R. A. Long High School Class of 1963
What Happened in the World Our Senior Year?
Channel Television launches to 54,000 households in the Channel Islands.
Newly independent, Algeria, by referendum, adopts a Constitution.
The Beatles record their debut single, Love Me Do.
President John F. Kennedy declares the USA will get a man on the moon, and bring him back, by the end of the decade.
The Soviet ship Poltava heads toward Cuba, one of the events that sets into motion the Cuban Missile Crisis.
James Meredith, an African-American, is barred from entering the University of Mississippi.
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City opens with the first building completed, Philharmonic Hall, now Avery Fisher Hall home of the New York Philharmonic.
United States Court of Appeals orders the University of Mississippi to admit James Meredith.
The People's Democratic Republic of Algeria is formally proclaimed. Ferhat Abbas is elected President of the provisional government.
Premiere of The Beverly Hillbillies on CBS.
Alouette 1, the first Canadian satellite is launched.
James Meredith enters the University of Mississippi, defying segregation.
Johnny Carson debuts as host of The Tonight Show.
At Cape Canaveral the Mercury 8 blasts off with Astronaut Wally Schirra aboard for a nine-hour flight.
The Beatles release their first hit, Love Me Do, in Britain.
U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya, U.S.S.R.
Spiegel scandal: Der Spiegel publishes the article "Bedingt abwehrbereit" ("Conditionally prepared for defense") about a NATO manoeuver called "Fallex 62", which uncovered the sorry state of the Bundeswehr (Germany's army) facing the communist threat from the east at the time. The magazine was soon accused of treason.
Uganda becomes a republic.
Second Vatican Council: Pope John XXIII convenes the first ecumenical council of the Roman Catholic Church in 92 years.
Infamous Columbus Day Storm strikes the U.S. Pacific Northwest with record wind velocities; 46 dead and at least U.S. $230 million in damages
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? opens on Broadway.
Cuban Missile Crisis begins: A U-2 flight over Cuba takes photos of Soviet nuclear weapons being installed.
Cuban Missile Crisis: A stand-off ensues between the United States and the Soviet Union over Soviet nuclear weapons in Cuba.
Cuban Missile Crisis: US President John F. Kennedy announces that American spy planes have discovered Soviet nuclear weapons in Cuba, and that he has ordered a naval "quarantine" of the island nation.
Cuban missile crisis: Adlai Stevenson shows photos at the UN proving Soviet missiles are installed in Cuba
The Cuban Missile Crisis ends peacefully.
Cuban Missile Crisis: Soviet Union leader Nikita Khrushchev announces that he had ordered the removal of Soviet missile bases in Cuba.
The Cuban Missile Crisis ends as President John F. Kennedy announces that Soviet nuclear missiles are to be withdrawn from Cuba.
A mining accident kills 21 miners at the government-owned Kings Bay Coal Company on Svalbard, leading the Norweigian government to close the mine.
Apartheid: The United Nations General Assembly passes a resolution condemning South Africa's racist apartheid policies and calls for all UN member states to cease military and economic relations with the nation.
Richard M. Nixon loses the California governor's race. In his concession speech, he states that this is his "last press conference" and that "you won't have Dick Nixon to kick around any more".
Kuwait's National Assembly ratifies the Constitution of Kuwait.
Niels Bohr, Danish physicist, dies at the age of 77.
Cuban Missile Crisis ends: In response to the Soviet Union agreeing to remove its missiles from Cuba, US President John F. Kennedy ends the quarantine of the Caribbean nation.
The Chinese People's Liberation Army declared a unilateral cease-fire in the Sino-Indian War.
The West Berlin branch of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany forms a separate party, the Socialist Unity Party of West Berlin.
The United Nations General Assembly elects U Thant of Burma as the new UN Secretary-General.
Vietnam War: After a trip to Vietnam at the request of US President John F. Kennedy, US Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield becomes the first American official to not make an optimistic public comment on the war's progress.
Prince Rainier III of Monaco revises the principality's constitution, devolving some of his power to advisory and legislative councils.
Tanganyika becomes a republic
The Mona Lisa was assessed at US$100 million, the highest insurance valuance for a painting in history.
Nyasaland secedes from Rhodesia and Nyasaland
Rondane National Park, the first national park in Norway, was established.
The Whisky A Go-Go night club in Los Angeles, the first disco in the USA, is opened.
George Wallace becomes governor of Alabama.
Elysée treaty between France and Germany.
First inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame are announced.
Travel, financial and commercial transactions by United States citizens to Cuba are made illegal by the John F. Kennedy administration.
The Beatles tape 10 tracks for their first album, including Please, Please Me.
Release of Please Please Me in the United Kingdom, the first LP from The Beatles.
In Paris six people are sentenced to death for conspiring to assassinate President Charles de Gaulle.
Country singer Patsy Cline dies in a plane crash.
Victor Feguer, a Federal prisoner, is put to death at the Fort Madison, Iowa prison. This would be the last execution of a Federal prisoner until the execution of Timothy McVeigh in 2001.
Saxophonist Stan Getz records Getz/Gilberto, including The Girl from Ipanema, sung by Astrud and João Gilberto.
Alcatraz, a federal penitentiary on an island in San Francisco Bay, closes.
1963 Please Please Me, the first Beatles album, is released in the UK.
In London, United Kingdom, Grethe & Jørgen Ingmann win the eighth Eurovision Song Contest for Denmark singing Dansevise (Dancing tune).
Dr Richard Beeching issues a report, known as the "Beeching Axe", calling for huge cuts to the United Kingdom's rail network.
Yugoslavia is proclaimed to be a Socialist republic and Josip Broz Tito is named President for life.
Marriage of Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra of Kent to Angus James Bruce Ogilvy at Westminster Abbey in London.
Berthold Seliger launches near Cuxhaven a rocket with three stages with a maximum flight altitude of more than 100 kilometres. It is the only sounding rocket developed in Germany.
Mercury program: America launches the last mission of the program, Mercury 9 (on June 12 NASA Administrator James E. Webb told Congress the program was complete).
In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Organisation of African Unity is established.
Folk music singer Bob Dylan releases The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan album, which features Blowin' in the Wind and several other of his best-known songs.
A Northwest Airlines DC-7 crashes in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of British Columbia, killing 101.
British Secretary of State for War John Profumo resigns in a sex scandal.
Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc burns himself with gasoline in a busy Saigon intersection to protest the lack of religious freedom in South Vietnam.
Civil rights leader Medgar Evers is shot dead in front of his home in Jackson, Mississippi by Ku Klux Klan member Byron De La Beckwith.
Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space
The United States Supreme Court ruled 8 to 1 in Abington School District v. Schempp against allowing the reciting of Bible verses and the Lord's Prayer in public schools.
The so-called "red telephone" was established between Soviet Union and United States following the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Pope Paul VI elected by College of Cardinals.
Zanzibar is granted internal self-government by the UK.
John F. Kennedy speaks the famous words "Ich bin ein Berliner" on a visit to West Berlin.
Source: Spiritus Temporis