What Happened in May 1962

Historical Events

  • May 1 1st French underground nuclear experiment in the Sahara
  • May 1 Bo Belinsky pitches a no-hitter, in his 4th start
  • May 1 France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria
  • May 1 JFK authorizes Area Redevelopment Act (ARA)
  • May 2 OAS strikes in Algeria
  • May 2 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • May 2 WMHT TV channel 17 in Schenectady-Alby-Tro, NY (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • May 2 7th European Cup: Benfica beats Real Madrid 5-3 at Amsterdam
  • May 3 Express train crashed into wreckage of a commuter train & a freight, killing 163, injuring 400 (Tokyo, Japan)
  • May 4 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • May 5 88th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack aboard Decidedly wins in 2:00.4
  • May 5 LA Angel Bo Belinsky no-hits Balt Orioles, 2-0
  • May 5 West Side Story soundtrack album goes #1 & stays #1 for 54 weeks which is more than 20 weeks longer than any other album
  • May 6 1st nuclear warhead fired from Polaris submarine (Ethan Allen)
  • May 6 Antonio Segni elected president of Italy
  • May 6 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Tournament
  • May 6 Pathet Lao breaks cease fire/conquers Nam Tha Laos
  • May 6 US performs nuclear test at Pacific Ocean
  • May 7 Pulitzer prize awarded to Theodore H White (Making of President 1960)
  • May 7 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • May 8 "Funny Thing Happened" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 965 performances
  • May 8 1st Atlas Centaur Launch
  • May 8 London trolley buses go out of service
  • May 9 The Beatles sign their 1st contract with EMI Parlophone
  • May 9 Laser beam successfully bounced off Moon for 1st time
  • May 9 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • May 11 Antonio Segni becomes president of Italy
  • May 11 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • May 11 US sends troops to Thailand
  • May 12 Grevelingen dam closes
  • May 12 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • May 13 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • May 14 Ex-present of Yugoslavia Milovan Djilas sentenced to 5 years
  • May 14 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • May 15 US marines arrive in Laos
  • May 17 Marin County withdraws from BART district
  • May 19 "Bravo, Giovanni" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 76 performances
  • May 19 "John Birch Society" by Chad Mitchell Trio hits #99
  • May 19 87th Preakness: John Rotz aboard Greek Money wins in 1:56.2
  • May 19 Indonesian paratroopers land in New Guinea

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 19 Stan Musial breaks Honus Wagner's NL hit record with 3,431

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • May 19 US performs nuclear test at Christmas Island (atmospheric)
  • May 20 Patty Berg wins LPGA Muskogee Civitan Golf Open
  • May 21 3 more Cleveland HR set AL record for most HR (26) over 8 games
  • May 22 14th Emmy Awards: Bob Newhart Show, E G Marshall & Shirley Booth win
  • May 22 Netherlands telephone network becomes completely automated
  • May 22 Major Robert A Rushworth, USAF, takes X-15 to 30,600m

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 22 Roger Maris walks 5 times (record 4 intentionally) in a 9 inn game

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • May 22 Continental Airlines Flight 11 crashes after bombs explode on board.

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 23 Joe Pepitone 2nd Yankee to hit 2 HRs in 1 inning (Joe DiMaggio)

MLB First Baseman and Outfielder Joe Pepitone
MLB First Baseman and Outfielder
Joe Pepitone
  • May 23 OAS leader general Raoul Salan sentenced to life
  • May 23 Scott Carpenter orbits Earth 3 times in US Aurora 7
  • May 23 15th Cannes Film Festival: "Keeper of Promises" directed by Anselmo Duarte wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 24 M Scott Carpenter aboard Aurora 7 launched into Earth orbit
  • May 25 Isley Brothers release "Twist & Shout"
  • May 25 US performs nuclear test at Christmas Island (atmospheric)
  • May 25 US unions AFL-CIO starts campaign for 35-hour work week
  • May 26 "All American" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 80 performances
  • May 27 Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
  • May 28 Suit alleging de facto school segregation filed in Rochester NY
  • May 28 US stock market drops $20.8 B in 1 day
  • May 28 Wide World of Sports with Chris Schenkel premieres on CBS radio

