• The USSR launches the first woman,Valentina Tereshkova, into space on June 16 for 48 earth orbits.
  • American astronaut Gordon Cooper orbits the earth 22 times on May 15-16 in spacecraft “Faith 7”.
  • Nuclear weapons test ban treaty signed.

Valentina Tereshkova after landing.

Other Facts from 1963

President: John F. Kennedy
and Lyndon Johnson



Average annual income


New car


Loaf of  bread


Gallon of milk


Gallon of gas




Dow Jones Average  646 to 767

Songs From 1962

  “Blue Velvet”
  “Days of Wine and Roses”
  “Puff The Magic Dragon”