The sixties was a decade belonging firmly to the counterculture; those ten years saw revolutions in social norms surrounding music, drugs, dress, sexuality, clothing, and gender roles.
Fitting into that larger era, 1963 saw plenty of world-changing firsts and the rise of the then-controversial Beatlemania. The world population in 1963 hovered at roughly 3.2 billion. The most popular names for the 4,098,020 babies born in that year were Lisa and Michael and Lisa.
People born that year include Michael Jordan, Johnny Depp, King Mohammed VI of Morocco, and Whitney Houston. Sadly, the world also bid its farewell to poet Robert Frost, the NAACP’s founder W.E.B. Du Bois, author Aldous Huxley, and Pope John XXIII. In addition to those names, this United States saw the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
The two most popular books of the year were The Bell jar and Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. People flooded the cinemas to see the years hit movies: The Birds, The Great Escape, and Cleopatra.
On the television, Omaha’s Wild Kingdom and Doctor Who premiered on BBC. 1963 also witnessed to many changes in prisons, women’s pay, and video technology.
Many things happened first in 1963: the first Boeing took to the skies, Winston Churchill became the first honorary US citizen, the UK saw the world’s first home video recorder, and James Hardy performed the first successful lung transplant.
Ending nearly 30 years of operation, the infamous Alcatraz prison closed on March 12th. Another thing saw its end when the USA ended its financial relationship with Cuba. While that particular relationship ended bitterly, peace was ensured in other arenas as JFK signed a nuclear test ban treaty. Before his death, JFK also guaranteed the rights of many working women when he signed equal pay for men and women into law.
On the Civil Rights front, Martin Luther King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech. If you love reading Where the Wild Things Are with your children, or ruminate over Kennedy’s sudden death, those things found their start in 1963.
All Academy Awards Prize winners of the 36th edition of the Oscar ceremony
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Who was the person of the year of 1963?
Which were the most popular books released in 1963 ?
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Historic pictures of 1963
All Nobel Prize winners of 1963
- International Committee of the Red Cross
- League of Red Cross societies
- Giorgos Seferis
- Eugene Wigner
- Maria Goeppert-Mayer
- J. Hans D. Jensen
- Karl Ziegler
- Giulio Natta
Physiology or Medicine
- John Eccles
- Alan Lloyd Hodgkin
- Andrew Huxley
Which were the top hits of 1963?
Top #1 songs in the USA
- Jimmy Gilmer - Sugar Shack
- The Angels - My Boyfriend's Back
- Paul and Paula - Hey Paula
- The Cascades - Rhythm Of The Rain
- The Chiffons - He's So Fine
- Bobby Vinton - Blue Velvet
- Kyu Sakamoto - Sukiyaki
- Little Peggy March - I Will Follow Him
- Little Stevie Wonder - Fingertips - Pt 2
- Andy Williams - Can't Get Used To Losing You
Top #1 songs in the UK
- The Beatles - She Loves You
- Gerry & The Pacemakers - I Like It
- Ned Miller - From A Jack To A King
- Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas - Bad To Me
- Gerry & The Pacemakers - How Do You Do It?
- Cliff Richard - The Next Time / Bachelor Boy
- Frank Ifield - Confessin'
- The Shadows - Foot Tapper
- Gerry & The Pacemakers - You'll Never Walk Alone
- The Beatles - From Me To You
Which were the most popular Movies released in those months?
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Demographic statistics of the year 1963
- Total population: 3.2 billion (3,211,001,009 to be precise!)
- Urban population: 1.1 billion, that is 35.0% of the total population of 1963 lives in cities
- Yearly change: +60.5 million, corresponding to a percentage increase of +1.92%
- Average density: 22.0 persons per km2
Which were the important events of 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 Guinea-Bissau War of Independence offially begins when PAIGC guerrilla fighters attacked 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
- 01 Feb 1963 Nyasaland (later Malawi) becomes self-governing under Hastings Banda.
