1963

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.

1963

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.

Discover how the world looked like in 1963

Movies

Which were the most popular Movies released in those months?
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The Big City

The Big City

Directed by: Satyajit Ray

Starring: Anil Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Jaya Bhaduri, Haren Chatterjee

The Great Escape

The Great Escape

Directed by: John Sturges

Starring: Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson

Country: United States of America

Winter Light

Winter Light

Directed by: Ingmar Bergman

Starring: Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Björnstrand, Gunnel Lindblom, Max von Sydow

Country: United States of America

The Leopard

The Leopard

Directed by: Luchino Visconti

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale, Paolo Stoppa

Country: United States of America

The Fire Within

The Fire Within

Directed by: Louis Malle

Starring: Maurice Ronet, Léna Skerla, Yvonne Clech, Hubert Deschamps

Country: United States of America

Books

Which were the most popular books released in 1963 ?
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The Whole Truth And Nothing But by Hedda Hopper

The Whole Truth And Nothing But

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Hedda Hopper tells all, reveals the inner secrets, hidden fears, the behind-the-scene stories of Hollywood and hte people who made it famous -- Hedda Hopper has known three generations of Hollywood;

I Owe Russia $1200 by Bob Hope

I Owe Russia $1200

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Bob Hope, (May 29, 1903 - July 27, 2003) was an American comedian and actor who appeared in vaudeville, on Broadway, and in radio, television and movies.

Grandmother and the Priests by Taylor Caldwell

Grandmother and the Priests

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From dust jacket notes: "Rose McConnell was four years old when she first went to visit her Grandmother in Leeds, England in the year 1904. That Grandmother was a rich worldly Irish widow who loved good company.

City Of Night by John Rechy

City Of Night

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“[Rechy’s] tone rings absolutely true, is absolutely his own. . . . He tells the truth, and tells it with such passion that we are forced to share in the life

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

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

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The author writes: The two long pieces in this book originally came out in The New Yorker ? RAISE HIGH THE ROOF BEAM, CARPENTERS in 1955, SEYMOUR ? An Introduction in 1959.

Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1963 in the USA ?

Top #10 male names
  1. Michael
  2. John
  3. David
  4. James
  5. Robert
  6. Mark
  7. William
  8. Richard
  9. Thomas
  10. Jeffrey
Top #10 female names
  1. Lisa
  2. Mary
  3. Susan
  4. Karen
  5. Linda
  6. Donna
  7. Patricia
  8. Lori
  9. Sandra
  10. Cynthia
history

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 1963?


