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Trivia
Sixties Academy Awards 1963 Academy Awards - The 'Oscars'
Best Actor: Sidney Poitier ( Lilies Of The Field )
Best Actress: Patricia Neal ( Hud )
Best Film: Tom Jones
Sixties City Eurovision
Winner: Denmark
Grethe and Jurgen Ingmann: 'Dansevise'
Sixties average weekly wage
Average Weekly Wage
£16.14s.11d
UK Population
53,625,000
World Population
3,205,488,224
Sixties Prices
1963 Prices
Sixties Births
1963 Births
Sixties Deaths
1963 Deaths

UK Involvement in Military Actions:
Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation (1962-1966)
Dhofar Rebellion (1962-1975)
Aden Emergency (1963-1967)

General
Retail Price Index (RPI) 1.9% Index 13.8 Interest Rate (gross) on Savings Accounts3.56%
News
Lyndon B.Johnson becomes the 36th U.S. President UK average house price £3,160
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The first BIBA boutique opens in Abingdon Road, London Teletext is first demonstrated
The Gillette Cup is introduced into County cricket Skateboards are invented
Sidney Poitier is the first black actor to receive an Oscar

The 'A' suffix comes into use on vehicle registration plates in some counties

Princess Anne starts at Benenden School, Kent Grand Prix driver Oscar Galvez is killed
Miss World is Carole Joan Crawford ( Miss Jamaica ) Surfing becomes the biggest 'overnight' sensation since 'The Twist'
  Britain's highest unemployment figure since 1947, quoted at 878,000 Manfred Mann lead singer Paul Jones marries Sheila MacLeod
Phil Spector creates his 'Wall of Sound' Miss Universe is Idea Maria Vargas ( Miss Brazil )
Geneticist J.B.S. Haldane coins the word "clone" Polaroid instant film and cameras are first marketed
  Harvey Ball invents the 'smiley' May 15th Tottenham Hotspur 5 Athletico Madrid 1 European Cup Winners Cup Final
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1963 Prices

Average house price £3,160
Ford Cortina £675

UK inflation rate 1.8%



1963 Births


January 14 Steven Spielberg, director
January 23 Gail O'Grady, actress
January 26 Andrew Ridgely, musician
February 9 Travis Tritt, country music singer
February 17 Michael Jordan, basketball player
February 19 Seal, singer
February 21 William Baldwin, actor
February 22 Vijay Singh, golfer
February 22 Devon Malcolm, cricketer
March 6 D.L. Hughley, actor, comedian
March 10 Neneh Cherry, musician
March 12 Joaquim Cruz, Brazilian track athlete
March 14 Bruce Reid, Australian cricketer
March 18 Vanessa L. Williams, actress, singer
March 20 Kathy Ireland, supermodel and actress
March 27 Quentin Tarantino, actor, director, writer, producer
April 4 Jack Del Rio, American football player and coach
April 4 Graham Norton, talk show host
April 13 Garry Kasparov, World Chess Champion 1985-2000
April 21 Roy Dupuis, actor
April 26 Jet Li, martial arts fighter, actor
April 27 Cali Timmins, actress
May 11 Natasha Richardson, actress
May 12 Vanessa A. Williams, actress
May 24 Joe Dumars, basketball star
May 25 Mike Myers, actor, comedian
June 6 Jason Isaacs, actor
June 9 Johnny Depp, actor
June 13 Bettina Bunge, tennis player
June 17 Greg Kinnear, actor
June 18 Bruce Smith, American football player
June 23 Colin Montgomerie, golfer
June 25 George Michael, singer
June 27 Meera Syal, writer, singer, journalist and actress
July 16 Phoebe Cates, actress
July 30 Lisa Kudrow, American actress
August 3 James Hetfield, Metallica co-founder
August 6 Kevin Mitnick, computer hacker
August 19 John Stamos, actor
August 23 Kenny Wallace, NASCAR race car driver
August 30 Paul Oakenfold, DJ
October 1 Mark McGwire, baseball player
October 10 Daniel Pearl, journalist
October 11 Edith Piaf, French singer
October 11 Jean Cocteau, French writer
October 22 Brian Boitano, figure skater
October 26 Natalie Merchant, singer, songwriter, musician
November 4 Lena Zavaroni, Scottish singer
November 13 Vinny Testaverde, American football quarterback
November 19 Terry Farrell, Star Trek actress
November 21 Nicolette Sheridan, actress
November 24 Iris Erlingsdottir, OMD, writer, journalist
December 16 Benjamin Bratt, actor
December 18 Brad Pitt, actor
December 23 Jim Harbaugh, American football player


