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The following events occurred in August 1963:
- 1 August 1, 1963 (Thursday)
- 2 August 2, 1963 (Friday)
- 3 August 3, 1963 (Saturday)
- 4 August 4, 1963 (Sunday)
- 5 August 5, 1963 (Monday)
- 6 August 6, 1963 (Tuesday)
- 7 August 7, 1963 (Wednesday)
- 8 August 8, 1963 (Thursday)
- 9 August 9, 1963 (Friday)
- 10 August 10, 1963 (Saturday)
- 11 August 11, 1963 (Sunday)
- 12 August 12, 1963 (Monday)
- 13 August 13, 1963 (Tuesday)
- 14 August 14, 1963 (Wednesday)
- 15 August 15, 1963 (Thursday)
- 16 August 16, 1963 (Friday)
- 17 August 17, 1963 (Saturday)
- 18 August 18, 1963 (Sunday)
- 19 August 19, 1963 (Monday)
- 20 August 20, 1963 (Tuesday)
- 21 August 21, 1963 (Wednesday)
- 22 August 22, 1963 (Thursday)
- 23 August 23, 1963 (Friday)
- 24 August 24, 1963 (Saturday)
- 25 August 25, 1963 (Sunday)
- 26 August 26, 1963 (Monday)
- 27 August 27, 1963 (Tuesday)
- 28 August 28, 1963 (Wednesday)
- 29 August 29, 1963 (Thursday)
- 30 August 30, 1963 (Friday)
- 31 August 31, 1963 (Saturday)
- 32 References
August 1, 1963 (Thursday)
- The United States amended its Single Integrated Operational Plan (SIOP) for nuclear war for the first time, altering the original plan that had been in place since July 1, 1962.
- The Banque du Liban was established in Lebanon.
- The "Protocol to Amend the Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules Relating to International Carriage by Air signed at Warsaw on 12 October 1929", commonly known as the Hague Protocol, came into effect.
- The 11th World Scout Jamboree began, in Marathon, Greece.
- George Harrison and Paul McCartney sang a duet on a Beatles tape recording of the Goffin-King song "Don't Ever Change" for later broadcasting on BBC radio.
- The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Tingey collided with the NRT ship USS Vammen off southern California, suffering no significant damage.
- Born: Robert Parlin, founder of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network; in Grafton, Massachusetts
- Died: Theodore Roethke, 55, American Pulitzer-winning poet (heart attack)
August 2, 1963 (Friday)
- Sino-Soviet split: The People's Republic of China, in its strongest condemnation to that time of the Soviet Union, criticized the Soviets as being "freaks and monsters" for making "unconditional concessions and capitulation to the imperialists" after the USSR had agreed to a partial nuclear test ban treaty with the United States and the United Kingdom. The statement came in an editorial in the Chinese Communist Party newspaper, the People's Daily.
- The NFL champion Green Bay Packers were upset, 20-17, by the College All-Stars in the annual Chicago College All-Star Game. It would be the last time that the All-Stars would win the series, which would be discontinued after the 1976 contest.
- José de Jesús García Ayala was consecrated as Auxiliary Bishop of Campeche. He would go on to become the oldest bishop in the Mexican church, living beyond his 100th birthday.
- A tropical storm off Bermuda intensified and was classified as Hurricane Arlene, though it would degenerate into a tropical depression the following day.
- Died: Swami Ramdas, 79, Hindu philosopher
August 3, 1963 (Saturday)
- The Beatles performed at The Cavern Club in Liverpool for the 275th, and final time, nearly 18 months after their first appearance on the Club's stage on February 9, 1961.
- Born: James Hetfield, American singer/songwriter and founder of the rock band Metallica, in Downey, California; and Tasmin Archer, English singer, in Bradford, Yorkshire
- Died: Stephen Ward, 50, English osteopath and a central figure in the Profumo Affair, three days after taking an overdose of barbiturates. In his suicide note, he wrote "It's a wish not to let them get me. I'd rather get myself." 
- Died: Phil Graham, 48, President and Chief Executive Officer of the publisher of the Washington Post newspaper and Newsweek magazine, by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
August 4, 1963 (Sunday)
- The African Development Bank (AfDB) was created by agreement of the leaders of 33 African nations meeting in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan.
- The 1963 German Grand Prix was held at the Nürburgring and won by John Surtees, with Jim Clark finishing second. Clark remained well in first place in the world auto-driving championship standings, with 42 points, while Surtees was second at 22.
- The 1963 Meadowdale SCCA National Championships event at Meadowdale International Raceway was won by Don Yenko.
