What Happened in April 1965

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 South Africa worker's union leader Henry Fazzie sentenced to 10 years
  • Apr 1 Syncom 3, 1st geosynchronous communications satellite, passes from civilian to military control
  • Apr 2 Hochhuths play "Stellvertreter" banned in Italy
  • Apr 3 1st atomic powered spacecraft (snap) launched
  • Apr 4 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Baton Rouge Golf Invitational
  • Apr 4 The first model of the new Saab Viggen fighter aircraft plane is unveiled.

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 5 37th Academy Awards: "My Fair Lady", Rex Harrison & Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins) win awards

Actress/Singer Julie Andrews
Actress/Singer
Julie Andrews
  • Apr 5 Lava Lamp Day celebrated
  • Apr 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 6 Intelsat 1 ("Early Bird") 1st commercial geosynchronous communications satellite launched
  • Apr 7 Bevan Congdon makes a stumping as 12th man NZ v Pakistan
  • Apr 8 India & Pakistan forces engage in a border fight
  • Apr 9 Beatles "Ticket to Ride" is released in UK

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 9 1st game at Astrodome, Houston beats Yankees 2-1 in exhibition as Mickey Mantle hits 1st indoor homerun

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 11 29th Masters Golf Tournament: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 271

  • Apr 11 40 tornadoes strike US midwest killing 272 & injuring 5,000
  • Apr 12 1st NL game at Houston's Astrodome (Phillies beat Astros 2-0)
  • Apr 13 The Beatles record their single "Help"
  • Apr 13 1st US Senate black page, Lawrence W Bradford Jr, 16, appointed by NY Sen Jacob Javits
  • Apr 13 7th Grammy Awards: The Girl From Ipanema, The Beatles wins
  • Apr 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 15 James Baldwin's "Amen Corner" premieres in NYC

  • Apr 15 NFL changes penalty flag from white to bright gold
  • Apr 16 Test flight of heavy Saturn S-1C-rocket
  • Apr 19 1st all news radio station (WINS 1010 AM in NYC) begins operating
  • Apr 19 69th Boston Marathon won by Morio Shigematsu of Japan in 2:16:33
  • Apr 19 T.A.M.I. Show premieres in London
  • Apr 19 At a cost of $20,000, the outer Astrodome ceiling is painted because of sun's glare, this causes the grass to die
  • Apr 20 People's Republic China offers North Vietnam military aid
  • Apr 21 New York World's Fair reopens for 2nd & final season
  • Apr 23 Launch of 1st Soviet communications satellite
  • Apr 24 "Comedy in Music-Opus 2" closes at John Golden NYC after 192 performances
  • Apr 24 Military coup under Donald Reid Cabral in Dominican Republic
  • Apr 24 NY Met Casey Stengel wins his 3,000 game as manager
  • Apr 25 19th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 1
  • Apr 25 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Pensacola Golf Invitational
  • Apr 26 Ives' 4th Symphony premieres
  • Apr 27 "I'm Solomon" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • Apr 27 RC Duncan patents "Pampers" disposable diaper

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 28 Barbra Streisand stars on "My Name is Barbra" special on CBS

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Apr 28 Lindsey Nelson broadcasts game at Astrodome from a hanging gondola
  • Apr 28 Richard Helms replaces Marshall S Carter as deputy director of CIA
  • Apr 28 US marines invade Dominican Republic, stay until October 1966
  • Apr 28 William F Raborn Jr replaces John A McCone as 7th head of CIA
  • Apr 29 Australian government announces it would send troops to Vietnam
  • Apr 29 Earthquake hits Seattle; 5 die
  • Apr 29 Malta becomes 18th member of Council of Europe

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 John "Jumbo" Elliott, NFL tackle (NY Giants, NY Jets)
  • Apr 1 Mark Jackson, NBA guard (Indiana Pacers) and coach, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 1 Robert Steadman, English composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 2 Rodney King, African American motorist beaten by LA cops, born in Sacramento, California (d. 2012)

