What Happened in May 1962

Historical Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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29th Barbra Streisand appears on "Garry Moore Show"

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

Famous Birthdays

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

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

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

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

Famous Deaths

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