Historical Events in April 1962

  • 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

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Apr 30 Willie Mays hits 4 HRs

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays