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October 31st, 1963.

October 31st, 1963, was a Thursday. It was day 304 of 1963. The decade was the Swinging Sixties.

59 years and 26 days have passed since October 31st, 1963.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Scorpio.

On This Day

Events that occurred.

Notable events that occurred on October 31st, 1963.

  • 74 people are killed by a gas explosion at the Indiana State Fair Coliseum in Indianapolis, USA.
Birthdays

Born on October 31st, 1963.

People who were born on this exact date.

Song charts

Popular songs.

On October 31st, 1963, the following songs were at the top of the music charts in the USA and the UK.

  • United States: Sugar Shack - Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs
  • United Kingdom: You'll Never Walk Alone - Gerry & The Pacemakers

The record charts on October 31st, 1963.

The following singles were dominating the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • Sugar Shack - Jimmy Gilmer And The Fireballs
  • Be My Baby - The Ronettes
  • Deep Purple - Nino Tempo & April Stevens
  • Busted - Ray Charles and his Orchestra
  • Blue Velvet - Bobby Vinton
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Cleopatra

Top movie.

The top "Box Office" movie on this date was the film "Cleopatra".

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Take me back to October 31st, 1963!

Let's go back in time!

The date is October 31st, 1963, and it's a Thursday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Scorpio. The summer is long gone. Temperatures have started to become much cooler and the evenings are beginning to get darker.

Fallen leaves have carpeted driveways, lawns, pathways and sidewalks and there's a fresh earthy scent in the ear. It's Halloween, so kids are trick-or-treating and horror movies are being shown on TV. In America, the song Sugar Shack by Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs is on top of the singles charts.

Over in the UK, You'll Never Walk Alone by Gerry & The Pacemakers is the number one hit song. John Fitzgerald Kennedy is currently the President of the United States, and the movie Cleopatra is at the top of the Box Office. In the United Kingdom, Sir Alec Douglas-Home 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. 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 "The Jack Benny Program", "Route 66", "Hazel" and "My Favorite Martian". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Mighty Mouse Playhouse", "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis", "The Dick Tracy Show" and "Davey and Goliath". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Crater Critters, Barbie, Astrobase and Tammy (doll).

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 October 31st, 1963.

  • 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 and 26 days have passed since October 31st, 1963.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 44 of 1963.
  • Leap Year: 1963 was not a leap year.
  • Age: A person born on October 31st, 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 October 31st, 1963.

Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone and birth flower information.

Zodiac and birthstone information.

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on October 31st, 1963, will have the star sign Scorpio.
  • 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 6.
  • Native American Zodiac: October 31st, 1963 falls under the Snake.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of October will have the birthstones Tourmaline and Opal.
  • Birth flower (October): The Marigold and the Cosmos.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on October 31st, 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 October, 1963.

TV shows from October, 1963.

My Favorite Martian
My Favorite Martian
Sci-fi sitcom starring Ray Walston as Uncle Martin O'Hara.

The Farmer's Daughter
The Farmer's Daughter
Sitcom starring Inger Stevens as Katy Holstrum.

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 October 31st, 1963.

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

The Patty Duke Show
The Patty Duke Show

The Mighty Hercules
The Mighty Hercules

Top Cat
Top Cat

Davey and Goliath
Davey and Goliath

Mister Ed
Mister Ed

The Dick Tracy Show
The Dick Tracy Show

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.

The Easy-Bake Oven
The Easy-Bake Oven

Big Loo
Big Loo

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 October 31st, 1969 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on October 31st.

John Candy

Actor. Deceased
Born on October 31st, 1950
He turned 13 on this day in 1963.

Vanilla Ice

Rapper.
Born on October 31st, 1967
He was born exactly 4 years after this date.

Emiliano Sala

Argentine soccer player. Deceased
Born on October 31st, 1990
He was born exactly 27 years after this date.

Letitia Wright

Actress.
Born on October 31st, 1993
She was born exactly 30 years after this date.

Marcus Rashford

Soccer player.
Born on October 31st, 1997
He was born exactly 34 years after this date.

Willow Smith

Singer.
Born on October 31st, 2000
She was born exactly 37 years after this date.

Holidays

Holidays.

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 31st of October.

  • Halloween
  • Reformation Day
USA

US President.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the President of the United States on October 31st, 1963.

UK

UK Prime Minister.

Sir Alec Douglas-Home was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach.

Seán Lemass was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on October 31st, 1963 was most likely conceived around February 7th, 1963.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on October 31st, 1963 is close to July 23rd, 1964.

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Stats for October 31st, 1963

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about October 31st, 1963.

  • A total of 21,576 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,082 weeks have passed.
  • 1,864,166,400 seconds have passed since the October 31st, 1963.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,174,860,800 times.
  • Since October 31st, 1963, the Earth has travelled approximately 961,909,862,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 310,694,400 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 160,318,310 steps. That's about 71,253 miles!
  • Since this date, 22,369,997 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!
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