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June 21st, 1963.

June 21st, 1963, was a Friday. It was day 172 of 1963. The decade was the Swinging Sixties.

59 years, 1 months and 24 days have passed since June 21st, 1963.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Cancer.

On This Day

What happened on this date?

Notable events that occurred on June 21st, 1963.

  • Pope Paul VI (Giovanni Battista Montini) becomes the new pope.
Song charts

Top songs.

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on June 21st, 1963.

  • United States: Sukiyaki - Kyu Sakamoto
  • United Kingdom: I Like It - Gerry & The Pacemakers

The Billboard Hot 100 on June 21st, 1963.

A list of songs that were dominating the music charts on this date.

  • Sukiyaki - Kyu Sakamoto
  • It's My Party - Lesley Gore
  • You Can't Sit Down - The Dovells
  • Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home) - The Crystals
  • I Love You Because - Al Martino
Play the top singles from the year 1963.
A Spotify playlist of songs from the year 1963. Take a trip back to the days of Cliff Richard, The Shadows, Frank Ifield, Gerry & The Pacemakers and The Searchers.
How the West Was Won

Top movie.

The top "Box Office" movie on this date was the film "How the West Was Won".

Take me back to June 21st, 1963!

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

The date is June 21st, 1963, and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Cancer. Currently, people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

It's summer, so the temperatures are warmer and the evenings are longer than usual. In America, the song Sukiyaki by Kyu Sakamoto is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, I Like It by Gerry & The Pacemakers is the number one hit song.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy is currently the President of the United States, and the movie How the West Was Won is at the top of the Box Office. In the United Kingdom, Harold Macmillan is the current Prime Minister. In fashion, many of the trends from the late 1950s are still popular. Women are wearing tailored skirts, short boxy jackets and shift dresses. Trousers are also becoming popular amongst women. Meanwhile, men are wearing polo shirts, argyle socks, sweater vests, loafers and harrington jackets.

Because it's 1963, radio stations are playing hit songs from music artists such as The Chiffons, Paul & Paula, The Four Seasons, Little Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs and The Singing Nun. The historical drama film "Cleopatra" is currently being shown in movie theaters. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as John F. Kennedy, Herbert Hoover and Sam Cooke would all be still alive.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "What's My Line?", "Bonanza", "The Twilight Zone" and "The Andy Griffith Show". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Lassie", "The Adventures of Spunky and Tadpole", "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" and "The Bugs Bunny Show". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as the Hula Hoop, Crater Critters, Etch A Sketch and Mouse Trap.

News

News topics, fads & culture.

These are trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are topics that would have been in the media on June 21st, 1963.

  • Cleopatra is playing at movie theaters.

    Cleopatra is playing at movie theaters.

    The epic historical drama film "Cleopatra" was showing at movie theaters at this time. The movie starred actress Elizabeth Taylor in the eponymous role.

  • Medgar Evers is shot dead.

    Medgar Evers is shot dead.

    On June 12th, 1963, American civil rights activist Medgar Evers was shot dead outside of his house in Jackson, Mississippi.

  • A Buddhist monk burns himself to death.

    A Buddhist monk burns himself to death.

    On June 11th, 1963, the world was shocked by television footage of the self-immolation of Buddhist monk Thích Quảng Đức in Vietnam. Quảng Đức set himself on fire in order to protest the persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government.

  • Alabama Governor George Wallace blocks the Foster Auditorium.

    Alabama Governor George Wallace blocks the Foster Auditorium.

    On June 11th, 1963, Alabama Governor George Wallace stood in the doorway of the Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama. At the time, Wallace was a staunch segregationist who wanted to "symbolically" block the entry of two African American students into the auditorium.

  • Who were the best NBA players in 1963?

    Who were the best NBA players in 1963?

    The best NBA players in 1963 were Bill Russell, Bob Pettit, Elgin Baylor, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain.

  • Who were the best football players in 1963?

    Who were the best football players in 1963?

    In 1963, the best soccer players were Pelé, Lev Yashin, Gianni Rivera, Jimmy Greaves, Denis Law, Eusébio, Karl-Heinz Schnellinger, Uwe Seeler, Bobby Charlton, Giovanni Trapattoni and Luis Suárez.

  • Tom Jones.

    Tom Jones.

    The movie "Tom Jones" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1963.

  • Henry Mancini - "Days of Wine and Roses"

    Henry Mancini - "Days of Wine and Roses"

    "Days of Wine and Roses" by Henry Mancini would go on to win a Grammy for 1963's Song of the Year.

  • 1963 in music.

    1963 in music.

    The Billboard Charts in 1963 were dominated by the likes of The Chiffons, Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs, Paul & Paula, Little Peggy March, Kyu Sakamoto, Little Stevie Wonder and The Singing Nun.

