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1963 Historical Event(s)
- January 25, 1963 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Rabbit in Chinese astrology.
- March 21, 1963 – Alcatraz, a federal penitentiary on an island in San Francisco Bay, closes.
- March 27, 1963 – Beeching Axe: Dr. Richard Beeching issues a report calling for huge cuts to the United Kingdom’s rail network.
- May 22, 1963 – Assassination attempt of Greek left-wing politician Gregoris Lambrakis, who will die five days afterwards.
- July 26, 1963 – Syncom 2, the world’s first geosynchronous satellite, is launched from Cape Canaveral on a Delta B booster.
- August 21, 1963 – Xa Loi Pagoda raids: the Army of the Republic of Vietnam Special Forces loyal to Ngo Dinh Nhu, brother of President Ngo Dinh Diem, vandalises Buddhist pagodas across the country, arresting thousands and leaving an estimated hundreds dead.
- August 28, 1963 – March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr. gives his I Have a Dream speech
- September 10, 1963 – 20 African-American students enter public schools in Alabama.
- September 16, 1963 – Malaysia is formed from the Federation of Malaya, Singapore, British North Borneo (Sabah) and Sarawak. However, Singapore soon leaves this new country,
- November 29, 1963 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson establishes the Warren Commission to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Who Were Born On 1963?
- February 20, 1963 – Charles Barkley, American basketball player
- March 1, 1963 – Ron Francis, Canadian ice hockey player
- March 12, 1963 – Princess Farahnaz Pahlavi of Iran
- March 15, 1963 – Bret Michaels, American musician (Poison)
- May 23, 1963 – Gregg Hughes, American radio personality (The Opie and Anthony Show)
- June 27, 1963 – Jay Karnes, American actor
- August 3, 1963 – Isaiah Washington, American actor
- October 14, 1963 – Yim Jae-beom, South Korean singer
- October 31, 1963 – Fred McGriff, American baseball player
- December 9, 1963 – Dave Hilton, Jr., Canadian boxer