Historical Events for Year 1963

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Jan 1st - G Woods succeeds Eugene Black as president of the World Bank
Jan 1st - WTEV (now WLNE) TV channel 6 in Providence RI begins broadcasting
Jan 3rd - WOUB TV channel 20 in Athens, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
Jan 4th - Soviet Luna (4) reaches Earth orbit but fails to reach Moon
Jan 5th - "Camelot" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 873 performances
Jan 5th - "Carnival!" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 719 performances
Jan 5th - San Diego beats Boston 51-10 in AFL championship game
Jan 6th - "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom" with Marlin Perkins begins on NBC
Jan 6th - "Oliver!" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 774 performances
Jan 7th - 1st class postage raised from 4 cents to 5 cents
American Football Coach Paul BrownAmerican Football Coach Paul Brown Jan 7th - The rift between Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell and head coach Paul Brown reaches a boiling point, and Brown is fired
Jan 8th - "Mona Lisa," on loan, unveiled in America's National Gallery of Art
Jan 8th - Dmitri Shostakovitch' Katharina Ismailova, premieres in Riga
Jan 9th - Mao Zedong writes his poem "Reply to Comrade Kuo Mo-jo"
Jan 11th - 1st discotheque opens, Whiskey-a-go-go in LA
Jan 11th - Beatles release "Please Please Me" & "Ask Me Why"
Jan 12th - "Go Away Little Girl" by Steve Lawrence peaks at #1
Jan 12th - Spin bowler Bobby Simpson takes 5-57 for Australia v England
Chinese Communist Revolutionary Mao ZedongChinese Communist Revolutionary Mao Zedong Jan 13th - AFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 21-14
Jan 13th - NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 30-20
Jan 14th - George C Wallace sworn in as governor of Alabama, his address states "segregation now; segregation tomorrow; segregation forever!"
Jan 16th - Khrushchev claims to have a 100-megaton nuclear bomb
Jan 16th - Tennessee Williams' "Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore," premieres
Jan 17th - Joe Walker takes X-15 to altitude of 82 km
Jan 17th - Wilt Chamberlain of NBA SF Warriors scores 67 points vs LA
Jan 18th - Reinier Paping wins Dutch 11-Cities Skating Race (10:59)
American Football Coach and Executive Al DavisAmerican Football Coach and Executive Al Davis Jan 18th - Al Davis becomes the head coach and general manager of the Oakland Raiders
Jan 22nd - Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Naples Professional Golf Tournament
Jan 22nd - The Elysée treaty of cooperation between France and Germany was signed by Charles de Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer.
Jan 24th - Buddy Rogers & Lou Thesz wrestle in Toronto, Rogers becomes WWF wrestling champ & Thesz becomes NWA champ
Jan 26th - "Milk & Honey" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 543 perfs
Jan 26th - Major League Rules Committee votes to expand strike zone
Jan 27th - Jevgeni Grishin skates world record 500m in 39.6 sec
French President Charles de GaulleFrench President Charles de Gaulle Jan 27th - Sam Rice, Eppa Rixey, Elmer Flick, & John Clarkson elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
Jan 28th - -34°F (-37°C), Cynthiana, Kentucky (state record)
Jan 29th - Jim Thorpe, Red Grange & George Halas elected to football Hall of Fame
Jan 31st - Tony Sheridan & Beat Brothers record "What'd I Say" & "Ruby Baby"
Feb 1st - Nyasaland (now Malawi) becomes self-governing under Hastings Banda
Feb 2nd - Helen Shapiro begins tour (Beatles are part of undercard)
Feb 3rd - Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational
Feb 5th - Maarten Schmidt discovers enormous red shifts in quasars
LPGA Golfer Mickey WrightLPGA Golfer Mickey Wright Feb 5th - Soviet lunar probe failure
Feb 8th - 1st transmission of Clandestine Voice of Iraqi People (Communist)
Feb 8th - AFL's Dallas Texans become KC Chiefs
Feb 8th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
Feb 9th - 1st flight of Boeing 727 jet
Feb 9th - 7th largest snowfall in NYC history (42.4 cm, 16.7")
Feb 10th - Mickey Wright wins LPGA St Petersburg Women's Golf Open
Feb 10th - US female Figure Skating championship won by Lorraine Hanlon
Feb 10th - US male Figure Skating championship won by Thomas Litz
Feb 11th - Beatles tape 10 tracks for their 1st album
Feb 11th - CIA Domestic Operations Division created (pretty scary!)
