Events of 1963 in Australia

By dblom
  • The New Year

    The New Year
    On the 1st of January 1963, the new year began. This day started a great deal of events that would occurr in the year to come, in which effected Australia dramatically.
  • Bob Dylan

    Bob Dylan
    On the 12th of January, 1963, Bob Dylan, a very influential man, a man that is commonly known for his singing, portrayed a folk singer in "The Madhouse of Castle Street", a radio play for the BBC in London. This piece of recording was sent to Australia and it become popular instantly. Bob Dylan influenced countries on his own accord by his singing and that is exactly what this man did with his voice and the lyrics to songs during 1963.
  • Australian of the Year

    Australian of the Year
    On Australia Day, 1963, the Australian of the year was announced. This prestigious award was given to a man named John Carew Eccles for his outstanding work on synapse.
  • Australia Day

    Australia Day
    Eric Edgar Cooke On the 26th of January in 1963, occurred one of the badest Australia days in history. In Perth, Western Australia, a man notorious mass murderer named Eric Edgar Cooke created havoc amonngst the Western Australia people with his "shootings rock". This dark day in the history of Australia resulted in having 2 people dead and 3 people injured.
  • The Ashes

    The Ashes
    On this day, in 1963, England managed to fight their way back through the match to end up drawing the series with Australia with a 1-1 result at the end of the 5 match series.
    This sporting event was one of the biggest events in Austraila during 1963 mainly due to the fact that the Ashes is like a bragging right and the team that gets it is better than their enemy. Australians hate English when it comes to cricket and vise versa, therefore, this was a highly anticipated series through Australia
  • Ironman

    It was on the 1st of March, 1963 that the people of the world witnessed a very interesting comic book. This comic was called "ironman" and become very popular very fast in Australia with many children wanting to buy and read this comic. It was one of the most influential things to the children of Australia duirng 1963.
  • The Beatles

    The Beatles
    The new band called the Beatles released their first album called "Please Please Me"
    This new album completely changed the popular culture of Australia during 1963, as during Australia at the time, it started to become the new craze amongst the people of Australia, both men and women.
  • Fashion

    Fshion was largely youth-driven, fashion icons also dictated the style of older women. Throughout her career, movie star Audrey Hepburn wore simple, flat shoes, three-quarter length pants, and plain black shift dresses. Her clothing style and her beehive hairdo, would be copied by millions of women worldwide, also including Australia, where many women from Australia used to dress exactly like she dressed.
  • The New Drink

    The New Drink
    On the 1st of May 1963, Coca Cola established and released their very first diet cola drink. This new diet drink started to become very popular amongst the people of Australia as during 1963, many people, especially most of those diabetic people in Australia.
  • The Pope Dies

    The Pope Dies
    On the 3rd of June, 1963, occurred the death that stunned the whole world. This death was something that changed the whole world and their perspectives of christianity. People people of Australia started to become confused about how strong their religion was and weather the religion that they were in is he right one. This event was the shocking death of Pope John XXIII.
  • Civil Rights Address

    Civil Rights Address
    On the 11th of June, 1963, JFK, the president of the United States of America, the most powerful country of the world at the time, delivered a very historic speech based on Civil Rights shown to people and heard by people all over America, which then later passed down through to Australia, so that they can hear about what this powerful man was trying to put forward to society at the time.
  • The Catholic Church

    The Catholic Church
    On the 5th of June, the Roman Catholic Church took the major decision to accept cremation as a funeral practice.
  • "I have a Dream

    "I have a Dream
    On the 28th of August, 1963, a man, a very powerful man named Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I have a dream speech" on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to over 250,000 people, during a March on Washington for jobs and freedoms. This amazing and insiprational speech was pronounced and was witnesed by many Australians. This speech inspired many Australians and it can be looked at as being a very important moment in the history of Australia.
  • Margret Preston Dies

    Margret Preston Dies
    It was on this day that Australia lost a very nice and caring lady. One of Australia's own artists lost her life on this day.She was one of Australia's most influential ladies during 1963 with her art captivating the minds of Australians. Margaret Preston, Australia’s foremost woman painter between the wars, sent a series of shock-waves through art circles with her vital art, her spirited journalism and her belligerant enthusiasm for living, during a career that spanned over seventy years.
  • Channel 9

