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Historical Events in October 1963

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

Sports record brokenBaseball 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

Baseball Pitcher Sandy Koufax
Baseball Pitcher
Sandy Koufax

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

Chancellor of West Germany Konrad Adenauer
Chancellor of West Germany
Konrad Adenauer
  • Oct 3 "Here's Love" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 338 performances
  • Oct 3 Hurricane hits Haiti; about 5,000 die & 100,000 injured
  • Oct 4 -8] Hurricane Flora, kills 6,000 in Cuba & Haiti
  • Oct 4 Gambia achieves full internal self-government

Sport awardNHL 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

NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich
  • Oct 5 Hyde St Pier re-opens as State Historical Park

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Oct 5 Little Richard joins Everly Brothers Tour

Singer Phil Everly
Singer
Phil Everly
Singer-Songwriter and Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer Little Richard
Singer-Songwriter and Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer
Little Richard

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Oct 6 Barbra Streisand appears on "The Judy Garland Show"

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
Actress Judy Garland
Actress
Judy Garland
  • Oct 6 LA Dodgers sweep NY Yankees, in 60th World Series
  • Oct 7 Bobby Baker resigns as Senate Democratic secretary
  • Oct 7 Hurricane Flora hits Haiti & Dominican Republic, kills 7,190

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Oct 7 JFK signs ratification for nuclear test ban treaty

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy

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

Drummer Charlie Watts
Drummer
Charlie Watts

  • Oct 8 Sultan of Zanzibar cedes his mainland possessions to Kenya
  • Oct 9 Vajont Dam disaster, landslide creates 50 million cubic metre wave killing around 2,000 in the Piave Valley in Northern Italy

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

Oct 9 British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan resigns and is replaced by Alec Douglas-Home

British Prime Minister Alec Douglas-Home
British Prime Minister
Alec Douglas-Home
British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan
British Prime Minister
Harold Macmillan
  • Oct 9 French air force gets first nuclear weapons
  • Oct 9 Hurricane Flora ravages Cuba & Haiti, kills 6,000

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

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

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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 San Francisco's Oakland Bay Bridge converted to 1-way on each deck
  • Oct 13 "Beatlemania" is coined after Beatles appear at Palladium
  • 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

Sport awardLPGA 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

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
LPGA Golfer Mary Mills
LPGA Golfer
Mary Mills
  • 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 forms British government
  • Oct 20 France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria

Sports record brokenNFL Record

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

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown

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

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 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.

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Oct 23 Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park" premieres in NYC

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon

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

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • Oct 24 "110 in the Shade" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 330 performances
  • Oct 24 KRO shows first episode of 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 Beatles begin their 1st full foreign tour in Sweden
  • Oct 26 US performs underground nuclear test at Fallon, Nevada
  • Oct 27 Bob Simpson completes 359 for NSW v Qld at Gabba

Sports record brokenNHL 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

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe

Music ConcertThe Beatles on Ed Sullivan

Oct 31 Ed Sullivan witnesses The Beatles & their fans at London Airport

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The Beatles with TV host Ed Sullivan during their first appearance on his show in February 1964
The Beatles with TV host Ed Sullivan during their first appearance on his show in February 1964
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Oct 31 J. Edgar Hoover's last meeting with President John F. Kennedy

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover
35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Oct 31 Leaking propane gas explodes kills 64 at 'Holiday on Ice' in Indiana