1963




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Miss World 1963
Carole Joan Crawford
( Miss Jamaica )


Miss Universe 1963
Idea Maria Vargas (Brazil)
1963 Eurovision Song Contest

Winner: Denmark
Grethe and Jurgen Ingmann 'Dansevise'


1963 Academy Awards - The 'Oscars'

Best Actor: Sidney Poitier ( Lilies Of The Field )
Best Actress: Patricia Neal ( Hud )
Best Film: Tom Jones





1963 - General


The Average Wage: £16.14s.11d

The 'Hot Line' opens between Moscow and Washington D.C.
The first
BIBA boutique opens in Abingdon Road, London
The Gillette Cup is introduced into County cricket
Sidney Poitier is the first black actor to receive an Oscar
Princess Anne starts at Benenden School, Kent
Polaroid instant film and cameras are first marketed

Unemployment quoted at 604,600
Phil Spector creates his 'Wall of Sound'
Singer Michael Holliday commits suicide
Skateboards are invented
Grand Prix driver Oscar Galvez is killed
Teletext is first demonstrated

Lyndon B.Johnson becomes the 36th U.S. President following the assassination of John F. Kennedy

Surfing becomes the biggest 'overnight' sensation since 'The Twist'

Britain sees its highest unemployment figures since 1947

The 'A' suffix comes into use on vehicle registration plates in some counties
(it was not used in all areas until 1965)

Manfred Mann lead singer Paul Jones marries Sheila MacLeod





January 1963

Charlie Watts replaces Tony Chapman as The Rolling Stones drummer

Kim Philby, the third man in the Burgess / Maclean spy ring escapes to Moscow

Phil Everly marries Jackie Ertel

2nd 50 die as the Vietcong shoot down 5 American helicopters in the Mekong Delta

2nd U.S. TV host Dick Powell dies

14th France vetoes Britain's application to join the Common Market

18th Politician High Gaitskell dies








February 1963

Paul Anka marries aristocrat Anne deZogheb in Paris

2nd Finn Pentti Nikula becomes the first pole-vaulter to clear five metres

2nd The Beatles start their first U.K. tour

8th In Iraq, army rebels seize power and execute Premier Abdul Kassim

9th The first test flight of the Boeing 727 is made in America

14th Harold Wilson becomes leader of the Labour Party

22nd John Lewis, founder of the retail store chain, dies

22nd Northern Music Publishing is formed by The Beatles





March 1963

4th Six OAS members are sentenced to death for the assassination attempt on DeGaulle

5th Singer Patsy Cline is killed in a plane crash at Camden, Tennessee

8th The first Ford Anglia comes off the production line at Halewood

21st Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Harbour is closed down after 104 years use

21st The first automatic tube trains run on the London underground

27th The Beeching report is published announcing plans to close more than 2000 railway stations









April 1963



4th Actor Jason Robards dies

10th The U.S. atomic submarine 'Thresher' is lost in the North Atlantic with 129 crew

15th 70,000 Aldermaston marchers arrive in London to protest against nuclear weapons

24th Princess Alexandra marries Angus Ogilvie at Westminster Abbey













May 1963


The first Monterey Folk Festival is held in California

7th The second 'Telstar' satellite is launched

7th Comedian 'Cheeky Chappie' Max Miller dies

15th Tottenham Hotspur, beating Atletico Madrid, are the first English winners of a European trophy

27th Jomo Kenyatta is elected Premier in Kenya's first general election

30th The Peerage Bill is published, allowing Peers of the Realm to renounce their titles








June 1963

Henry Cooper knocks down Cassius Clay at the end of the 4th round in a non-title fight at Wembley

'The Pill' becomes available on doctor's prescription, but not generally available until 1974

The B.B.C. launch their 'Pop Go The Beatles' radio series

3rd Pope John XXIII dies aged 82 - succeeded by Pope Paul VI

5th Scandal rocks the government as John Profumo resigns over the Christine Keeler affair

7th The Rolling Stones make their U.K. television debut on 'Thank Your Lucky Stars'

16th Lt. Valentina Tereshkova, a former textile factory worker, becomes the first woman into space

26th President Kennedy visits the Berlin Wall and delivers his 'Ich bin ein Berliner' speech





July 1963

1st The government admits that Kim Philby was the third man in the Burgess / Maclean spy ring

3rd The government announces the introduction of continental-style road signs

14th The BBC announces that it is to scrap the TV panel game 'What's My Line'

16th The government proposes the creation of a Ministry of Defence

26th A U.K. national speed limit of 50m.p.h. is introduced but ignored by most drivers











August 1963

Anthony Wedgwood-Benn renounces his peerage

8th More than £2 million in cash and jewels is taken in the Great Train Robbery

8th A Treaty is signed in Moscow banning Nuclear testing in the atmosphere

9th First edition of Ready Steady Go! Is broadcast at 7p.m. from Television House, Kingsway

22nd Lord Nuffield, the creator of Morris Cars, dies aged 84

23rd Scottish actress Mary Gordon dies

28th Martin Luther King makes his 'I have a dream . . .' speech







September 1963

Jet Harris and Billie Davies are involved in the car crash that effectively ends his career

10th The first credit card is launched in the U.K. by American Express but
you could only get one if you had an annual income of over £2000

17th The early warning missile system at Fylingdales becomes operational

26th The Denning report on the Profumo affair is published

27th Cilla Black makes her television debut on Ready Steady Go! Singing 'Love of the Loved'











October 1963

6th The Springfields make their final appearance before Dusty goes solo

10th Harold Macmillan resigns as Prime Minister due to illness brought on by the Profumo affair

11th Artist, director and writer Jean Cocteau dies

11th French singer Edith Piaf dies in Paris

13th Beatlemania becomes official as papers use the term in headline banners

14th TWA and PAN-AM place orders for 21 supersonic passenger aircraft

21st The United Nations vote against admitting communist China






November 1963

2nd Ngo Dinh Diem, the President of the Republic of Vietnam, and his brother are killed in a coup

4th The Beatles appear on the Royal Variety Show

22nd President John F. Kennedy is assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas

22nd Author C.S.Lewis dies

22nd Author Aldous Huxley dies

23rd The first episode of 'Dr.Who' is screened at 5.25p.m. 'An Unearthly Child'

24th Lee Harvey Oswald is murdered by club owner Jack Ruby live on American TV







December 1963

The Berlin wall is opened for the first time to allow Christmas visits

6th Christine Keeler is jailed for 9 months for perjury, not connected to the Profumo affair

11th Frank Sinatra Jr. is released in Los Angeles after his father pays a $240,000 ransom

14th Blues singer Dinah Washington dies of a drug overdose

30th OAS leader Antoine Argoud is sentenced to life imprisonment in Paris