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What happened in 1963? - UK

Winter of 1962-3
Winter of 1962-3; the Big Freeze. Image: Richard Johnson / Ormerod House - cleared snow and resident / CC BY-SA 2.0

We look at events, new products, films and music from 1963.

In the news

January and February 1963 were known as the Big Freeze. Record cold temperatures and snowfalls brought Britain to a standstill.


Oswestry station
Oswestry station closed as part of the Beeching review in 1966
Image: Richard Hoare / Oswestry station / CC BY-SA 2.0

For more information see How much did things cost in 1963?


Some of the most popular films in 1963 were:

Source: 'Most popular films of 1963' published in The Times, 3 January 1964


Children's TV

Children's TV programmes which started in 1963 included:


The Beatles at Stockholm 1963
The Beatles at Stockholm 1963. From Me to You and She Loves You were the best-selling singles in the UK in 196e. This image is public domain in Sweden and by the rule of shorter term in the UK and the USA. It is a non-artistic (journalistic, etc.) image and has been created before 1 January 1972 (SFS 1960:729, Section 49a).

The best-selling singles in the UK in 1963 were:

Source: UK Top 100 Singles by Paul Gambaccini, Tim Rice and Jonathan Rice, published by Guinness in 1993


Manchester United beat Leicester City 3-1 to win the 1963 FA Cup

Everton topped the Football League for the 1962-3 season

Ayala, ridden by Pat Buckley and trained by Keith Piggott, won the 1963 Grand National. Ayala started at 66/1. Joint owners were the trainer Keith Piggott (Lester Piggott's father) and the hairdresser, Raymond Bessone, known as Mr Teasy-Weasy.

Relko, ridden by Yves Saint-Martin, won the Derby at Epsom

Oxford won the 1963 Boat Race, although Cambridge started ahead


Jaguar S-Type
The Jaguar S-Type was launched in 1963

New models launched for the UK market in 1963 were:

Source: 'British Cars of the Sixties', by Doug Nye, published by the Nelson in 1970

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By Steven Braggs, October 2022

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