What Happened in April 1962

Historical Events

  • Apr 2 The first official Panda crossing is opened outside Waterloo station, London.
  • Apr 3 Jockey Eddie Arcaro retires after 31 years (24,092 races)
  • Apr 3 Lt General Marshall S Carter, USA, becomes deputy director of CIA
  • Apr 5 Herb Gardner's "Thousand Clowns" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 5 Mgr J Daems appointed bishop of Antwerp

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Apr 5 NASA civilian pilot Neil Armstrong takes X-15 to 54,600 m

Astronaut & 1st Man on the Moon Neil Armstrong
Astronaut & 1st Man on the Moon
Neil Armstrong
  • Apr 5 St Bernard Tunnel finished-Swiss/Italians workers shake hands
  • Apr 7 Umrigar slams 172* v WI at Port-of-Spain in 248 minutes
  • Apr 7 Yugoslav ex-president Milovan Djilas returns to jail
  • Apr 8 Accords of Evian (Algeria) accepted by referendum in France

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 9 26th Masters Golf Tournament: Arnold Palmer wins, shooting a 280

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 9 34th Academy Awards: "West Side Story", Sophia Loren & Maximillian Schell win

Actress Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren
  • Apr 9 JFK throws out 1st ball at Washington's new DC Stadium
  • Apr 10 1st baseball game at LA's Dodger Stadium, they lose 6-3 to Reds
  • Apr 10 1st major league game in Houston, Colt .45s beat Chicago Cubs, 11-2

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Apr 10 NY Yankee Mickey Mantle hits his 375th HR

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Apr 11 New York Mets make a losing debut
  • Apr 12 San Mateo County withdraws from BART district (SF Bay area)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 13 Stan Musial scores his 1,869th run, a new NL record

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • Apr 13 US steel industry forced to give up price increases
  • Apr 14 Demonstration for sovereign status of New-Guinea in Amsterdam

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Apr 14 Georges Pompidou becomes Prime Minister of France after the resignation of Michel Debré

French President Georges Pompidou
French President
Georges Pompidou
  • Apr 15 US national debt above $300,000,000,000
  • Apr 16 Brazil nationalizes US businesses

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Apr 16 Walter Cronkite begins anchoring CBS Evening News

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite
  • Apr 18 16th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
  • Apr 19 66th Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:23:48
  • Apr 19 NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 46,900m
  • Apr 20 NASA civilian pilot Neil Armstrong takes X-15 to 63,250 m
  • Apr 20 New Orleans Citizens Co gives free 1-way ride to blacks to move North
  • Apr 20 OAS-leader ex-general Salan arrested in Algiers
  • Apr 21 Century 21 Exposition opens in Seattle, Washington
  • Apr 21 9th National Film Awards (India): "Bhagini Nivedita" wins the Golden Lotus
  • Apr 22 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Sunshine Golf Open
  • Apr 22 NY Mets tiea NL record by losing 9 straight to start season
  • Apr 22 Pirates tie then record of 10 straight wins to start season
  • Apr 22 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4 games to 2
  • Apr 23 1st US satellite to reach the moon launched
  • Apr 23 NY Mets win their 1st game ever, after going 0-9, beat Pirates 9-1
  • Apr 23 Ranger 4, 1st US satellite to reach Moon launched from Cape Canaveral
  • Apr 24 1st Lockheed A-12 is taxi tested
  • Apr 24 MIT sends TV signal by satellite for 1st time: CA to MA
  • Apr 24 Sandy Koufax's 2nd 18-strikeout game
  • Apr 25 Cleve sends Harry Chiti to Mets for a player to be named later, on June 15 the Mets send Chiti back to Cleveland
  • Apr 25 Lion & Tiger Veldt at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is dedicated
  • Apr 25 US Ranger spacecraft crash lands on Moon
  • Apr 25 US resumes above ground nuclear testing, at Christmas Island
  • Apr 26 1st Lockheed A-12 flies
  • Apr 26 Ariel 1 Launch (1st UK Satellite)
  • Apr 26 Ranger 4 crash lands on (backside of) Moon
  • Apr 26 Red Sox Bill Monbouquette no-hits White Sox 1-0
  • Apr 26 US/UK launch Ariel; 1st international payload
  • Apr 27 Arnold Wesker's "Chips with Everything" premieres in London
  • Apr 27 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • Apr 29 16th Tony Awards: "A Man For All Seasons" & "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" win
  • Apr 29 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • Apr 30 NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 75,190 m