- 02 Feb 1963 Helen Shapiro begins tour (Beatles are part of undercard)
- 05 Feb 1963 Soviet lunar probe failure
- 08 Feb 1963 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
- 09 Feb 1963 7th largest snowfall in NYC history (42.4 cm, 16.7)
- 10 Feb 1963 US female Figure Skating championship won by Lorraine Hanlon.
- 11 Feb 1963 Beatles tape 10 tracks for their 1st album
- 12 Feb 1963 Argentina asks for extradition of ex-president Peron.
- 14 Feb 1963 US launches communications satellite Syncom 1.
- 15 Feb 1963 Ken Lynch records Misery, 1st Lennon-McCartney song by someone else
- 16 Feb 1963 C and A Building in Amsterdam burns down.
- 17 Feb 1963 Toru Terasawa runs world record marathon (2:15:15.8).
- 19 Feb 1963 USSR informs US President John Kennedy it is withdrawing several thousand troops from Cuba.
- 20 Feb 1963 Willie Mays (San Francisco Giants) signs a record US$100,000 per year contract.
- 21 Feb 1963 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
- 22 Feb 1963 Beatles begin their own music publishing company (Northern Songs)
- 27 Feb 1963 Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees sign a baseball contract worth US$100,000.
- 28 Feb 1963 Dorothy Schiff resigns from the New York Newspaper Publisher's Association, feeling that the city needs at least one paper. Her paper, the ''New York Post'', resumes publication on March 4.
- 01 Mar 1963 200,000 French mine workers strike.
- 05 Mar 1963 Beatles record From Me to You andThank You Girl
- 08 Mar 1963 Syrian Arab Republic Revolution Day: Military coup in Syria.
- 09 Mar 1963 Beatles began 1st British tour, supporting Tommy Roe and Chris Montez
- 10 Mar 1963 Pete Rose debuts with hits in his two first at bats in spring training.
- 11 Mar 1963 Somalia drops diplomatic relations with Great Britain.
- 12 Mar 1963 Beatles perform as a trio, John Lennon is ill with a cold
- 13 Mar 1963 Russians make two reconnaissance flights over Alaska.
- 14 Mar 1963 San Francisco's Guy Rodgers ties NBA record with 28 assists.
- 15 Mar 1963 WFAN TV channel 14 in Washington, DC (IND) begins broadcasting
- 16 Mar 1963 Mount Agung erupted on Bali killing 11,000.
- 17 Mar 1963 Eruptions of Mount Agung Bali kills 1,500 Balinese.
- 18 Mar 1963 Tovarich opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 264 performances
- 20 Mar 1963 1st Pop Art exhibition (NYC)
- 21 Mar 1963 Alcatraz, a federal penitentiary on an island in San Francisco Bay, closes.
- 22 Mar 1963 British Minister of War John Profumo denies having sex with Christine Keeler
- 23 Mar 1963 American boxer Davey Moore dies seconds after being knocked-out in feather-weight boxing championship at age 29.
- 25 Mar 1963 KWHY TV channel 22 in Los Angeles, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
- 27 Mar 1963 Beeching Axe: Dr. Richard Beeching issues a report calling for huge cuts to the United Kingdom's rail network.
- 29 Mar 1963 Final episode of soap opera Young Doctor Malone
- 30 Mar 1963 Indigenous Australians legally allowed to drink alcohol in New South Wales.''Tracker'', quotFootprints Trackerquot, August 2012, p. 46.
- 31 Mar 1963 LA ends streetcar service after 90 years
- 01 Apr 1963 Soap operas General Hospital andDoctors Premier on TV
- 02 Apr 1963 Explorer 17 attains Earth orbit (254 / 914 km)
- 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 (posthumously)
- 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.
- 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 (Guns of August)
- 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 (India)
- 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 rule of Ngo Dinh Diem.
- 01 Jun 1963 El Watusi by Ray Barreto hits #17
- 02 Jun 1963 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
- 03 Jun 1963 A Northwest Airlines DC-7 crashes in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of British Columbia, killing 101.
