This page lists news articles and events for the year 1963.

Events that happen on the specified date are listed under Events: entries. News articles that were published on the specified date are listed under News: entries. Events that only happened in fiction on the specified date are listed under Fiction: entries and are written in italics.



  • January 14
    • Event: George C. Wallace becomes governor of Alabama. In his inaugural speech, he defiantly proclaims "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever!" (See events of June 11, below)


  • February 12
    • Event: Northwest Airlines flight 705 crashes in the Florida Everglades killing everyone aboard.


  • March 4
    • Event: 6 people are sentenced to death for conspiring to assassinate French President Charles de Gaulle. De Gaulle pardons 5 of them but the other conspirator is executed by firing squad a few days later.


  • April 3
    • Event: SCLC volunteers kick off the Birmingham campaign against segregation with a sit-in.


  • May 2
    • Event: Thousands of African Americans, many of them children, are arrested while protesting segregation in Birmingham, Alabama. Public Safety Commissioner Eugene "Bull" Connor later unleashes fire hoses and police dogs on the demonstrators.
    • Event: Berthold Seliger launches, near Cuxhaven, a 3 stage rocket with a maximum flight altitude of more than 62 miles .
  • May 8
    • Event: Dr. No, the first James Bond film, is shown in U.S. theaters.





  • September 15
    • Event: American civil rights movement: The 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, in Birmingham, Alabama, kills 4 and injures 22.


  • October 8
    • Event: Sam Cooke and his band were arrested after trying to register at a "whites only" motel in [[[Louisiana]].
  • October 9
    • Event: In northeast Italy, over 2,000 people are killed when a large landslide behind the Vajont Dam causes a giant wave of water to overtop it.
  • October 31
    • Event: 74 die in a gas explosion at a coliseum in Indianapolis, Indiana.


  • November 6
    • Event: Vietnam War: Coup leader General Duong Van Minh takes over as leader of South Vietnam.
  • November 9
    • Event: Miike Coal Mine explosion: In Japan, a coal mine explosion kills 458 and sends 839 carbon monoxide poisoning victims to the hospital.
    • Event: A triple-train disaster in Yokohama, Japan kills 161.
  • November 25
    • Event: U.S. President Kennedy is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Schools around the nation do not have class on that day, millions watch the funeral on live international television.


  • December 5
    • Event: The Seliger Forschungs-und-Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH demonstrates rockets for military use to military representatives of non-NATO-countries near Cuxhaven. Although these rockets land via parachute at the end of their flight and no allied laws are violated, the Soviet Union protests this action.
  • December 10
    • Event: In the United States, the X-20 Dyna-Soar spaceplane program is cancelled.
    • Event: Chuck Yeager has to bail out at 8,500 feet from his NF-104A rocket-augmented aerospace trainer. The plane went out of control nearly 21 miles up.
  • December 26
    • Event: I Want to Hold Your Hand and I Saw Her Standing There are released in the U.S., marking the beginning of full-scale Beatlemania.



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