What Happened in August 1962

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 Boston Red Sox Bill Monboquette no-hits Chicago White Sox, 1-0
  • Aug 1 Failed assassination on president Nkrumah of Ghana
  • Aug 3 29th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 42, All-Stars 20 (65,000)
  • Aug 3 NY Met Frank Thomas hits his 6th HR in 3 games

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Aug 4 Nelson Mandela captured by South African police

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • Aug 5 1st quasar located by radio
  • Aug 5 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Waterloo Golf Open
  • Aug 5 Nelson Mandela arrested for incitement and for illegally leaving South Africa
  • Aug 5 UN command forbids flights to Katangese airports
  • Aug 6 Jamaica becomes independent after 300 years of British rule
  • Aug 7 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 10 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Aug 11 Andrian G Nikolayev, becomes 3rd Russian in space aboard Vostok 3
  • Aug 11 Beach Boys release "Surfin' Safari"
  • Aug 11 Bolotnikov runs world record 10km (28:18.2)
  • Aug 11 Dodgers protest wetting down of Candlestick to slow Maury Wills down
  • Aug 12 1st time 2 people in space
  • Aug 12 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Heart of America Golf Tournament
  • Aug 12 Russia launches Vostok 4, Pavel Popovich, who lands safely Aug 15
  • Aug 13 Bert Campaneris of Daytona Beach (FSL) pitches ambidextrously
  • Aug 14 French & Italian workers break through at Mont Blanc Vehicular Tunnel
  • Aug 14 NASA civilian test pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 60,000 m
  • Aug 14 US mail truck in Plymouth, Mass robbed of more than $1.5 million
  • Aug 15 Netherlands & Indonesia sign accord over New Guinea
  • Aug 15 Shady Grove Baptist Church burned in Leesburg, Georgia

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Aug 16 Ringo Starr replaces Pete Best as Beatles' drummer

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • Aug 17 E German border guards shot & kill Peter Fechter, 18, attempting to cross Berlin Wall into western sector
  • Aug 18 Peter, Paul & Mary release their first hit "If I Had a Hammer"
  • Aug 19 Homer Blancos plays finest round in golf, shooting a 55
  • Aug 19 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Albuquerque Swing Parade Golf Tournament
  • Aug 20 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Aug 21 Verne Gagne beats Mister M (doctor X) in Minn, to become NWA champ

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Aug 22 Failed assassination attempt on French president Charles de Gaulle

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • Aug 22 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Aug 22 Savannah, world's 1st nuclear-powered ship, completes maiden voyage from Yorktown, Va, to Savannah, Ga
  • Aug 23 1st Europe-US live TV program (via Telstar)

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Aug 24 Dodger coach Leo Durocher suffers a near-fatal allergic reaction to a penicillin injection while in the clubhouse at the Polo Grounds

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Aug 24 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Aug 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 25 23rd Venice Film Festival: "Family Diary" directed by Valerio Zurlini and "Ivan's Childhood" directed by Andrei Tarkovsky jointly awarded Golden Lion
  • Aug 26 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Salt Lake City Golf Open
  • Aug 26 Minnesota Twins Jack Kralick no-hits KC A's, 1-0
  • Aug 27 Mariner 2 launched; first probe to fly by Venus
  • Aug 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Aug 28 55.9 cm rainfall at Hackberry, Louisiana (state record)
  • Aug 28 Dr Geza De Kaplany tortures his wife with acid to punish her for supposed infidelity

Music releaseMusic Recording

Aug 28 Tony Sheridan & Beat Brothers record "Ya Ya (Parts 1 + 2)"

Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist Tony Sheridan
Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist
Tony Sheridan
  • Aug 29 Some provisions of Kuwaiti constitution are suspended
  • Aug 29 US U-2 flight sees SAM launch pads in Cuba
  • Aug 30 Japan conducts a test of the NAMC YS-11, its first aircraft since the war and its only successful commercial aircraft from before or after the war.
  • Aug 31 Trinidad & Tobago gain independence from Britain (National Day)

