On This Day

Events in History in May 1963

  • 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)