- Born: Keith Ellison, U.S. Representative for Minnesota 2007–present, the first Muslim to be elected to the United States Congress; in Detroit
August 5, 1963 (Monday)
- In Moscow, the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union signed the first nuclear test ban treaty. The ceremony took place at the Kremlin with U.S. Secretary of State Dean Rusk, British Foreign Secretary Alec Douglas-Home, and Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko signing on behalf of their respective nations.
- Craig Breedlove set the record for fastest driver in the world, reaching 428.37 miles an hour "for a measured mile" in a jet-powered vehicle, Spirit of America, on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. His average for two runs was 407.45 MPH.
- The trial of Stephen Ward was formally closed with no sentence pronounced, following Ward's suicide two days earlier.
- Died: Salvador Bacarisse, 64, Spanish composer
August 6, 1963 (Tuesday)
- Died: Sophus Nielsen, 75, Danish soccer player and manager; Lina Ruz González y Castro, 60, mother of Cuban leaders Fidel Castro and Raúl Castro; and Ramon Vila Capdevila, 55, a/k/a Caraquemada, Spanish rebel, in a gunbattle with Spanish Civil Guards.
August 7, 1963 (Wednesday)
- United Nations Security Council Resolution 181 was passed, calling for a voluntary arms embargo of South Africa because of its racial discrimination. The United States and the United Kingdom abstained from the vote.
- The Lockheed YF-12 jet fighter was flown for the first time, with test pilot Jim Eastham guiding the aircraft over Nevada's Groom Dry Lake.
- A freak escalator accident at the Garden State Park Racetrack in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, killed a man and his daughter. John Patrick Sweeney and 8-year old Peggy Sweeney, of Maple Shade, New Jersey, were touring the closed park with a friend when they stepped over a box of tools that had been blocking the moving stairway, unaware that a protective plate at the top had been removed for maintenance. The two fell into the moving machinery and were crushed to death.
- Born: Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, son of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, by emergency caesarean section, five and a half weeks early, at the Otis Air Force Base Hospital in Bourne, Massachusetts. He was quickly transferred to the Children's Hospital Boston, and would die 39 hours later of respiratory problems.
August 8, 1963 (Thursday)
- The Great Train Robbery of 1963 took place at Ledburn, Buckinghamshire, England, when a gang of bandits halted a train ferrying mail between Glasgow and London. At 3:00 am, the group caused the train's engineer to stop by activating the red signal and covering the green signal. When the train came to a halt, engineer Jack Mills and his assistant were overpowered, while others in the group boarded the first two coaches hauling mail, and tied up the four employees on board. The group then uncoupled the engine and two coaches from the other ten cars on the train, and forced the engineer and assistant to move one mile down the line to the Bridego Bridge, where the mail bags were dropped into automobiles waiting beneath. The haul was estimated at £2,600,000 (at the time worth about $7,300,000; equivalent to $55 million or £37 million in 2013).
- The Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) was formed by Ndabaningi Sithole, future Zimbabwean Prime Minister (and later, President) Robert Mugabe, and other members of the Zimbabwe African People's Union who were dissatisfied with the leadership of Joshua Nkomo.
August 9, 1963 (Friday)
- American dissident Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested in New Orleans while distributing leaflets for the Fair Play for Cuba Committee at the corner of Canal Street and Baronne Street, after getting into a scuffle with three Cuban men (Carlos Bringuier, Celso Macario and Miguel Mariano), who were also arrested; Oswald spent the night in jail, and then paid .
- Hurricane Arlene passed directly over Bermuda with winds of 85 mph (140 km/h). The storm continued to intensify after passing the island, with reconnaissance recording a minimum pressure of 969 mbar (hPa; 28.61 inHg) and maximum winds reached 105 mph (160 km/h). The hurricane began to weaken hours later, with winds decreasing below 100 mph (155 km/h) by the afternoon of August 10. Shortly afterwards, Arlene transitioned into an extratropical cyclone, while maintaining hurricane-force winds, over the north Atlantic.
- The British rock music show Ready Steady Go! premiered on Associated-Rediffusion in London, part of Britain's ITV network, and would later be shown on the other ITV stations. It would run until December 7, 1966. 
- Born: Whitney Houston, American pop singer, in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2012)
- Died: Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, two-day-old son of President John F. Kennedy, of infant respiratory distress syndrome. A funeral mass for the child was held the next day in the private chapel of Cardinal Richard Cushing in Boston.
August 10, 1963 (Saturday)
- Giovanni Colombo became Archbishop of Milan, replacing Pope Paul VI, who had been elected to the papacy two months earlier.
- A new record was set for latest ending to a Major League Baseball game, when the second game of a doubleheader between the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the visiting Houston Colt .45s (now the Astros lasted until 2:30 in the morning. The first game had been delayed for an hour by rain. Only 300 of the original 9,420 fans stayed to watch Pittsburgh win 7-6 after 11 innings. The record would be broken on June 13, 1967, when a Washington Senators 6-5 win over the Chicago White Sox at 2:44 am.