Events

  • 01 Jan WTEV (now WLNE) TV channel 6 in Providence RI begins broadcasting
  • 03 Jan WOUB TV channel 20 in Athens, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 04 Jan Soviet Luna (4) reaches Earth orbit but fails to reach Moon.
  • 05 Jan Camelot closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 873 performances
  • 06 Jan Oliver! opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 774 performances
  • 07 Jan 1st class postage raised from 4 cents to 5 cents
  • 08 Jan 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 Mao Tse-tung writes his poem Reply to Comrade Kuo Mo-jo
  • 11 Jan 1st discotheque opens, Whiskey-a-go-go in LA
  • 12 Jan Spin bowler Bobby Simpson takes 5-57 for Australia versus England.
  • 13 Jan NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 30-20.
  • 14 Jan George C Wallace sworn in as Governor of Alabama, his address states "segregation now; segregation tomorrow; segregation forever!".
  • 17 Jan Joe Walker takes X-15 to altitude of 82 km.
  • 18 Jan Reinier Paping wins Dutch 11-Cities Skating Race (10:59).
  • 22 Jan Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Naples Professional Golf Tournament.
  • 23 Jan Guinea-Bissau War of Independence offially begins when PAIGC guerrilla fighters attacked the Portuguese army stationed in Tite.
  • 24 Jan Buddy Rogers and Lou Thesz wrestle in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Rogers becomes WWF wrestling champion and Thesz becomes NWA champ.
  • 26 Jan Milk & Honey closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 543 performances
  • 27 Jan Sam Rice, Eppa Rixey, Elmer Flick, and John Clarkson elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 28 Jan -34 degrees F (-37 degrees C) in Cynthiana, Kentucky, USA (state record).
  • 29 Jan Jim Thorpe, Red Grange and George Halas elected to football hall of fame
  • 01 Feb Nyasaland (later Malawi) becomes self-governing under Hastings Banda.
  • 02 Feb Helen Shapiro begins tour (Beatles are part of undercard)
  • 05 Feb Soviet lunar probe failure
  • 08 Feb US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 09 Feb 7th largest snowfall in NYC history (42.4 cm, 16.7)
  • 10 Feb US female Figure Skating championship won by Lorraine Hanlon.
  • 11 Feb Beatles tape 10 tracks for their 1st album
  • 12 Feb Argentina asks for extradition of ex-president Peron.
  • 14 Feb US launches communications satellite Syncom 1.
  • 15 Feb Ken Lynch records Misery, 1st Lennon-McCartney song by someone else
  • 16 Feb C and A Building in Amsterdam burns down.
  • 17 Feb Toru Terasawa runs world record marathon (2:15:15.8).
  • 19 Feb USSR informs US President John Kennedy it is withdrawing several thousand troops from Cuba.
  • 20 Feb Willie Mays (San Francisco Giants) signs a record US$100,000 per year contract.
  • 21 Feb US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 22 Feb Beatles begin their own music publishing company (Northern Songs)
  • 27 Feb Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees sign a baseball contract worth US$100,000.
  • 28 Feb 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 200,000 French mine workers strike.
  • 05 Mar Beatles record From Me to You andThank You Girl
  • 08 Mar Syrian Arab Republic Revolution Day: Military coup in Syria.
  • 09 Mar Beatles began 1st British tour, supporting Tommy Roe and Chris Montez
  • 10 Mar Pete Rose debuts with hits in his two first at bats in spring training.
  • 11 Mar Somalia drops diplomatic relations with Great Britain.
  • 12 Mar Beatles perform as a trio, John Lennon is ill with a cold
  • 13 Mar Russians make two reconnaissance flights over Alaska.
  • 14 Mar San Francisco's Guy Rodgers ties NBA record with 28 assists.
  • 15 Mar WFAN TV channel 14 in Washington, DC (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 16 Mar Mount Agung erupted on Bali killing 11,000.
  • 17 Mar Eruptions of Mount Agung Bali kills 1,500 Balinese.
  • 18 Mar Tovarich opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 264 performances
  • 20 Mar 1st Pop Art exhibition (NYC)
  • 21 Mar Alcatraz, a federal penitentiary on an island in San Francisco Bay, closes.
  • 22 Mar British Minister of War John Profumo denies having sex with Christine Keeler
  • 23 Mar American boxer Davey Moore dies seconds after being knocked-out in feather-weight boxing championship at age 29.