  • 1963 in movies.

    1963 in movies.

    Movies released in 1963 included Cleopatra, How the West Was Won, "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World", Tom Jones, The Sword in the Stone, Irma la Douce, The Great Escape, Son of Flubber, The Birds, Dr. No and The V.I.P.s.

  • Martin Luther King Jr.

    Martin Luther King Jr.

    Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1963. It was during August of 1963 that King delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

  • The Boston Strangler is on the loose.

    The Boston Strangler is on the loose.

    During this time, an unknown serial killer was murdering single women in the Boston area. The press nicknamed him the "Boston Strangler" and the "Phantom Fiend" due to his ability to get into women's apartments without any signs of forced entry. Between June of 1962 and January of 1964, 13 women were murdered. Later, the crimes were attributed to a criminal called Albert DeSalvo.

  • Fast food is replacing diners and drive-ins.

    Fast food is replacing diners and drive-ins.

    During this period, the fast food industry was growing, much to the detriment of local diners and drive-in restaurants. As a result, things such as jukeboxes and carhops also started to decline.

  • The USA is escalating its involvement in the Vietnam War.

    The USA is escalating its involvement in the Vietnam War.

    During this time, the United States was slowly escalating its involvement in the Vietnam War. In May of 1961, President John F. Kennedy ordered helicopters and 400 Green Berets into South Vietnam. Covert operations against the communist forces in the north were also authorized. By 1963, the number of US military personnel in the country had grown to 10,000.

  • Rotary phones.

    Rotary phones.

    During the first half of the 1960s, rotary phones were still the most common type of landline phone. Although push-button telephones did begin to appear at the end of 1963, they were relatively uncommon.

  • Greasers.

    Greasers.

    During the 1950s and early 1960s, a popular youth subculture called "greasers" emerged. The style included greased-back hairstyles, work pants and denim or leather jackets.

Information

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 59 years, 1 months and 24 days have passed since June 21st, 1963.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 25 of 1963.
  • Leap Year: 1963 was not a leap year.
  • Age: A person born on June 21st, 1963 will be 59 years old.
  • Generation: People born in 1963 belong to the Baby Boomer generation.
Events

Around this time.

News stories and other events that happened around June 21st, 1963.

  • May 22nd, 1963: Football: A.C. Milan win the European Cup after they defeat Benfica 2-1 at Wembley Stadium in London.
  • May 25th, 1963: FA Cup Final 1963: Manchester United defeat Leicester City 3-1.
  • June 3rd, 1963: Pope John XXIII dies from stomach cancer.
  • June 5th, 1963: UK politics: John Profumo resigns from government after admitting that he lied about his relationship with an escort.
  • June 8th, 1963: UK politics: Profumo affair: Dr Stephen Ward is charged for his alleged 'immoral earnings' as a pimp.
  • June 10th, 1963: The Equal Pay Act of 1963 is signed into law, making it illegal for employers to pay different wages based on sex.
  • June 11th, 1963: Stand in the Schoolhouse Door: Alabama Governor and segregationist, George Wallace, blocks the entry of two African American students at the Foster Auditorium in the University of Alabama.
  • June 11th, 1963: The self-immolation of Buddhist monk Thích Quảng Đức in Vietnam is broadcast on television.
  • June 12th, 1963: American civil rights activist Medgar Evers is shot dead outside of his house in Jackson, Mississippi.
  • June 12th, 1963: The movie "Cleopatra" is released.
  • June 17th, 1963: The United States Supreme Court rules that reciting Bible verses in public schools should not be mandatory.
  • This date: June 21st, 1963
  • June 30th, 1963: 7 police officers and military personnel are killed by a car bomb in the Sicilian city of Palermo.
  • July 1st, 1963: ZIP codes are introduced in the United States.
  • July 1st, 1963: Philby Defects: The British government officially admits that former intelligence officer Kim Philby had worked as a double agent for the Soviet Union.
  • July 12th, 1963: Moors murders: 16-year-old Pauline Reade is murdered by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley.
Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone and birth flower information.

Zodiac and birthstone information.

NEW! Check out our personality summary image for this birth date.

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on June 21st, 1963, will have the star sign Cancer.
  • Zodiac Element: Water.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1963 was the year of the Rabbit (Yin Fire).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 1.
  • Native American Zodiac: June 21st, 1963 falls under the Woodpecker.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of June will have the birthstones Pearl and Alexandrite.
  • Birth flower (June): The Rose and the Honeysuckle.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on June 21st, 1963.

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Photos of 1960s fashion.

Photographs of 1960s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1960s fashion.

