On This Day

May 1963 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 1st American (James Whittaker) conquers Mount Everest
  • May 1 Indonesia takes control of Irian Jaya (west New Guinea) from Neth

Historic Publication

May 1 Gloria Steinem's exposé , "A Bunny's Tale", on the working conditions for waitresses (bunnies) at New York City’s famed Playboy Club, published in "Show" magazine

Historic Event

May 2 Children's crusade begins in Birmingham, Alabama. More than 600 African American school children arrested for marching against segregation, organised by James Bevel and the SCLC

  • May 3 Leslie Narum is only Baltimore Oriole to homer on his 1st at bat
  • May 3 Birmingham officials turn high pressure hoses and dogs on children's crusade protest against segregation prompting widespread condemnation
  • May 6 Pulitzer prize awarded to Barbara Tuchman (Guns of August)
  • May 7 SETC Telstar 2 launched (apogee 6,700 miles (10,800 km))

Historic Event

May 8 U.S. President John F. Kennedy offers Israel assistance against aggression from its neighbors

  • May 9 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 11 Racial bomb attacks in Birmingham Alabama
  • May 12 Race riot in Birmingham, Alabama
  • May 14 Kuwait is 111th member of the United Nations
  • May 15 Last Project Mercury flight, L Gordon Cooper in Faith 7, launched
  • May 15 Peter, Paul & Mary win their 1st Grammy (If I Had a Hammer)
  • May 16 Gordon Cooper completes 22 orbits in Faith 7, ends US Proj Mercury
  • May 17 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site

Appointment of Interest

May 20 Sukarno appointed president of Indonesia

  • May 22 Greek parliament leader Lambrakis injured
  • May 24 1st Lockheed A-12 to crash, CIA pilot Ken Collins ejects safely
  • 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

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)

Birthdays in History

  • May 8 Clemens Lothaller, Austrian physician cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-13 backup), born in Vienna, Austria
  • May 8 Izabela Kloc, Polish politician, born in Mikołów, Poland
  • May 8 Robin Jarvis, British young adult fication, and fantasy writer (The Witching Legacy), born in Liverpool, England
  • May 10 Lisa M Nowak, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut, born in Washington, D.C.
  • May 11 Gunilla Carlsson, Swedish politician
  • May 15 George Heidweiler, Suriname, Dutch painter
  • May 16 Jon Coffelt, American artist
  • May 21 Richard Appel, American writer and TV showrunner (Family Guy), born in New York City
  • May 24 Michael Chabon, American novelist (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay), born in Washington, D.C.
  • May 28 Houman Younessi, Iranian-born scientist
  • May 30 Helen Patricia Sharman, Great Britain, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-12)
  • May 30 Nasrin Sotoudeh, Iranian human rights lawyer, born in Langarud, Iran
  • May 31 Viktor Orbán, Hungarian politician, Prime Minister of Hungary (2010-), born in Székesfehérvár, Hungary

Weddings in History

Saddam Hussein

May 5 Iraqi President Saddam Hussein (26) weds teacher Sajida Talfah (26)

John Turner

May 11 Prime Minister of Canada John Turner (33) weds Geills McCrae Kilgour (25)


Deaths in History

  • May 1 Lope K. Santos, Filipino writer and Father of the Philippine National Language and Grammar, dies at 83
  • May 2 Van Wyck Brooks, American historian (Ordeal of Mark Twain), dies at 77
  • May 5 Jacobus JP Old, architect/co-founder (Stijl), dies at 73
  • May 6 Theodore von Kármán, Hungarian-born physicist (b. 1881)
  • May 11 Herbert Spencer Gasser, American physiologist & Nobel laureate, dies at 74
  • May 13 Alois Hudal, Austrian bishop who helped Nazi war criminals escape trial, dies at 77
  • May 16 Oleg Penkovsky, Soviet military intelligence (GRU), dies at 44
  • May 17 John Wilce, physician and former head football coach at the Ohio State University (b. 1888)
  • May 27 Lambrakis, Greek EDA-parliament leader, murdered
  • May 31 Carel C. van Essen, Dutch archaeologist (Art of Ancient Rome), dies at 63