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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.
- June 16, 1963 – Soviet Space Program: Vostok 6 Mission – Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space.
- July 19, 1963 – Joe Walker flies a North American X-15 to a record altitude of 106,010 metres (347,800 feet) on X-15 Flight 90. Exceeding an altitude of 100 km, this flight qualifies as a human spaceflight under international convention.
- 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 1, 1963 – The Arecibo Observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, with the largest radio telescope ever constructed, officially opens.
- November 2, 1963 – South Vietnamese President Ngô Ðình Diệm is assassinated following a military coup.
- November 24, 1963 – Lee Harvey Oswald is murdered by Jack Ruby in the basement of Dallas police department headquarters. The shooting happens to be broadcast live on television.
- November 27, 1963 – The Convention on the Unification of Certain Points of Substantive Law on Patents for Invention is signed at Strasbourg.
- December 19, 1963 – Zanzibar gains independence from the United Kingdom as a constitutional monarchy, under Sultan Jamshid bin Abdullah.
Who Were Born On 1963?
- February 8, 1963 – Joshua Kadison, American pianist and songwriter
- March 1, 1963 – Dan Michaels, American musician and record producer
- March 24, 1963 – Raimond van der Gouw, Dutch footballer goalkeeper
- May 28, 1963 – Gavin Harrison, British drummer (Porcupine Tree)
- June 2, 1963 – Jim Burns, American entrepreneur
- June 18, 1963 – Dizzy Reed, American keyboardist (Guns N' Roses)
- July 4, 1963 – Henri Leconte, French former tennis player
- August 26, 1963 – Stephen Dubner, American journalist, author
- November 2, 1963 – Bobby Dall, American bass guitarist (Poison)
- December 18, 1963 – Karl Dorrell, American football coach