1963 Deaths

January 2 Dick Powell, TV host
January 5 Rogers Hornsby, Baseball Hall of Fame
January 18 Hugh Gaitskell, politician
January 29 Robert Frost, American poet
January 30 Francis Poulenc, French composer
February 11 Sylvia Plath, American poet, novelist
February 22 John Lewis, chain store founder
March 4 William Carlos Williams, American writer
March 5 Patsy Cline, Hawkshaw Hawkins and Cowboy Copas, country music singers
April 4 Jason Robards, actor
April 6 Otto Struve, astronomer
April 9 Eddie Edwards, jazz musician
May 7 Max Miller, comedian
May 12 Bobby Kerr, Canadian track athlete
May 31 Edith Hamilton, author
June 3 Pope John XXIII
June 11 Thich Quang Duc, Vietnamese Bhuddist monk (suicide)
June 12 Medgar Evers, civil rights leader
August 5 Theodore Roethke, American poet
August 22 Lord Nuffield, founder of Morris cars
August 23 Mary Gordon, Scottish actress
September 11 Suzanne Duchamp, French Dada painter
October 11 Edith Piaf, French singer
October 11 Jean Cocteau, French writer
October 29 Michael Holliday, singer
November 1 Ngo Dinh Diem, President of South Vietnam
November 15 Fritz Reiner, Hungarian conductor
November 22 John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States
November 22 Aldous Huxley, novelist
November 22 C.S. Lewis, novelist
November 24 Lee Harvey Oswald, John F. Kennedy assassin
December 1 Amy Elizabeth Thorpe, American WW2 spy
December 2 Thomas Hicks, American marathon runner
December 5 Sri Deep Narayan Mahaprabhuji, Hindu saint
December 5 Karl Amadeus Hartmann, German composer
December 14 Dinah Washington, singer
December 28 Paul Hindemith, German composer

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Charlie Watts replaces Tony Chapman as The Rolling Stones drummer
Kim Philby, the third man in the Burgess / Maclean spy ring, escapes to Moscow
Phil Everly marries Jackie Ertel
Purchase Tax on discs is cut from 45% to 25%
50 die as the Vietcong shoot down 5 American helicopters in the Mekong Delta
U.S. TV host Dick Powell dies
Whisky A Go-Go, the first disco night club in the USA, is opened in Los Angeles
France vetoes Britain's application to join the Common Market
George Wallace becomes governor of Alabama
Politician Hugh Gaitskell dies
The Elysée treaty of cooperation between France and Germany is signed by
Charles de Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer
Kim Philby is reported missing from the British Embassy in Beirut
Black student Harvey Gantt enters Clemson College in South Carolina, which is the last US state to hold out against racial integration

Charlie Watts

 


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Paul Anka marries aristocrat Anne deZogheb in Paris
The Rolling Stones begin appearing at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond
Finn Pentti Nikula becomes the first pole-vaulter to clear five metres
The Beatles start their first U.K. tour
In Iraq, army rebels seize power and execute Premier Abdul Kassim
Britain's Royal Navy conduct the world's first experimental trials of a VTOL aircraft aboard an aircraft carrier, testing the Hawker Siddeley P1127 prototype aboard HMS Ark Royal
The first test flight of the Boeing 727 is made in America
The CIA Domestic Operations Division is created
UK unemployment reaches 878,000 (the highest since Feb 47)
The Beatles record 10 tracks for their first album
Construction work begins on the Gateway Arch in St Louis, Missouri
Harold Wilson becomes leader of the Labour Party
The USA launches communications satellite Syncom 1
The USSR informs the USA of the withdrawal of several thousand troops from Cuba
An earthquake in Libya kills 500 and destroys the village of Barce
Telstar 1, the first privately financed satellite, becomes the first satellite to be destroyed by radiation
John Spedan Lewis, founder of the retail store chain, dies
Northern Music Publishing is formed by The Beatles
The fictional Pebbles Flintstone is "born" in an episode of the cartoon 'The Flintstones'
The Beatles release their first single in the USA 'Please Please Me'
Female suffrage is enacted in Iran

