Learn more about 1963
1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar).
- January 1 - Bogle-Chandler case: CSIRO scientist Dr. Gilbert Bogle and Mrs. Margaret Chandler are found dead (presumably poisoned), in bushland near the Lane Cove River, Sydney.
- January 11 - The Whisky a Go Go night club in Los Angeles, California, the first disco in the United States, is opened.
- January 14 - George C. Wallace becomes governor of Alabama. In his inaugural speech, he defiantly proclaims "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever!"<ref>The American Experience: George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire: Timeline (1952 - 1972), Public Broadcasting Service, 2000</ref><ref>Michael J. Klarman. "Brown v. Board: 50 Years Later", Humanities: The Magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities, March/April 2004</ref>
- January 22 - France and Germany sign the Elysée Treaty.
- January 28 - Black student Harvey Gantt enters Clemson University in South Carolina, the last U.S. state to hold out against racial integration.
- January 29 - French President Charles De Gaulle vetoes the United Kingdom's entry into the EEC.
- April 3 - SCLC volunteers kick off the Birmingham campaign against segregation with a sit-in.
- April 7 - Yugoslavia is proclaimed to be a Socialist republic, and Josip Broz Tito is named President for Life.
- April 10 - The U.S. nuclear submarine Thresher sinks 220 miles east of Cape Cod with all hands (129 dead).
- April 12 - Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph Abernathy, Fred Shuttlesworth and others are arrested in a Birmingham protest for "parading without a permit".
- April 15 - 70,000 marchers arrive in London from Aldermarston, to demonstrate against nuclear weapons.
- April 16 - Martin Luther King, Jr. composes his "Letter from Birmingham Jail".
- April 20 – In Quebec, Canada, members of the Quebec terrorist group, the Front de libération du Québec, bomb the Canadian Armed Forces recruitment center, killing night watchman Wilfred V. O'Neill.
- April 21-April 23 - First election of the Supreme Institution of the Bahá'í Faith, known as the Universal House of Justice whose Seat is at the Bahá'í World Centre on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel.
- April 22 - Lester B. Pearson becomes Canada's 14th prime minister.
- April 28 - A general election is held in Italy.
- September 5 - British prostitute Christine Keeler is arrested for perjury. On December 6 she is sentenced to 9 months in prison.
- September 6 - The Centre for International Industrial Property Studies (CEIPI) is founded.
- September 7 - The Pro Football Hall of Fame opens in Canton, Ohio with 17 charter members.
- September 10 - Mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano is indicted for murder (he is captured 43 years later, on April 11, 2006).
- September 15 - American civil rights movement: The 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, in Birmingham, Alabama, kills 4 and injures 22.
- September 16 - Malaysia is formed through the merging of the Federation of Malaya and the British crown colony of Singapore, North Borneo (renamed Sabah) and Sarawak.
- September 16 - In Fort-Lamy, Chad, demonstrations are quelled with 300 dead.
- September 18 - Rioters burn down the British Embassy in Jakarta, to protest the formation of Malaysia.
- September 23 - King Fahd University for Petroleum and Minerals is established by a Saudi Royal Decree as the College of Petroleum and Minerals.
- September 24 - The U.S. Senate ratifies the nuclear test ban treaty.
- September 25 - The Denning Report on the Profumo affair is published in Great Britain.
- September 29 - The second period of Second Vatican Council in Rome opens.
- November 2 - South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem is assassinated following a military coup.
- November 6 - Vietnam War: Coup leader General Duong Van Minh takes over as leader of South Vietnam.
- November 7 - Wunder von Lengede: In Germany, 11 miners are rescued from a collapsed mine after 14 days.
- November 9 - Miike Coal Mine explosion: In Japan, a coal mine explosion kills 458 and sends 839 carbon monoxide poisoning victims to the hospital.
- November 14 - A volcanic eruption under the sea near Iceland creates a new island, Surtsey.
- November 16 - A newspaper strike begins in Toledo, Ohio.
- November 18 - The Dartford Tunnel opens in the U.K.
- November 22 - John F. Kennedy assassination: In Dallas, Texas, U.S. President John F. Kennedy is assassinated, Texas Governor John B. Connally is seriously wounded, and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn in as the 36th President of the United States.
