April 1965 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 South Africa worker's union leader Henry Fazzie sentenced to 10 years
  • Apr 1 Syncom 3, 1st geosynchronous communications satellite, passes from civilian to military control
  • Apr 2 Hochhuths play "Stellvertreter" banned in Italy
  • Apr 3 1st atomic powered spacecraft (snap) launched
  • Apr 4 The first model of the new Saab Viggen fighter aircraft plane is unveiled.
  • Apr 5 Lava Lamp Day celebrated
  • Apr 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 6 Intelsat 1 ("Early Bird") 1st commercial geosynchronous communications satellite launched
  • Apr 7 Bevan Congdon makes a stumping as 12th man NZ v Pakistan
  • Apr 8 India & Pakistan forces engage in a border fight
  • Apr 11 40 tornadoes strike US midwest killing 272 & injuring 5,000
  • Apr 13 1st US Senate black page, Lawrence W Bradford Jr, 16, appointed by NY Sen Jacob Javits
  • Apr 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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Apr 15 James Baldwin's "Amen Corner" premieres in NYC

  • Apr 16 Test flight of heavy Saturn S-1C-rocket
  • Apr 19 1st all news radio station (WINS 1010 AM in NYC) begins operating
  • Apr 19 T.A.M.I. Show premieres in London
  • Apr 19 At a cost of $20,000, the outer Astrodome ceiling is painted because of sun's glare, this causes the grass to die
  • Apr 20 People's Republic China offers North Vietnam military aid
  • Apr 21 New York World's Fair reopens for 2nd & final season
  • Apr 23 Launch of 1st Soviet communications satellite
  • Apr 24 Military coup under Donald Reid Cabral in Dominican Republic
  • Apr 27 RC Duncan patents "Pampers" disposable diaper
  • Apr 28 Lindsey Nelson broadcasts game at Astrodome from a hanging gondola
  • Apr 28 Richard Helms replaces Marshall S Carter as deputy director of CIA
  • Apr 28 US marines invade Dominican Republic, stay until October 1966
  • Apr 28 William F Raborn Jr replaces John A McCone as 7th head of CIA

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Apr 28 Luciano Pavarotti makes his debut at La Scala, Milan in Franco Zeffirelli's production of "La bohème" with Mirella Freni

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti
  • Apr 29 Australian government announces it would send troops to Vietnam
  • Apr 29 Earthquake hits Seattle; 5 die
  • Apr 29 Malta becomes 18th member of Council of Europe

Birthdays in History


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Apr 2 Rodney King, African American motorist beaten by LA cops, born in Sacramento, California (d. 2012)

Victim of Police Violence Rodney King
Victim of Police Violence
Rodney King
  • Apr 7 Alison Lapper, British artist
  • Apr 9 Jeff Zucker, American television executive
  • Apr 9 Jay Wesley Neill, American convicted murderer (d. 2002)
  • Apr 13 Patricio Pouchulu, Argentinean architect
  • Apr 15 Soichi Noguchi, astronaut, born in Yokohama, Japan
  • Apr 17 Yoshiki Kuroda, Japanese urban planner
  • Apr 18 Rob Stenders, Dutch radio discjockey
  • Apr 20 Kostas Hatzidakis, Greek politician
  • Apr 20 Adrian Fernández, Mexican racing driver
  • Apr 21 Fiona Kelleghan, American academic and critic

Deaths in History

  • Apr 1 Henry D G Crerar, Canadian general (WW I, Normandy), dies at 76
  • Apr 1 Helena Rubinstein, Polish-born American cosmetics manufacturer (b. 1870)
  • Apr 3 Ernst Kirchweger, Austrian communist and resistance fighter (born 1897 or 1898)
  • Apr 8 Erik A Blomberg, Swedish art historian/poet/author, dies at 70
  • Apr 14 Leonard Mudie, dies of heart ailment at 82
  • Apr 14 Perry E Smith, US murderer (In Cold Blood), hanged
  • Apr 14 Robert E Hickok, US murderer (In Cold Blood), hanged
  • Apr 15 Syd Chaplin, dies at 80
  • Apr 18 Guillermo González Camarena, Mexican inventor (b. 1917)
  • Apr 20 Dick Wessel, dies of heart attack on 52nd birthday
  • Apr 21 Edward V Appleton, English physicist (Nobel Prize 1947), dies at 72
  • Apr 28 Ferdinand Bordewijk, Dutch lawyer/writer (Character), dies at 80