|The Robinson Library >> In The Year... >> 1963|
Chronology of Events in 1963
Links will open in a new window.
1 U. S. Senator Robert S. Kerr died.
2 Amateur astronomer
Kaoru Ikeya discovered a comet.
3 RCA's active repeater satellite Relay I was activated.
4 A mail train crashed into a standing passenger train in Katihar, India, causing an explosion and fire; 38 persons were killed and 90 others were injured.
5 China and Pakistan signed a trade agreement.
6 Brazilian voters approved replacement of the parliamentary system by a presidential form of government.
8 An explosion at the sports stadium
in Accra, Ghana, soon after an address by President Kwame
Nkrumah killed 4 persons and wounded 85 others.
12 Pone Kingpetch became the first man ever to regain the world flyweight boxing title when he outpointed Masahiko "Fighting" Harada in Bangkok, Thailand.
13 A junta of former soldiers seized control of the government of Togo and assassinated President Sylvanus Olympio.
14 A tourist ferry on Toba Lake in
Sumatra sank after a fire broke out in the engine room,
killing 105 persons.
15 Nicolas Grunitzsky was named
Provisional President of Togo.
18 The British colony of
Aden joined the Federation of South
23 The rebel Congolese province of Katanga surrendered to United Nations troops.
26 The strike by longshoremen that had shut down most East and Gulf coast shipping since December 23, 1962 ended.
28 Harvey Gant entered Clemson
Agricultural College of South Carolina.
29 France vetoed the admission of the
United Kingdom into the European Economic Community.
1 The mid-air collision of a Lebanese
passenger plane and a Turkish military transport plane
over Ankara, Turkey, killed a total of 95 persons on the
planes and on the ground.
3 The U. S. tanker Marine Sulphur and its crew of 39 disappeared during a heavy storm off the Atlantic Coast of the United States.
6 A bus plunged into a ravine near Belo Horizonte, Brazil, killing 28 of the 35 passengers aboard.
7 A bus plunged down a 130-foot embankment near Auckland, New Zealand, killing 15 persons and injuring 21 others.
8 Members of the Iraqi armed forces overthrew the government of Premier Abdul Karim Kassem.
10 Fire destroyed a hospital in Manila, Philippines, and killed 35 persons.
11 An elevator inside a mine at Patchefstroom, South Africa, hoy stuck at the 7,000-foot level, resulting in the heat and suffocation deaths of 21 miners.
12 The Venezuelan freighter Anzoategui
was seized by members of a pro-Communist rebel group.
13 A earthquake shook the northern part of Formosa, killing 4 persons and severely injuring 18 others.
14 Harold Wilson was elected to succeed the
late Hugh Gaitskell as leader of the British Labour
17 A passenger truck crashed into the Majidun River at Lagos, Nigeria, killing at least 30 people.
18 The U. S. Supreme Court ruled that two laws depriving citizenship to Americans who left the country to avoid the draft were unconstitutional.
19 Agung volcano, on the Indonesian island of Bali, began erupting for the first time in 100 years, killing 17 persons.
20 Cuban MiG fighters strafed the American shrimp boat Alabama sixty miles north of the Cuban shoreline.
21 A series of earthquakes killed more than 300 persons in Libya.
22 U. S. President John F. Kennedy signed an executive order establishing the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
23 The Réseau de Résistance, a
Quebec, Canada, separatist group, bombed an
English-speaking radio station in Montreal.
24 Women in Monaco voted for the first time.
25 The Japanese freighter Richmond Maru and the ferryboat Tokiwa collided in the dark in Kobe Harbor, killing 47 persons.
27 Juan Bosch was inaugurated as the first constitutionally elected President of the Dominican Republic in 39 years.
28 An overcrowded bus traveling at high speed turned over and burned at Tecununmán, Guatemala, killing 64 persons (including 16 children).
1 French coal miners went on strike.
2 China and Pakistan signed a border
treaty settling their dispute over the Kashmir region.