- Born: Phoolan Devi, Indian bandit and politician, in Ghura Ka Purwa, Uttar Pradesh (died 2001)
- Died: Estes Kefauver, 60, American politician who almost won the 1952 Democratic presidential nomination and then served as running-mate for nominee Adlai Stevenson II in 1956
August 11, 1963 (Sunday)
- Four of the defendants who had been arrested on July 11, at the Liliesleaf Farm near Johannesburg, were able to escape their South African jail after a bribe was promised to their guard by the ANC. Harold Wolpe and Arthur Goldreich, who were both white, were confined at Johannesburg's Marshall Square Police Station, in the same cell with Indian South Africans Abdulhay Jassat and Mosie Moolla, separate from the black South African defendants. Their white guard, Johannes Greeff, served three years of a six-year sentence, and later received 2,000 African pounds. Wolpe and Goldreich would elude a nationwide search and, "disguised as priests", make it to Swaziland (which was surrounded by South Africa), and on September 8, would charter a plane to fly to Tanganyika.
- Two teams of surgeons, at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, carried out the successful separation of a pair of conjoined twins, Daniel Bartley and David Bartley, 27 hours after their birth. The two were joined at the abdomen.
- Food poisoning struck about 150 of 800 women who had attended a dinner at which the Archbishop of Boston, Richard Cardinal Cushing, was the guest speaker.
- Retired Lt. Gen. Song Yo-Chang, at one time the Prime Minister of South Korea, was arrested on orders of the President and his former superior officer, General Park Chung-hee. On August 8, General Song had published a letter in the nation's newspapers, calling on General Park not to run in the October elections.
- Benoni Beheyt won the 1963 UCI Road World Championships motorcycle race at Renaix, Belgium.
- Jim Clark won the 1963 Kanonloppet motor race at Karlskoga Circuit in Sweden.
- Died: Clem Bevans, 83, American vaudeville star and film actor; and Charles Seymour, 78, American academic
August 12, 1963 (Monday)
- President of Kenya Jomo Kenyatta spoke to 300 white farmers at Nakuru, and reassured them that the new black African government would look after their interests if they remained. "To the chagrin of many freedom fighters, his prophecy turned out to be accurate", one commentator would observe later about the former Mau Mau Uprising leader.
- Fifteen of the 16 people on board an Air-Inter flight were killed when Viscount airplane they were on crashed while attempting a landing in a thunderstorm at Lyon. The airplane, which was stopping at Lille on the way to Nice, struck a barn as it descended, and debris from the wreckage killed the farm owner. The sole survivor was a three-year-old girl.
- The pilot and five passengers of a twin-engine Beechcraft plane, on a charter flight to Fort Erie, Ontario, were injured when their plane crashed at the Toronto Island Airport. One engine failed at an altitude of 200 feet (61 m) during take-off over Lake Ontario. The pilot turned back and landed on the Island, clipping a tree. Most of the plane's starboard wing was torn off.
- Born: Kōji Kitao, Japanese sumo wrestler, in Mie
August 13, 1963 (Tuesday)
- The "Trois Glorieuses" uprising began in Congo-Brazzaville (formerly the French Congo), as political rallies degenerated into violent clashes. Striking workers in the capital, Brazzaville, stormed the city prison and released all of the inmates.
- Born: Édouard Michelin, managing partner and co-chief executive of the Michelin Group from 1999, in Clermont-Ferrand (died 2006)
August 14, 1963 (Wednesday)
- The first of the Yirrkala bark petitions, created by Aboriginal leaders in the Arnhem Land region of the Northern Territory of Australia, were presented to Australian governmental leaders at the capital in Canberra.
- British police arrested five persons believed to have been members of the gang that had carried out the robbery of the Glasgow-London mail train the previous week, and recovered £100,000 of the loot that had been stolen.
- The 1962–63 DFB-Pokal, the second-most important national competition in German football, was won by Hamburger SV.
- Died: Clifford Odets, 57, American playwright
August 15, 1963 (Thursday)
- A team of scientists from Yale University and the Brookhaven National Laboratory announced their discovery of what was believed at the time to be the last class of subatomic particle, the hyperon referred to as "anti-xi-zero".
- Fulbert Youlou was forced to resign as President of the Republic of Congo, after a three-day uprising in the capital. A delegation of military leaders, led by Coloel David Mountsaka and Major Felix Mouzabakani, refused to obey President Youlou's order for the Congolese Army to shoot at the protesters, and demanded his resignation. Youlou was replaced the next day by Alphonse Massamba-Débat, who was designated by the title "Chief of Government", rather than President.
