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1963 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
1963 History Snapshot
World Series Champions
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|San Diego Chargers|
National Basketball Association Champions
NHL Stanley Cup Champions
|Toronto Maple Leafs|
US Open Golf
US Open Tennis (Men Ladies)
|Rafael Osuna/Maria Bueno|
|Chuck McKinley/Margaret Smoth|
NCAA Football Champions
NCAA Basketball Champions
|Orange Bowl: January 1, 1963 - Alabama over
Rose Bowl: January 1, 1963 - USC over Wisconsin
Sugar Bowl : January 1, 1963 - Ole Miss over Arkansas
Westminster Kennel Best in Show Dog
|Wakefield's Black Knight|
Time Magazine's Man of the Year
|Martin Luther King, Jr|
|Jacquelyn Mayer (Sandusky, OH)|
|Marite Ozers (Illinois)|
Fashion Icons and Movie Stars
|Brigitte Bardot, Martine Beswick, 'Wilhelmina' Cooper, Doris Day, Patty Duke, Annette Funicello, Audrey Hepburn, Anna Karina, Julie London, Sophia Loren, Jayne Mansfield, Mary Tyler Moore, Julie Newmar, Kim Novak, Donna Reed, Jean Shrimpton, Elizabeth Taylor, Tuesday Weld|
"From Dallas, Texas, the flash, apparently official ... President
Kennedy died at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time - 2:00 Eastern Standard
Time, some 38 minutes ago."
Jackie Kennedy wore her blood-splattered pink Chanel suit for the
rest of the day after JFK's assassination. When asked to change
her outfit, she replied "I want them to see what they have
done to Jack."
1963 Pop Culture History
|The last day of shooting the Gilligan's Island pilot
was Friday, November 22, 1963; the day JFK was assassinated. This
was commemorated in the opening credits as the S.S. Minnow is seen
leaving the harbor with an American flag at half mast.
Valentia Tershkova was the first woman in space, on the Vostok 6. She orbited Earth 48 times.
In 1963, San Francisco Giants Manager Alvin Dark joked, "they'll put a man on the moon before (Giants pitcher) Gaylord Perry hits a home run." On July 20, 1969, less than an hour after Neil Armstrong's historic moon walk, Perry smacked his first career home run.
Kodak introduced the Instamatic camera.
President John F. Kennedy was a huge James Bond fan. He viewed an early print of 'From Russia with Love' at the White House on Nov 21st, 1963. It was the last film he ever saw, he was killed the next day in Dallas.
2,000-year-old seeds were discovered in 1963 inside an ancient jar in Israel. They were planted in 2005 and a tree that had been extinct for over 1800 years sprouted.
The original plans for the Sydney Opera House projected a cost of $7 million and completion date of January 26, 1963. It was finished in 1973, ten years late, and at a cost of $102 million, some 1,500% over budget.
Some Barbie dolls came with a book entitled How to Lose Weight which advised "Don't eat!" and a bathroom scale permanently set at 110 lbs.
A&W was the first chain restaurant to offer the Bacon Cheeseburger.
In 1963, the US Air Force launched 480 million MIT-designed tiny copper needles in an effort to guarantee the ability to communicate across the globe in the event that undersea cables were cut by hostile forces.
Vexations an 18hr long piece of music. After a public performance in New York in 1963 only 6 people remained to the end, one stood up and shouted "Encore!"
Andy Warhol produced and directed a film called Sleep, which is 5 hours and 21 minutes long and consists solely of one long take of his close friend, John Giorno, sleeping. Only 9 people attended the premiere, and 2 of them left during the first hour.
Boxer Sonny Liston was the first to win a million dollars in a single bout when he beat Floyd Patterson, in Chicago on September 25th.
Charlton Heston accompanied Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the March on Washington in 1963.
Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech isn't available in the public domain and that in 1963 King sued Twentieth Century Fox Records Company to stop the unauthorized sale of records of the 17-minute address.
The movie Charade entered the public domain immediately upon release because Universal Pictures published it with an invalid copyright notice
Elizabeth Taylor was the first actress to earn $1,000,000 for a single film - Cleopatra.
The British military once took a Vickers WW1 Machine Gun and fired it continuously for 7 days to see when and if it would malfunction. It Didn't.
Harry Smith, the top bowler in 1963, made more money than MLB MVP Sandy Koufax and NFL MVP Y.A. Tittle combined.
Colt 45 malt liquor was not named after the handgun. It was named after Jerry Hill, the 1963 running back for the Baltimore Colts, who's jersey number was #45.
The "zip" from "zip code" stands for "Zone Improvement Plan". It was implemented in 1963 as a means of streamlining the mailing system.