3 General Ricardo Perez Godoy was ousted as Peruvian chief of state.
6 Albany, Georgia, revoked its segregation ordinances.
7 The Pan-Am Building opened in New York City, New York.
8 A coup in Syria ousted Premier Khalad el Azam.
9 The Governor of Bermuda signed a
bill granting universal suffrage for all adults over the
age of 25.
10 Terrorists dynamited two oil pipelines in Venezuela.
14 Two trucks collided on a bridge near São Paulo, Brazil, and fell into the river below, killing at least 30 road workers and injuring another 39.
15 A Bolivian DC-6 crashed into the
side of a volcanic peak near Charaña, Bolivia, killing
all 40 persons aboard.
16 Pan American defeated Western Carolina 73-62 to win the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics men's basketball tournament.
17 Mother Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton was beatified by Pope John XXIII.
18 France conducted an underground
nuclear test in the Algerian desert.
20 A Comet IV belonging to King Saud
of Saudi Arabia crashed in the Alps near Cuneo, Italy,
apparently killing all 18 persons aboard.
21 A four-hour fire in a water front
district of Saigon, Vietnam, left more than 40,000 people
homeless, about 300 children reported missing and
presumed dead, and injured more than 100.
23 Loyola came from behind to record
a 60-59 overtime victory over the University of
Cincinnati to secure the NCAA Men's Championship.
25 Davey Moore died of injuries suffered when he lost his world featherweight boxing title to Sugar Ramos.
26 The Soviet ship Baku was attacked by Cuban exile commandos in the port of Caibárién, Cuba.
28 Two Cuban MiG fighters fired at the U.S. ship Floridian 25 miles off Key West, Florida.
30 Pathet Lao forces attacked
neutralist forces in the Plain of Jars region of Laos.
31 A 114-day newspaper strike ended in New York City, New York.
1 Laotian Foreign Minister Quinim Pholsena was assassinated an his wife wounded in Vientiane.
2 Seven U. S. steel manufacturers were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of price fixing.
3 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., arrived in Birmingham, Alabama.
4 A 127-day newspaper strike ended in
7 The Yugoslavian parliament approved
a new constitution making Marshal Tito President For
8 A flash flood rushed down a dry river bed and drowned a group of 25 tourists and guides at the entrance to the temples at Petra, Jordan.
9 Former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill was proclaimed an honorary citizen of the United States.
10 The U. S. Navy nuclear submarine Thresher, with 129 aboard, was lost in the Atlantic Ocean, 220 miles east of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
11 A derailment caused by faulty brakes plunged the engine and coach of the Jakarta-Bandung (Indonesia) Express into a 200-foot-deep ravine, killing 37 persons and injuring 126 others.
14 The Boston Celtics defeated the Los Angeles Lakers for the NBA Championship.
15 About 70,000 people participated in a "Ban the Bomb" rally in Hyde Park, London, England.
17 Whilden Breen, Jr., completed a voluntary 5-month-long solitary confinement study.
18 The successful transplant of human
nerves was reported by James B. Campbell of the New York
University Medical Center.
19 Two cyclones struck the states of Assam and West Bengal, India, killing at least 112 people and injuring another 500
20 A general nationwide strike was
called by the Trades Union Council of British Guiana.
23 White desegregationist William L.
Moore was found murdered near Attalla, Alabama.
24 Princess Alexandra of the United
Kingdom married Angus James Bruce Ogilvy in Westminster
25 A methane gas and coal dust
explosion inside the Compass No. 2 mine at Dola, West
Virginia, killed 22 miners.
26 Haitian police broke into the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Port-au-Prince and seized 22 Haitian political refugees.
30 New Hampshire Governor John W. King signed a bill legalizing a state-controlled lottery.
1 Indonesia formally took over
control of West New Guinea from a United Nations interim
2 A riot at the St. Vincent de Paul Prison at Montreal, Canada, left 1 guard and 1 inmate dead.
3 A Brazilian twin-engine airliner caught fire minutes after taking off from São Paulo, Brazil, and crashed into a residential area, killing 41 of the 49 persons aboard
4 New York
Governor Nelson Rockefeller and Mrs. Margaretta
Murphy were married in Pocantico Hills, New York.