- November 23 - The first episode of the BBC television series Doctor Who is broadcast in the United Kingdom.
- November 23 - The Golden Age Nursing Home Fire kills 63 elderly people near Fitchville, Ohio.
- November 24 - John F. Kennedy assassination: Alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald is shot dead by Jack Ruby in Dallas, Texas on live national television.
- November 24 - Vietnam War: New U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson confirms that the United States intends to continue supporting South Vietnam militarily and economically.
- November 25 - John F. Kennedy assassination: The late U.S. President Kennedy is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
- November 29 - John F. Kennedy assassination: U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson establishes the Warren Commission to investigate the assassination of President Kennedy.
- November 29 - Trans-Canada Airlines Flight 831, a Douglas DC-8 carrying 118, crashes into a wooded hillside after taking-off from Dorval International Airport near Montreal, killing all 118 on board (the worst air disaster for many years in Canada's history).
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- January 2 - David Cone, baseball player
- January 2 - Edgar Martinez, baseball player
- January 4 - Till Lindemann, German musician (Rammstein)
- January 14 - Steven Soderbergh, American film director
- January 16 - James May, English motoring journalist and television show host
- January 18 - Ian Crook, English footballer
- January 21 - Hakeem Olajuwon, Nigerian basketball player
- January 21 - Detlef Schrempf, German basketball player
- January 23 - Gail O'Grady, American actress
- January 24 - Arnold Vanderlyde, Dutch boxer
- January 26 - José Mourinho, Portuguese football manager
- January 26 - Andrew Ridgely, English musician
- January 30 - Thomas Brezina Austrian author
- March 1 - Dan Michaels, American record producer and saxophonist (The Choir and The Swirling Eddies).
- March 2 - Tuff Hedeman, 4-Time PRCA World Champion Bull Rider
- March 4 - Jason Newsted, American bassist (Metallica).
- March 6 - D.L. Hughley, American actor and comedian.
- March 6 - Gary Stevens, American jockey
- March 10 - Neneh Cherry, Swedish musician.
- March 12 - Joaquim Cruz, Brazilian runner.
- March 13 - Fito Páez, Argentine musician.
- March 14 - Bruce Reid, Australian cricketer.
- March 15 - Bret Michaels, American singer. (Poison)
- March 17 - Nick Peros, Canadian composer.
- March 17 - Michael Ivins, American bassist (The Flaming Lips).
- March 18 - Vanessa L. Williams, American beauty queen, actress, and singer.
- March 20 - Paul Annacone, American tennis player and coach.
- March 20 - Kathy Ireland, American model and actress.
- March 21 - Ronald Koeman, Dutch football player and manager.
- March 21 - Shawn Lane, American guitar virtuoso.
- March 23 - Kyogoku Natsuhiko, Japanese writer.
- March 27 - Quentin Tarantino, American actor, director, writer, and producer.
- March 27 - Xuxa, Brazilian television personality.
- March 29 - Elle Macpherson, Australian supermodel.
- March 30 - Eli-Eri Moura, Brazilian composer, conductor and music theorist.