  • 25 Mar KWHY TV channel 22 in Los Angeles, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 27 Mar Beeching Axe: Dr. Richard Beeching issues a report calling for huge cuts to the United Kingdom's rail network.
  • 29 Mar Final episode of soap opera Young Doctor Malone
  • 30 Mar Indigenous Australians legally allowed to drink alcohol in New South Wales.''Tracker'', quotFootprints Trackerquot, August 2012, p. 46.
  • 31 Mar LA ends streetcar service after 90 years
  • 01 Apr Soap operas General Hospital andDoctors Premier on TV
  • 02 Apr Explorer 17 attains Earth orbit (254 / 914 km)
  • 03 Apr SCLC volunteers kick off the Birmingham campaign (Birmingham, Alabama) against racial segregation in the United States with a sit-in.
  • 05 Apr Susuga Malietoa Tanumafili II becomes chief of Western Samoa.
  • 07 Apr 27th Golf Masters Championship: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 286.
  • 08 Apr 35th Academy Awards - Lawrence of Arabia, Anne Bancroft and Gregory Peck win.
  • 09 Apr Winston Churchill becomes 1st honorary US citizen (posthumously)
  • 10 Apr Thresher, US atomic-powered submarine, sinks 220 miles east of Boston
  • 11 Apr John XXIII encyclical On peace in truth, justice, charity and liberty
  • 12 Apr Birmingham, Alabama, police use dogs and cattle prods on peaceful demonstrators.
  • 13 Apr Pete Rose triples for his first major league base hit.
  • 14 Apr George Harrison is impressed by unsigned group Rolling Stones
  • 15 Apr 70,000 marchers arrive in London from Aldermaston, to demonstrate against nuclear weapons.
  • 18 Apr Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 1.
  • 19 Apr Hot Spot opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 43 performances
  • 20 Apr Sophie closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • 21 Apr Beatles meet Rolling Stones for 1st time
  • 22 Apr Lester Bowles Pearson becomes the 14th Prime Minister of Canada.
  • 24 Apr 17th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 2.
  • 26 Apr 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 Cuban premier Fidel Castro arrives in Moscow.
  • 28 Apr Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship.
  • 29 Apr KRE-AM in Berkeley CA changes call letters to KPAT
  • 30 Apr 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 Indonesia takes control of Irian Jaya (west New Guinea) from Netherlands.
  • 03 May Martin Luther King Jr delivers his I have a dream speech
  • 04 May Pitcher Bob Shaw sets record of five balks in a game.
  • 05 May Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open.
  • 06 May Pulitzer prize awarded to Barbara Tuchman (Guns of August)
  • 07 May Bruno Sammartino becomes WWF champ
  • 08 May Dr No premieres in US
  • 09 May US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 10 May Decca signs the Rolling Stones on advice of The Beatles' George Harrison.
  • 11 May Puff (The Magic Dragon) by Peter, Paul and Mary hits #2
  • 12 May Bob Dylan walks off Ed Sullivan Show
  • 13 May The U.S. Supreme Court case Brady v. Maryland is decided.
  • 14 May Kuwait is 111th member of the United Nations.
  • 15 May Last Project Mercury flight, L Gordon Cooper in Faith 7, launched
  • 16 May Beast in Me opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 17 May US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 18 May Beast in Me closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • 19 May Mickey Wright wins LPGA Muskogee Civitan Golf Open.
  • 20 May Sukarno appointed President of Indonesia.
  • 22 May Greek parliament leader Lambrakis injured
  • 23 May NBC purchases 1963 AFL championship game TV rights for US$926,000.
  • 24 May 1st Lockheed A-12 to crash, CIA pilot Ken Collins ejects safely
  • 25 May Hot Spot closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 43 performances
  • 26 May 15th Emmy Awards: Dick Van Dyke Show, E G Marshall and Shirley Booth
  • 27 May Jomo Kenyatta elected first prime minister of Kenya.
  • 28 May Estimated 22,000 die in another cyclone in Bay of Bengal (India)
  • 30 May 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 El Watusi by Ray Barreto hits #17
  • 02 Jun Mickey Wright wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • 03 Jun A Northwest Airlines DC-7 crashes in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of British Columbia, killing 101.