Television shows

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching in June, 1963.

TV shows from June, 1963.

Steptoe and Son
Steptoe and Son
British sitcom starring Harry H. Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell.

Hazel
Hazel
Sitcom about a live-in maid called Hazel Burke.

Route 66
Route 66
Adventure crime drama.

The Andy Griffith Show
The Andy Griffith Show
Comedy TV series about a sheriff in Mayberry, North Carolina.

Danger Man
Danger Man
British television series about a secret agent working for NATO.

The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
TV series about disturbing or unusual events.

Bonanza
Bonanza
American Western series.

Rawhide
Rawhide
American western series starring Eric Fleming and Clint Eastwood.

77 Sunset Strip
77 Sunset Strip
Private detective drama series.

Perry Mason
Perry Mason
Legal drama series.

Wagon Train
Wagon Train
American western series.

Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
Western drama series.

The Danny Thomas Show
The Danny Thomas Show
American sitcom about a successful nightclub singer.

The Jack Benny Program
The Jack Benny Program
25-minute-long situation comedy series that broadcast on CBS.

What's My Line?
What's My Line?
Panel game show.

The Ed Sullivan Show
The Ed Sullivan Show
Variety show.

Cars in 1963.

1963 saw the introduction of cars such as the Buick Riviera, the Rover P6, the Honda S500, the Vauxhall Viva, the Chevrolet Corvette (C2) and the Mercedes-Benz 600.

Cars in 1963.

Children TV shows

Kids' TV shows on June 21st, 1963.

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1963.

Top Cat
Top Cat

Davey and Goliath
Davey and Goliath

Mister Ed
Mister Ed

The Dick Tracy Show
The Dick Tracy Show

King Leonardo and His Short Subjects
King Leonardo and His Short Subjects

The Bugs Bunny Show
The Bugs Bunny Show

The Flintstones
The Flintstones

My Three Sons
My Three Sons

Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse
Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse

The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends

Dennis the Menace
Dennis the Menace

The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis

Noggin the Nog
Noggin the Nog

The Rifleman
The Rifleman

The Adventures of Spunky and Tadpole
The Adventures of Spunky and Tadpole

Leave It to Beaver
Leave It to Beaver

Captain Pugwash
Captain Pugwash

Heckle and Jeckle
Heckle and Jeckle

The Gumby Show
The Gumby Show

Mighty Mouse Playhouse
Mighty Mouse Playhouse

Captain Kangaroo
Captain Kangaroo

Lassie
Lassie

Tom and Jerry
Tom and Jerry

Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes

Toys

Popular toys and games in 1963.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1963.

Mouse Trap
Mouse Trap

Tammy (doll)
Tammy (doll)

Chatter Telephone
Chatter Telephone

Rock-a-Stack
Rock-a-Stack

Ken (doll)
Ken (doll)

Etch A Sketch
Etch A Sketch

Astrobase
Astrobase

Troll doll
Troll doll

Tonka trucks
Tonka trucks

Matchbox toy cars
Matchbox toy cars

Barbie
Barbie

Playpal dolls
Playpal dolls

Crater Critters
Crater Critters

Fisher Price Little People
Fisher Price Little People

The Hula Hoop
The Hula Hoop

Metal House robots
Metal House robots

The Frisbee
The Frisbee

BAS-KET Miniature Basketball
BAS-KET Miniature Basketball

Were you born on this date?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1963.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out June 21st, 1969 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on June 21st.

Benazir Bhutto

Pakistan Prime Minister. Deceased
Born on June 21st, 1953
She turned 10 on this day in 1963.

Prince William

Duke of Cambridge.
Born on June 21st, 1982
He was born exactly 19 years after this date.

Edward Snowden

American whistleblower.
Born on June 21st, 1983
He was born exactly 20 years after this date.

Lana Del Rey

Singer.
Born on June 21st, 1985
She was born exactly 22 years after this date.

Rebecca Black

Singer.
Born on June 21st, 1997
She was born exactly 34 years after this date.

USA

US President.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the President of the United States on June 21st, 1963.

UK

UK Prime Minister.

Harold Macmillan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on June 21st, 1963.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach.

Seán Lemass was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on June 21st, 1963 was most likely conceived around September 28th, 1962.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on June 21st, 1963 is close to March 13th, 1964.

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Stats for June 21st, 1963

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about June 21st, 1963.

  • A total of 21,605 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,086 weeks have passed.
  • 1,866,672,000 seconds have passed since the June 21st, 1963.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,177,784,000 times.
  • Since June 21st, 1963, the Earth has travelled approximately 963,202,752,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 311,112,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 160,533,792 steps. That's about 71,348 miles!
  • Since this date, 22,400,064 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!

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