- April 4 - Jack Del Rio, American football player and coach
- April 4 - Graham Norton, Irish talk show host
- April 6 - Andrew Weatherall, English disc jockey
- April 8 - Julian Lennon, musician son of John Lennon
- April 9 - Joe Scarborough, American newscaster
- April 10 - Doris Leuthard, Swiss Federal Councillor
- April 10 - Warren DeMartini, American guitarist (Ratt)
- April 11 - Chris Ferguson, American poker player
- April 13 - Garry Kasparov, Russian chess player
- April 14 - Frank Yallop, Canadian footballer
- April 17 - Joel Murray, American actor
- April 18 - Eric McCormack, Canadian actor
- April 18 - Conan O'Brien, American television entertainer
- April 21 - Ken Caminiti, American baseball player (d. 2004)
- April 21 - Roy Dupuis, Canadian actor
- April 24 - Tõnu Trubetsky, Estonian musician (Vennaskond)
- April 26 - Jet Li, Chinese martial artist and actor
- April 26 - Colin Scotts, Australian-born American football player
- April 27 - Cali Timmins, Canadian actress
- April 30 - Michael Waltrip, American race car driver
- May 1 - David Zimmerman, American anthropologist, and ceramic artist
- May 9 - Barry Douglas Lamb, English musician, author, and preacher
- May 11 - Natasha Richardson, English-born actress
- May 16 - Mercedes Echerer, Austrian actress and politician
- May 23 - Wally Dallenbach Jr., American race car driver and announcer
- May 24 - Joe Dumars, American basketball player
- May 25 - Mike Myers, Canadian actor and comedian
- June 6 - Jason Isaacs, English actor
- June 9 - Johnny Depp, American actor
- June 13 - Bettina Bunge, German tennis player
- June 17 - Greg Kinnear, American actor
- June 18 - Bruce Smith, American football player
- June 23 - Colin Montgomerie, Scottish golfer
- June 24 - Preki, Serbia-born American soccer player
- June 25 - Doug Gilmour, Canadian Hockey Player
- June 25 - George Michael, English singer
- June 27 - Meera Syal, English comedian, writer, singer, and actress
- August 1 - Coolio, American rapper
- August 3 - Tasmin Archer, English singer
- August 3 - James Hetfield, American singer (Metallica)
- August 4 - Gary King, British disc jockey
- August 6 - Kevin Mitnick, American computer hacker
- August 9 - Whitney Houston, American singer
- August 13 - John Slattery, American actor
- August 16 - Steve Carrell, American comedian
- August 19 - Joey Tempest, Swedish singer (Europe)
- August 19 - John Stamos, American actor
- August 22 - Tori Amos, American singer
- August 23 - Hans-Henning Fastrich, German field hockey player
- August 23 - Kenny Wallace, American race car driver
- August 24 - Hideo Kojima, Japanese video game director
- August 30 - Paul Oakenfold, British disc jockey
- August 30 - Michael Chiklis, American actor
- August 30 - Phil Mills, British race car driver
- August 31 - Reb Beach, American guitarist (Winger, Whitesnake)
- August 31 - Todd Carty, British actor
- September 6 - Geert Wilders, Dutch politician
- September 10 - Randy Johnson, baseball player
- September 11 - Dr Patrick McWilliams, Irish author
- September 18 - Rob Brettle, British historian
- September 19 - Jarvis Cocker, English musician (Pulp)
- September 21 - Cecil Fielder, baseball player
- September 23 - Jackie Pearcey, English politician
- September 28 - Steve Blackman, American professional wrestler
- September 29 - Dave Andreychuk, Canadian hockey player
- September 29 - Les Claypool, American bassist and singer (Primus)
- October 1 - Mark McGwire, baseball player
- October 3 - Tommy Lee, American musician (Mötley Crüe)
- October 6 - Elisabeth Shue, American actress
- October 7 - Ronni Le Tekro, Norwegian guitarist
- October 10 - Anita Mui, Hong Kong singer (d. 2003)
- October 10 - Daniel Pearl, American journalist (d. 2002)
- October 10 - Jolanda de Rover, Dutch swimmer
- October 12 - Satoshi Kon, Japanese anime director
- October 12 - Alan McDonald, Irish footballer
- October 17 - Norm MacDonald, Canadian comedian
- October 22 - Brian Boitano, American figure skater
- October 26 - Natalie Merchant, American singer, songwriter, and musician
- October 28 - Lauren Holly, American actress
- October 30 - Kristina Wagner, American actress
- October 31 - Fred McGriff, baseball player
- November 1 - Dana Plato, American actress (d. 1999)
- November 1 - Anthony Kiedis, American singer (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