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 30 Willie Mays hits 4 HRs

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Phillip Schofield, TV personality/designer (Nightfire)
  • Apr 1 Rich Amaral, Visalia CA, outfielder (Seattle Mariners)
  • Apr 1 Dave Ulliott, English poker player
  • Apr 2 Alex Tripolski, Israel, Men's Shooting 50M air pistol (Oly-16th-1996)
  • Apr 2 Billy Dean, Quincy Fla, country singer (Billy the Kid)
  • Apr 2 Bruce Kozerski, NFL tackle/guard (Cin Bengals)
  • Apr 2 Pierre Carles, French documentarist
  • Apr 2 Clark Gregg, American actor
  • Apr 2 Mark Shulman, American children's author
  • Apr 3 John Gruffith, rocker (Red Rockers)
  • Apr 3 Mike Ness, rocker (Social Distortion)
  • Apr 3 Nancy Filteau, Swift Current Saskatchawan, 72k judoka (Olympics-96)
  • Apr 3 Jennifer Rubin, American actress
  • Apr 4 Ava Fabian, Brewster NY, playmate (Aug, 1986)/actress (Cafe Nostra)
  • Apr 4 Sherrin Smyers, Newcastle Aust, LPGA golfer (1995 Youngstown-11th)
  • Apr 4 Tina Tombs, LPGA golfer (1990 Jamie Farr Toledo), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Apr 5 Lana Clarkson, American actress (d. 2003)
  • Apr 6 Stan Cullimore, bassist (Housemartins-Happy Hour, Over There)
  • Apr 7 Andy Hampsten, cyclist (Olympics-96), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Apr 7 Bonny Warner, Mount Baldy California, lugist
  • Apr 7 Hugh Edward Ralph O'Connor, actor (In the Heat of the Night)
  • Apr 7 Alain Robert, French rock and urban climber
  • Apr 8 Izzy Stradlin, [Jeff Isabelle], Lafayette IN, guitarist (Guns & Roses)
  • Apr 9 Freddie Joe Nunn, NFL defensive end (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Apr 9 Jeff Turner, NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • Apr 10 Cathy Turner, short track skater (Olympics-gold-1994, born in Rochester, New York
  • Apr 10 Jukka Tammi, hockey goaltender (Team Finland Oly-Bronze-1998)
  • Apr 10 Steve Tasker, wide receiver (Buffalo Bills)
  • Apr 11 Andre Wasiman, soccer player (FC Volendam)
  • Apr 11 Terry Hoage, NFL wide receiver (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Apr 12 Art Alexakis, American musician
  • Apr 12 Takada Nobuhiko, Japanese wrestler
  • Apr 13 Dave Miley, former baseball player and manager
  • Apr 13 Hillel Slovak, Israeli-born guitarist (d. 1988)
  • Apr 14 James Carpenter, Canton Conn, fencer-epee (Olympics-96)
  • Apr 15 Surjit Bindrakhia, Punjabi Bhangra singer
  • Apr 15 Nawal El Moutawakel, Morrocan hurdler
  • Apr 15 Tom Kane, American voice actor
  • Apr 16 David Pate, LA Cal, tennis star
  • Apr 16 Ian MacKaye, rocker (Cyrano de Bergerac)
  • Apr 16 Jeanne Golay, Coral Gables Fla, cyclist (Olympics-16th-92, 96)
  • Apr 17 Nancy Hogshead, swimmer (Olympic-gold-1984)/model (jockey), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Apr 18 Mick Sweda, heavy metal (Bulletboys, King Kobra-Ready to Strike)
  • Apr 18 Shirlie Hollman, rocker (Pepsi & Shirley-All Right Now)
  • Apr 18 Wilber Marshall, NFL linebacker (NY Jets)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 19 Al Unser Jr, Indy-car racer (over 10 wins), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Indy Car Driver Al Unser Jr.
Indy Car Driver
Al Unser Jr.
  • Apr 19 Christa Teno, Tecumseh Ontario, LPGA golfer (1989 Mitsubishi-44th)
  • Apr 21 Sergei Viktorovich Zalyotin, Russia, major/cosmonaut
  • Apr 21 Les Lancaster, American baseball player
  • Apr 22 David Wettlaufer, golfer (Ontario Beefeater-1986, 87), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • Apr 22 Denise Baldwin, LPGA golfer (1991 Futures Salisbury), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Apr 22 Jeff Minter, English video game programmer
  • Apr 23 John Hannah, Scottish actor
  • Apr 24 Stuart Pearce, English footballer and manager