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

May 29 Barbra Streisand appears on "Garry Moore Show"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • May 29 4th Grammy Awards: Moon River, Peter Nero wins
  • May 30 69 killed in bus crash (Ahmedabad India)
  • May 30 Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem" premieres
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Rodger Ward wins in 3:33:50.291 (225.780 km/h)
  • May 31 "Tell It To Groucho" last airs on CBS-TV
  • May 31 The West Indies Federation dissolves.

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Gary Clark, NFL wide receiver (Miami Dolphins)
  • May 1 Paula Weishoff, volleyballer (Oly-Sil-84, br-92, 96), born in Hollywood, California
  • May 1 Reggie Pleasant, CFL cornerback (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • May 2 Elizabeth Berridge, Westchester NY, actress (Amadeus, Funhouse)
  • May 2 Nancy Harvey, Swift Current Sask, LPGA golfer (1995 Youngstown-11th)
  • May 2 Stephen Daldry, English film director
  • May 2 Ray Traylor, American professional wrestler (d. 2004)
  • May 2 Jimmy White, English snooker player
  • May 3 Anthony Gilligan, Penrith NSW, Australian golfer
  • May 3 Anders Graneheim, Swedish bodybuilder
  • May 4 Tracy Vaccaro, playmate (October, 1983), born in Glendale, California
  • May 4 Oleta Adams, American singer
  • May 5 Jenifer McKitrick, American songwriter
  • May 6 Neil Foster, cricketer (England right-fast medium)
  • May 6 Adam Yellin, American record producer
  • May 7 Robbie Knievel, daredevil, son of Evel (Chips Something Special)
  • May 8 Terry Baker, CFL kicker (Montreal Alouettes)
  • May 9 Dave Gahan, Essex, rock vocalist (Depeche Mode-Dreaming of Me)
  • May 9 John Corbett, actor/singer (Northern Exposure, Sex and the City), born in Wheeling, West Virginia
  • May 9 Paul Heaton, rocker (Housemartins-Happy Hour, Over There)
  • May 10 Garry Daley, keyboard (China Crisis-Christian)
  • May 10 Joey Meyer, baseball player
  • May 10 Robby Thompson, infielder (SF Giants), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • May 11 Steve Bono, NFL quarterback (KC Chiefs, GB Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • May 12 Amy Benz, LPGA golfer (1994 Oldsmobile Classic-3rd), born in Rochester, New York
  • May 12 Emilio Estevez, actor (Breakfast Club, Young Guns, Mighty Ducks), born in NYC, New York
  • May 12 Mark Bradshaw, Happy Camp California, diver (Olympics-96)
  • May 12 Brett Gurewitz, American songwriter and record producer (Bad Religion) (Epitaph)
  • May 13 Eduardo Palomo, Mexican actor (d. 2003)
  • May 13 Kathleen Jamie, Scottish poet
  • May 13 Sean McDonough, American sports newscaster
  • May 13 Paul McDermott, Australian comedian
  • May 14 C C Deville, rocker (Poison-Talk Dirty to Me)
  • May 14 Ian Astbury, Merseyside, rock vocalist (Cult-Fire Woman)
  • May 16 Gary Crocker, cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman)
  • May 17 Scott Case, NFL safety (Dallas Cowboys)
  • May 17 Tracey Bryn, rocker (Voice of Beehive-Let it Bee)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 17 Craig Ferguson, Scottish actor, writer and comedian, born in Glasgow, Scotland

