April 1962 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 2 The first official Panda crossing is opened outside Waterloo station, London.
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • Apr 9 JFK throws out 1st ball at Washington's new DC Stadium
  • Apr 12 San Mateo County withdraws from BART (San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit) district
  • Apr 13 US steel industry forced to give up price increases
  • Apr 14 Demonstration for sovereign status of New-Guinea in Amsterdam

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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
  • 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 22 Pirates tie then record of 10 straight wins to start season
  • Apr 23 1st US satellite to reach the moon launched
  • 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 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 30 NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 75,190 m

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 1 Dave Ulliott, English poker player
  • Apr 2 Pierre Carles, French documentarist
  • Apr 2 Mark Shulman, American children's author
  • Apr 3 John Gruffith, rocker (Red Rockers)
  • Apr 7 Bonny Warner, Mount Baldy California, lugist
  • Apr 21 Sergei Viktorovich Zalyotin, Russia, major/cosmonaut
  • Apr 22 Jeff Minter, English video game programmer

Deaths in History

  • Apr 4 James Hanratty, executed at Bedford Prison, England, for the murder of Michael Gregsten (b. 1936)
  • Apr 6 J C Heldring, Dutch businessman, dies at 74
  • Apr 9 Juan Belmonte, famed bullfighter, dies at 70
  • Apr 10 Michael Curtiz, Hungarian-born director (b. 1886)
  • Apr 12 Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, Indian politician and engineer (b. 1861)
  • Apr 13 Culbert Olson, American politician (b. 1876)
  • Apr 15 Clara Blandick, committed suicide at 80
  • Apr 15 Esther Minciotti, dies at 74
  • Apr 17 Louise Fazenda, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 66
  • Apr 20 Jesse G Vincent, engineer designed 1st V-12 engine, dies at 82
  • Apr 21 Frederick Handley Page, designer of 1st big airplane (40 seats), dies
  • Apr 27 A. K. Fazlul Huq, Bengali statesman (b. 1873)