Boeing 727

John Spedan Lewis

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Yoko Ono's marriage to American Christian fundamentalist filmmaker Tony Cox is annulled
Six OAS members are sentenced to death for the assassination attempt on DeGaulle
Patsy Cline, 'Cowboy' Copas and 'Hawkshaw' Hawkins are killed in a plane crash in Tennessee USA
The Beatles record 'From Me to You' and 'Thank You Girl'
The first Ford Anglia comes off the production line at Halewood
The Beatles begin their first British tour, supporting Tommy Roe and Chris Montez
Mount Agung erupts on Bali killing 1900 people
James Meredith is the first black student to graduate from the University of Mississippi
The first 'Pop Art' exhibition is held in New York City
Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay is closed down after 104 years use
The first automatic tube trains run on the London underground
John Profumo (Secretary of State for War) makes personal statement to parliament
Five thousand unemployed people demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament
The Beeching report is published announcing plans to close more than 2000 railway stations
Los Angeles ends its streetcar service after 90 years

The first Ford Anglia

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'General Hospital' and 'Doctors' premiere on American television
New York's newspapers resume publication after a 114 day strike
The USSR launches the Luna 4 mission - it misses the moon by 8,500 km
Actor Jason Robards dies
The Hollies audition at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London
The Beatles receive their first silver disc (for 'Please Please Me')
Yugoslavia becomes a Socialist republic and Josip Broz Tito is named President
Julian Lennon, the son of John Lennon, was born in Liverpool, England
Winston Churchill becomes the first 'honorary' US citizen
The U.S. atomic submarine 'Thresher' is lost 220 miles off Cape Cod in the North Atlantic with 129 crew
70,000 Aldermaston marchers arrive in London to protest against nuclear weapons
Paul McCartney meets Jane Asher, the sister of Peter Asher of 'Peter & Gordon'
Dr James Campbell performs the first human nerve transplant
The Eleanor Roosevelt Foundation is created
Michael E. De Bakey implants artificial heart in human for first time at Houston hospital
The Beatles meet The Rolling Stones for the first time
Lester B. Pearson becomes Canada's fourteenth prime minister
Princess Alexandra marries Angus Ogilvie at Westminster Abbey

USS Thresher

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The first Monterey Folk Festival is held in California
Sir Winston Churchill announces his retirement from politics at the age of 88, for health reasons
Timothy Leary is dismissed from his post at Harvard University for failing to carry out his duties
The second SETC satellite 'Telstar 2' is launched
Comedian 'Cheeky Chappie' Max Miller dies
Kuwait is approved to become the 111th member of the United Nations
'Dr No' premieres in the USA
Decca agree to sign The Rolling Stones on the recommendation of Beatle George Harrison
The homes of civil rights leaders are bombed in Birmingham, Alabama
Race riots occur in Birmingham, Alabama
Bob Dylan walks out of 'The Ed Sullivan Show'
Ray Charles arrives in London at for the start of a UK tour
The comic strip 'Modesty Blaise' makes its debut in London's 'Evening Standard' newspaper
Tottenham Hotspur beat Atletico Madrid 5-1 and become the first English winners of a European club football trophy
NASA launches the last mission of the Mercury program, Mercury 9, from Cape Canaveral. Astronaut Gordon Cooper makes 22 orbits
The transmission made to cover the launch and recovery of Gordon Cooper's spaceshot was the first to use two satellites simultaneously, Telstar 1 and Telstar 2, and the Faith 7 craft transmitted the first TV pictures from space
Fidel Castro visits the Soviet Union
The first successful interception of an orbiting satellite by a ground based US missile takes place
The Organisation for African Unity is established in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Great Britain ends its amateur-professional classes in cricket
Jomo Kenyatta is elected Premier in Kenya's first general election
The Peerage Bill is published, allowing Peers of the Realm to renounce their titles
The ABC Theatre in Blackpool opens, with 'Holiday Carnival' starring Cliff Richard and The Shadows.

Jomo Kenyatta

Mercury 9 'Faith 7'
 

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Henry Cooper knocks down Cassius Clay at the end of the 4th round in a non-title fight at Wembley
'The Pill' becomes available on doctor's prescription, but not generally available until 1974
Slavery is declared illegal in Saudi Arabia
Pope John XXIII dies aged 82
Scandal rocks the government as John Profumo resigns over the Christine Keeler affair
The B.B.C. launch their 'Pop Go The Beatles' radio series
A state of siege is proclaimed in Iran and Ayatollah Khomeini is arrested
The Rolling Stones make their U.K. television debut on 'Thank Your Lucky Stars' and release their first single 'Come On'
US President Kennedy signs the law for equal pay for equal work for men and women
Constantine Karamanlis, Greek Prime Minister, resigns in protest at king's visit to Britain
Civil rights leader Medgar Evers is fatally shot outside his home in Jackson, Mississippi
Last performance of the Old Vic Company as the new National Theatre begins
Israeli premier David Ben-Gurion resigns
Lt. Valentina Tereshkova, a former factory worker, becomes the first woman into space, in Vostok 6
President Kennedy presents the Civil Rights Bill to Congress in Washington D.C.
The Moscow-Washington "Hot line" agreement sets up a direct line between USA and USSR
Cardinal Giovanni Battista Montini is elected Pope Paul VI by the College of Cardinals
'Little Stevie Wonder', aged 13, releases 'Fingertips'
The first demonstration of a home video recorder takes place at BBC Studios, London
President Kennedy visits the Berlin Wall and delivers his 'Ich bin ein Berliner' speech

