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1963 Historical Event(s)
- January 8, 1963 – Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is exhibited in the United States for the first time, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
- January 25, 1963 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Rabbit in Chinese astrology.
- February 5, 1963 – The European Court of Justice’s ruling in Van Gend en Loos v Nederlandse Administratie der Belastingen establishes the principle of direct effect, one of the most important, if not the most important, decisions in the development of European Union law.
- May 8, 1963 – South Vietnamese soldiers of Catholic President Ngo Dinh Diem open fire on Buddhists defying a ban on the flying of the Buddhist flag on Vesak, killing nine.
- June 20, 1963 – The so-called “red telephone” is established between the Soviet Union and the United States following the Cuban Missile Crisis.
- July 26, 1963 – Syncom 2, the world’s first geosynchronous satellite, is launched from Cape Canaveral on a Delta B booster.
- August 8, 1963 – Great Train Robbery: in England, a gang of 15 train robbers steal 2.6 million pounds in bank notes.
- August 28, 1963 – March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr. gives his I Have a Dream speech
- 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,
- December 8, 1963 – Pan Am Flight 214, a Boeing 707, is struck by lightning and crashes near Elkton, Maryland, United States, killing all 81 people on board.
Who Were Born On 1963?
- January 27, 1963 – Mark Moraghan, British actor and singer
- February 12, 1963 – Rubén Amaro, Jr., major league baseball outfielder and general manager
- March 5, 1963 – Joel Osteen, American religious figure
- March 15, 1963 – Bret Michaels, American musician (Poison)
- March 20, 1963 – Yelena Romanova, Russian athlete (d. 2007)
- April 27, 1963 – Cali Timmins, Canadian actress
- May 12, 1963 – Deborah Kara Unger, Canadian actress
- October 5, 1963 – Laura Davies, English golfer
- October 26, 1963 – Natalie Merchant, American singer
- December 14, 1963 – Alice Ripley American actress