  • 04 Jun 1st transmission of Pop Go the Beatles on BBC radio
  • 05 Jun Princess Marijke changes her name to Christina
  • 06 Jun Gasunie established
  • 07 Jun 1st Rolling Stones TV appearance (Thank Your Lucky Stars) and release 1st single, Come on
  • 08 Jun Mr President closes at St. James Theater NYC after 265 performances
  • 09 Jun Barbara Romack wins LPGA Rock City Ladies Golf Open
  • 10 Jun JFK signs law for equal pay for equal work for men andwomen
  • 11 Jun Gov Wallace tries to prevent blacks registering at University of Alabama
  • 12 Jun Cleopatra premieres in New York City
  • 13 Jun Vostok 6 launched, pilot is 1st woman Cosmonaut
  • 14 Jun New York Met Duke Snider hits his 400th HR
  • 15 Jun Sound of Music closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 1443 performances
  • 16 Jun Valentina Tereshkova (USSR) is 1st woman in space, aboard Vostok 6
  • 17 Jun British House of Commons debates Profumo-Christine Keeler affair
  • 18 Jun 3,000 blacks boycott Boston public school
  • 19 Jun 2 Russian space missions return to Earth
  • 20 Jun Beatles form Beatles Ltd to handle their income
  • 21 Jun Pope Paul VI (Giovanni Battista Montini) succeeds John XXIII.
  • 22 Jun Little Stevie Wonder (13) releases Fingertips
  • 23 Jun 63rd US Golf Open: Julius Boros shoots a 293 at The Country Club, Massachusetts
  • 24 Jun Levi Eshkol forms Israeli government
  • 25 Jun JFK speaks at Pauls Church in Frankfurt
  • 26 Jun Alfons Gorbach forms Austrian government
  • 27 Jun Bill J Kramer and Dakotas record Lennon and McCartney I Call Your Name
  • 28 Jun Belaunde Terry inaugurated as President of Peru
  • 29 Jun Little Me closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 257 performances
  • 30 Jun Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Carvel Ladies Golf Open
  • 01 Jul President Kennedy arrives in Rome
  • 02 Jul Juan Marichal (Giants) beats Warren Spahn (Braves), 1-0 in 16 innings
  • 05 Jul 1st Beatle tune to hit US charts, Del Shannon From Me to You at #87
  • 06 Jul 70th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: M Smith beats Billie J King (63 64)
  • 07 Jul Shirley Englehorn wins LPGA Lady Carling Eastern Golf Open
  • 08 Jul US bans all monetary transactions with Cuba
  • 09 Jul 34th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-3 at Municipal Stadium, Cleveland
  • 11 Jul South-African ANC Walter Sisulu / Andrew Mlangeni / Govan Mbeki arrested
  • 12 Jul Pauline Reade, 16, is abducted by Myra Hindley and Ian Brady in Manchester, England. Her remains would be found in July 1987.
  • 13 Jul Early Wynn wins his 300th and last game at age 43.
  • 14 Jul Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Sight Golf Open
  • 15 Jul KAIT TV channel 8 in Jonesboro, AR (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 16 Jul Amazon carries 190,000 m3 / sec (record)
  • 17 Jul Telstar soccer team forms in Ijmuiden
  • 18 Jul Failed military coup in Syria
  • 19 Jul Philadelphia Phillies' Roy Siever hits home run number 300.
  • 20 Jul 17 African states and Madagascar sign peace treaty with EC
  • 21 Jul 45th PGA Championship: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 279 at Dallas AC Dallas
  • 22 Jul Sonny Liston KOs Floyd Patterson in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 24 Jul 124 Unification church couples wed in Korea
  • 25 Jul Belgian Senate accept Law on language regulations
  • 26 Jul Skopje, Yugoslavia, destroyed by earthquake, kills 1,000+
  • 27 Jul Fritz Von Erich beats Verne Gagne in Omaha, to become NWA champ
  • 28 Jul Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Wolverine Golf Open
  • 30 Jul British spy Kim Philby found in Moscow
  • 31 Jul Arturo Illia elected President of Argentina
  • 01 Aug Beatles Book is sold out on its 1st day of sale
  • 02 Aug 30th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 20, Green Bay 17 (65,000)
  • 03 Aug No Strings closes at 84th St. Theater NYC after 580 performances
  • 04 Aug Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Milwaukee Jaycee Golf Open
  • 05 Aug Britain, US and the USSR sign nuclear test ban treaty
  • 07 Aug Jac Kennedy becomes 1st, 1st lady to give birth since Mrs Cleveland
  • 08 Aug Kingsmen release Louie, Louie, radio stations label it obscene
  • 09 Aug Britains rock TV show, Ready Steady Go, premieres
