January 1963 calendar

January 1963

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in January 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 January 1963: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 1963?


  • 01 Jan 1963 WTEV (now WLNE) TV channel 6 in Providence RI begins broadcasting
  • 03 Jan 1963 WOUB TV channel 20 in Athens, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 04 Jan 1963 Soviet Luna (4) reaches Earth orbit but fails to reach Moon.
  • 05 Jan 1963 Camelot closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 873 performances
  • 06 Jan 1963 Oliver! opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 774 performances
  • 07 Jan 1963 1st class postage raised from 4 cents to 5 cents
  • 08 Jan 1963 Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa is exhibited in the United States for the first time, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
  • 09 Jan 1963 Mao Tse-tung writes his poem Reply to Comrade Kuo Mo-jo
  • 11 Jan 1963 1st discotheque opens, Whiskey-a-go-go in LA
  • 12 Jan 1963 Spin bowler Bobby Simpson takes 5-57 for Australia versus England.
  • 13 Jan 1963 NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 30-20.
  • 14 Jan 1963 George C Wallace sworn in as Governor of Alabama, his address states "segregation now; segregation tomorrow; segregation forever!".
  • 17 Jan 1963 Joe Walker takes X-15 to altitude of 82 km.
  • 18 Jan 1963 Reinier Paping wins Dutch 11-Cities Skating Race (10:59).
  • 22 Jan 1963 Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Naples Professional Golf Tournament.
  • 23 Jan 1963 The Guinea-Bissau War of Independence officially begins when PAIGC guerrilla fighters attack the Portuguese Army stationed in Tite.
  • 24 Jan 1963 Buddy Rogers and Lou Thesz wrestle in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Rogers becomes WWF wrestling champion and Thesz becomes NWA champ.
  • 26 Jan 1963 Milk & Honey closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 543 performances
  • 27 Jan 1963 Sam Rice, Eppa Rixey, Elmer Flick, and John Clarkson elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 28 Jan 1963 -34 degrees F (-37 degrees C) in Cynthiana, Kentucky, USA (state record).
  • 29 Jan 1963 Jim Thorpe, Red Grange and George Halas elected to football hall of fame
  • 02 Jan 1963 Vietnam War: The Viet Cong wins its first major victory, at the Battle of Ap Bac.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Telstar
  2. - Go Away Little Girl
  3. - Walk Right In
  4. - Hey Paula
  5. - Limbo Rock

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - I Want To Hold Your Hand
  2. - The Next Time / Bachelor Boy
  3. - Return To Sender
  4. - She Loves You
  5. - Dance On!


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in January 1963?

The Shoes of the Fisherman by Morris L. West

The Shoes of the Fisherman


The pope is dead. The Vatican's corridors hum with intrigue as cardinals form all corners of the globe gather to elect his successor. The election ends abruptly, with a surprising result.

Grandmother and the Priests by Taylor Caldwell

Grandmother and the Priests


Dust jacket notes: Rose McConnell was just four years old when her Grandmother visited her in Leeds, England. It was in 1904. This Grandmother was an Irish widow from the rich and famous who enjoyed good company.

Elizabeth Appleton by John O'Hara

Elizabeth Appleton


This novel is an extraordinary literary achievement by the author. It tells the story of Elizabeth, the wife of a college professor who was also a mother to two children in the 1930s.

The Group by Mary McCarth

The Group


Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters, and Seymour-An Introduction by J.D. Salinger

Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters, and Seymour-An Introduction


The author wrote: The two long pieces of this book were originally published in The New Yorker. RAISE HIGH THE ROOF BEAM, CARPENTERS, 1955, SEYMOUR 1959 Introduction.