1963 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
Quick Facts from 1963:
Here are some significant events that took place in 1963:
|Top Ten Baby Names of 1963:
Lisa, Mary, Susan, Karen, Linda, Michael, John, David, James, Robert
|The Hotties, Sex Symbols and Fashion Icons:
LizTsUrsula Andress, Brigitte Bardot, Carroll Baker, Honor Blackman, Claudia Cardinale, Doris Day, Angie Dickinson, Annette Funicello, Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Jayne Mansfield, Ann-Margret, Julie Newmar, Kim Novak, Leslie Parrish, Elke Sommer, Stella Stevens, Elizabeth Taylor, Veruschka
|Sex Symbols and Hollywood Hunks:
Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Sean Connery, Elvis Presley, Gregory Peck
In 1963, Hall of Fame pitcher Gaylord Perry remarked, “They’ll put a man on the moon before I hit a home run.” On July 20, 1969, a few hours after Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, Perry hit his first and only home run.
“Oh, I wish I were an Oscar Meyer wiener. That is what I truly want to be.”
|Time Magazine’s Man of the Year:
Martin Luther King, Jr
Jacquelyn Mayer (Sandusky, OH)
Marite Ozers (Illinois)
Airplane Celebrity Death: Patsy Cline
The Vajont Dam Disaster: after reporting numerous warning signs about the risks of a landslide, some journalists were sued by the Italian government for “undermining the social order.” A landslide eventually occurred, causing an overflow and killing between 1,900 and 2,500 people
John F Kennedy & Magic Bullet Theory
The JFK assassination is the mother of all modern conspiracy theories.
January 20, 1965 (Wednesday) Second inauguration of Lyndon B. Johnson
|Pop Culture Facts:
Harvey Ross Ball invented the yellow Smiley Face in 1963. It was intended to be morale-boosting for insurance companies. He was paid $45 for 10 minutes of work.
June 17 – The Supreme Court ruled that laws requiring reciting The Lord’s Prayer or Bible verses in public schools were unconstitutional.
In 1963, the Bronx Zoo exhibited “The Most Dangerous Animal in the World.”
Sukiyaki by Kyu Sakamoto topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1963, one of the few non-English songs to have done so and the first in a non-European language. It was the only single by an Asian artist to top the Hot 100 until the 2020 release of Dynamite by BTS.
The first American Artist to cover a Beatles song was Del Shannon with his 1963 cover of “From Me to You”. Del Shannon’s cover also became the first Lennon–McCartney composition to make the American charts when it entered the Billboard Hot 100 on June 29th, 1963.
The homecoming parade in the film, Animal House was scripted as occurring on November 21, 1963, the day before JFK’s assassination. Producers regarded the film’s setting as “the last innocent year of America.”
Charade spans three genres: suspense, thriller, romance, and comedy. Because Universal Pictures published the movie with an invalid copyright notice, the film entered the public domain in the United States immediately upon its release.
Rowlf was the first known Muppet “star” as a recurring character on The Jimmy Dean Show, first appearing in a telecast on September 26, 1963.
Valentia Tereshkova was the first woman in space on the Vostok 6. She orbited Earth 48 times.
In 1963 the first message sent on the Moscow–Washington hotline was the test phrase “THE QUICK BROWN FOX JUMPED OVER THE LAZY DOG’S BACK 1234567890”. Later, the confused Russian translators responded, “What does it mean when your people say ‘The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog’?”
C.S. Lewis and Aldous Huxley both died on November 22nd, 1963. Their deaths weren’t as prominent in the news because of a more noteworthy death that occurred on that day: the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
JFK watched From Russia With Love at the White House on November 20, 1963, making it the last film he ever watched.
Psychic The Amazing Criswell predicted that Kennedy would not run in the 1964 election because of something that would happen in November 1963.
When Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in 1963, doctors predicted he had about 2 and a half years to live. Fortunately, the disease progressed much slower than the doctors expected, and Hawking lived up to 76 years before dying in March 14, 2018.
Nebraska’s USPS abbreviation was originally “NB” but was changed to “NE” at the request of Canada to avoid confusion with New Brunswick in 1969. It is the only time a state/territory has changed its USPS abbreviation since the introduction of the system in 1963.
Kodak introduced the Instamatic camera.
Tab soda, Coca-Cola’s first brand of diet soda, was launched in 1963 and was discontinued in 2020.
‘Ma’ Bell Telephone introduced the push-button telephone.
7/11 was named after 7 am-11 pm hours, unprecedented in 1946, and they didn’t experiment with 24-hour stores until 1963.
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.
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 moonwalk, Perry hit his first career homer.
Elizabeth Taylor was the first actress to earn $1,000,000 for a single film, Cleopatra.
Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc publicly immolated himself on the street in Saigon to protest the anti-Buddhist policies of President Ngo Dinh Diem.
