The Sixties in Pictures, Videos, Sounds and Music
|Born in 1963||
On November 22, 1963 the Cultural Sixties Begin
|Passed in 1963|
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The Nation 1963
John F. Kennedy gives his "Ich bin ein Berliner" (I am a Berliner) speech in Berlin in June.
November 22, 1963 became the event day of the year, so much so, that most everything else happening in 1963 is mostly forgotten.
November 23rd - Texan nightclub owner Jack Ruby shoots Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas.
1963 Lesser News
Governor George Wallace stands at the door of the University of Alabama to keep negro students out.
Alabama becomes the center of Civil Rights fight - President Kennedy sends troops to Alabama
Medgar Evers assassinated - On June 12th 1963 Medgar Evers is shot down in his driveway in Jackson, Mississippi. Byron De La Beckwith was not convicted until 1994.
Gideon v. Wainwright - A unanimous Supreme Court ruled that state courts are required under the Sixth Amendment to provide counsel for defendants unable to afford their own attorneys.
Nobel Prizes 1963
Physics - Eugene Paul Wigner, Maria Goeppert-Mayer, J. Hans D. Jensen
On August 28th 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. addressed over 250,000 people from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in what has become known as the I Have A Dream speech. It became the catalyst for both the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which ended apartheid in the American South.
The World 1963
The Profumo Crisis - British war minister John Profumo resigns over an affair with Christine Keeler who was also involved with a Soviet Navy officer.
Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova - Russian Cosmonaut first woman in space.
The Great Train Robbery takes place in Buckinghamshire, England. Greatest train robbery of all time with 5 million in cash and jewels taken In 15 minutes.
Buddhist Monk Thich Quang Duc burns himself to protest Vietnam's Catholic President Ngo Dinh Diem's discrimination against Buddhists. Later in the year, with the direct help of the United States, Diem was assassinated during a coup. North Vietnam leader Ho Chi Minh at the time stated the now infamous words , "I can scarcely believe the Americans would be so stupid." And indeed, for the next 10 years 58,000 American and 2 million Vietnam stupidly died.
USS Thresher Sinks - American nuclear submarine sinks in Atlantic with 129 sailors aboard. Leakage from seawater cooling pipes stopped the reactor on a deep dive test.
Nuclear Test Ban - United States and the Soviet Union ratify above-ground testing of nuclear weapons.
Class of 1963
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