- The last of the American nuclear Thor missiles, located in the United Kingdom at the 144th Strategic Missile Squadron at North Luffenham, was taken off of alert, ending a process that had started on November 29. The missiles were removed by September 27, and the missile facilities closed by December 20.
- Born: Simon Brown, Jamaican boxer, IBF welterweight champion 1998–1991, and WBC light middleweight champion 1993–1994; in Clarendon
- Died: Vsevolod Ivanov, 68, Soviet novelist; Eddie Mays, 34, the last person to be executed in the state of New York, in the electric chair at Sing Sing prison; and Karl Drews, 43, former American MLB pitcher from 1946 to 1954, after being struck by a drunk driver.
August 16, 1963 (Friday)
- The NASA M2-F1, a wingless lifting body glider nicknamed the "flying bathtub", was flown for the first time, with test pilot Milt Thompson at the controls. The lifting body design, which permitted a spacecraft to descend horizontally through the atmosphere, would be put into service through the American space shuttle.
- Canada's new Prime Minister, Lester B. Pearson, reversed the policy of his predecessor, John G. Diefenbaker, and announced that his government had agreed with the United States to arm American-deployed missiles with nuclear warheads.
- Former President of Venezuela Marcos Pérez Jiménez was extradited from the United States back to Venezuela, eight months after his arrest and confinement in the Dade County Jail in Miami. Perez Jimenez had been dictator from 1952 to 1958, then fled to the U.S., where he lived in luxury until being jailed in Miami on December 12, 1962.
- Two people walking in Dorking Woods discovered a briefcase, a holdall and a camel-skin bag, all containing money. The evidence would lead to the arrest of Brian Field, a member of the gang who had carried out the Great Train Robbery a few days earlier. The discovery raised the total amount of money recovered to £141,000 ($394,800).
August 17, 1963 (Saturday)
- Fifty-five people were drowned when the Japanese ferry boat Midori Maru capsized in heavy waves as it sailed from the Okinawan capital to Kumejima Island. Another 185 of the passengers and crew were rescued by fishing boats and U.S. military aircraft.
- One day short of a year after its launch, Kosmos 8's orbit decayed.
- Died: Ed Gardner, 62, American radio comedian who starred in the series Duffy's Tavern; and Richard Barthelmess, 68, American silent film actor who was nominated for Best Actor in the first Academy Award ceremony
August 18, 1963 (Sunday)
- American civil rights movement: James Meredith became the first African-American to graduate from the University of Mississippi in its 115 years of existence. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, having majored in political science and minored in French. The cost of Meredith's protection by federal marshals was more than $5,000,000. His graduation day was without incident; Meredith would later earn a law degree from Columbia University.
- The last match in the third round of the 1963 CONCACAF Champions' Cup was played at the Estadio Nacional in Costa Rica. The final, scheduled to be played the following month, would eventually be scratched, and Racing Club Haïtien would eventually be declared champion.
August 19, 1963 (Monday)
- Israel's Prime Minister Levi Eshkol agreed to allow American observers to visit the Negev Nuclear Research Center at Dimona, where Israel was working on developing a nuclear weapon.
- Born: Monday Michiru, Japanese "acid jazz" musician, in Tokyo
- Died: Maulvi Tamizuddin Khan, 74, Pakistani politician, President (speaker) of Pakistan's first Constituent Assembly; Jay Meuser, 51, American abstract expressionist painter
August 20, 1963 (Tuesday)
- Curtis Publishing Co. v. Butts: Former University of Georgia football coach Wally Butts won a $3,060,000 judgment in his libel lawsuit against the Saturday Evening Post magazine. The March 19, 1963 issue of the magazine alleged in an article that Butts, and University of Alabama Coach Bear Bryant, had conspired to fix the outcome of the game between their schools. The jury verdict would later be reduced to $460,000 by the trial court, but would be upheld by the United States Supreme Court.
- In the Bristol South East by-election, Tony Benn regained his seat in the House of Commons. Benn had been forced to resign Commons in 1960, when he inherited a peerage, becoming the 2nd Viscount Stansgate (and a member of the House of Lords) on his father's death. Benn had won the by-election on May 4, but had been disqualified by law. When the Peerage Act 1963 took effect, Benn renounced his peerage, ran again and received 79.7% of the vote.
- The Israeli government informed the United Nations Special Committee on Apartheid that it had taken all necessary steps to ensure that no arms, ammunition, or strategic materials would be exported from Israel to South Africa in any form, directly or indirectly.
- The Royal Shakespeare Company introduced its performance cycle of Shakespeare's history plays under the title The Wars of the Roses, adapted and directed by John Barton and Peter Hall, at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon.