A Mafia car bomb explodes in Ciaculli, Sicily, killing 7 police officers
Cardinal Montini is elected Pope Paul VI, 262nd head of the Roman Catholic Church

Cooper vs Ali

June 1963 Machtronics MVR-11 One Inch Video Tape Recorder
 

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Postal ZIP (Zone Improvement Plan) codes are introduced in the USA
The government admits that Kim Philby was the third man in the Burgess / Maclean spy ring
The Beatles record 'She Loves You' and 'I'll Get You
The UK government announces the introduction of continental-style road signs
The US bans all monetary transactions with Cuba
The BBC announces that it is to scrap the TV panel game 'What's My Line'
Paul McCartney is fined £17 for speeding
The UK government proposes the creation of a Ministry of Defence
A UK national speed limit of 50m.p.h. is introduced but ignored by most drivers
An earthquake in Skopje, Yugoslavia kills 1800
Syncom 2, the world's first geosynchronous satellite is put into orbit by NASA
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development votes to admit Japan
The Newport Folk Festival at Rhode Island draws 47,000 people
Charles DeGaulle pledges to continue French nuclear testing
The Soviet newspaper Izvestia reports that spy Kim Philby has been given asylum in Moscow
The Peerage Bill allows Lords to renounce their titles and stand for election as commoners
Arturo Illia is elected president of Argentina

Kim Philby
 

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Anthony Wedgwood-Benn renounces his peerage
The minimum prison age is raised to 17 in Britain
The Beatles perform for the last time at The Cavern Club, Liverpool
Britain, USA and USSR sign a nuclear atmospheric test ban treaty
Craig Breedlove sets a new world land speed record of 407.45 mph in 'Spirit of America'
More than £2.5 million in cash and jewels is taken in the Great Train Robbery
The first edition of Ready Steady Go! Is broadcast at 7p.m. from Television House, Kingsway
David "Screaming Lord" Sutch stands in the by-election at Stratford-on-Avon, and loses
Lord Nuffield, the creator of Morris Cars, dies aged 84
Scottish actress Mary Gordon dies
Martin Luther King makes his 'I have a dream . . .' speech at the Lincoln Memorial
Timothy Leary lectures on 'The revelatory potentialities of the human nervous system'
A 'Hot Line' communications link between Moscow and Washington, DC becomes operational

Screaming Lord Sutch

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Jet Harris and Billie Davies are involved in the car crash that effectively ends his career
Christine Keeler is arrested for perjury
Jerry Lee Lewis quits Sun Records
The Professional (American) Football Hall of Fame is dedicated in Canton, Ohio, U.S.A.
The Beatles make their first US TV appearance on ABC's 'Big Night Out'
The first credit card is launched in the U.K. by American Express ..... but you could only get one if you had an annual income of over £2000
In America, the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing results in 4 deaths and 22 injuries
The Federation of Malaysia is formed through the merging of the Federation of Malaya and the British crown colony of Singapore, North Borneo (renamed Sabah) and Sarawak
The 'Outer Limits' TV series premieres on America's ABC-TV
The early warning missile system at Fylingdales becomes operational
Rioters burn down the British embassy in Jakarta, protesting against the formation of Malaysia
President John F. Kennedy proposes a joint US - Soviet expedition to the moon
Czechoslovakian premier Sikory is deposed by Josef Lenart
The Denning report on the Profumo affair is published
Cilla Black makes her television debut on 'Ready Steady Go!' Singing 'Love of the Loved'
Joseph M. Valachi identified the alleged chiefs of organised crime in the United States in a televised testimony before the Senate Permanent Investigations Subcommittee
Lee Harvey Oswald visits the Cuban consulate in Mexico
The 'My Favorite Martian' TV series debuts on CBS-TV
The Rolling Stones start their first tour (as the opening act for Bo Diddley and The Everly Brothers)