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Gertjan Verbeek, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • Aug 1 Joetta Clark, 800m runner (Olympic-1992), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • Aug 1 Traci Phillips, sprint kayak (Olympics-96), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Aug 2 Cynthia Stevenson, American actress (Bob, Hope & Gloria), born in Oakland, California
  • Aug 3 Alberto Tous, Spain, tennis star
  • Aug 3 Lucky Dube, South African reggae singer
  • Aug 3 Tina Lehtola, Finland, women's ski jumper (world's record holder)
  • Aug 4 Paul Reynolds, rock guitarist (A Flock of Seagulls)

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Aug 4 Roger Clemens, MLB pitcher (Red Sox, Blue Jays, 7 Cy Youngs, MVP), born in Dayton, Ohio

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • Aug 4 Paul Reynolds, British musician
  • Aug 5 Otis Thorpe, NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies, Detroit Pistons)

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Aug 5 Patrick Ewing, NBA center (NY Knicks/Olympic-gold-92), born in Kingston, Jamaica

Hall of Fame NBA Centre Patrick Ewing
Hall of Fame NBA Centre
Patrick Ewing
  • Aug 5 Richard De Groen, cricketer (NZ medium pacer 1993-)
  • Aug 5 William Roberts, NFL guard (NY Jets, NE Patriots)
  • Aug 6 Thomas Jefferson, 200m runner (Olympic-bronze-1984), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Aug 6 Michelle Yeoh, Chinese-Malaysian actress
  • Aug 7 Bruno Pelletier, Québécois singer
  • Aug 8 Charmaine Crooks, Mandeville JAM, Can 800m runner (Oly-84, 88, 92, 96)
  • Aug 8 Jim Sweeney, NFL center/guard (Seattle Seahawks, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Aug 8 Suzee Pai, actress (Big Trouble in Little China), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • Aug 9 Jim Johnson, New Hope, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals)
  • Aug 9 John "Hot Rod" Williams, NBA center/forward (Phoenix Suns), born in Sorrento, Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • Aug 9 Michael Colnroy, Modern English, rocker
  • Aug 10 Dan Donovan, rocker (Bad)
  • Aug 11 Jonathan Hayes, NFL tight end (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Aug 11 Uvais Karnain, cricketer (Sri Lankan ODI bowler in mid 1980's)
  • Aug 12 Miss Cleo, American psychic
  • Aug 13 Adam Kase, Socorro NM, Canadian Tour golfer (1989 Alberta Open-3rd)
  • Aug 13 John Slattery, American actor (Mad Men, The Adjustment Bureau), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Aug 14 Jerry Foltz, Nike golfer (1991 Pensacola Open-2nd), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Aug 14 Mark Gubicza, pitcher (KC Royals), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 14 Mark Robert Isfeld, combat engineer
  • Aug 14 Rameez Raja, cricketer (prolific Pakistani batsman)
  • Aug 15 Bubby Brister, NFL quarterback (NY Jets, Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Aug 15 Igor Dorokhin, hockey forward (Team Kazakhstan Oly-1998)
  • Aug 15 Tom Colicchio, American chef
  • Aug 16 Steve Carell, American actor and comedian
  • Aug 17 Gilby Clarke, US pop guitarist (Guns n' Roses-Civil War)
  • Aug 17 Buddy Landel, American professional wrestler
  • Aug 18 Sandra Marie Miller Farmer-Patrick, 400m hurdler, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Aug 18 Felipe Calderón, President of Mexico
  • Aug 19 Eric Lutes, Charlestown RI, actor (Del-Caroline in the City)
  • Aug 19 Kim Shipman, Athens PA, LPGA golfer (1995 LPGA Corning Classic-25th)
  • Aug 19 Michael J Massimino, Oceanside NY, PhD/astronaut
  • Aug 19 Nancy Ramsbottom, LPGA golfer (1994 McCall's-2nd), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Aug 19 Valerie Kaprisky, actress (Breathless, Public Woman), born in Paris, France
  • Aug 19 Tammy Bruce, American political commentator
  • Aug 20 Duffy James Joseph Waldorf Jr, PGA golfer (1995 LaCantera Tx), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 20 Loretta Alderete, LPGA golfer (1992 Oldsmobile-14th), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 20 Robert Meyer, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 Morningstar), born in Sacramento, California
  • Aug 20 James Marsters, American actor
  • Aug 20 Dong-Wook Song, South Korean tennis player
  • Aug 21 Jeff Stryker, American actor
  • Aug 22 Gene Craig Sauers, PGA golfer (1986 Bank of Boston), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • Aug 22 James Debarge, rock vocalist/keyboardist (Debarge), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • Aug 22 Marie Laurie Mahabir, Guadeloupe, North American Bodybuilding Champ (1985-87)
  • Aug 23 Glenn Healy, Pickering, NHL goalie (NY Rangers)
  • Aug 23 Kyle Clifton, NFL linebacker (NY Jets)
  • Aug 23 Martin Cauchon, Canadian politician
  • Aug 24 Mary Ellen Weber, PhD/astronaut (STS 70), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Aug 24 David Koechner, American actor
  • Aug 25 Dan Turk, NFL center (Oakland Raiders)
  • Aug 25 Mazzi Rawd, heavy metal rocker
  • Aug 25 Ron Heller, NFL tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • Aug 25 Shahid Mahboob, cricketer (batted in one Test for Pakistan 1989)
  • Aug 25 Vivian Campbell, heavy metal rocker (White Snake-Here I Go Again)
  • Aug 25 David Packer, American actor
  • Aug 26 Roger Kingdom, US 60m hurdler (world record)
  • Aug 26 Bob Mionske, American cyclist and attorney
  • Aug 26 Tariq Ramadan, Geneva, Switzerland, Islamic scholar
  • Aug 27 Scott Davis, tennis star, born in Santa Monica, California
  • Aug 27 Vic Mignogna, American voice actor
  • Aug 28 Richard Elliott Fehr, PGA golfer (1986 BC Open), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Aug 28 Paul Allen, English footballer
  • Aug 28 David Fincher, American film director and producer (The Social Network, Gone Girl), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Aug 29 Carl Banks, NFL linebacker (Cleveland Browns, NY Giants)
  • Aug 29 Hiroki Kikuta, Japanese composer
  • Aug 30 Ricky Sanders, NFL wide receiver (Miami Dolphins)
  • Aug 30 Alexander Litvinenko, Russian KGB officer (d. 2006)
  • Aug 31 Wanda Guenette, Winnipeg Manitoba, volleyballer (Olympics-96)
  • Aug 31 Dee Bradley Baker, American voice actor

