On This Day

March 1963 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 200,000 French mine workers strike
  • Mar 3 Senegal adopts a new constitution
  • Mar 8 Syrian Arab Rep Revolution Day - Military coup in Syria
  • Mar 11 Somalia drops diplomatic relations with Great Britain

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 11 US Defense Secretary Robert MacNamara orders the adoption by the US military of the M16 assault rifle, originally designed as the AR-15 by Eugene Stoner

Inventor Eugene Stoner
Inventor
Eugene Stoner
  • Mar 13 Two Russian reconnaissance flights over Alaska
  • Mar 13 Indonesia & Netherlands reinstate diplomatic relations
  • Mar 17 Elizabeth Ann Seton of NY beatified (canonized in 1975)
  • Mar 17 Eruptions of Mount Agung on Bali, kills 1,900 Balinese
  • Mar 18 France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker, Algeria
  • Mar 20 1st "Pop Art" exhibition (NYC)

Murder of InterestClosure of Alcatraz

Mar 21 Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay is closed

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The last prisoners walk down Broadway as Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary closes
The last prisoners walk down Broadway as Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary closes
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  • Mar 22 British Minister of War John Profumo denies having sex with Christine Keeler
  • Mar 23 Rolf Hochhuth's play "Der Stellvertreter" (The Representative) premieres in Berlin
  • Mar 27 Beeching axe: Dr. Richard Beeching issues a report calling for huge cuts to the United Kingdom's rail network.
  • Mar 30 France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria
  • Mar 31 LA ends streetcar service after 90 years

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 2 Tuff Hedeman, American bull rider (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) World C'ship 1986, 89, 91); Professional Bull Riders (PBR) World C'ship 1995), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Mar 4 Barbara Bubula, Polish politician
  • Mar 9 David Pogue, American technology columnist and TV science presenter, born in Shaker Heights, Ohio
  • Mar 14 Pedro Duque, engineer/astronaut (STS 78 alt, sk:95), born in Madrid, Spain
  • Mar 16 Phung Vuong, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List), born in Saigon, Vietnam
  • Mar 26 Natsuhiko Kyogoku, Japanese writer
  • Mar 28 Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., born in Atlanta, Georgia

Weddings in History

  • Mar 20 Sikkim crown prince Paldan Thondup Namgyal marries Hope Cooke

Deaths in History

  • Mar 4 William Carlos Williams, American physician and poet, dies at 79
  • Mar 6 Kornelis ter Laan, 1st Dutch socialist mayor (Zaandam), dies at 91
  • Mar 9 Frederic G. Melcher, American publisher and editor who founded children's book week, dies at 83
  • Mar 20 Karl Otten, German Expressionist writer, dies at 73
  • Mar 29 Pola Gojawiczynska, Polish author (Stolica), dies at 64