- 04 Jun 1963 1st transmission of Pop Go the Beatles on BBC radio
- 05 Jun 1963 Princess Marijke changes her name to Christina
- 06 Jun 1963 Gasunie established
- 07 Jun 1963 1st Rolling Stones TV appearance (Thank Your Lucky Stars) and release 1st single, Come on
- 08 Jun 1963 Mr President closes at St. James Theater NYC after 265 performances
- 09 Jun 1963 Barbara Romack wins LPGA Rock City Ladies Golf Open
- 10 Jun 1963 JFK signs law for equal pay for equal work for men andwomen
- 11 Jun 1963 Gov Wallace tries to prevent blacks registering at University of Alabama
- 12 Jun 1963 Cleopatra premieres in New York City
- 13 Jun 1963 Vostok 6 launched, pilot is 1st woman Cosmonaut
- 14 Jun 1963 New York Met Duke Snider hits his 400th HR
- 15 Jun 1963 Sound of Music closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 1443 performances
- 16 Jun 1963 Valentina Tereshkova (USSR) is 1st woman in space, aboard Vostok 6
- 17 Jun 1963 British House of Commons debates Profumo-Christine Keeler affair
- 18 Jun 1963 3,000 blacks boycott Boston public school
- 19 Jun 1963 2 Russian space missions return to Earth
- 20 Jun 1963 Beatles form Beatles Ltd to handle their income
- 21 Jun 1963 Pope Paul VI (Giovanni Battista Montini) succeeds John XXIII.
- 22 Jun 1963 Little Stevie Wonder (13) releases Fingertips
- 23 Jun 1963 63rd US Golf Open: Julius Boros shoots a 293 at The Country Club, Massachusetts
- 24 Jun 1963 Levi Eshkol forms Israeli government
- 25 Jun 1963 JFK speaks at Pauls Church in Frankfurt
- 26 Jun 1963 Alfons Gorbach forms Austrian government
- 27 Jun 1963 Bill J Kramer and Dakotas record Lennon and McCartney I Call Your Name
- 28 Jun 1963 Belaunde Terry inaugurated as President of Peru
- 29 Jun 1963 Little Me closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 257 performances
- 30 Jun 1963 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Carvel Ladies Golf Open
- 01 Jul 1963 President Kennedy arrives in Rome
- 02 Jul 1963 Juan Marichal (Giants) beats Warren Spahn (Braves), 1-0 in 16 innings
- 05 Jul 1963 1st Beatle tune to hit US charts, Del Shannon From Me to You at #87
- 06 Jul 1963 70th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: M Smith beats Billie J King (63 64)
- 07 Jul 1963 Shirley Englehorn wins LPGA Lady Carling Eastern Golf Open
- 08 Jul 1963 US bans all monetary transactions with Cuba
- 09 Jul 1963 34th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-3 at Municipal Stadium, Cleveland
- 11 Jul 1963 South-African ANC Walter Sisulu / Andrew Mlangeni / Govan Mbeki arrested
- 12 Jul 1963 Pauline Reade, 16, is abducted by Myra Hindley and Ian Brady in Manchester, England. Her remains would be found in July 1987.
- 13 Jul 1963 Early Wynn wins his 300th and last game at age 43.
- 14 Jul 1963 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Sight Golf Open
- 15 Jul 1963 KAIT TV channel 8 in Jonesboro, AR (ABC) begins broadcasting
- 16 Jul 1963 Amazon carries 190,000 m3 / sec (record)
- 17 Jul 1963 Telstar soccer team forms in Ijmuiden
- 18 Jul 1963 Failed military coup in Syria
- 19 Jul 1963 Philadelphia Phillies' Roy Siever hits home run number 300.
