May 1963 calendar

May 1963

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1963?


  • 01 May 1963 Indonesia takes control of Irian Jaya (west New Guinea) from Netherlands.
  • 03 May 1963 Martin Luther King Jr delivers his I have a dream speech
  • 04 May 1963 Pitcher Bob Shaw sets record of five balks in a game.
  • 05 May 1963 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open.
  • 06 May 1963 Pulitzer prize awarded to Barbara Tuchman
  • 07 May 1963 Bruno Sammartino becomes WWF champ
  • 08 May 1963 Dr No premieres in US
  • 09 May 1963 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 10 May 1963 Decca signs the Rolling Stones on advice of The Beatles' George Harrison.
  • 11 May 1963 Puff (The Magic Dragon) by Peter, Paul and Mary hits #2
  • 12 May 1963 Bob Dylan walks off Ed Sullivan Show
  • 13 May 1963 The U.S. Supreme Court case Brady v. Maryland is decided.
  • 14 May 1963 Kuwait is 111th member of the United Nations.
  • 15 May 1963 Last Project Mercury flight, L Gordon Cooper in Faith 7, launched
  • 16 May 1963 Beast in Me opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 17 May 1963 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 18 May 1963 Beast in Me closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • 19 May 1963 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Muskogee Civitan Golf Open.
  • 20 May 1963 Sukarno appointed President of Indonesia.
  • 22 May 1963 Greek parliament leader Lambrakis injured
  • 23 May 1963 NBC purchases 1963 AFL championship game TV rights for US$926,000.
  • 24 May 1963 1st Lockheed A-12 to crash, CIA pilot Ken Collins ejects safely
  • 25 May 1963 Hot Spot closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 43 performances
  • 26 May 1963 15th Emmy Awards: Dick Van Dyke Show, E G Marshall and Shirley Booth
  • 27 May 1963 Jomo Kenyatta elected first prime minister of Kenya.
  • 28 May 1963 Estimated 22,000 die in another cyclone in Bay of Bengal
  • 30 May 1963 A protest against pro-Catholic discrimination during the Buddhist crisis is held outside South Vietnam's National Assembly, the first open demonstration during the eight-year presidency of Ngo Dinh Diem.
  • 15 May 1963 Project Mercury: The launch of the final Mercury mission, Mercury-Atlas 9 with astronaut Gordon Cooper on board. He becomes the first American to spend more than a day in space, and the last American to go into space alone.
vinyl songs

Music charts

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

  1. - I Will Follow Him
  2. - If You Wanna Be Happy
  3. - It's My Party
  4. - Can't Get Used To Losing You
  5. - Puff (The Magic Dragon)

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - How Do You Do It?
  2. - From Me To You
  3. - From A Jack To A King
  4. - Summer Holiday
  5. - Can't Get Used To Losing You


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in May 1963?

Happiness Is A Warm Puppy by Charles M. Schulz

Happiness Is A Warm Puppy


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

Seven Days In May



Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

Silent Spring


Rachel Carson's Silent Spring first appeared in three sections serialized in the New Yorker on June 12, 1962. It was published in September 1962, and there was a lot of outcry.

The Day They Shook The Plum Tree by Arthur H. Lewis

The Day They Shook The Plum Tree


Arthur h.lewis, Book

Final Verdict by Adela Rogers St. Johns

Final Verdict


Final verdict