Feb 11th - Julia Child's show The French Chef premieres.
Feb 12th - Argentina asks extraditon of ex-president Peron
Feb 14th - US launches communications satellite Syncom 1
Feb 15th - 1st US female world figure skating champ (Tenley Albright)
Feb 15th - Ken Lynch records "Misery," 1st Lennon-McCartney song by someone else
Feb 16th - 1st round-trip swim of Strait of Messina, Italy (Mary Revell of US)
Feb 16th - Beatles top British rock charts with "Please, Please Me"
Feb 16th - C & A Building in Amsterdam burns down
NBA Forward and Coach Billy CunninghamNBA Forward and Coach Billy Cunningham Feb 16th - North Carolina forward Billy Cunningham grabs a record 27 rebounds in a game vs Clemson
Feb 17th - Toru Terasawa runs world record marathon (2:15:15.8
Feb 19th - Robert Frost wins Bollingen Prize
Feb 19th - USSR informs JFK it is withdrawing several thousand troops from Cuba
Feb 20th - End of the Test Cricket careers of Neil Harvey & Alan Davidson
Feb 20th - Willie Mays (SF Giants) signs a record $100,000 per year contract
Feb 21st - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
Feb 22nd - Beatles begin their own music publishing company (Northern Songs)
Feb 25th - Beatles release their 1st single in US "Please Please Me"
Baseball Legend Mickey MantleBaseball Legend Mickey Mantle Feb 27th - Mickey Mantle of NY Yankees sign a baseball contract worth $100,000
Mar 1st - 200,000 French mine workers strike
Mar 3rd - Senegal adopts constitution
Mar 5th - Beatles record "From Me to You" & "Thank You Girl"
Mar 8th - Syrian Arab Rep Revolution Day - Military coup in Syria
Mar 9th - Beatles began 1st British tour, supporting Tommy Roe & Chris Montez
Mar 10th - Pete Rose debuts with hits in his 2 1st at bats in spring training
Mar 10th - Wilt Chamberlain of NBA SF Warriors scores 70 points vs Syracuse
NBA Legend Wilt ChamberlainNBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain Mar 11th - Somalia drops diplomatic relations with Great Britain
Mar 12th - Beatles perform as a trio, John Lennon is ill with a cold
Mar 13th - 2 Russian reconnaissance flights over Alaska
Mar 13th - Hindemith & Wilder's opera "Long Christmas Dinner" premieres in NYC
Mar 13th - Indonesia & Netherlands recover diplomatic relations
Mar 14th - SF Guy Rogers ties NBA record with 28 assists
Mar 15th - WFAN TV channel 14 in Washington, DC (IND) begins broadcasting
Mar 17th - Bob Cousy plays his last NBA game
NBA Point Guard Bob CousyNBA Point Guard Bob Cousy Mar 17th - Elizabeth Ann Seton of NY beatified (canonized in 1975)
Mar 17th - Eruptions of Mount Agung Bali, kills 1,900 Balinese
Mar 18th - "Tovarich" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 264 performances
Mar 18th - France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria
Mar 18th - WGSF TV channel 31 in Newark, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
Mar 20th - 1st "Pop Art" exhibition (NYC)
Mar 21st - Alcatraz federal penitentiary in SF Bay closed
Mar 21st - David Hendon & Douglas Cross' musical premieres in London
Mar 22nd - Beatles release 1st album, "Please Please Me"
Mar 22nd - Brit Min of War John Profumo denies having sex with Christine Keeler
Mar 22nd - Oregon State's Terry Baker becomes 1st & only Heisman Trophy winner
Mar 23rd - 25th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Loyola beats Cin 60-58 (OT)
Mar 23rd - Rolf Hochhuth's "Der Stellvertreter," premieres in Berlin
Mar 25th - KWHY TV channel 22 in Los Angeles, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
Mar 27th - Beeching axe: Dr. Richard Beeching issues a report calling for huge cuts to the United Kingdom's rail network.
