On This Day

Historical Events in 1963 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 400 of 601

  • May 23 NBC purchases 1963 AFL championship game TV rights for $926,000
  • May 23 16th Cannes Film Festival: "The Leopard" directed by Luchino Visconti wins the Palme d'Or
  • 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
  • May 26 Organization of African Unity forms
  • May 26 Wes Stock becomes only Baltimore Oriole to win a doubleheader

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

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
  • Jun 1 "El Watusi" by Ray Barreto hits #17
  • Jun 3 A Northwest Airlines DC-7 crashes in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of British Columbia, killing 101
  • Jun 4 1st broadcast of "Pop Go the Beatles" on BBC radio
  • Jun 5 British Minister of War John Profumo resigns due to Christine Keeler scandal
  • Jun 5 Dutch Princess Marijke changes her name to Christina

Historic Siege

Jun 5 State of siege proclaimed in Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini arrested

  • Jun 6 Gasunie, Dutch gas and transportation company established
  • Jun 7 1st Rolling Stones TV appearance (Thank Your Lucky Stars) & release 1st single, "Come On"
  • Jun 8 "Mr President" closes at St James Theater NYC after 265 performances
  • Jun 8 95th Belmont: Braulio Baeza aboard Chateaugay wins in 2:30.2
  • Jun 8 American Heart Association is 1st agency to campaign against cigarettes
  • Jun 9 1st Sunday night game in baseball SF Giants lose to Houston Colts 3-0
  • Jun 9 Barbra Streisand appears, for her third time, on "The Ed Sullivan Show"

Historic Event

Jun 10 US Equal Pay Act signed into law by President John F. Kennedy

  • Jun 11 Gov Wallace tries to prevent blacks registering at University of Alabama
  • Jun 11 Greek government of Karamanlis resigns
  • Jun 11 US President JFK says segregation is morally wrong and that it is "time to act"

Vietnamese Monk Burns Himself Alive

Jun 11 Buddhist monk Thích Quảng Đức immolates himself at a Saigon intersection, creating one of the Vietnam War's most iconic images

  • Jun 12 American civil rights activist Medgar Evers is assassinated by white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith in Jackson, Mississippi

Film Premiere

Jun 12 "Cleopatra" directed by Joseph Mankiewicz and starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton premieres in NYC, then most expensive film ever made

  • Jun 14 NY Met Duke Snider hits his 400th HR
  • Jun 14 Valery Bykovsky in Vostok 5 orbits earth 81 times in 5 days

Musical Finale

Jun 15 Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's musical "The Sound of Music", closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater, NYC, after 1443 performances

  • Jun 15 "Sukiyaki" sung by Japanese singer Kyu Sakamoto, hits #1
  • Jun 15 American Leonard "Buddy" Edelen runs world record marathon (2:14:28) at Polytechnic Marathon (from Windsor to Chiswick, England)

Historic Event

Jun 15 Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion resigns

  • Jun 15 SF Giants future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal no-hits Houston Colt .45s, 1-0

Historic Event

Jun 16 Soviet space mission Vostok 6 is launched with Valentina Tereshkova onboard, who becomes the 1st woman in space

  • Jun 16 Levi Eshkol replaces David Ben-Gurion as Israeli Prime Minister
  • Jun 17 British House of Commons debates Profumo-Christine Keeler affair
  • Jun 17 Supreme Court rules against Bible reading/prayer in public schools
  • Jun 18 3,000 blacks boycott Boston public school to protest de facto segregation
  • Jun 19 2 Russian space missions return to Earth
  • Jun 19 Charter members of Canadian Football Hall of Fame chosen
  • Jun 19 Greek government of Pipinolis forms
  • Jun 19 Valentina Tereshkova 1st woman in space returns to Earth
  • Jun 20 Beatles form "Beatles Ltd" to handle their income
  • Jun 20 US & USSR agree to set up "Hot Line"

Papal Inauguration

Jun 21 Cardinal Montini elected Pope Paul VI, 262nd head of Roman Catholic Church, succeeding John XXIII

  • Jun 21 13th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Devil" and "Bushido: The Cruel Code of the Samurai" win the Golden Bear (tie)

Music Single

Jun 22 "Little" Stevie Wonder aged 13 releases his first single "Fingertips" (first live non-studio recording to go to No. 1 on Billboard)

US Golf Open

Jun 23 US Open Men's Golf, The Country Club: Julius Boros wins his second Open title in an 18-hole playoff with Arnold Palmer and Jacky Cupit

