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

Event of Interest

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

  • Jan 12 Spin bowler Bobby Simpson takes 5-57 for Australia v England

Historic Publication

Jan 14 "The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Plath is published by Heinemann in the UK, the author commits suicide a month later

Event of Interest

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

Event of Interest

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

Event of Interest

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

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

Treaty of Interest

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

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

Event of Interest

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

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 3 Alex Wheatle MBE, black British novelist
  • Jan 4 May-Britt Moser, Norwegian psychologist and neuroscientist (2014 Nobel Prize for Physiology for discovery of place cells), born in Fosnavåg, Norway
  • Jan 6 Philippe Perrin, French test pilot, born in Meknes, Morocco

Rand PaulRand Paul (60 years old)

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

  • Jan 9 Michael Everson, Irish-American expert in writing systems and Unicode, born in Norristown, Pennsylvania
  • 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 10 Mark Pryor, American politician, born in Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Jan 13 Kevin McClatchy, American businessman
  • Jan 15 Erling Kagge, Norwegian explorer (South Pole), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Jan 17 Tom Lord-Alge, American Grammy Award-winning music engineer and mixer (Steve Winwood; Santana), born in New Jersey
  • Jan 18 Martin O'Malley, Governor of Maryland, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 18 Maxime Bernier, French Canadian politician, born in Saint-Georges, Canada
  • Jan 19 John Bercow, British politician (C), Speaker of the House of Commons (2009-), born in London, England
  • Jan 19 Martin Bashir, British reporter, born in Wandsworth, London
  • Jan 20 David Baszucki, Canadian-American entrepreneur, engineer and innovator (Roblox Corporation, Knowledge Revolution), born in Canada

Deaths in History

  • Jan 6 Lourens Baas Becking, Dutch botanist (Baas Becking hypothesis), dies at 68
  • Jan 7 Arthur Edward Moore, Australian politician (Premier of Queensland 1929-32), dies at 86
  • Jan 8 Kay [Katherine Linn] Sage, American artist and poet commits suicide aged 64
  • Jan 8 Stark Young, American writer (So Red the Rose), dies at 81
  • Jan 11 Arthur Nock, English-American historian (St Paul, history of religion), 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 scientist, explorer and balloonist (1st flight into stratosphere, by balloon), dies on his 79th birthday

Robert FrostRobert Frost (1874-1963)

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