US Flag flies at half-mast after President John F. Kennedy
is assasinated (picture appeared in 1964 Heights yearbook).

 

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The Year is 1963 ...

President John F. Kennedy proposes
Medicare.

U.S., Great Britain and Soviet Union sign Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty to outlaw atmospheric testing.

Hotline between Washington and Moscow installed.

Civil rights demonstrations peak in Birmingham, Alabama. Martin Luther King delivers famous "I Have a Dream" speech on Aug. 28 at a major march in Washington D.C.



"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,'" he said from the granite steps of the Lincoln Memorial overlooking the reflecting pool. "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

The last Mercury-Atlas (capsule/rocket) is used for the fifth manned mission in space as astronaut L. Gordon Cooper is aboard the "
Faith 7" which tests the endurance of human capabilities and the spacecraft for one day. Performs 22.5 orbits around earth.

President John F. Kennedy is assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas Texas. Lee Harvey Oswald murdered by Jack Ruby.

The United States Penitentiary (USP) at Marion, Illinois, opens in 1963 as Alcatraz closes.

The
Chicago Bears beat the New York Giants, 14-10, to win the NFL title.

Bobby Hull of the
Chicago Blackhawks gets his 51st goal in one season to break the 50-goal records held by Maurice Richard in 1944-45, Bernie Geoffrion in 1960-61 and Bobby Hull's own previous record in 1961-62.

Loyola Ramblers beat the Cincinnatti Bearcats, 60-58, to win the NCAA Basketball Championship. Cincinnatti was hoping for its third consecutive NCAA Championship.




Tom Jones
wins an Oscar
for Best Picture
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