On This Day

Events in History in February 1963

  • 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