  • 10 Aug Estes Kefauver, American politician (Democrat-Senator-Tennessee) dies at age 60.
  • 12 Aug Portuguese Dictator Salazar firm on African colonization
  • 13 Aug Custom agents confiscate 21 gold coins from Witte Museum
  • 15 Aug Fulbert Youlou, resigns as President of Congo-Brazzaville
  • 16 Aug Independence is restored to Dominican Republic.
  • 17 Aug Jim Hickman becomes the first New York Mets player to hit for the cycle.
  • 18 Aug James Meredith becomes 1st black graduate from University of Mississippi
  • 19 Aug NAACP Youth Council begins sit-ins at lunch counters, Oklahoma City
  • 21 Aug Martial law declared in South Vietnam, following raids on Buddhist pagodas
  • 22 Aug NASA civilian test pilot Joe Walker in X-15 reaches altitude of 67 miles (106 km).
  • 23 Aug Beatles release She Loves You in the UK
  • 24 Aug 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 Evergreen Point Floating Bridge connecting Seattle and Bellevue opens
  • 29 Aug Harmon Killebrew (Twins) HRs off Pete Burnside (Senators) in DH
  • 30 Aug Hot Line communications link between Washington DC and Moscow begins.
  • 31 Aug Hot line between Moscow-Washington, DC installed
  • 01 Sep Language laws in Belgium goes into effect causing a riot
  • 02 Sep Mickey Wright wins LPGA Idaho Centennia Golf Tournament
  • 04 Sep Swissair Flight 306 crashes near Durrenasch, Switzerland, killing all 80 people on board.
  • 05 Sep British prostitute Christine Keeler is arrested for perjury. On December 6 she is sentenced to 9 months in prison.
  • 06 Sep Church bombed in Birmingham AL, kills 4 African-American girls
  • 07 Sep 1st US TV appearance of Beatles (Big Night Out-ABC)
  • 08 Sep 77th US Womens Tennis: Maria Fraser beats Margaret Smith Court (75 64)
  • 09 Sep 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 20 black students entered public schools in Alabama
  • 12 Sep WHYY TV channel 12 in Wilmington, DE (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 13 Sep Barbra Striesand and Elliot Gould marry
  • 14 Sep Mary Ann Fischer, in Aberdeen, South Dakota, gives birth to America's first surviving quintuplets, four girls and a boy.
  • 15 Sep 4 children killed in bombing of a black Baptist church in Birmingham
  • 16 Sep WVAN TV channel 9 in Savannah, Georgia (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 17 Sep Fugitive premieres on ABC TV
  • 18 Sep USSR orders 58.5 million barrels of cereal from Australia
  • 20 Sep JFK proposes a joint US-Soviet voyage to the moon
  • 22 Sep Czechoslovakian Premier Sikory deposed by Josef Lenart)
  • 23 Sep Georgette Ciselet is 1st woman on Belgian Council of State
  • 24 Sep Idle Dodgers clinch their 2nd LA pennant as Cubs beat Cards
  • 25 Sep The Denning Report on the Profumo affair is published in Great Britain.
  • 26 Sep 1st edition of NYC Review of Books
  • 27 Sep Lee Harvey Oswald visits Cubans consulate in Mexico
  • 28 Sep King Leonardo, cartoon last airs on NBC-TV
  • 29 Sep Judy Garland Show, debuts on CBS-TV
  • 30 Sep Student Gypsy opens at 84th St. Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • 01 Oct 1st time since 1910 no AL player, played in every game
  • 02 Oct W German Chancellor Adenauer condemns western grain shipments to USSR
  • 03 Oct Hurricane hits Haiti; about 5,000 die and 100,000 injured
  • 04 Oct Gambia achieves full internal self-government.
  • 05 Oct 17th NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Toronto 3-3 at Toronto
  • 06 Oct Barbra Streisand appears on Judy Garland Show
  • 07 Oct JFK signs ratification for nuclear test ban treaty
  • 08 Oct Sultan of Zanzibar cedes his mainland possessions to Kenya.
  • 09 Oct British Premier Harold MacMillan, resigns
  • 10 Oct Dam bursts in Italy, 3,000+ die
  • 12 Oct Student Gypsy closes at 84th St. Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • 13 Oct Beatlemania is coined after Beatles appear at Palladium
  • 14 Oct Algeria and Morocco border conflict
  • 15 Oct Ludwig Erhard follows Conrad Adenauer as West German Chancellor
  • 16 Oct 2 secret US military satellites launched from Cape Canaveral
  • 17 Oct Jennie opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 82 performances
  • 18 Oct IOC votes Mexico City to host 1968 Olympics
  • 19 Oct Beatles record I Want to Hold Your Hand
  • 20 Oct Alec Douglas-Home forms British government
  • 22 Oct 225,000 students boycott Chicago schools in Freedom Day protest.
