May 1962 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 1st French underground nuclear experiment in the Sahara
  • May 1 Bo Belinsky pitches a no-hitter, in his 4th start
  • May 1 France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria
  • May 1 JFK authorizes Area Redevelopment Act (ARA)
  • May 2 OAS strikes in Algeria
  • May 2 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • May 3 Express train crashed into wreckage of a commuter train & a freight, killing 163, injuring 400 (Tokyo, Japan)
  • May 4 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • May 6 1st nuclear warhead fired from Polaris submarine (Ethan Allen)
  • May 6 Antonio Segni elected president of Italy
  • May 6 Pathet Lao breaks cease fire/conquers Nam Tha Laos
  • May 6 US performs nuclear test at Pacific Ocean
  • May 7 Pulitzer prize awarded to Theodore H White (Making of President 1960)
  • May 7 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • May 8 1st Atlas Centaur Launch
  • May 8 London trolley buses (electrically powered buses using overhead supply) go out of service
  • May 9 Laser beam successfully bounced off Moon for 1st time
  • May 9 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • May 11 Antonio Segni becomes president of Italy
  • May 11 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • May 11 US sends troops to Thailand
  • May 12 Grevelingen dam closes
  • May 12 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • May 14 Ex-present of Yugoslavia Milovan Djilas sentenced to 5 years
  • May 14 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • May 15 US marines arrive in Laos
  • May 17 Marin County withdraws from BART district
  • May 19 Indonesian paratroopers land in New Guinea
  • May 19 US performs nuclear test at Christmas Island (atmospheric)
  • May 21 3 more Cleveland HR set AL record for most HR (26) over 8 games
  • May 22 Netherlands telephone network becomes completely automated
  • May 22 Major Robert A Rushworth, USAF, takes X-15 to 30,600m
  • May 22 Continental Airlines Flight 11 crashes after bombs explode on board.
  • May 23 OAS leader general Raoul Salan sentenced to life
  • May 23 Scott Carpenter orbits Earth 3 times in US Aurora 7
  • May 24 M Scott Carpenter aboard Aurora 7 launched into Earth orbit
  • May 25 US performs nuclear test at Christmas Island (atmospheric)
  • May 25 US unions AFL-CIO starts campaign for 35-hour work week
  • May 28 Suit alleging de facto school segregation filed in Rochester NY
  • May 28 US stock market drops $20.8 B in 1 day
  • May 30 69 killed in bus crash (Ahmedabad India)
  • May 30 Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem" premieres
  • May 31 The West Indies Federation dissolves.

Birthdays in History

  • May 2 Jimmy White, English snooker player
  • May 3 Anders Graneheim, Swedish bodybuilder
  • May 7 Robbie Knievel, daredevil, son of Evel (Chips Something Special)
  • May 10 Garry Daley, keyboard (China Crisis-Christian)
  • May 13 Kathleen Jamie, Scottish poet
  • May 17 Lise Lyng Falkenberg, Danish writer
  • May 18 Mike Darnell, American television executive
  • May 20 Lydia Cheng, American Ms Big Apple bodybuilder (1982) (Pumping Iron 2), born in NYC, New York
  • May 27 Steven Brill, American film writer and director
  • May 30 Kevin Eastman, American comic book creator

Weddings in History

  • May 14 Princess Sophia of Greece weds Don Juan Carlos of Spain

Deaths in History

  • May 7 Jimmy Conlin, dies at 77
  • May 11 Hans Luther, politician and German Chancellor (1925-6), dies at 83
  • May 12 Dick Calkins, co-author (Buck Rogers), dies at 67
  • May 13 Franz Jozef Kline, US expressionist painter, dies at 51
  • May 13 H Trendley Dean, doctor (introduced fluoridation into water)
  • May 19 Gabriele M√ľnter, German expressionist painter
  • May 31 Henry Fountain Ashurst, American politician (b. 1874)