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Apr 25 Adam Silver, American lawyer and NBA Commissioner, born in Rye, New York

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver
NBA Commissioner
Adam Silver
  • Apr 26 Graham "Skin" Skinner, rocker (Hipsway)
  • Apr 26 Michael Damian, singer (Rock on)/actor (Young & Restless), born in San Diego, California
  • Apr 26 Colin Anderson, English footballer
  • Apr 26 Debra Wilson, American actress and comedian
  • Apr 27 Denise Baldwin, LPGA golfer (1991 Futures Salisbury Classic), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Apr 27 PattiSue Plumer, Covina, California, American 3k runner (Gold-Seattle '90)
  • Apr 27 Ángel Comizzo, Argentine footballer
  • Apr 27 James LeGros, American actor
  • Apr 28 Evguenni Rochtchin, NHL forward (Team Belarus, Oly-98)
  • Apr 29 Bruce Driver, NHL defenseman (NY Rangers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 29 Dieter Hegen, Kaufbeuren GER, hockey forward (Team Germany 1998)
  • Apr 29 Robert Druppers, runner (world record 1 km indoor)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 3 Benny "Kid" Paret, US welterweight boxer, dies after fight, at 24
  • Apr 3 Manolis Kalomiris, Greek opera composer, dies at 78
  • Apr 4 James Hanratty, executed at Bedford Prison, England, for the murder of Michael Gregsten (b. 1936)
  • Apr 6 J C Heldring, Dutch businessman, dies at 74
  • Apr 9 Juan Belmonte, famed bullfighter, dies at 70
  • Apr 10 Stuart Sutcliffe, bassist (Beatles), dies of brain hemorrhage at 21
  • Apr 10 Michael Curtiz, Hungarian-born director (b. 1886)
  • Apr 12 Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, Indian politician and engineer (b. 1861)
  • Apr 12 Ron Flockhart, Scottish racing driver (b. 1923)
  • Apr 13 Culbert Olson, American politician (b. 1876)
  • Apr 15 Clara Blandick, committed suicide at 80
  • Apr 15 Esther Minciotti, dies at 74
  • Apr 15 Arsenio Lacson, Filipino politician and sportswriter (b. 1911)
  • Apr 17 Louise Fazenda, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 66
  • Apr 20 Arthur Harmat, composer, dies at 76
  • Apr 20 Jesse G Vincent, engineer designed 1st V-12 engine, dies at 82
  • Apr 21 Frederick Handley Page, designer of 1st big airplane (40 seats), dies
  • Apr 22 Solomon Pimsleur, composer, dies at 61
  • Apr 22 Vera Reynolds, actress (Dragnet Patrol, Lawless Woman), dies at 62
  • Apr 27 A. K. Fazlul Huq, Bengali statesman (b. 1873)