August 21, 1963 (Wednesday)
- Xá Lợi Pagoda raids: The Army of the Republic of Vietnam Special Forces, on orders of President Ngô Đình Diệm and his brother, Ngô Đình Nhu, arrested thousands of monks and nuns (some of whom died in prison or disappeared), and vandalised Buddhist pagodas across South Vietnam.
- Tupolev 124 ditching in Neva River: Victor Mostovoy, the pilot of an Aeroflot Tupolev Tu-124 airliner, successfully ditched in the Neva River at Leningrad, after the jet developed engine trouble. The Tu-124 remained afloat, and all 52 persons on board were able to escape without injury.
- U.S. President Kennedy issued a Presidential Memorandum establishing the National Communications System.
- The Soviet Union established diplomatic relations with Jordan for the first time.
- Lee Harvey Oswald and Carlos Bringuier participated in a debate on live radio on the New Orleans station WDSU-AM.
- Born: King Mohammed VI of Morocco, son of King Hassan II of Morocco and Lalla Latifa Hammou
- Died: Gladys Dick, 81, American physician and co-developer of the vaccine against scarlet fever
August 22, 1963 (Thursday)
- American test pilot Joe Walker achieved a second sub-orbital spaceflight, according to the international standard of 100 kilometers, piloting an X-15 rocket to an altitude of 354,200 feet (67.08 miles or 107.96 kilometers). The record was unofficial, because the X-15 did not take off from the ground under its own power, and sent up by an air launch. Walker's flight would remain the highest ever achieved by an airplane for more than fifty years, until broken on October 4, 2004, when Brian Binnie would pilot SpaceShipOne to an altitude of 367,500 feet (69.6 miles or 112 kilometers).
- Died: Eric Johnston, 66, American motion picture executive who had served as President of the Motion Picture Association of America since 1945.
August 23, 1963 (Friday)
- Einar Gerhardsen resigned as Prime Minister of Norway after losing a motion of no confidence by a two-vote margin. The 76-74 vote came about when two deputies in the Storting (Finn Gustavsen and Asbjørn Holm) broke with the ruling Labor Party to vote against Gerhardsen.
- Geurie crossing loop collision: The Sydney-bound Bourke Mail train, with 110 passengers on board, collided with a goods train, hauled by a 265-tonne Beyer-Garratt AD60 class locomotive 6003. There were 19 injuries but no fatalities.
- Born: Stephanie Biddle, Canadian jazz musician, in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec; Glória Pires, Brazilian actress, in Rio de Janeiro
August 24, 1963 (Saturday)
- The very first games of the Bundesliga, composed of the 16 best professional soccer football teams in West Germany, were played, with all eight matches starting at 5:00 pm. In Bremen, Timo Konietzka of Borussia Dortmund scored the first goal in league history, 59 seconds into the match against SV Werder Bremen, although Bremen would win 3-2. In other contests, Meidericher SV beat Karlsruher SC, 4-1; FC Schalke 04 defeated VfB Stuttgart, 2-0; 1. FC Köln won 2-0 over FC Saarbrücken. The other four games ended in 1-1 draws.
- Cable 243: In the wake of the Xá Lợi Pagoda raids, the U.S. Department of State sent a cable, conditionally approved by President Kennedy, to Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge in South Vietnam. The wording of the message, which included the statement that the Ambassador should "make detailed plans as to how we might bring about Diệm's replacement if this should become necessary", implied support for a coup against President Ngô Đình Diệm.
- John Pennel, who had broken the world record in the pole vault on August 5, became the first person to vault more than 17 feet, vaulting 17 feet, 0.75 inches in a meet near his hometown, at the University of Miami.
August 25, 1963 (Sunday)
- Nearly three years after the December 15, 1960 decision by King Mahendra of Nepal to abolish the nation's short-lived elected legislature, the King held the first meeting of the new "National Guidance Council" as an advisory body.
- The Greek freighter MV Donald, formerly the U.S. Navy cargo ship USS Cabell, was last heard from, when its captain reported by radio that he was encountering bad weather in the Indian Ocean. The ship had been en route to Indonesia with 26 people on board and a cargo of 5,000 tons of iron, and was never found after being reported as missing a month later by the Greek Ministry of Merchant Marine.
- The Beatles gave their sixth concert in Blackpool in two months, at the ABC Theatre.
- Died: Karl Probst, 79, American automobile engineer who, in 1940, designed the U.S. Army's "G.P." (general purpose) vehicle, which would become known as the "jeep"
August 26, 1963 (Monday)
- In a meeting with U.S. President Kennedy, Soviet Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin told Kennedy that all Soviet combat troops had been removed from Cuba. In actuality, one brigade of Soviet troops had remained after the end of the Cuban Missile Crisis, at the request of Fidel Castro. The existence of the brigade would not be discovered by U.S. intelligence until 1979.