  • Jun 23 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Maple Bluff CC: Mickey Wright defends title by 9 shots from Kathy Whitworth for her 10th major championship
  • Jun 23 NY Mets Jimmy Piersall hits his 100th HR, he circles bases backwards
  • Jun 23 US President John F. Kennedy tours Western Europe
  • Jun 23 The Detroit March to Freedom occurs with 125,000 people participating, the largest civil rights demonstration in America up to that point
  • Jun 24 1st demonstration of home video recorder, at BBC Studios, London
  • Jun 24 Levi Eshkol forms 11th Israeli government
  • Jun 24 Zanzibar granted internal self-government by Britain
  • Jun 25 Famous cricket draw at Lord's as England hang on against the Windies
  • Jun 25 JFK speaks at Pauls Church in Frankfurt
  • Jun 25 Curnick Ndlovu, South African worker's union leader and African National Congress Leader, is arrested for acts of sabotage
  • Jun 26 Alfons Gorbach forms Austrian government
  • Jun 26 Dutch 2nd Chamber condemns commercial TV
  • Jun 26 US President John F. Kennedy gives his famous "Ich bin ein Berliner" (intended to mean "I am a Berliner", but may actually mean "I am a doughnut") speech in West Berlin
  • Jun 27 Bill J Kramer & Dakotas record Lennon & McCartney "I Call Your Name"
  • Jun 27 US President John F. Kennedy spend his 1st full day in Ireland
  • Jun 27 USAF Major Robert A Rushworth in X-15 reaches 86,900 m
  • Jun 27 Phillies Johnny Callison hits for cycle, but Phillie centerfielder Tony Gonzalez's error ends his record 205 consecutive errorless games
  • Jun 28 Belaunde Terry inaugurated as President of Peru
  • Jun 29 "Little Me" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 257 performances
  • Jun 29 Beatles' 1st song "From Me to You" hits UK charts
  • Jun 29 SVB, Students Unions, established under Barrel Regtien
  • Jun 30 Ciaculli massacre: A car bomb, intended for Mafia boss Salvatore Greco, kills seven police and military officers near Palermo
  • Jun 30 International Labour Organisation excludes South Africa from its two-day meeting because of its apartheid policies
  • Jul 1 The Beatles record "She Loves You" and "I'll Get You"
  • Jul 1 US President JFK arrives in Rome
  • Jul 1 ZIP (Zone Improvement Plan) Codes are introduced for United States mail

Baseball Record

Jul 2 SF Giants legend Willie Mays breaks up classic Juan Marichal vs Warren Spahn pitching dual, homering in 16th inning off Spahn for 1-0 win vs Milwaukee Braves

  • Jul 3 In New Zealand, a National Airways Corporation Dakota DC-3 crashes in the Kaimai Ranges; all 23 passengers and crew are killed in New Zealand’s worst internal civil aviation accident
  • Jul 5 1st Beatles' tune to hit US charts, Del Shannon's cover of "From Me to You" at no. 87

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 5 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American Chuck McKinley wins his only Grand Slam singles title beating Fred Stolle of Australia 9-7, 6-1, 6-4

  • Jul 6 South African workers' union leader Billy Nair arrested

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 8 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Australian Margaret Smith wins her first of 3 Wimbledon titles beating Billie Jean Moffitt 6-3, 6-4

  • Jul 8 Reports of Charlie Finley's intention to move KC A's to Oakland
  • Jul 8 US bans all monetary transactions with Cuba
  • Jul 9 34th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-3 at Municipal Stadium, Cleveland
  • Jul 9 All star MVP: Willie Mays (SF Giants)
  • Jul 9 Crusher Lisowski beats Verne Gagne in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ
  • Jul 11 South-African ANC Walter Sisulu/Andrew Mlangeni/Govan Mbeki arrested
  • Jul 13 Future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Early Wynn, wins his 300th and last MLB game at 43
  • Jul 13 Indian government announces it will cut last remaining links with South Africa by refusing landing facilities to South African aircraft
  • Jul 13 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: Bob Charles of New Zealand wins his only major championship in a 36-hole playoff, 8 strokes ahead of runner-up Phil Rodgers; becomes first left-hander to win a major title

Sports History

Jul 14 50th Tour de France: French cyclist Jacques Anquetil wins his 3rd consecutive general classification event; first rider to win Tour 4 times

  • Jul 15 KAIT TV channel 8 in Jonesboro, AR (ABC) begins broadcasting

Music History

Jul 15 Paul McCartney is fined £17 for speeding

  • Jul 16 Amazon river carries 190,000 m3/sec of water (record)
  • Jul 17 Telstar soccer team forms in Ijmuiden

Sports History

Jul 17 Dave DeBusschere hits a single off Bennie Daniels, his 1st and only MLB hit

  • Jul 18 Failed military coup in Syria
  • Jul 18 The United Nations Special Committee on Apartheid releases its second interim report pressing for international sanctions against South Africa, particularly the supply of arms, ammunition and petroleum
  • Jul 19 NASA civilian Test pilot Joe Walker in X-15 reaches 105 km
  • Jul 20 17 African states & Madagascar sign peace treaty with EC

US Women's Golf Open

Jul 20 US Open Women's Golf, Kenwood CC: Mary Mills wins her first of 3 major titles by 3 strokes ahead of runners-up Louise Suggs and Sandra Haynie

  • Jul 20 Verne Gagne beats Crusher Lisowski in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ
  • Jul 20 Riots break out at Mt Eden Prison, Auckland, New Zealand