Mar 28th - AFL's NY Titan's become the NY Jets
Mar 29th - Final episode of soap opera "Young Doctor Malone"
Mar 30th - France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria
Mar 31st - LA ends streetcar service after 90 years
Apr 1st - NY Mets purchase Duke Snider from the Dodgers for $40,000
Apr 1st - NYC's newspapers resume publishing after a 114 day strike
Apr 1st - Soap operas "General Hospital" & "Doctors" premier on TV
Apr 2nd - Explorer 17 attains Earth orbit (254/914 km)
Apr 2nd - USSR launches Luna 4; missed Moon by 8,500 km
Apr 5th - Beatles receive their 1st silver disc (Please Please Me)
Apr 5th - Susuga Malietoa Tanumafili II becomes chief of Western Samoa
Golfer Jack NicklausGolfer Jack Nicklaus Apr 7th - 27th Golf Masters Championship: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 286
Apr 7th - Yugoslavia proclaimed a Socialistic republic
Apr 7th - Public stock offering of 115,000 shares in Milwaukee Braves withdrawn after only 13,000 shares are sold to 1,600 new investors
Apr 8th - 35th Academy Awards - "Lawrence of Arabia", Anne Bancroft & Gregory Peck win
Apr 8th - Tigers claim young pitcher Denny McLain from the White Sox for $25,000
Apr 9th - Winston Churchill becomes 1st honorary US citizen
Apr 10th - USS Thresher, a nuclear powered submarine, sinks 220 miles east of Boston
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston ChurchillSoldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill Apr 10th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
Apr 11th - John XXIII encyclical On peace in truth, justice, charity & liberty
Apr 11th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
Apr 11th - Warren Spahn beats Mets 6-1 for his 328th win (most by a lefty)
Apr 12th - Beatles "From Me to You" is released in UK
Apr 12th - Birmingham police use dogs & cattle prods on peaceful demonstrators
Apr 13th - Pete Rose triples for his 1st major league base hit
Apr 13th - Pirate's Bob Friend balks 4 times in a game
Apr 14th - George Harrison is impressed by unsigned group "Rolling Stones"
Apr 15th - "Sophie" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 8 performances
Singer-Songwriter George HarrisonSinger-Songwriter George Harrison Apr 18th - "Sophie" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 8 performances
Apr 18th - Dr James Campbell performed the 1st human nerve transplant
Apr 18th - Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 1
Apr 19th - "Hot Spot" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 43 performances
Apr 19th - 67th Boston Marathon won by Aurele Vandendriessche of Belgium in 2:18:58
Apr 20th - "Sophie" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 8 performances
Apr 20th - -30] All Africa Conferences of Churches opens in Kampala Uganda
Apr 21st - Beatles meet Rolling Stones for 1st time
LPGA Golfer Betsy RawlsLPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls Apr 21st - Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Sunshine Women's Golf Open
Apr 21st - The Universal House of Justice of the Bahá'í Faith is elected for the first time.
Apr 22nd - Lester B. Pearson is sworn in as the 14th Prime Minister of Canada
Apr 23rd - "She Loves Me" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 302 perfs
Apr 23rd - Jerry Bock & S Harnick's musical "She Loves Me" premieres in NYC
Apr 24th - 17th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 2
Apr 24th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
Apr 27th - "Jopie" Pengel forms government in Suriname
Cuban President Fidel CastroCuban President Fidel Castro Apr 27th - Cuban premier Fidel Castro arrives in Moscow
Apr 28th - Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
Apr 28th - 17th Tony Awards: "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" win
Apr 29th - KRE-AM in Berkeley CA changes call letters to KPAT
May 1st - 1st American (James Whittaker) conquers Mount Everest
May 1st - Indonesia takes control of Irian Jaya (west New Guinea) from Neth

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