5 An Air Afrique DC-6 crashed into
the side of Mount Cameroon, in Cameroon, killing 54 of
the 55 persons aboard and seriously injuring the sole
7 Telstar II was launched.
11 A bomb destroyed the Birmingham, Alabama, home of the Reverend A. D. King, and another seriously damaged the city's Gaston Motel.
12 A United Arab Republic DC-3 en
route to Alexandria, Egypt, exploded in the air minutes
after taking off from Cairo, killing all 34 persons
14 Kuwait was unanimously elected as the 111th member of the United Nations.
15 U. S. astronaut L. Gordon Cooper was launched into orbit aboard Faith 7.
16 Amintore Fanfani resigned as
Premier of Italy.
17 A bomb placed inside a mailbox in Montreal, Canada, exploded and seriously injured bomb demolition expert Sergeant Major Walter Leja.
18 The Indonesian People's
Consultative Congress named President Sukarno Chief of
State for Life.
18 A bus loaded with migrant farm workers ran off the road into a 25-foot-deep canal at Pahokee, Florida, and sank, killing 20 persons.
20 Sukarno accepted the presidency
and premiership of Indonesia for the rest of his life.
21 Schneor Zaiman Shazar was elected
to succeed the late Itzhak Ben-Zvi as President of
26 The Organization of African Unity was established.
27 Jomo Kenyatta was elected Kenya's first Prime Minister.
28 The roof of the Casi de Sodre railway station in Lisbon, Portugal, collapsed during the evening rush hour, killing 48 persons and injuring 36 others.
29 At least 22,000 people died when a two-day storm and a 15-foot tidal wave struck Chittagong, East Pakistan, and the Bay of Bengal coastal areas.
30 Parnelli Jones won the controversy-riddled Indianapolis 500.
31 Pea Ridge National Military Park was dedicated in Arkansas.
1 An Atlas missile exploded in an
underground silo at Walker Air Force Base, New Mexico.
3 An Indian passenger plane crashed
near Pathankot, India, killing all 29 persons aboard.
8 Emile Griffith became the first man
ever to win the world welterweight boxing title for a
third time by outpointing Luis Rodriguez in New York
City, New York.
9 Fernando Belaúde Terry was elected President of Peru.
11 Thich Quang Duc, a Buddhist monk,
set himself on fire in the middle of a busy street in
Saigon, South Vietnam.
12 Civil rights activist Medgar Evers was shot and killed outside his home in Jackson, Mississippi.
14 Cosmonaut Valeri Bykovsky was launched into orbit aboard Vostok V.
15 Eddie Perkins outpointed Roberto Cruz in Manila, Philippines, to capture the world junior welterweight boxing title vacated by the retirement of Dulio Loi.
16 David Ben-Gurion resigned as Prime
Minister of Israel.
17 The U. S. Supreme Court ruled that required readings of the Lord's Prayer and Bible passages in public schools violates the First Amendment.
21 Giovanni Battista
Cardinal Montini, Archbishop of Milan, was elected Pope Paul VI.
24 Internal self-government was formally introduced in Zanzibar.
25 The trawler Minchen sank after striking a reef off the west coast of Greenland, killing 27 of her 42 crewmen.
26 A Belgian C-119 military transport caught fire and crashed nearthe Sennelager Army Training Camp at Detmold, Germany, killing 38 of the 47 persons aboard.
28 The International Bridge connecting Queenston, Ontario, and Lewiston, New York, was dedicated.
29 A bus careened off the road and over a 300-foot cliff near Yarumal, Colombia, killing 40 persons and injuring 30 others.
30 Sultan Seyyid Sir Abdullah ibn Khalifa of Zanzibar died.
|The Robinson Library
>> In The Year...
This page was last updated on December 11, 2018.