PGA Championship

Jul 21 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Dallas Athletic Club: Jack Nicklaus wins first of 5 PGA C'ships by 2 shots from fellow American Dave Ragan

Boxing Title Fight

Jul 22 In their second clash Sonny Liston once again KOs Floyd Patterson in round 1 at the Convention Center, Las Vegas to retain the world heavyweight boxing title

  • Jul 22 Sarawak achieves independence from British colonial rule
  • Jul 24 124 Unification church couples wed in Korea
  • Jul 24 Dutch government of Marijnen forms
  • Jul 25 Belgian Senate accept Law on language regulations
  • Jul 25 US, Russia & Britain sign nuclear Test ban treaty
  • Jul 26 Skopje, Yugoslavia, destroyed by earthquake, kills 1,000+
  • Jul 26 US Syncom 2, 1st geosynchronous communications satellite, launched
  • Jul 26 The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development votes to admit Japan.
  • Jul 27 Fritz Von Erich beats Verne Gagne in Omaha, to become NWA champ
  • Jul 27 General Amin al-Hafez becomes President of Syria

Historic Event

Jul 30 British spy Kim Philby found in Moscow

  • Jul 31 Arturo Illia elected President of Argentina
  • Jul 31 MLB Cleveland Indians ties record of 4 consecutive home runs to beat California Angels, 9-5; Woodie Held, Pedro Ramos, Tito Francona and Larry Brown all go deep off Paul Foytack in 6th inning
  • 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

Davis Cup

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

  • Aug 2 30th Chicago College All-Star Game: All-Stars 20, Green Bay 17, 65,000 at Soldier Field
  • Aug 3 "No Strings" closes at 84th St Theater NYC after 580 performances
  • Aug 3 Allan Sherman releases "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh"
  • Aug 3 Beatles final performance at Cavern Club in Liverpool
  • 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 Kingston Trio are mystery guest on "What's My Line?"
  • Aug 11 Four ANC political detainees escape from Pretoria Central prison in South Africa
  • Aug 12 Portuguese dictator Salazar firm on African colonization

Sports History

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

  • 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 13 Dave DeBusschere pitches a shutout against the Cleveland Indians
  • 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
  • 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 John Pennel is first person to pole-vault 17'
  • Aug 24 24th Venice Film Festival: "Hands Over the City" directed by Francesco Rosi wins Golden Lion
  • 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.
  • Sep 1 Walter Kennedy begins his tenure as the commissioner of the NBA, succeeding Maurice Podoloff
  • Sep 1 Language laws in Belgium goes into effect causing a riot

Music History

Sep 1 Cliff Richard and the Shadows 1st British rock group to perform in Israel

Historic Event

Sep 2 Alabama Governor George Wallace prevents integration of Tuskegee High School

  • Sep 2 CBS expands "CBS Evening News" program, anchored by Walter Conkrite, from 15 to 30 minutes
  • Sep 4 Swissair Flight 306 crashes near Dürrenäsch, Switzerland, killing all 80 people on board
  • Sep 6 Historian Lee Allen says Indians-Senators game is 100,000th in Major League baseball history

Music History

Sep 6 Jerry Lee Lewis quits Sun Records

  • Sep 6 The Centre for International Industrial Property Studies (CEIPI) is founded.
  • Sep 7 WCTI TV channel 12 in New Bern, NC (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 7 American Bandstand moves to California, & airs once a week on Saturday
  • Sep 7 Two-building Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio is officially opened
  • Sep 8 Algerian population accepts constitution
  • Sep 8 Milwaukee Braves future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn ties Christy Mathewson with 13 x 20-win seasons
  • Sep 8 Ines Cuervo de Priete, 34, gives birth to quintuplets, all boys in Venezuela
  • Sep 8 Scottish Lotus driver Jim Clark wins the Italian Grand Prix at Monza to clinch his first F1 World Drivers Championship; Clark's 5th GP win of the season
  • Sep 8 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Rafael Osuna of Mexico beats Frank Froehling 7-5, 6-4, 6-2 for his lone major singles title

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 8 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Maria Bueno of Brazil wins second of 4 US singles crowns; beats defending champion Margaret Smith of Australia 7-5, 6-4

  • Sep 9 Alabama Governor George Wallace served a federal injunction to stop orders of state police to bar black students from enrolling in white schools
  • Sep 9 NBC expands "The Huntley–Brinkley Report", their evening television news program, from 15 to 30 minutes
  • Sep 10 20 black students enter public schools in Alabama
  • Sep 10 Phillies beat Houston Colt .45s, 16-0
  • Sep 10 Stan Musial hits a HR in his 1st at bat as a grandfather
  • Sep 11 Typhoon Gloria strikes Taiwan killing 330, with $17.5 million damage
  • Sep 12 WHYY TV channel 12 in Wilmington, DE (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 13 Jim Bouton's 20th win clinches Yanks 28th pennant