On This Day

January 1963 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 G Woods succeeds Eugene Black as president of the World Bank
  • Jan 4 Soviet Luna (4) reaches Earth orbit but fails to reach Moon
  • Jan 7 1st class postage raised from 4 cents to 5 cents
  • Jan 8 "Mona Lisa", on loan, unveiled in America's National Gallery of Art

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

Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong
  • Jan 12 Spin bowler Bobby Simpson takes 5-57 for Australia v England

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

Governor of Alabama and Segregationist George Wallace
Governor of Alabama and Segregationist
George Wallace
  • Jan 14 "The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Path is published by Heinemann in the UK, the author commits suicide a month later

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

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev

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

Playwright Tennessee Williams
Playwright
Tennessee Williams
  • Jan 17 Joe Walker takes X-15 to altitude of 82 km
  • Jan 18 Reinier Paping wins Dutch 11-Cities Skating Race (10:59)

AgreementTreaty of Interest

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

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • Jan 27 Yevgeni Grishin skates world record 500m in 39.6 sec
  • Jan 28 -34°F (-37°C), Cynthiana, Kentucky (state record)

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

Computer Scientist Ivan Sutherland
Computer Scientist
Ivan Sutherland

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 3 Alex Wheatle MBE, black British novelist
  • Jan 6 Philippe Perrin, French test pilot, born in Meknes, Morocco

Person of interestRand Paul

Jan 7 Rand Paul, American politician (Senate-R-Kentucky 2011-), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

US Senator Rand Paul
US Senator
Rand Paul
  • Jan 9 Michael Everson, Irish-American expert in writing systems and Unicode, born in Norristown, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 10 Mark Pryor, American politician, born in Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Jan 10 Deborah Bone, English mental health nurse who was the inspiration for the song Disco 2000 by Jarvis Cocker, born in Sheffield, England (d. 2014)
  • Jan 13 Kevin McClatchy, American businessman
  • Jan 15 Erling Kagge, Norwegian explorer (South Pole), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Jan 18 Maxime Bernier, French-Canadian politician, born in Saint-Georges, Canada
  • Jan 18 Martin O'Malley, Governor of Maryland, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 19 Martin Bashir, British reporter, born in Wandsworth, London
  • Jan 19 John Bercow, British politician (C), Speaker of the House of Commons (2009-), born in London, England

Deaths in History

  • Jan 3 Oscar Backing, Austria/Neth viola player, dies at 83
  • Jan 6 Lourens GM Baas Becking, Dutch botanist/resistance fighter, dies at 68
  • Jan 7 Arthur Moore, Premier of Queensland (b. 1876)
  • Jan 8 Stark Young, American writer (So Red the Rose), dies at 81
  • Jan 8 Kay [Katherine Linn] Sage, American artist and poet commits suicide aged 64
  • Jan 11 Arthur D Nock, English-Americans historian (St Paul), dies at 60
  • Jan 13 Rad Kortenhorst [Leonardus Gerardus Kortenhorst], Dutch politician (KVP), dies at 76
  • Jan 14 Gustav Regler, German writer, dies at 64
  • Jan 18 Hugh Gaitskell, British politician (Leader of the Labour Party), dies at 56
  • Jan 21 Franz Jung, German writer and political activist, dies at 74
  • Jan 28 Jean Felix Piccard, swiss explorer, dies on his 79th birthday

Person of interestRobert Frost

Jan 29 Robert Frost, American poet (New Hampshire, 4 Pulitzers), dies at 88