The ancient Egyptians developed the first recorded early pregnancy test, whereby a woman would urinate on a bag of wheat or barley and if the bag started sprouting, it indicated a pregnancy. In 1963, researchers measured the test as being 70% accurate.
Donald Currey cut down a tree to retrieve his drill bit after it got stuck when he tried to core it to study climate effects. After studying the tree’s core, he found that he’d just cut down the oldest known tree at that time (at least 4862 years old).
On October 18, 1963, French scientists launched a rocket into space containing a cat named Felicette. She orbited nearly 100 miles above the Earth, then descended safely to the ground via a specially designed parachute.
Mississippi physician James D. Hardy performed the first successful lung transplant.
On April 10, 1963, the USS Thresher submarine sank during deep-diving tests about 220 miles east of Boston, Massachusetts, killing all 129 crew and shipyard personnel aboard. It is the second-deadliest submarine incident on record.
12 minutes to midnight, according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.
1963: “After a decade of almost non-stop nuclear tests, the United States and the Soviet Union sign the Partial Test Ban Treaty, which ends all atmospheric nuclear testing. While it does not outlaw underground testing, the treaty represents progress in at least slowing the arms race. It also signals awareness among the Soviets and United States that they need to work together to prevent nuclear annihilation.”
Troll Dolls were everywhere.
Reading Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique helped establish the Feminist Movement.
|1st appearances & 1963’s Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Mouse Trap, Allan Sherwood (Barbie and Ken’s friend), Easy-Bake Oven, Big Loo.
‘Dam Things’ trolls were the original Troll Dolls, first created in the 1950s. They got much cuter and were produced by several companies by the early 1960s.
|Best Film Oscar Winner:
Lawrence of Arabia (presented in 1963)
|The Biggest Films of 1963|
|1. Cleopatra (Pop Culture Classic)|
|2. How the West Was Won|
|3. It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (Pop Culture Classic)|
|4. Tom Jones|
|5. Irma La Douce|
|6. Son of Flubber|
|7. The V.I.P.s|
|10. Bye Bye Birdie (Pop Culture Classic)|
|11. The Birds (Pop Culture Classic)|
|12. Beach Party (Pop Culture Classic)|
|13. Jason and the Argonauts|
|14. The Damned (Pop Culture Classic)|
|15. The Great Escape|
|16. The Sword in the Stone|
|17. Black Sabbath|
|18. The Pink Panther (Pop Culture Classic)|
|19. From Russia with Love|
|21. The Nutty Professor (Pop Culture Classic)|
|22. The Raven|
|23. It Happened at the World’s Fair (Elvis, Pop Culture Classic)|
|24. Lord of the Flies|
|25. PT 109|
|26. Come Blow Your Horn|
|27. The Cardinal|
|28. The Thrill of it All|
|29. Dementia 13|
|30. 55 Days at Peking|
|31. Move Over, Darling|
|32. Donovan’s Reef|
|33. Who’s Been Sleeping in My Bed?|
|34. Blood Feast|
|35. Toys in the Attic|
|36. Fun in Acapulco|
|37. Lilies of the Field (Pop Culture Classic)|
|38. My Life to Live|
|39. PromisesQ Promises!|
|40. The Man with the X-Ray Eyes|
|*Movies beyond the Top Ten are based on (a somewhat subjective) ranking based on how much they had a long-lasting effect on Pop Culture.|
|Broadway Show – Barefoot in the Park (Play) Opened on October 23, 1963 and Closed: June 25, 1967|
|Popular and Notable Books From 1963:
Babies So Tall Board Book by Gyo Fujikawa
The Battle of the Villa Fiorita by Rumer Godden
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book by Richard Scarry
Caravans by James A. Michener
Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut
City of Night by John Rechy
Elizabeth Appleton by John O’Hara
The Feminine Mystique – Betty Friedan
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
The Glass-Blowers by Daphne du Maurier
Grandmother and the Priests by Taylor Caldwell
The Group by Mary McCarthy
Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
I Am a Bunny by Ole Risom and Richard Scarry
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service by Ian Fleming
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters, and Seymour-An Introduction by J.D. Salinger
The Sand Pebbles by Richard McKenna
Seven Days in May by Fletcher Knebel
The Shoes of the Fisherman by Morris West
Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
|1963 Most Popular TV shows:|
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)
1963 Billboard Number One Songs
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June 1 – June 14:
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November 23 – December 6:
December 7, 1963 – January 3, 1964:
World Series Champions: Los Angeles Dodgers
NFL Champions: Chicago Bears
AFL Champions: San Diego Chargers
NBA Champions: Boston Celtics
Stanley Cup Champs: Toronto Maple Leafs
U.S. Open Golf Julius Boros
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies) Rafael Osuna/Maria Bueno
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Chuck McKinley/Margaret Smoth
NCAA Football Champions: Texas
NCAA Basketball Champions: Loyola
Kentucky Derby: Chateaugay