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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.
- February 8, 1963 – Travel, financial and commercial transactions by United States citizens to Cuba are made illegal by the John F. Kennedy administration.
- April 21, 1963 – The Universal House of Justice of the Bahá'í Faith is elected for the first time.
- May 22, 1963 – Assassination attempt of Greek left-wing politician Gregoris Lambrakis, who will die five days afterwards.
- June 11, 1963 – American Civil Rights Movement: Alabama Governor George Wallace stands at the door of Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama in an attempt to block two black students, Vivian Malone and James Hood, from attending that school. Later in the day, accompanied by federalized National Guard troops, they are able to register.
- June 17, 1963 – A day after South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem announced the Joint Communique to end the Buddhist crisis, a riot involving around 2,000 people breaks out. One person is killed.
- 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.
- November 2, 1963 – South Vietnamese President Ngô Ðình Diệm is assassinated following a military coup.
- November 6, 1963 – Vietnam War: Following the November 1 coup and execution of President Ngo Dinh Diem, coup leader General Duong Van Minh takes over leadership of South Vietnam.
- November 24, 1963 – Vietnam War: Newly sworn-in US President Lyndon B. Johnson confirms that the United States intends to continue supporting South Vietnam both militarily and economically.
Who Were Born On 1963?
- March 20, 1963 – David Thewlis, British actor
- April 24, 1963 – Paula Frazer, American singer-songwriter
- April 28, 1963 – Lloyd Eisler, Canadian figure skater
- May 8, 1963 – Rick Zombo, American ice hockey player
- May 10, 1963 – Lisa Nowak, American astronaut
- May 16, 1963 – Jon Coffelt, American artist
- May 21, 1963 – Kevin Shields, American-born Irish vocalist and guitarist (My Bloody Valentine)
- June 21, 1963 – Dario Marianelli, Italian composer
- July 24, 1963 – Karl Malone, American basketball player
- September 6, 1963 – Geert Wilders, Dutch politician