Life in 1963

The year 1963 began on a Tuesday.

1963 In The News

JFK Assassination 196329th January – Charles de Gaulle of France vetoed Britain’s entry into the European Common Market

21st March– Alcatraz Prison was closed.

1st May– Tab Cola was the first diet version of Coca-Cola

26th June– President Kennedy visited Berlin

28th August– The March on Washington and Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.

22nd November– President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas by Lee Harvey Oswald.


1963 Price Check

dollar bill

Average house:
UK – £2,748; USA – $12,650
Petrol per gallon:
UK – £0.22; USA – $0.30
Loaf of Bread:
UK – £0.06; USA – $0.22
Gold per ounce:
UK – $35.09, USA – $35.4

1963 Population

World Map

World: – 3,209,535,892
Australia: – 11,001,483
Canada: – 19,342,840
China: – 674,248,704
India: – 473,613,856
Soviet Union: 124,276,520
United States: – 188,483,008
United Kingdom: – 53,625,000


1963 Popular Music

Popular MusicBest Selling Single:
UK – She Loves You – The Beatles
USA – Sugar Shack – Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs
AUS – I Want to Hold Your Hand – The Beatles
CAN – Sugar Shack – Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs

Best Selling Album:
UK – With the Beatles – The Beatles
USA – West Side Story – Original Soundtrack
AUS – No data – Charts began 1965
CAN – No data – Charts began 1968

Popular Artists:
Beach Boys, Boots Randolf, The Drifters, Four Seasons, The Kingsmen, Leslie Gore, Martha and the Vandellas, Marvin Gaye,


On the Bookshelves

BookshelfPublished in 1963:

The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut Jr
The Spy Who Came In From the Cold – John le Carré
The Feminine Mystique – Betty Friedan
The Graduate – Charles Webb

At the Movies

Movies FilmsHighest grossing movies 1963 (USA box office figures):

1. Cleopatra – $26 million
2. How the West Was Won – $22 million
3. It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World – $20.8 million
4. Tom Jones – $17.2 million
5. Irma la Douce – $12.1 million


World Leaders

John F Kennedy 1961Australia Prime Minister – Robert Menzies 
Canada Prime Minister – John Diefenbaker to 22nd April; Lester Pearson from 22nd April
China President – Liu Shaoqi
India Prime Minister – Jawaharlal Nehru
Soviet Union Leader – Nikita Khruschchev
United States President – John F Kennedy to 22nd November; Lyndon B Johnson after 22nd November
United Kingdom Prime Minister – Harold MacMillan to 19th October; Alec Douglas Home after 19th October


Born in 1963

Jose Mourhino

26th January – José Mourinho (Football Manager)
2nd February – Stephen McGann (Actor)
8th April – Julian Lennon (Musician)
16th April – Jimmy Osmond (Singer)
25th June – George Michael (Singer)
5th November – Tatum O’Neal (Actress)
18th December – Brad Pitt (Actor)

Died in 1963

Hugh Gaitskell

18th January – Hugh Gaitskell (Politician)
11th February- Sylvia Plath (Poet)
22nd November- Aldous Huxley (Author)
22nd November- C S Lewis (Author)
22nd November – John F Kennedy (President of the USA)
24th November – Lee Harvey Oswald (Assassin)


1963 Sporting Highlights
Jacques Anquetil 1963
Jacques Anquetil

Football – Manchester United won the FA Cup
Cycling – Jacques Anquetil (FRA) won the Tour de France for the 3rd time
Tennis – Margaret Smith won the Australian Open and Wimbledon
Golf – British Open won by Bob Charles; US Open won by Julius Boros
Baseball – Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series
Horse Racing – Mill House won the Cheltenham Gold Cup; Chateaugay won the Kentucky Derby


Christmas Wishlist

Etch a Sketch 1963

Barbie and Ken Dolls
Chatty Cathy
Etch A Sketch
Matchbox Cars
Easy Bake Oven

What Was New?

Touch Tone Telephone 1963

Touch-tone telephone
Ring-pull tab for cans invented
Lava lamp developed
Computer mouse developed
First episode of Dr Who shown



Published Jun 24, 2020 @ 7:40 pm – Updated – May 4, 2021 @ 3:52 pm