- 20 Jul 1963 17 African states and Madagascar sign peace treaty with EC
- 21 Jul 1963 45th PGA Championship: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 279 at Dallas AC Dallas
- 22 Jul 1963 Sonny Liston KOs Floyd Patterson in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
- 24 Jul 1963 124 Unification church couples wed in Korea
- 25 Jul 1963 Belgian Senate accept Law on language regulations
- 26 Jul 1963 Skopje, Yugoslavia, destroyed by earthquake, kills 1,000+
- 27 Jul 1963 Fritz Von Erich beats Verne Gagne in Omaha, to become NWA champ
- 28 Jul 1963 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Wolverine Golf Open
- 30 Jul 1963 British spy Kim Philby found in Moscow
- 31 Jul 1963 Arturo Illia elected President of Argentina
- 01 Aug 1963 Beatles Book is sold out on its 1st day of sale
- 02 Aug 1963 30th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 20, Green Bay 17 (65,000)
- 03 Aug 1963 No Strings closes at 84th St. Theater NYC after 580 performances
- 04 Aug 1963 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Milwaukee Jaycee Golf Open
- 05 Aug 1963 Britain, US and the USSR sign nuclear test ban treaty
- 07 Aug 1963 Jac Kennedy becomes 1st, 1st lady to give birth since Mrs Cleveland
- 08 Aug 1963 Kingsmen release Louie, Louie, radio stations label it obscene
- 09 Aug 1963 Britains rock TV show, Ready Steady Go, premieres
- 10 Aug 1963 Estes Kefauver, American politician (Democrat-Senator-Tennessee) dies at age 60.
- 12 Aug 1963 Portuguese Dictator Salazar firm on African colonization
- 13 Aug 1963 Custom agents confiscate 21 gold coins from Witte Museum
- 15 Aug 1963 Fulbert Youlou, resigns as President of Congo-Brazzaville
- 16 Aug 1963 Independence is restored to Dominican Republic.
- 17 Aug 1963 Jim Hickman becomes the first New York Mets player to hit for the cycle.
- 18 Aug 1963 James Meredith becomes 1st black graduate from University of Mississippi
- 19 Aug 1963 NAACP Youth Council begins sit-ins at lunch counters, Oklahoma City
- 21 Aug 1963 Martial law declared in South Vietnam, following raids on Buddhist pagodas
- 22 Aug 1963 NASA civilian test pilot Joe Walker in X-15 reaches altitude of 67 miles (106 km).
- 23 Aug 1963 Beatles release She Loves You in the UK
- 24 Aug 1963 Don Schollander swims the 200-metre freestyle in less than 2 minutes for the first time, in a world record time of 1:58.
- 28 Aug 1963 Evergreen Point Floating Bridge connecting Seattle and Bellevue opens
- 29 Aug 1963 Harmon Killebrew (Twins) HRs off Pete Burnside (Senators) in DH
- 30 Aug 1963 Hot Line communications link between Washington DC and Moscow begins.
- 31 Aug 1963 Hot line between Moscow-Washington, DC installed
- 01 Sep 1963 Language laws in Belgium goes into effect causing a riot
- 02 Sep 1963 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Idaho Centennia Golf Tournament
- 04 Sep 1963 Swissair Flight 306 crashes near Durrenasch, Switzerland, killing all 80 people on board.
- 05 Sep 1963 British prostitute Christine Keeler is arrested for perjury. On December 6 she is sentenced to 9 months in prison.
- 06 Sep 1963 Church bombed in Birmingham AL, kills 4 African-American girls
- 07 Sep 1963 1st US TV appearance of Beatles (Big Night Out-ABC)
- 08 Sep 1963 77th US Womens Tennis: Maria Fraser beats Margaret Smith Court (75 64)
- 09 Sep 1963 Alabama Gov George Wallace served a federal injunction to stop orders of state police to bar black students from enrolling in white schools
- 10 Sep 1963 20 black students entered public schools in Alabama
- 12 Sep 1963 WHYY TV channel 12 in Wilmington, DE (PBS) begins broadcasting
- 13 Sep 1963 Barbra Striesand and Elliot Gould marry
- 14 Sep 1963 Mary Ann Fischer, in Aberdeen, South Dakota, gives birth to America's first surviving quintuplets, four girls and a boy.
