50 years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech.
1963 was indeed an extraordinary year. Here's a look at what else happened ...
Meet the Beatles
On February 11, the Fab Four recorded "Please Please Me" at Abbey Road Studios and Beatlemania ensued.
Mona Lisa Smile
First lady Jacqueline Kennedy and French cultural minister Andre Malraux worked together to bring Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" to the U.S. for the first time, where it was seen by more than a million people at the National Gallery in Washington.
A Most Extraordinary Man
"Lawrence of Arabia" beat out "To Kill a Mockingbird," "The Longest Day," "The Music Man" and "Mutiny on the Bounty" to win the Oscar for Best Picture.
Now Touch Me, Baby
AT&T introduced the first touch-tone phone pad. The # and * key weren't added until 1968.
Escape From Alcatraz
The twelve-acre island prison cost the Federal government nearly three times more to run than any other federal facility. The last prisoners were marched off "The Rock" on March 21.
Brave New World
The first liver and lung transplants were successfully performed. Transplant pioneer Dr Thom Starzl pictured here holding a human liver.
A Space Odyssey
Soviet astronaut and engineer Valentina Tereshkova was chosen from 400 candidates to become the first woman to fly to space.
The Skinny on Soda
The Coca-Cola Company introduced its first diet drink, Tab.
The New York Yankees were swept in the World Series for the time ever by the Los Angeles Dodgers and the brilliance of Sandy Koufax, who won the Cy Young and MVP Awards.
Queen of the Nile
Elizabeth Taylor was the first actress to be paid $1 million for a film. Unfortunately, the film was "Cleopatra."
Seeing the Light
The lava lamp was invented by British accountant Edward Craven Walker, who subsequently become a hero to millions of stoners.
In an attempt to boost morale, freelance graphic designer Harvey Ball created the "Smiley Face" for State Mutual Life. It worked.
Sylvia Plath's first and only novel, "The Bell Jar" was published in the U.K. under the pseudonym of Victoria Lucas. The poet committed suicide one month after its publication.
Point and Shoot
Kodak introduced the first Instamatic camera, with two settings — sunny or cloudy.
Trolling for Dollars
Troll dolls were originally created by a Danish woodcutter and took off in the States a few years later, becoming one of the biggest toy fads of the decade.
One Car Door Closes ...
Studebaker, founded in 1852, closed its South Bend, Indiana, plant in December of '63. Six months earlier, Lamborghini introduced its first car at the Turin Car show.
The Birth of the Mix Tape
The first tape cassette was manufactured by Philips.
Isn't It Ironic?
Iron Man debuts in Marvel Comic's "Tales of Suspense."
Edith Piaf (with her third husband, Theo Sarapo, who was 20 years her junior) were married for one year when she died from liver cancer.
Meet Brad Pitt
There were a lot of important birthdays in 1963 but we're thinking that this guy — born in Shawnee, Okla., on December 18 — was quite possibly the world's cutest baby.