Jet Harris

The Outer Limits TV show

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Nigeria becomes a republic within The Commonwealth
President Ahmed Ben Bella assumes control of Algeria, discontinuing the national Assembly
Hurricane Flora, one of the worst Atlantic storms in history, hits Hispaniola and Cuba killing nearly 7,000
Colin Jordan, British Nazi leader, is pelted with eggs at his wedding to perfume heiress Francoise Dior
The Springfields make their final appearance before Dusty goes solo
The Learjet 23 prototype, the very first Learjet built, makes its first flight
Uganda becomes a republic
Over 2,000 die when a landslide behind the Vajont Dam in Northern Italy causes a giant wave of water to wash over the top

Harold MacMillan resigns as Prime Minister due to illness brought on by the Profumo affair
The population of The Netherlands reaches 12,000,000
Artist, director and writer Jean Cocteau dies
French singer Edith Piaf dies in Paris
The Beatles debut on Val Parnell's 'Sunday Night at the London Palladium' TV show - 15 million watch
'Beatlemania' becomes official as papers use the term in headline banners
TWA and PAN-AM place orders for 21 supersonic passenger aircraft
Two 'secret' US military satellites are launched from Cape Canaveral
Alec Douglas-Home forms a new British government
South Africa begins the trial of Nelson Mandela and 8 others on conspiracy charges
The United Nations vote against admitting communist China
Demolition of the 1910 Pennsylvania Station begins in New York City, continuing until until 1966
Singer Michael Holliday, aged 35, commits suicide
J Edgar Hoover has his last meeting with President John F. Kennedy

Colin Jordan 'nazi' wedding

The Springfields

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Indigenous Australians are allowed to vote in federal elections on the same basis as other electors
The BBC bans Joe Brown's cover of George Formby's 'Little Ukulele'
Ngo Dinh Diem, the President of the Republic of Vietnam, and his brother are killed in a coup
The Beatles appear on the Royal Variety Show
Vietnam coup leader General Duong Van Minh takes over leadership of South Vietnam
11 miners are rescued from a collapsed mine in Germany after 14 days
A coal-mine explosion at Miike in Japan kills 458 and hospitalises 839 with carbon monoxide poisoning
Brian Epstein and Ed Sullivan sign a three-show contract for The Beatles
An undersea volcanic eruption near Iceland creates a new island, Surtsey
The Dartford Tunnel opens
The Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination is adopted by the UN
President John F. Kennedy is assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas
Authors C.S.Lewis and Aldous Huxley die
Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn in as the 36th US president
The Beatles release their second UK album 'With the Beatles'
The first episode of 'Dr.Who' is screened on BBC at 5.25p.m. 'An Unearthly Child'
John Kilbride, 12, is abducted by Myra Hindley and Ian Brady in Great Britain
Lee Harvey Oswald is murdered by club owner Jack Ruby live on American TV
John F. Kennedy is buried at Arlington National Cemetery
Numerous priceless art treasures, hidden by the Nazis during WWII, are found in Austria
Explorer 18 is launched
Trans-Canada Airlines Flight 831, a Douglas DC-8, crashes into a hillside after take-off from Dorval Airport, Montreal, killing all 118 on board

Kennedy Assassination

Lee Harvey Oswald

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The first Dutch rocket launch reaches height of 10 km
Official end of the Mercury program of U.S.A. solo-manned spaceflight
Aldo Moro forms an Italian government
'What A Crazy World', featuring Joe Brown, Susan Maughan, Freddie and the Dreamers, Harry H. Corbett and Marty Wilde opens at the West End and Rialto Cinemas
The UN General Assembly asks the Commission on the Status of Women to prepare a declaration on the rights of women
Christine Keeler is jailed for 9 months for perjury, not connected to the Profumo affair
Frank Sinatra Jr is kidnapped
Zanzibar gains independence from Britain
6 year old Donny Osmond makes his singing debut on 'The Andy Williams Show'
Frank Sinatra Jr is released in Los Angeles after his father pays a $240,000 ransom
Kenya becomes independent with Jomo Kenyatta as Prime Minister
Blues singer Dinah Washington dies of a drug overdose
The Berlin Wall opens for the first time to West Berliners, in time to allow Christmas visits
A short civil war in Cyprus between Greek and Turkish Cypriots erupts
OAS leader Antoine Argoud is sentenced to life imprisonment in Paris
The Central African Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland is formally dissolved

Susan Maughan

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