Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Some more of the notable events this week in 1963:

Monday April 8th 1963
At the Oscars, Lawrence of Arabia wins Best picture, and Gregory Peck wins Best Actor for his role as Atticus inTo Kill a Mockingbird.

Wednesday April 10th 1963
An unknown gunman narrowly missed killing former U.S. Army General Edwin Walker at his home in Dallas, Texas. Six months later, in November, it turned out that the rifle used in this attack was the same one used by Lee Harvey Oswald to kill President Kennedy.

Friday April 12th 1963
Martin Luther King arrested in a Birmingham, Alabama civil rights protest for "parading without a permit". This was the start of his national status as a symbol for freedom. A few days later, in the margins of a newspaper he wrote his famous Letter from Birmingham Jail.

Saturday April 13th 1963
Kosmos 14 was launched by the USSR. It was important in furthering the understanding of controlling satellites and spacecraft in orbit.

Monday April 15th 1963
70,000 anti-nuclear weapons marchers arrived in Trafalgar Square London from Aldermaston. The fear of nuclear war hung over the world in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. In October 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis had brought us closer to it than ever, so this march (the fifth) was particularly well-attended, but also had divisions which led to scuffles.

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