity formed by Chad, Mauritania and Zambia

French Open Men's Tennis

May 26 French Championships Men's Tennis: Australian Roy Emerson beats home favourite Pierre Darmon 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4

  • May 26 French Championships Women's Tennis: Australian Lesley Turner wins the first of 2 French titles; beats England's Ann Jones 2-6, 6-3, 7-5
  • May 26 Organization of African Unity forms
  • May 26 Wes Stock becomes only Baltimore Oriole to win a doubleheader

Election of Interest

May 27 Jomo Kenyatta elected 1st Prime Minister of Kenya

  • May 28 Cyclone hits Chittagong, Bangladesh; about 1 million houses destroyed
  • May 28 Estimated 22,000 die in a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal (India)
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Parnelli Jones takes his only Indy 500 win despite his car spewing oil from a cracked overflow tank for many laps