    Channel 9
    Channel Nine Founded as a national television network. Also the pannel show beauty and the beast premiers on network seven. These two important events which occurred on this day changed the face of television in Australia as we know it. It was the biggest change in television that occurred in 1963 in Australia.
  • Footy

    In 1963 the NRL grand-final between St George and Western Suburbs attracted a crowd of 69,803 people which was a record crowd ever for a rugby league match. In the end, St George defeated the Western Suburbs in the grand final 8-3, and with this win, the Saint George Team carried on their world record grand final wins of over 9 years running. This Saint George team was a very good team and one that many people from New South Wales looked up to as some what of an inspiration.
  • The New Car

    The New Car
    On this day, in 1963, the world experience and witnesed the rising of a brand new car, a car that would become a very powerful and dominant car amongst many other cars, this car was called the Lamborghini
  • Change to the Aboriginal Australians

    Change to the Aboriginal Australians
    Indigenous Australia now had the power to vote in federal elections on the same basis as any other elector. This change of heart by the Australian government began many good times ahead for the Aboriginal community. This change in policy was a major step towards letting the Aboriginals have the freedom that they should have recieved a long time ago.
  • The Assassinaton of JFK

    The Assassinaton of JFK
    John F. Kennedy assassination: In Dallas, Texas, United States President John F. Kennedy is shot to death, Texas Governor John B. Stores and businesses shut down for the entire weekend and Monday, in tribute.
    This assassination saw a major downfall in Australian politics and created a lot of conflict among the people of not only America, but also Australia. JFK was the world's most powerful man in the world at the time and this assassination created a lot of havoc amongst the Australians.
  • The Second Album

    After the Beatles released their very first album, which was one that was very successful, on the 22nd of November 1963, they released their second one, this one was titles "With the Beatles" and was a very influential album to the people of Australia. The songs on this album was blown all over the charts in Australia.
  • CS Lewis Dies

    CS Lewis Dies
    Another major death of a very special man occurred on this day. It was a man named C.S Lewis, commonly known for his efforts in writing the Chronicles of Narnia, which today is a very famous book and even movie in Australia.
    This author inspired many people in Australia and his death on November 22nd was something which went through Australia as being a bad loss of a good man, even though the main topic during this time was the assassination of American president JFK.
  • The New President

    The New President
    Lyndon Johnson becomes the President of Australia after the assassination of John Kennedy. This new president highly impacted the politics of Austrlia, as Mr. Johnson become the most powerful man in the world and had major relations with Australia whom JFK established a good relationship with and Mr. Johnson has to keep this relationship in tact.

    Jacqueline Kennedy, wife of US President John F. Kennedy, became widely known for her beauty, grace and elegant style of dress. Her many public appearances popularised pearl necklaces, the pillbox hat (a small hat with a flat top and straight sides) and simple, big-buttoned suits. Her fashion styles also captivated many women from Australia during 1963, especially those women that had husbands in politics all over the country.
  • The Federal Election

    The Federal Election
    Coalition government was returned with an increased majority of ten sits over the Australian Labour party. After this election, the Prime Minister, Mr Robert Gordon Menzies maintained his position as being the hightest man in Australian politics at the time, after he beat the opposition leader, Mr. Arthur Calwell. The Liberal Government has a total of 72 seats, with the Labor Government having a total of only 50 seats.
  • Connecting Phones

    Connecting Phones
    On the 3rd of December, 1963, Australia gave birth to one of the major technological advancements for the whole year. Australians, on this day began to have to power to connect easily by telephone with many countries from the rest of the world by Internation Direct Dialing with the opening of the COMPAC Commonwealth Pacific Cable
  • Fahion in 1963

    Fahion in 1963
    British teenage supermodel Leslie Hornby, also known as Twiggy due to her stick-thin figure, was a fashion idol to young girls everywhere. Her short, boyish haircut and leggy, waif-like frame graced the covers of every major fashion magazine. This one amazingly powerful lady influenced many of the fashion statements of the time in Australia, as many young girls and even rare occassions, adults, wanted to wear the clothings that she was wearing and have the make up that she had.
  • The End of the Year

    The End of the Year
    Comes the end of the year, 31st of December 1963. Here are some important stats for this interesting year:
    Yearly Inflation Rate USA 1.24%
    This figure impacted the finance and financial status of Australia throughout the year.
    Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average 762
    Average Cost of new house $12,650.00
    Average Income per year $5,807.00
    Average Cost of a new car in Australia was $3,233.00
    Loaf of bread in Australia was 22 cents