Victim of Police Violence Rodney King
Victim of Police Violence
Rodney King
  • Apr 3 Nazia Hassan, South Asian pop singer (d.2000)
  • Apr 4 Black Francis [Charles Thompson], American singer/songwriter (Pixies), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 4 Robert Downey Jr, American actor ( Chrlie Chaplin, Iron Man, Avengers), born in NYC, New York

  • Apr 4 Tony Burse, CFL fullback (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Apr 5 Cris Carpenter, American baseball player
  • Apr 6 Gerald Diduck, Edmonton, NHL defenseman (Hartford Whalers)
  • Apr 6 Rica Reinisch, German DR, 100m/200m backstroke (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • Apr 6 Virginia Lee, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • Apr 6 Lieve Slegers, Belgian athlete
  • Apr 7 Alexander Mronz, tennis star, born in Cologne, Germany
  • Apr 7 Kaushik Amalean, cricketer (two Tests for Sri Lanka 1986-88)
  • Apr 7 Alison Lapper, British artist
  • Apr 9 Hal Morris, Fort Rucker Alabama, infielder (Cincinnati Reds)
  • Apr 9 Helen Alfredsson, Goteborg Sweden, LPGA golfer (1993 Dinah Shore)
  • Apr 9 Paolo Cane, Itaty, tennis star
  • Apr 9 Paulina Porizkova, Prostejov Czech, model (Playboy-Aug 87)
  • Apr 9 Jeff Zucker, American television executive
  • Apr 9 Jay Wesley Neill, American convicted murderer (d. 2002)
  • Apr 9 Mark Pellegrino, American actor
  • Apr 10 Karen Booker, WNBA center (Utah Starzz)
  • Apr 10 Tim Alexander, American funk metal drummer (Primus-Pork soda), born in Cherry Point, North Carolina
  • Apr 12 Elaine Zayak, NJ, figure skater (Olympics-6th-1984)
  • Apr 12 Tom O'Brien, American actor-producer
  • Apr 13 Quinn Early, NFL wide receiver (NO Saints, Buffalo Bills)
  • Apr 13 Patricio Pouchulu, Argentinean architect
  • Apr 14 Craig McDermott, cricket pace bowler (tireless Austr since 1984)
  • Apr 14 Stan Humphries, NFL quarterback (San Diego Chargers)
  • Apr 14 Tom Dey, American film director
  • Apr 15 Anthony Miller, NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys)
  • Apr 15 Kevin Stevens, Brockton, NHL left wing (LA Kings)
  • Apr 15 Mark Dennis, NFL tackle (Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers)
  • Apr 15 Michele Redman, Zanesville OH, LPGA golfer (1995 Star Bank-3rd)
  • Apr 15 Soichi Noguchi, astronaut, born in Yokohama, Japan
  • Apr 15 Linda Perry, American musician
  • Apr 16 Caren Kemner, Quincy IL, volleyball outside hitter (Oly-bronze-92, 96)
  • Apr 16 Gerardo [Mejía], Ecuadorian American rapper, born in Guayaquil
  • Apr 16 Jon Cryer, actor (Pretty in Pink, Superman IV)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 16 Martin Lawrence, American comedian (Martin), born in Frankfurt, Germany

