1963

Facts and Events That Happened in This Year

Dec 18

The Pink Panther film premiered, directed by Blake Edwards with a theme by Henry Mancini.

Dec 8

Frank Sinatra Jr. was kidnapped.

Nov 25

President John F. Kennedy's funeral was held in Washington, D.C.

Nov 23

President Lyndon Johnson had his first day in office after becoming the 36th president of the United States.

Nov 18

Push-button telephones were made available to the general public for the first time.

Nov 1

The Arecibo Ionospheric Observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, was officially opened.

Oct 10

The second James Bond spy movie, 'From Russia With Love,' was released in London.

Sep 14

Mary Ann Fischer gave birth to quintuplets, who became the first US quintuplets to survive past infancy.

Sep 8

A 34-year-old grandmother gave birth to four male quintuplets in Venezuela.

Aug 28

Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic 'I Have a Dream' speech at the Lincoln Memorial.

Aug 18

James Meredith became the first African American to graduate from the University of Mississippi.

Jul 1

The United States Postal Service introduced ZIP codes for US mail.

Jun 22

Stevie Wonder released his first single, “Fingertips,” at age 13.

Jun 19

The TIROS-7 meteorological satellite was launched atop a Thor-Delta rocket.

Jun 17

The US Supreme Court decided that public schools aren't allowed to study the bible or pray.

Jun 16

Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space.

Jun 12

The epic historical drama movie 'Cleopatra' was released.

Jun 11

Alabama Governor George Wallace stood in front of the schoolhouse door, refusing entry to two African American students.

Jun 10

The US signed the Equal Pay Act to reduce the difference in pay between sexes.

May 1

Despite running out of oxygen, Jim Whittaker became the first American to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Apr 19

Johnny Cash released his 'Ring of Fire' single.

Apr 9

President John F. Kennedy granted Winston Churchill the first-ever honorary US citizenship.

Apr 2

Martin Luther King started his first of many non-violent demonstrations in Birmingham, Alabama, US.

Mar 22

The Beatles released their very first album, 'Please Please Me.'

Mar 21

Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay closed its gates for good.

Mar 5

Country music stars Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, and Hawkshaw Hawkins all perished in an airplane crash.

Feb 19

The iconic book 'The Feminine Mystique' was published by Betty Friedan.