- Born: Cristina Favre-Moretti and Isabella Crettenand-Moretti, twin sisters Swiss ski mountaineers who both won gold medals in the 2004 World Championships
August 27, 1963 (Tuesday)
- Eighteen miners were killed in an explosion at an underground potash mine near Moab, Utah, but five men were able to survive the carbon monoxide by finding an air pocket, 2,712 feet below the surface, and were lifted to safety by rescue workers.
- Less than six hours before the railroads of the United States were scheduled to be shut down by a walkout of railway employees, President Kennedy signed anti-strike legislation that had been passed minutes earlier by the U.S. House of Representatives. The vote in the House, finished at 4:42 pm, was 286-66 on a bill that had passed the U.S. Senate on August 22. President Kennedy signed the bill into law at 6:14 pm, ending the strike that had been scheduled for one minute after midnight.
- Japanese Construction Minister Kono Ichiro announced that the government would construct a new city at undeveloped land in "a very suitable place near Mount Tsukuba". The "Tsukuba Science City", located 35 miles northeast of Tokyo and intended as a community for researchers and scientists, would be ready for its first residents after ten years of construction, and would have over 200,000 residents within 50 years.
- Died: W. E. B. Du Bois, 95, African-American professor and civil rights activist, who later became a citizen of Ghana; Inayatullah Khan Mashriqi, 75, Indian mathematician, logician, political theorist, Islamic scholar and the founder of the Khaksar movement; Garrett Morgan, 86, African-American inventor; and Werner Kuhn, Swiss physical chemist
August 28, 1963 (Wednesday)
- At the 1963 "March on Washington" (officially, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom), Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his I Have A Dream speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to an audience of at least 250,000 people.
- Career Girls Murders: Janice Wylie, a 21-year-old researcher for Newsweek magazine, and her roommate, 22-year-old schoolteacher Emily Hoffert, were stabbed to death in their luxury apartment on New York's Upper East Side. An innocent man would be convicted of the murders and was imprisoned until the discovery of the actual killer, Richard Robles.
- John Lyng became Prime Minister of Norway, forming the first government in 28 years not to be led by the Norwegian Labour Party. Lyng's government would last for only one month.
- Two U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotankers collided over the Atlantic Ocean and crashed.
August 29, 1963 (Thursday)
- Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., the U.S. Ambassador to South Vietnam, sent a top secret cable to the White House, reporting that "We are launched on a course from which there is no turning back: the overthrow of the [Ngo Dinh] Diem government."  At noon in Washington, DC, President Kennedy held a conference with his Secretaries of State, Defense and the Treasury, as well as with the CIA Director, after which Kennedy authorized a reply to Lodge, which included the statement that "The USG [United States Government] will support a coup which has good chance of succeeding but plans no direct involvement of U.S. Armed Forces." 
- The Policlínico Bancario bank in Argentina was robbed by members of Tacuara Nationalist Movement, who stole 14,000,000 Argentine pesos (equivalent to $100,000 USD), and killed two bank employees in the process.
- Gulzarilal Nanda replaced Lal Bahadur Shastri as India's Minister for Home Affairs.
- The 47th General Assembly of Nova Scotia ended its term.
August 30, 1963 (Friday)
- The Moscow–Washington hotline began operations, as the U.S. Department of Defense made a one-sentence announcement to the world press: "The direct communication link between Washington and Moscow is now operational." 
- Born: John King US journalist, in Dorchester, Massachusetts; Mark Strong, English actor, in London
- Died: Guy Burgess, 52, British spy; Eddie Mannix, 72, American film executive; and Axel Stordahl, 50, American bandleader
August 31, 1963 (Saturday)
- Singapore declared its independence from the United Kingdom, with Yusof bin Ishak as the Head of State (Yang di-Pertuan Negara) and Lee Kuan Yew as Prime Minister; sixteen days later, Singapore would join the Federation of Malaysia, but would declare independence again on August 9, 1965.
- The National Museum of Malaysia opened, on the sixth anniversary of the independence of Malaya.
- British North Borneo became the self-governing territory known as Sabah, pending the establishment of the Federation of Malaysia later in the year.
- Winston P. Wilson became chief of the U.S. National Guard Bureau.
- John Dalgleish Donaldson and his first wife, Henrietta Clark Horne, married at Port Seton, Scotland. One of their daughters, Mary Donaldson (born 1972), would marry Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark in 2010 and become Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark.