Comedian Martin Lawrence
Comedian
Martin Lawrence
  • Apr 16 Michael Wong Man Tak, Hong Kong actor and director
  • Apr 17 William Mapother, American actor
  • Apr 17 Yoshiki Kuroda, Japanese urban planner
  • Apr 18 Diana Villegas, rocker (Triplets)
  • Apr 18 Sylvia Villegas, rocker (Triplets)
  • Apr 18 Vicky Villegas, rocker (Triplets)
  • Apr 18 Rob Stenders, Dutch radio discjockey
  • Apr 19 Natalie Dessay, French soprano
  • Apr 19 Suge Knight, American record producer
  • Apr 20 Jim Terrell, sprint canoe (Olympics-96), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Apr 20 Kostas Hatzidakis, Greek politician
  • Apr 20 Adrian Fernández, Mexican racing driver
  • Apr 21 Ed Belfour, Carman, NHL goalie (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • Apr 21 Gary Grant, NBA guard (NY Knicks)
  • Apr 21 Karen Foster, Lufkin Tx, playmate (Oct, 1989)
  • Apr 21 Fiona Kelleghan, American academic and critic
  • Apr 22 Lauri Hendler, actress (Julie - Gimme a Break), born in Ft Belvoir, Virgina
  • Apr 22 Peter Zezel, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Apr 23 Donna Weinbrecht, skier (Olympic-gold)
  • Apr 24 Mike Blowers, Wurlzburg Germany, infielder (NY Yankees, LA Dodgers)
  • Apr 24 Son Chang Min, South Korean actor
  • Apr 25 Denis Perez, hockey defenseman (Team France 1998)
  • Apr 25 Mark Bryant, NBA forward/center (Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets)
  • Apr 25 Eric Avery, American musician (Jane's Addiction, Deconstruction, Polar Bear)
  • Apr 26 Kevin James, American comedian
  • Apr 27 Courtenay Becker-Dey, American Europe class sailor (Oly-bronze-1996), born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • Apr 28 Steven Blum, American voice actor
  • Apr 29 Reggie Miller, NBA player (Indiana Pacers)
  • Apr 30 Adrian Pasdar, Pittsfield Mass, actor (C Oliver Resor-Feds, Top Gun)
  • Apr 30 Daniela Costian, Australian discus/shot putter (Olympics-96)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Henry D G Crerar, Canadian general (WW I, Normandy), dies at 76
  • Apr 1 Helena Rubinstein, Polish-born American cosmetics manufacturer (b. 1870)
  • Apr 2 Renzo Bossi, Italian composer, dies at 81
  • Apr 3 Ernst Kirchweger, Austrian communist and resistance fighter (born 1897 or 1898)
  • Apr 8 Erik A Blomberg, Swedish art historian/poet/author, dies at 70
  • Apr 8 Jack Durston, cricketer (one Test for England, 4-102 & 1-34), dies
  • Apr 8 Lars Hanson, Swedish actor (Flesh & Devil), dies after illness at 78
  • Apr 10 Linda Darnell, American actress (Unfaithfully Yours), dies from burns received in a house fire at 41
  • Apr 10 Lloyd Casner, American race car driver and owner (b. 1928)
  • Apr 14 Leonard Mudie, dies of heart ailment at 82
  • Apr 14 Perry E Smith, US murderer (In Cold Blood), hanged
  • Apr 14 Robert E Hickok, US murderer (In Cold Blood), hanged
  • Apr 15 Syd Chaplin, dies at 80
  • Apr 18 Guillermo González Camarena, Mexican inventor (b. 1917)
  • Apr 19 George Davis, actor (Private Lives, Devil May Care), dies at 75
  • Apr 20 Dick Wessel, dies of heart attack on 52nd birthday
  • Apr 21 Edward V Appleton, English physicist (Nobel Prize 1947), dies at 72
  • Apr 23 Josephina J "Fien" de la Mar, Dutch actress (Pygmalion), dies at 67
  • Apr 24 Louise Dresser, actress (State Fair, Ship Comes In, Mammy), dies at 86
  • Apr 26 Aaron Avshalomov, composer, dies at 70
  • Apr 27 Alan Bunce, actor (Albert-Ethel & Albert), dies at 61
  • Apr 27 Edward R Murrow, newscaster (Person to Person), dies at 57
  • Apr 28 Ferdinand Bordewijk, Dutch lawyer/writer (Character), dies at 80
  • Apr 30 Helen Chandler, American actress (Dracula, Salute, Last Flight), dies at 59