- 15 Sep 1963 4 children killed in bombing of a black Baptist church in Birmingham
- 16 Sep 1963 WVAN TV channel 9 in Savannah, Georgia (PBS) begins broadcasting
- 17 Sep 1963 Fugitive premieres on ABC TV
- 18 Sep 1963 USSR orders 58.5 million barrels of cereal from Australia
- 20 Sep 1963 JFK proposes a joint US-Soviet voyage to the moon
- 22 Sep 1963 Czechoslovakian Premier Sikory deposed by Josef Lenart)
- 23 Sep 1963 Georgette Ciselet is 1st woman on Belgian Council of State
- 24 Sep 1963 Idle Dodgers clinch their 2nd LA pennant as Cubs beat Cards
- 25 Sep 1963 The Denning Report on the Profumo affair is published in Great Britain.
- 26 Sep 1963 1st edition of NYC Review of Books
- 27 Sep 1963 Lee Harvey Oswald visits Cubans consulate in Mexico
- 28 Sep 1963 King Leonardo, cartoon last airs on NBC-TV
- 29 Sep 1963 Judy Garland Show, debuts on CBS-TV
- 30 Sep 1963 Student Gypsy opens at 84th St. Theater NYC for 16 performances
- 01 Oct 1963 1st time since 1910 no AL player, played in every game
- 02 Oct 1963 W German Chancellor Adenauer condemns western grain shipments to USSR
- 03 Oct 1963 Hurricane hits Haiti; about 5,000 die and 100,000 injured
- 04 Oct 1963 Gambia achieves full internal self-government.
- 05 Oct 1963 17th NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Toronto 3-3 at Toronto
- 06 Oct 1963 Barbra Streisand appears on Judy Garland Show
- 07 Oct 1963 JFK signs ratification for nuclear test ban treaty
- 08 Oct 1963 Sultan of Zanzibar cedes his mainland possessions to Kenya.
- 09 Oct 1963 British Premier Harold MacMillan, resigns
- 10 Oct 1963 Dam bursts in Italy, 3,000+ die
- 12 Oct 1963 Student Gypsy closes at 84th St. Theater NYC after 16 performances
- 13 Oct 1963 Beatlemania is coined after Beatles appear at Palladium
- 14 Oct 1963 Algeria and Morocco border conflict
- 15 Oct 1963 Ludwig Erhard follows Conrad Adenauer as West German Chancellor
- 16 Oct 1963 2 secret US military satellites launched from Cape Canaveral
- 17 Oct 1963 Jennie opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 82 performances
- 18 Oct 1963 IOC votes Mexico City to host 1968 Olympics
- 19 Oct 1963 Beatles record I Want to Hold Your Hand
- 20 Oct 1963 Alec Douglas-Home forms British government
- 22 Oct 1963 225,000 students boycott Chicago schools in Freedom Day protest.
- 24 Oct 1963 110 in the Shade opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 330 performances
- 25 Oct 1963 Anti-Kennedy WANTED FOR TREASON pamphlets scattered in Dallas
- 26 Oct 1963 US performs underground nuclear test at Fallon, Nevada
- 27 Oct 1963 Bob Simpson completes 359 for NSW vs. Queensland at Gabba
- 28 Oct 1963 Demolition of the 1910 Pennsylvania Station begins in New York City. Demolition continues until 1966.
- 29 Oct 1963 Meet the Beatles booklet is published
- 30 Oct 1963 Morocco and Algeria signs cease fire
- 31 Oct 1963 Ed Sullivan witnesses Beatles and their fans at London Airport
- 01 Nov 1963 The Arecibo Observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, with the largest radio telescope ever constructed, officially opens.
- 02 Nov 1963 Tambourines to Glory opens at Little Theater NYC for 24 performances
- 03 Nov 1963 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Cavern City Golf Open
- 04 Nov 1963 John Lennon utters his infamous Rattle your jewelry line
- 05 Nov 1963 US VP Lyndon B Johnson visits Netherlands
- 06 Nov 1963 Vietnam War: Following the November 1 coup and execution of President Ngo Dinh Diem, coup leader General Duong Van Minh takes over leadership of South Vietnam.