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 17 Actor Jack Lemmon (37) weds actress/model Felicia Farr (29) in Paris, France

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 23 Musician and member of the Beatles, John Lennon weds Cynthia Powell

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 25 Retired general Colin Powell (25) weds audiologist Alma Johnson (24) at the First Congregational Church in Birmingham, Alabama

General and US Secretary of State Colin Powell
General and US Secretary of State
Colin Powell

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Leon Kruczkowski, Polish author (Niemcy), dies at 62

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Aug 5 Marilyn Monroe [Norma Jean Mortenson], American actress (Some Like It Hot), found dead of an apparent self-inflicted drug overdose at 36

  • Aug 7 Morris Louis, US painter (post painterly abstraction), dies at 49

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Aug 9 Hermann Hesse, German/Swiss poet/author (Nobel 1946), dies at 85

Nobel Laureate Novelist Hermann Hesse
Nobel Laureate Novelist
Hermann Hesse
  • Aug 10 Ted Husing, sportscaster (Monday Night Fights), dies at 60
  • Aug 15 Lei Feng, Chinese revolutionary (b. 1940)
  • Aug 17 Peter Fechter trying to cross the Berlin Wall (b. 1944)
  • Aug 18 Cleo Ridgely, silent screen actress (I Remember Mama), dies at 68
  • Aug 19 Kerstin Hesselgren, 1st woman in Swedish parliament, dies at 90
  • Aug 23 Hoot Gibson, silent screen cowboy actor (Last Outlaw), dies at 70
  • Aug 23 Irving Fine, composer (Toccata), dies at 47
  • Aug 23 Walter Anderson, German folklorist (b. 1885)
  • Aug 24 Henry George Ley, composer, dies at 74
  • Aug 27 Carlos Lavin, composer, dies at 79