April 1963 calendar

April 1963

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in April 1963.
The US president was John F. Kennedy (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Harold Macmillan (Conservative), Pope John XXIII was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on April 1963: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of April 1963?


  • 01 Apr 1963 Soap operas General Hospital andDoctors Premier on TV
  • 02 Apr 1963 Explorer 17 attains Earth orbit
  • 03 Apr 1963 SCLC volunteers kick off the Birmingham campaign (Birmingham, Alabama) against racial segregation in the United States with a sit-in.
  • 05 Apr 1963 Susuga Malietoa Tanumafili II becomes chief of Western Samoa.
  • 07 Apr 1963 27th Golf Masters Championship: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 286.
  • 08 Apr 1963 35th Academy Awards - Lawrence of Arabia, Anne Bancroft and Gregory Peck win.
  • 09 Apr 1963 Winston Churchill becomes 1st honorary US citizen
  • 10 Apr 1963 Thresher, US atomic-powered submarine, sinks 220 miles east of Boston
  • 11 Apr 1963 John XXIII encyclical On peace in truth, justice, charity and liberty
  • 12 Apr 1963 Birmingham, Alabama, police use dogs and cattle prods on peaceful demonstrators.
  • 13 Apr 1963 Pete Rose triples for his first major league base hit.
  • 14 Apr 1963 George Harrison is impressed by unsigned group Rolling Stones
  • 15 Apr 1963 70,000 marchers arrive in London from Aldermaston, to demonstrate against nuclear weapons.
  • 18 Apr 1963 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 1.
  • 19 Apr 1963 Hot Spot opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 43 performances
  • 20 Apr 1963 Sophie closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • 21 Apr 1963 Beatles meet Rolling Stones for 1st time
  • 22 Apr 1963 Lester Bowles Pearson becomes the 14th Prime Minister of Canada.
  • 24 Apr 1963 17th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 2.
  • 26 Apr 1963 In Libya, amendments to the constitution transform Libya (United Kingdom of Libya) into one national unity (Kingdom of Libya) and allows for female participation in elections.
  • 27 Apr 1963 Cuban premier Fidel Castro arrives in Moscow.
  • 28 Apr 1963 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship.
  • 29 Apr 1963 KRE-AM in Berkeley CA changes call letters to KPAT
  • 30 Apr 1963 The Bristol Bus Boycott is held in Bristol to protest the Bristol Omnibus Company's refusal to employ Black or Asian bus crews, drawing national attention to racial discrimination in the United Kingdom.
  • 04 Apr 1963 Bye Bye Birdie, a musical romantic comedy film directed by George Sidney, was released.
vinyl songs

Music charts

Which were the top hits in April 1963?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - He's So Fine
  2. - I Will Follow Him
  3. - Our Day Will Come
  4. - Can't Get Used To Losing You
  5. - The End Of The World

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - How Do You Do It?
  2. - From A Jack To A King
  3. - Foot Tapper
  4. - Summer Holiday
  5. - Brown-Eyed Handsome Man


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in April 1963?

Happiness Is A Warm Puppy by Charles M. Schulz

Happiness Is A Warm Puppy


Classic Peanuts are the best! These collector's editions faithfully recreate the look and feel of the most beloved Peanuts books, including their paper, ink, and lamination.

O Ye Jigs & Juleps! by Virginia Cary Hudson

O Ye Jigs & Juleps!


O Ye Jigs

The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass

The Tin Drum


The Tin Drum, one the greatest novels of the 20th century, was published in Ralph Manheim’s excellent translation in 1959.

The Great Hunger by Cecil Woodham-Smith

The Great Hunger


The 1840s Irish potato famine, which was perhaps the worst event of Victorian history, saw over a million people die and many more flee to America.

Seven Days In May by Fletcher Knebel and Charles W. Bailey II

Seven Days In May