IN THE NEWS 1963

Practical Classics (UK) - - MEMORY LANE -

It’s a year of shock and scan­dal, with the deaths of US pres­i­dent John F Kennedy and the first Moors mur­der vic­tims, plus the Pro­fumo Af­fair and sub­se­quent res­ig­na­tion of Harold Macmil­lan due to ‘ill health’.

IN THE CHARTS

The Bea­tles. That’s about all there is in 1963. Imag­ine dom­i­nance like this nowa­days: the Bea­tles LP Please Please Me spends 30 weeks in a row at num­ber one in the al­bum charts. It’s fi­nally knocked off top spot on Novem­ber 30 when a new LP ar­rives… called With the Bea­tles.

AT THE FLICKS

An African-amer­i­can handy­man is wan­der­ing through Ari­zona when he bumps into a flock of Ger­man nuns. They hit it off and he builds them a chapel. It’s hard to see this idea get­ting a green light even in 2019, but in 1963 it was truly re­mark­able. Oh, and Sid­ney Poitier won Best Ac­tor at the Os­cars for it. The name? Lilies of the Field.

Sid­ney Poitier in 1963.

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