Actor & Comedian Craig Ferguson
Actor & Comedian
Craig Ferguson
  • May 17 Lise Lyng Falkenberg, Danish writer
  • May 18 Mike Whitmarsh, beach volleyballer (Olympics-silver-96), born in San Diego, California
  • May 18 Nanne Grönvall, Swedish singer
  • May 18 Sandra Cretu, German singer
  • May 18 Mike Darnell, American television executive
  • May 19 Iain Harvie, Scottish rock guitarist (Nothing Ever Happens)
  • May 20 Lydia Cheng, Ms Big Apple bodybuilder (1982) (Pumping Iron 2), born in NYC, New York
  • May 20 Sylvie Rauch, Munich German FR, nude model/actress
  • May 22 Andrew Donald Magee, PGA golfer (1988 Pensacola Open), born in Paris, France
  • May 22 Brian Pillman, American professional wrestler (d. 1997)
  • May 23 Karen Duffy, [Duff], MTV VJ/actress (Meet Wally Sparks), born in NYC, New York
  • May 23 Keith Brantley, Scott AFB Ill, marathoner (Olympics-96)
  • May 23 Imran Anwar, Pakistani Internet pioneer and American TV personality
  • May 24 Bev Lidyoff, Huntington Park Ca, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-7th-1994)
  • May 24 Dorothy Trapp, equestrian 3-day (Olympics-96)
  • May 25 Amy Read, golfer (1994 Healthsouth Palm Beach-15th), born in Birmingham, Michigan
  • May 25 Zulqarnain, cricketer (last person in alphabetical order to play Test)
  • May 26 Bob[cat] Goldthwait, comedian (Police Academy), born in Syracuse, New York
  • May 26 Colin Vearncombe, singer-songwriter (Black-Wonderful Like), born in Liverpool, Merseyside (d. 2016)
  • May 26 Genie [Eugenie] Francis, actress (General Hospital, Bare Essence), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • May 27 Mariangela D'Abbraccio, Naples Italy, TV actress (Passioni)
  • May 27 Meg Parsont, personality (David Letterman Show)
  • May 27 Ravi Shastri, cricketer (Indian SLA all-rounder 1981-92)
  • May 27 Ray Borner, Australian basketball center (Olympics-1984, 88, 92, 96)
  • May 27 Steven Brill, American film writer and director
  • May 28 Brandon Cruz, actor (Eddie-Courtship of Eddie's Father)
  • May 29 Eric Davis, outfielder (Cincinnati Reds), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 29 Gerry Norquist, Portland OR, Nike golfer (1990 Boise Open-5th)
  • May 29 John D. LeMay, American actor
  • May 30 Jan Gunnarsson, Sweden, tennis star
  • May 30 John Alt, NFL tackle (KC Chiefs)
  • May 30 Tonya Pinkins, actress (Livia Frye-All My Children), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 30 Kevin Eastman, American comic book creator
  • May 31 Corey Hart, vocalist (I Wear My Sunglasses at Night), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • May 31 Henry Williams, CFL receiver (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • May 31 Joe Orsulak, Glen Ridge NJ, outfielder (Florida Marlins)
  • May 31 Sebastian Koch, German actor

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

May 4 Actor Christopher Plummer (32) weds columnist Patricia Lewis at the Marylebone Registry office in London

  • May 14 Princess Sophia of Greece weds Don Juan Carlos of Spain

Famous Deaths

  • May 5 Ernest Tyldesley, cricketer (990 runs in 14 Tests for England), dies
  • May 7 Jimmy Conlin, dies at 77
  • May 11 Hans Luther, politician and German Chancellor (1925-6), dies at 83
  • May 12 Dick Calkins, co-author (Buck Rogers), dies at 67
  • May 13 Frank Jenks, actor (Colonel Flack), dies of cancer at 60
  • May 13 Franz Jozef Kline, US expressionist painter, dies at 51
  • May 13 H Trendley Dean, doctor (introduced fluoridation into water)
  • May 14 Florence Auer, American actress (b. 1880)
  • May 19 Gabriele Münter, German expressionist painter
  • May 31 Adolf Eichmann, Nazi war criminal, hanged at Ramie Prison in Israel at 56
  • May 31 Eduardo Toldra, composer, dies at 67
  • May 31 Henry Fountain Ashurst, American politician (b. 1874)