- Died: Georges Braque, 81, French painter and sculptor
- "Nuclear Notebook", in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (June 1989) p48
- Chia-Jui Cheng, Basic Documents on International Trade Law (BRILL, 1990) p366
- "Soviets are 'Freaks, Monsters'", Miami News, August 2, 1963, p1
- "All-Stars Upset Packers", Milwaukee Sentinel, August 3, 1963, p7
- "The Death of an All-Star Game", by John C. Hibner, Coffin Corner 1986 Annual, (Professional Football Researchers Association)
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- Barry Miles, Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now (Macmillan, 1998) p80
- "Ward Dies, Leaves Note: 'I'd Rather Get Myself'", Miami News, August 4, 1963, p1
- "Washington Post Chief Killed", Miami News, August 4, 1963, p1
- "African Development Bank", in International Governmental Organizations: Constitutional Documents, Amos J. Peaslee and Dorothy Peaslee Xydis, eds. (BRILL, 1961) p66
- "Jim Clark Holds Auto Point Lead", Miami News, August 5, 1963, p1B
- "Big 3 Sign Ban Pact In Kremlin Ceremony", Miami News, August 5, 1963, p1
- "American Driver Sets Speed Mark-- 407 MPH", Miami News, August 5, 1963, p1B
- Ludovic Kennedy (1964) The Trial of Stephen Ward: 227
- Jacklyn Cock and Laurie Nathan, War and Society: The Militarisation of South Africa (New Africa Books, 1989) p233
- Paul Crickmore, Lockheed Blackbird: Beyond The Secret Missions (Osprey Publishing, 2004) p93
- "Father, Daughter Crushed to Death Under Escalator", Long Beach (CA) Press Telegram, August 8, 1963, p3
- America's Royalty: All the Presidents' Children, by Sandra L. Quinn-Musgrove, Sanford Kanterand, 1995; "IT'S A BOY FOR THE KENNEDYS", Pittsburgh Press, August 7, 1963, p1
- "KENNEDYS MOURN DEATH OF BABY", Pittsburgh Press, August 9, 1963, p1
- "Train Robbery Nets $2.8 Million", Miami News, August 8, 1963, p1
- Brenda Haugen, The Great Train Robbery: History-Making Heist (Capstone Press, 2010)
- Andrew Norman, Robert Mugabe and the Betrayal of Zimbabwe (McFarland, 2004) p57
- John Newman, Oswald and the CIA: The Documented Truth Anout the Unknown Relationship Between the U.S. Government and the Alleged Killer of JFK (Skyhorse Publishing, 2008) pp328-329
- The Warren Commission Report: Report of the President's Commission on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy (Associated Press, 1964, reprinted by Filiquarian Publishing, 2007) pp407-408
- Ian Inglis, Popular Music And Television In Britain (Ashgate Publishing, 2010) pp71-72
- Horace Newcomb, Encyclopedia of Television (Routledge, 2014) p1895
- "Children's Mass for JFK's Son", Miami News, August 9, 1963, p1
- Philip J. Lowry, Baseball's Longest Games: A Comprehensive Worldwide Record Book (McFarland, 2010) p274
- Nelson Mandela, Conversations with Myself (Random House Digital, 2010)
- Gideon Shimoni, Community and Conscience: The Jews in Apartheid South Africa (University Press of New England, 2003) p67
- "2 Teams of MDs Separate Day-Old Siamese Twins", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 12, 1963, p1
- "150 Stricken After Church Dinner", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 13, 1963, p1
- "Gen. Song Is Arrested In Korea", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 12, 1963, p2
- "Kenyatta, Jomo", in Encyclopedia of the Developing World, Thomas M. Leonard, ed. (Taylor & Francis, 2006) p806
- "Airliner Hits Barn, 16 Die", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 13, 1963, p1
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- Bazenguissa-Ganga, Rémy. Les voies du politique au Congo: essai de sociologie historique. Paris: Karthala, 1997. pp. 65, 71
- "Brazzaville Rioters Free All Prison Inmates", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 12, 1963, p2
- John Miller, Australia's Writers and Poets (Exisle Publishing, 2010) p11
- "Yard Nabs 5; $280,000", Miami News, August 15, 1963, p1
- "Scientists Find Anti-Xi-Zero As A Matter Of Fact", Miami News, August 15, 1963, p2
- "Congo Head Youlou Resigns", Miami News, August 15, 1963, p1
- "Mountsaka, David (Colonel)", in Historical Dictionary of Republic of the Congo, John F. Clark and Samuel Decalo, eds. (Scarecrow Press, 2012) p297
- "Moderate Heads Congo", Miami News, August 16, 1963, p1
- Jacob Neufeld, The Development of Ballistic Missiles in the United States Air Force 1945–1960 (Government Printing Office, 1998) pp232-233
- "Car Kills Ex-Pitcher Karl Drews", Miami News, August 15, 1963, p2
