1963 was a quite a tumultous year...it saw the first woman in space and a rash of political assassinations. MLK marched on Washington and George Wallace stood in that schoolhouse door. It was a year of hope & heartbreak, ripe with the promise of beginnings and scarred by tragic endings.
Just select a month from the table below to begin exploring 1963 or simply scroll down the page...
The New York Mirror ceases publication, a victim of the recently ended newspaper strike.
Hurricane Flora devastates Cuba, Haiti & the Dominican Republic, killing 7,200
Oct. 28th- Demolition begins on the 53 year old marble & granite Pennsylvania Station in New York City. The senseless loss of the beautiful structure spurs interest in architectural preservation in the city
Oct. 31st- Gas explosion at Indiana State Fairgrounds kills 68, wounds 340
Nov. 24th- JFK's alleged assassain, Lee Harvey
Oswald, murdered by nightclub owner Jack Ruby, in a killing seen by millions on television
Nov. 25th- JFK, the 35th U.S. President, laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetary following a mass at St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Cathedral. The leaders of 92 nations attend the funeral, among them Charles de Gaulle of France and Prince Phillip of Great Britain
President Johnson establishes the Warren Commision, headed by Chief Justice Earl Warren, to investigate the death of JFK
Kenya (formerly British East Africa)
Dec. 8th- Frank Sinatra, Jr. (age 19) kidnapped in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. He is released 3 days later unhurt in LA after his father pays $240,000 ransom. Most of money recovered when FBI arrests 3 suspects
U.S. Congress authorizes JFK half-dollar coin
Although fullscale involvement in the Southeast Asian conflict was still two years away, by the end of 1963 over 100 U.S. personnel had died in Vietnam...
Debuts and Departures
Next up: some of the new items on the scene in 1963, followed by some of those who left the scene that same year...