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1963 Newspaper Headlines Summary

Some of the most memorable 1963 newspaper headlines tell the stories of the Big Freeze, which saw temperatures drop dramatically for 3 months, the beginning of Beatle-mania, and the Great Train Robbery where robbers made off with £2.6 million. Other 1963 news stories which stand out are the coverage of president Kennedy’s assassination in the United States. The suspected assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was later shot dead. It was a year filled with ups and downs, all of which are chronicled in our collection. If you’re curious about what happened in 1963, or know somebody who is, then an authentic newspaper is the perfect gift idea.

January 1963The Big Freeze of 1963 begins, with temperatures reaching as low as -16C (3.2F) in places. The ice and snow finally starts to thaw in early March.
14th January 1963The locomotive ‘Flying Scotsman’ makes its last scheduled run before being handed over to Sir Alan Pegler for preservation.
March 1963The divorce case of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll causes scandal in the United Kingdom.
4th March 1963Six people are sentenced to death in Paris for conspiring to assassinate President Charles de Gaulle. De Gaulle pardons five of the convicted, but the other conspirator is executed by firing squad a few days later.
22nd March 1963The Beatles release their first album, “Please Please Me“.
27th March 1963Dr. Beeching issues a report calling for huge cuts to the United Kingdom's rail network.
15th April 196370,000 marchers arrive in London from Aldermaston, to demonstrate against nuclear weapons.
21st June 1963Pope Paul VI (Giovanni Battista Montini) succeeds Pope John XXIII as the 262nd Pope.
5th July 1963The Roman Catholic Church accepts cremation as a funeral practice.
8th August 1963The Great Train Robbery of 1963 takes place in Buckinghamshire. £2.6 million is stolen, but thirteen men are later convicted and jailed for the crime.
29th September 1963The University of East Anglia is established in Norwich.
19th October 1963Alec Douglas-Home succeeds Harold Macmillan as Prime Minister.
18th November 1963The Dartford Tunnel opens.
November 22 1963U.S. President John F. Kennedy is shot to death in Dallas. Texas Governor John B. Connally is also seriously wounded and Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson takes over as the 36th President. All television coverage for the next three days is devoted to the assassination, its aftermath, the procession of the horse-drawn casket to the Capitol Rotunda, and the funeral of President Kennedy. Shops and businesses shut down for all three days in tribute.
23rd November 1963The first episode of the BBC television series “Doctor Who” is broadcast. A reference to this date is later included in one episode of the modern spin-off “Torchwood”.
24th November 1963Lee Harvey Oswald, alleged assassin of John F. Kennedy, is shot dead by Jack Ruby on live television in America. The hastily arranged programme “A Tribute to John F. Kennedy from the Arts“ is also broadcast on ABC, featuring dramatic readings and music performed by various actors, opera singers, and noted writers.
26th December 1963“I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “I Saw Her Standing There” are released in America, marking the beginning of full-scale ‘Beatle-mania‘.
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