- R. Dale Reed and Darlene Lister, Wingless Flight: The Lifting Body Story (University Press of Kentucky, 2002) pp50-53
- Patrick Lennox, At Home and Abroad: The Canada-US Relationship and Canada's Place in the World (University of British Columbia Press, 2009) p65; Warhead Okay— Cabinet Approves", Windsor Star, August 16, 1963, p1
- "P.J. Cools Heels In Air-Conditioned Venezuealan Cell" Miami News, August 17, 1963, p1
- "5 Charged In Train Robbery; Net Grows", Miami News, August 16, 1963, p1
- "Ferry Boat Sinks, 55 Believed Dead", Miami News, August 18, 1963, p1
- McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 2009-05-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
- George A. Sewell and Margaret L. Dwight, Mississippi Black History Makers (University Press of Mississippi, 1984) p142
- Frank Lambert, The Battle of Ole Miss: Civil Rights v. States' Rights (Oxford University Press, 2009)
- Herbert Druks, John F. Kennedy And Israel (Greenwood Publishing Group, 2005) p125
- "Butts Wins $3 Million Suit", Miami News, August 20, 1963, p1
- The House of Lords: Reform (Crown Copyright, 2007) p12
- "Diem Seizes Pagodas; U.S. Denounces S. Viet", Miami News, August 21, 1963, p1
- "Xa Loi Pagoda Raids", in The Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War: A Political, Social, and Military History, Spencer C. Tucker, ed. (ABC-CLIO, 2011) p1351
- Bradley O'Leary, Triangle of Death: The Shocking Truth About the Role of South Vietnam and the French Mafia in the Assassination of JFK (Thomas Nelson Inc, 2003)
- "Prepare to Ditch", in Flight International magazine, 13 August 1964, p241
- K. C. Khurana, Aviation Management: Global Perspectives (Global India Publications, 2009) p141
- Myriam Dunn Cavelty, Cyber-Security and Threat Politics: US Efforts to Secure the Information Age (Routledge, 2007) pp41-42
- Andrej Kreutz, Russia in the Middle East: Friend Or Foe? (Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007) p40
- Roger D. Launius and Andrew K. Johnston, Smithsonian Atlas of Space Exploration (HarperCollins, 2009) p56; "X-15 Pilot Rockets 66.5 Miles Into Space", Bridgeport (CT) Telegram, August 23, 1963
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- Steve Pace, X-Planes at Edwards (Zenith Imprint, 1995) p11
- Michel Van Pelt, Rocketing Into the Future: The History and Technology of Rocket Planes (Springer, 2012) p230
- "Norway Regime Falls by 76 to 74", Stars and Stripes (European Edition), August 24, 1963, p24
- "Kings Bay Affair", in The A to Z of Norway, Jan Sjåvik, ed. (Scarecrow Press, 2010) p143
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- "Der 1.Spieltag der Bundesliga 1963/1964", Fussballdaten.de
- James A. Bill, George Ball: Scenes in U.S. Foreign Policy (Yale University Press, 1998) pp154-155
- the telegram, NSA Archive, www.gwu.edu
- "Our John Pennel Goes Over 17 Feet!", Miami News, August 25, 1963, p1
- Bhuwan Lal Joshi and Leo E. Rose, Democratic Innovations in Nepal: A Case Study of Political Acculturation (University of California Press, 1966) p412
- "Ship Missing, 26 Aboard", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 25, 1963; "USS Cabell (AK-166)", NavSource Online
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- James G. Blight and David A. Welch, Intelligence and the Cuban Missile Crisis (Frank Cass Publishers, 1998) pp42-43
- "Miracle In Utah Mine Cave-In: Survivors From 2,700 Feet", August 28, 1963, p1; "5 More Rescued From Utah Mine; Death Toll At 18", August 30, 1963, p1
- "Trains Roll As Strike Is Blocked", Miami News, August 28, 1963, p1
- James W. Dearing, Growing a Japanese Science City: Communication in Scientific Research (Routledge, 2012)
- "200,000 March On Washington", Miami News, August 28, 1963, p1
- "Sadist Sought In Killing Of Two N.Y. Career Girls", Miami News, August 30, 1963, p4A
- "The Career Girls Murders", by Mark Gado, trutv.com
- Tim Weiner, Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA (Random House Digital, 2008) pp699-700
- NSA Archive, George Washington University
- Germán Ferrari, Simbolos y Fantasmas (SudAmericana, 2012)
- "'Hot Line' Rady For Use In East-West Crisis", Miami News, August 31, 1963, p4
- Paul Joseph and Simon Rosenblum, Search for Sanity: The Politics of Nuclear Weapons and Disarmament (South End Press, 1984) p169
- Stephen McCarthy, The Political Theory of Tyranny in Singapore and Burma: Aristotle and the Rhetoric of Benevolent Despotism (Taylor & Francis, 2006) pp68-69