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1963 Events

‘No impropriety’, claims John Profumo

March 22. In a personal statement John Profumo, Secretary of State for War, told MP’s today that there was ‘no impropriety whatever’ in his acquaintanceship with 21-year old Christine Keeler, missing witness in a recent Old Bailey trial.

Grim-faced and pale, he added that he had last seen her in December, 1961, and that he will not hesitate to issue writs for libel and slander, if scandalous allegations are made or repeated outside the House of Commons about him having any connection with Miss Keeler’s disappearance. Lobby correspondents were told that Mr Macmillan now regards the matter as closed.

Mr Profumo’s statement came only hours after some Labour MP’s spoke in the House about rumours connecting a government minister, whom they did not name, with Miss Keeler. They implied people in high places are concealing information.

Westminster is agog with rumours about Miss Keeler’s meetings with Mr Profumo and about her knowing a Soviet diplomat. Mr and Mrs Profumo went to the races with the Queen Mother this afternoon.

Russia puts first woman into space

June 16. The Soviet Union chalked up another first in outer space today when Lieutenant Valentina Tereshkova circled the earth in a Vostok space ship. Miss Tereshkova, aged 26, and a firmer amateur parachute jumper, has spoken with Nikita Khrushchev the Soviet leader, who expressed his ‘fatherly pride’ in her success, called her ‘Valya’ and promised she would receive a huge welcome on her return to earth.

Miss Tereshkova’s space capsule is circling the earth near to another one,piloted by Colonel Bykovsky. This proximity suggests Soviet scientists were considering a rendezvous in space

‘I have a dream’ says Luther King

August 28. More than 200,000 people marched through Washington today in the biggest demonstration yet to press for civil rights. Negroes walked shoulder to shoulder with showbiz stars like Marlon Brando, Burt Lancaster, Judy Garland and Bob Dylan.

The peaceful tone was set by the Rev Martin Luther King, who told the crowd by the reflecting pools of the Lincoln Memorial:’ Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of hatred and bitterness.’ The non-violent struggle would go on, he said, ‘until justice flows like water and righteousness like a stream’

President Kennedy told the civil rights leaders that they had advanced ‘the cause of 20 million Negro's’. But the orator of the day was undoubtedly King, who told the huge crowd: ‘I still have a dream. It is a dream chiefly rooted in the American dream. 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.’

‘I have a dream,’ he went on, ‘ that former slaves and sons of former slave owners would sit together at the table of brotherhood’ in Georgia

Nuffield dies after making - and then giving away - millions

August 22. Britain’s most successful car tycoon has died, aged 84. Lord Nuffield made a second career giving away the £27 million he had earned in the first.

Born William Morris, he started in business as an apprentice cycle mechanic. His greatest gift was to set up the Nuffield Foundation and endow it with £10 million of ordinary stock in his Morris Motors.

When car sales slumped after World War 1, he achieved his most striking coup by cutting his prices by £100. He soon made a fortune with mid–priced family cars. He became a baronet in 1929, and then a peer. He gave up his directorships ten years ago.

Pop fans go wild as Beatlemania takes hold - yeah,yeah yeah

October 31. They’re calling it ‘Beatlemania’ and there's no doubt that Britain is in love with the Beatles. This month screaming fans clogged the streets around the London Palladium when the Liverpool rock group starred in a TV show, caused traffic jams at airports (incidentally delaying the new prime minister) and bought enough copies of ‘She Loves You’ to keep it at number one for four weeks.

Next month the ‘Fab Four’ or ‘Mop Tops’ as the press has dubbed its new heroes reach their greatest pinnacle yet: they are due to top the bill at the Royal Variety Performance in London. Will the Royals also succumb to the charm of John,Paul, George and Ringo? Yeah,yeah,yeah

John Kennedy is shot dead in Dallas

November 22. President Kennedy has been assassinated. He was shot in the head today as he drove through Dallas, Texas, in an open car on his way to a political festival. A number of shots were fired as crowds cheered him on a golden, sunny day. The 46-year old President slumped in the car as his wife turned to help him. She cradled him in her arms, his blood staining her suit, as the car sped to nearby Parkland Hospital. Police motor- cyclists, sirens blaring, cleared a path through the crowds.

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Playing on this page Jukebox the UK’s Top 50 singles for the year 1963, also the yearly position the recording’s achieved for the year.