  • 24 Oct 110 in the Shade opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 330 performances
  • 25 Oct Anti-Kennedy WANTED FOR TREASON pamphlets scattered in Dallas
  • 26 Oct US performs underground nuclear test at Fallon, Nevada
  • 27 Oct Bob Simpson completes 359 for NSW vs. Queensland at Gabba
  • 28 Oct Demolition of the 1910 Pennsylvania Station begins in New York City. Demolition continues until 1966.
  • 29 Oct Meet the Beatles booklet is published
  • 30 Oct Morocco and Algeria signs cease fire
  • 31 Oct Ed Sullivan witnesses Beatles and their fans at London Airport
  • 01 Nov The Arecibo Observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, with the largest radio telescope ever constructed, officially opens.
  • 02 Nov Tambourines to Glory opens at Little Theater NYC for 24 performances
  • 03 Nov Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Cavern City Golf Open
  • 04 Nov John Lennon utters his infamous Rattle your jewelry line
  • 05 Nov US VP Lyndon B Johnson visits Netherlands
  • 06 Nov 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 Carole Joan Crawford, 20, of Jamaica, crowned 13th Miss World
  • 08 Nov Finnair flight OH-LCA crashes before landing at Mariehamn airport on the Åland islands.
  • 09 Nov Tovarich closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 264 performances
  • 10 Nov Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA San Antonio Civitan Golf Open
  • 12 Nov Train crash in Japan, kills 164
  • 14 Nov A volcanic eruption under the sea near Iceland creates a new island, Surtsey.
  • 16 Nov Toledo, OH newspaper strike began
  • 17 Nov Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Mary Mills Miss Gulf Coast Golf Invitational
  • 18 Nov Bell Telephone introduces push button telephone
  • 19 Nov Worst Canadian air disaster kills 118 in Montreal, Quebec.
  • 21 Nov JFK flies to Texas
  • 22 Nov 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 Doctor Who, the long-running British sci-fi series debuts in England
  • 24 Nov 1st live murder on TV-Jack Ruby shoots Lee Harvey Oswald
  • 25 Nov JFK laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery
  • 26 Nov 29th Heisman Trophy Award: Roger Staubach, Navy (QB)
  • 27 Nov The Convention on the Unification of Certain Points of Substantive Law on Patents for Invention is signed at Strasbourg.
  • 28 Nov 1st million copy record prior to release I Want to Hold Your Hand
  • 29 Nov LBJ sets up Warren Comm to investigate assassination of JFK
  • 30 Nov 51st CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeats BC Lions, 21-10
  • 01 Dec New York Jets' first shutout, beat Kansas City Chiefs 17-0.
  • 03 Dec The Warren Commission begins its investigation.
  • 04 Dec Pope Paul VI closes second session of second Vatican Council.
  • 05 Dec 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 Ian Meckiff no-balled for throwing against the South Africans
  • 08 Dec Girl Who Came to Supper opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 112 performances
  • 09 Dec Frank Sinatra Jr is kidnapped
  • 10 Dec 6 year old Donny Osmond singing debut on Andy Williams Show
  • 12 Dec Argentina asks for extradition of ex-President Peron
  • 14 Dec Verne Gagne beats The Crusher in Minneapolis, to become NWA champion.
  • 17 Dec Tsjoi Doo Sun forms government in South Korea.
  • 18 Dec Clarke runs world record 10km (28:15.6).
  • 19 Dec Zanzibar becomes independent from the UK
  • 20 Dec Massemba-Debate elected President of Congo-Brazzaville.
  • 21 Dec Cyprus Emergency: Inter-communal fighting erupts between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots.
  • 22 Dec Oakland Raiders' Tom Flores passes for six touchdowns vs Houston Oilers (52-49).
  • 23 Dec Beach Boys 1st appearance on Shindig
  • 25 Dec Turkish Cypriot Bayrak Radio begins transmitting in Cyprus after Turkish Cypriots are forcibly excluded from Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation.
  • 26 Dec Double Dublin opens at Little Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 28 Dec Double Dublin closes at Little Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • 29 Dec 52nd Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Adelaide (3-2).
  • 30 Dec Congress authorizes Kennedy half dollar
  • 31 Dec Dear Abby show premieres on CBS radio (runs 11 years)