On This Day

February 1963 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 Nyasaland (now Malawi) becomes self-governing under Hastings Banda
  • Feb 5 Maarten Schmidt discovers enormous red shifts in quasars
  • Feb 5 Soviet lunar probe failure
  • Feb 8 1st transmission of Clandestine Voice of Iraqi People (Communist)
  • Feb 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 9 1st flight of Boeing 727 jet
  • Feb 9 7th largest snowfall in NYC history (42.4 cm, 16.7")
  • Feb 10 US female Figure Skating championship won by Lorraine Hanlon
  • Feb 10 US male Figure Skating championship won by Thomas Litz
  • Feb 11 CIA Domestic Operations Division created
  • Feb 11 American chef Julia Child's show "The French Chef" premieres

Historic Event

Feb 12 Argentina requests the extradition of ex-president Juan Perón

  • Feb 14 US launches communications satellite Syncom 1
  • Feb 15 Ken Lynch records "Misery," 1st Lennon-McCartney song by someone else
  • Feb 16 1st round-trip swim of Strait of Messina, Italy (Mary Revell of US)
  • Feb 16 C & A Building in Amsterdam burns down

'The Banality of Evil'

Feb 16 Philosopher Hannah Arendt's controversial account of the trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann is first published in "The New Yorker"

Historic Event

Feb 19 Robert Frost wins Bollingen Prize

Historic Event

Feb 19 USSR informs JFK it is withdrawing several thousand troops from Cuba

Historic Publication

Feb 19 "The Feminine Mystique" by Betty Friedan, widely credited as the start of second-wave feminism, is published

  • Feb 21 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 1 Takashi Murakami, Japanese artist, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Feb 6 Kevin Trudeau, American entrepreneur, born in Lynn, Massachusetts
  • Feb 7 Heidemarie M Stefanyshyn-Piper, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Feb 9 Brian Greene, American physicist
  • Feb 12 Ed Lover, US radio personality, born in Hollis, New York
  • Feb 17 Jensen Huang, Taiwanese-American businessman and engineer (Nvidia Corporation), born in Tainan, Taiwan
  • Feb 18 Henry Winter, English football journalist, born in London, United Kingdom
  • Feb 19 Laurell K. Hamilton, American writer
  • Feb 20 Marilisa Xenogiannakopoulou, Greek politician
  • Feb 20 Jon Lynn Christensen, former Nebraska Congressman
  • Feb 22 Pebbles Flintstone, fictional character on "The Flintstones"
  • Feb 23 Debbie Kruck, Ms. Fitness USA (1994), born in Danbury, Connecticut
  • Feb 23 Reza Abdoh, Iranian-born American director and playwright, born in Tehran, Iran (d. 1995)
  • Feb 23 Radosław Sikorski, Polish politician, born in Bydgoszcz, Poland
  • Feb 25 Alison Roberts, fashion designer
  • Feb 27 Pär Nuder, Swedish politician, born in Täby, Sweden

Deaths in History

  • Feb 1 Fleetwood Lindley, American man & last living person to see Abraham Lincoln's face, dies at 75
  • Feb 6 Abd el-Krim [Mohamed ibn Abdelkrim El-Khattabi], Moroccan political and military leader (Republic of the Rif), dies at 85
  • Feb 8 Abd al-Karīm Qāsim, Prime Minister of Iraq (1958-63),, assassinated in Baghdad at 48

Sylvia Plath

Feb 11 Sylvia Plath, American poet and novelist (Colossus, 3 Women, Bell Jar), commits suicide at 30

  • Feb 13 Harry Steers, bowling hall of famer, dies
  • Feb 16 Friedrich Dessauer, German physicist (radiologist), dies at 81
  • Feb 18 Todd "Hugh" Gaitskell, leader British Labour Party, dies at 56
  • Feb 26 Artturi Leinonen, Finnish journalist and writer (Kati), dies at 74
  • Feb 28 Rajendra Prasad, Indian leader and 1st President of India (1950-62), dies at 78