- 07 Nov 1963 Carole Joan Crawford, 20, of Jamaica, crowned 13th Miss World
- 08 Nov 1963 Finnair flight OH-LCA crashes before landing at Mariehamn airport on the Åland islands.
- 09 Nov 1963 Tovarich closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 264 performances
- 10 Nov 1963 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA San Antonio Civitan Golf Open
- 12 Nov 1963 Train crash in Japan, kills 164
- 14 Nov 1963 A volcanic eruption under the sea near Iceland creates a new island, Surtsey.
- 16 Nov 1963 Toledo, OH newspaper strike began
- 17 Nov 1963 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Mary Mills Miss Gulf Coast Golf Invitational
- 18 Nov 1963 Bell Telephone introduces push button telephone
- 19 Nov 1963 Worst Canadian air disaster kills 118 in Montreal, Quebec.
- 21 Nov 1963 JFK flies to Texas
- 22 Nov 1963 John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, is assassinated while traveling through Dallas, Texas, in an open-top convertible. Lee Harvey Oswald is arrested for the murders of Kennedy and Officer J.D. Tippit. Vice President Lyndon Johnson is sworn in as the 36th president at 2:39 p.m.
- 23 Nov 1963 Doctor Who, the long-running British sci-fi series debuts in England
- 24 Nov 1963 1st live murder on TV-Jack Ruby shoots Lee Harvey Oswald
- 25 Nov 1963 JFK laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery
- 26 Nov 1963 29th Heisman Trophy Award: Roger Staubach, Navy (QB)
- 27 Nov 1963 The Convention on the Unification of Certain Points of Substantive Law on Patents for Invention is signed at Strasbourg.
- 28 Nov 1963 1st million copy record prior to release I Want to Hold Your Hand
- 29 Nov 1963 LBJ sets up Warren Comm to investigate assassination of JFK
- 30 Nov 1963 51st CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeats BC Lions, 21-10
- 01 Dec 1963 New York Jets' first shutout, beat Kansas City Chiefs 17-0.
- 03 Dec 1963 The Warren Commission begins its investigation.
- 04 Dec 1963 Pope Paul VI closes second session of second Vatican Council.
- 05 Dec 1963 The Seliger Forschungs-und-Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH demonstrates rockets for military use to military representatives of non-NATO-countries near Cuxhaven. Although these rockets land via parachute at the end of their flight and no allied laws are violated, the Soviet Union protests this action.
- 07 Dec 1963 Ian Meckiff no-balled for throwing against the South Africans
- 08 Dec 1963 Girl Who Came to Supper opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 112 performances
- 09 Dec 1963 Frank Sinatra Jr is kidnapped
- 10 Dec 1963 6 year old Donny Osmond singing debut on Andy Williams Show
- 12 Dec 1963 Argentina asks for extradition of ex-President Peron
- 14 Dec 1963 Verne Gagne beats The Crusher in Minneapolis, to become NWA champion.
- 17 Dec 1963 Tsjoi Doo Sun forms government in South Korea.
- 18 Dec 1963 Clarke runs world record 10km (28:15.6).
- 19 Dec 1963 Zanzibar becomes independent from the UK
- 20 Dec 1963 Massemba-Debate elected President of Congo-Brazzaville.
- 21 Dec 1963 Cyprus Emergency: Inter-communal fighting erupts between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots.
- 22 Dec 1963 Oakland Raiders' Tom Flores passes for six touchdowns vs Houston Oilers (52-49).
- 23 Dec 1963 Beach Boys 1st appearance on Shindig
- 25 Dec 1963 Turkish Cypriot Bayrak Radio begins transmitting in Cyprus after Turkish Cypriots are forcibly excluded from Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation.
- 26 Dec 1963 Double Dublin opens at Little Theater NYC for 4 performances
- 28 Dec 1963 Double Dublin closes at Little Theater NYC after 4 performances
- 29 Dec 1963 52nd Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Adelaide (3-2).
- 30 Dec 1963 Congress authorizes Kennedy half dollar
- 31 Dec 1963 Dear Abby show premieres on CBS radio (runs 11 years)