On This Day

Events in History in January 1963

  • 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

Historic Event

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 Event

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

  • 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

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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)

Historic Event

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