Historical Events in August 1962

  • 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

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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)