Kyu Sakamoto was the first Asian to have a number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1963 with Sukiyaki - the only Japanese song to top the chart.
John Lennon had a sore throat when The Beatles recorded their cover of the Isley Brother's Twist and Shout and the whole of their 1963 'Please Please Me' album.
Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc publicly immolated himself on a street in Saigon to protest the anti-Buddhist policies of President Ngo Dinh Diem.
Mississippi physician James D. Hardy performed the first successful lung transplant.
Stephen Hawking was told he had two years to live by his doctors, back in 1963.
RIP, Scandals, Sad and Odd News
John F. Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald, and Jack Ruby were all pronounced dead at the Parkland Hospital.
A buddhist monk by the name of Thich Quang Quc burned himself in
protest of the Diem regime of South Vietnam in Saigon in 1963. The
only body part that didn't burn despite trying to burn it twice
more with creamation was his heart.
Firsts and the Biggest Christmas Gifts
|Mouse Trap, Allan Sherwood (Barbie and Ken's friend), Trolls, Easy Bake Oven, Big Loo|
|Troll Dolls were everywhere.
Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique helped establish the Feminist Movement
Reading The Shoes of Fisherman by Morris L. West
1963/64 Biggest Television Shows
|(according to Nielsen
1. Beverly Hillbillies (CBS)
2. Bonanza (NBC)
3. The Dick Van Dyke Show (CBS)
4. Petticoat Junction (CBS)
5. The Andy Griffith Show (CBS)
6. The Lucy Show (CBS)
7. Candid Camera (CBS)
8. The Ed Sullivan Show (CBS)
9. The Danny Thomas Show (CBS)
10. My Favorite Martian (CBS)
Popular Music Artists
|The Biggest Pop Artists of 1963 include
The Angels, The Beach Boys, Bobby Bland, Bobby Vee, Bobby Vinton, Brenda Lee, Brook Benton, Ray Charles, The Chiffons, Chubby Checker, Connie Francis, The Crystals, Dion, The Dovells, Elvis Presley, The 4 Seasons, Garnet Mimms & the Enchanters, Inez Foxx, Jackie Wilson, Leslie Gore, Little Peggy March, Major Lance, Martha and the Vandellas, The Marvelettes, Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells, Paul & Paula, Peter, Paul & Mary, Ray Charles, Ricky Nelson, The Ronettes, Roy Orbison, Rufus Thomas, Sam Cooke, Steve Lawrence, Stevie Wonder, The Tymes
(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)
Number One Hits of 1963
|December 22, 1962 - January 11, 1963: The Tornados
January 12, 1963 - January 25, 1963: Steve Lawrence - Go Away Little Girl
January 26, 1963 - February 8, 1963: The Rooftop Singers - Walk Right In
February 9, 1963 - March 1, 1963: Paul & Paula - Hey Paula
March 2, 1963 - March 22, 1963: The Four Seasons - Walk Like A Man
March 23, 1963 - March 29, 1963: Ruby & the Romantics - Our Day Will Come
March 30, 1963 - April 26, 1963: The Chiffons - He's So Fine
April 27, 1963 - May 17, 1963: Little Peggy March - I Will Follow Him
May 18, 1963 - May 31, 1963: Jimmy Soul - If You Wanna Be Happy
June 1, 1963 - June 14, 1963: Lesley Gore - It's My Party
June 15, 1963 - July 5, 1963: Kyu Sakamoto - Sukiyaki
July 6, 1963 - July 19, 1963: The Essex - Easier Said Than Done
July 20, 1963 - August 2, 1963: Jan and Dean - Surf City
August 3, 1963 - August 9, 1963: The Tymes - So Much in Love
August 10, 1963 - August 30, 1963: Little Stevie Wonder - Fingertips (pt. II)
August 31, 1963 - September 20, 1963: The Angels - My Boyfriend's Back
September 21, 1963 - October 11, 1963: Bobby Vinton - Blue Velvet
October 12, 1963 - November 15, 1963: Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs - Sugar Shack
November 16, 1963 - November 22, 1963: Nino Tempo and April Stevens - Deep Purple
November 23, 1963 - December 6, 1963: Dale & Grace - I'm Leaving It Up to You
December 7, 1963 - January 3, 1964: The Singing Nun - Dominique
|8 1/2, The Birds, Bye Bye Birdie, Charade, Cleopatra, From Russia With Love, The Great Escape, The Haunting, Hud, It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, Kissin Cousins, Lilies of the Field, The Nutty Professor, The Pink Panther, Shock Corridor, Son of Flubber, The Sword in the Stone, Tom Jones|
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