Historical Events For Year 1963

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January 8, 1963

Washington, D.C.'s National Gallery of Art in holds the first exhibition of the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci in the United States.
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February 11, 1963

The formation of the Central Intelligence Agency's Domestic Operations Division occurs in the United States.
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March 5, 1963

An airplane crash kills country music star Patsy Cline as she was returning from a benefit performance in Kansas City, Kansas.
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March 21, 1963

United States Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy orders the closing of the federal penitentiary Alcatraz, resulting in the transfer of the last 27 prisoners.
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March 22, 1963

The first album released by the Beatles, Please Please Me, makes its debut in the United Kingdom.
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March 28, 1963

The film "The Birds" by Alfred Hitchcock premieres in the United States for the first time.
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April 8, 1963

Best Picture from the 35th Academy Awards is won by the film Lawrence of Arabia. Read More

April 9, 1963

Honorary citizenship of the United States is granted to Sir Winston Churchill of the United Kingdom.
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May 1, 1963

Tab cola is released as the first diet cola from the Coca-Cola Company. Read More

May 8, 1963

The premiere of the first James Bond movie, Dr. No, is released in theaters in the United States for the first time.
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May 27, 1963

The second and most influential album by Bob Dylan is released as "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" by Columbia Records.
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June 4, 1963

Silver certificates are authorized to be issued by the Secretary of Treasury upon the signing of the Executive Order 11110 by President John F. Kennedy.
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June 5, 1963

Montreal, Quebec holds the first National Hockey League Entry Draft. Read More

June 19, 1963

The return of the first woman to make it to space, Valentina Tereshkova, occurs. Read More

August 5, 1963

The Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty is signed by the United States, United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union.
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August 28, 1963

The famous "I Have a Dream" speech is given by Martin Luther King, Jr. in front of an audience of 250,000 or more on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
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September 7, 1963

Canton, Ohio holds the opening of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, containing the initial 17 charter members.
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September 16, 1963

The Federation of Malaya, Singapore, North Borneo, and Sarawak all merge to form Malaysia.
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October 10, 1963

The Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty comes into effect after being signed on August 5. Read More

November 18, 1963

The creation of the first telephone with push-buttons is made by the AT&T Company and is released to their consumers.
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November 24, 1963

Jack Ruby shoots John F. Kennedy's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, in Dallas, Tx. Read More

November 25, 1963

The state funeral of John F. Kennedy is held, with the cancelling of class from schools throughout the nation and the live broadcast on international television, as he is buried at the Arlington National Cemetery.
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December 26, 1963

Beatlemania is started on an international level by the release of "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "I Saw Her Standing There" by The Beatles in the United States.
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