- November 1 - Rick Allen, British musician (Def Leppard)
- November 2 - Craig Saavedra, American filmmaker
- November 4 - Lena Zavaroni, Scottish entertainer (d. 1999)
- November 13 - Vinny Testaverde, American football player
- November 15 - Benny Elias, Australian rugby player
- November 18 - Dante Bichette, baseball player
- November 19 - Terry Farrell, American actress
- November 19 - Jon Potter, British field hockey player
- November 21 - Nicolette Sheridan, English actress
- November 22 - Winsor Harmon, American actor
- November 23 - Troy Hurtubise, Canadian inventor
- December 3 - Terri Schiavo, American right-to-die cause célèbre (d. 2005)
- December 7 - Eazy-E, American rapper (d. 1995)
- December 7 - Mark Bowen, Welsh footballer
- December 13 - Jake White, South African rugby coach
- December 14 - Victoria Taranova, Russian soprano
- December 14 - Cynthia Gibb, American actress
- December 16 - Benjamin Bratt, American actor
- December 18 - Brad Pitt, American actor
- December 22 - Bryan Gunn, Scottish footballer
- December 23 - Jim Harbaugh, American football player
- December 26 - Lars Ulrich, Danish-born drummer (Metallica)
- December 29 - Francisco Bustamante, Filipino billiard player
- December 29 - Dave McKean, English artist and filmmaker
- January 2 - Dick Powell, American actor (b. 1904)
- January 3 - Jack Carson, Canadian actor (b. 1910)
- January 5 - Rogers Hornsby, baseball player (b. 1896)
- January 18 - Edward Charles Titchmarsh, British mathematician (b. 1899)
- January 29 - Robert Frost, American poet (b. 1874)
- January 30 - Francis Poulenc, French composer (b. 1899)
- February 11 - Sylvia Plath, American poet and novelist (suicide) (b. 1932)
- February 20 - Ferenc Fricsay, Hungarian conductor (b. 1914)
- February 28 - Eppa Rixey, baseball player (b. 1891)
- March 4 - William Carlos Williams, American writer (b. 1883)
- March 5 - Patsy Cline, American singer (b. 1932)
- April 6 - Otto Struve, Russian-born astronomer (b. 1897)
- April 9 - Eddie Edwards, American jazz trombonist (b. 1891)
- May 11 - Herbert Spencer Gasser, American physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1888)
- May 12 - Bobby Kerr, Canadian runner (b. 1882)
- May 31 - Edith Hamilton, German-born author (b. 1867)
- June 3 - Pope John XXIII (b. 1881)
- June 3 - Nazim Hikmet, Turkish poet
- June 11 - Thich Quang Duc, Vietnamese Buddhist monk (suicide) (b. 1897)
- June 12 - Medgar Evers, American civil rights activist (b. 1941)
- June 18 - Pedro Armendariz, Mexican actor (suicide) (b. 1912)
- July 18 - Jack Solomon, American restaurateur (b.1896)
- August 5 - Theodore Roethke, American poet (b. 1908)
- August 10 - Ernst Wetter, Swiss Federal Councillor (b. 1877)
- August 23 - Glen Gray, American saxophonist and conductor (b. 1900)
- August 27 - Allama Inayatullah Khan Mashriqi, Indian founder of the Khaksar Movement (b. 1888)
- August 31 - Georges Braque, French painter (b. 1882)
- September 3 - Louis MacNeice, Irish poet (b. 1907)
- September 11 - Suzanne Duchamp, French painter (b. 1889)
- September 15 - 16th Street Baptist Church bombing victims:
- Addie Mae Collins (b. 1948)
- Carol Denise McNair (b. 1951)
- Carole Robertson (b. 1949)
- Cynthia Wesley (b. 1949)
- September 25 - Alexander Sakharoff, Russian dancer and choreographer (b. 1886)
- October 11 - Édith Piaf, French singer (b. 1915)
- October 11 - Jean Cocteau, French writer (b. 1889)
- November 2 - Ngo Dinh Diem, President of South Vietnam (b. 1901)
- November 5 - Luis Cernuda, Spanish writer (b. 1902)
- November 15 - Fritz Reiner, Hungarian conductor (b. 1888)
- November 22 - Aldous Huxley, English writer (b. 1894)
- November 22 - John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States (b. 1917)
- November 22 - C.S. Lewis, Irish-born British writer (b. 1898)
- November 24 - Lee Harvey Oswald, American alleged assassin of President John F. Kennedy (b. 1939)
- December 2 - Thomas Hicks, American runner (b. 1875)
- December 5 - Karl Amadeus Hartmann, German composer (b. 1905)
- December 5 - Sri Deep Narayan Mahaprabhuji, Hindu saint (b. 1828)
- December 28 - A. J. Liebling, American journalist (b. 1904)
- December - Andy Kennedy, Northern Ireland footballer (b. 1897)
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