August 1962 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 1 Failed assassination on president Nkrumah of Ghana

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 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 Bolotnikov runs world record 10km (28:18.2)
  • Aug 12 1st time 2 people in space
  • 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
  • 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 20 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Aug 21 Verne Gagne beats Mister M (doctor X) in Minn, to become NWA champ

MurderAssassination Attempt

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 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 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
  • 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)

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 12 Miss Cleo, American psychic
  • Aug 14 Mark Robert Isfeld, combat engineer
  • Aug 15 Tom Colicchio, American chef
  • Aug 18 Felipe Calderón, President of Mexico
  • Aug 19 Michael J Massimino, Oceanside NY, PhD/astronaut
  • Aug 19 Tammy Bruce, American political commentator
  • Aug 22 Marie Laurie Mahabir, Guadeloupe, North American Bodybuilding Champ (1985-87)
  • Aug 23 Martin Cauchon, Canadian politician
  • Aug 24 Mary Ellen Weber, PhD/astronaut (STS 70), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Aug 26 Tariq Ramadan, Geneva, Switzerland, Islamic scholar
  • Aug 30 Alexander Litvinenko, Russian KGB officer (d. 2006)

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 25 Retired general Colin Powell (25) weds audiologist Alma Johnson (24) at the First Congregational Church in Birmingham, Alabama

General and US Secretary of State Colin Powell
General and US Secretary of State
Colin Powell

Deaths in History

  • Aug 1 Leon Kruczkowski, Polish author (Niemcy), dies at 62
  • Aug 7 Morris Louis, US painter (post painterly abstraction), dies at 49

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 9 Hermann Hesse, German/Swiss poet/author (Nobel 1946), dies at 85

Nobel Laureate Novelist Hermann Hesse
Nobel Laureate Novelist
Hermann Hesse
  • Aug 15 Lei Feng, Chinese revolutionary (b. 1940)
  • Aug 17 Peter Fechter trying to cross the Berlin Wall (b. 1944)
  • Aug 19 Kerstin Hesselgren, 1st woman in Swedish parliament, dies at 90
  • Aug 23 Walter Anderson, German folklorist (b. 1885)