On This Day

What Happened in April 1962

Historical Events

  • Apr 2 The first official Panda crossing is opened outside Waterloo station, London.
  • Apr 3 American jockey Eddie Arcaro retires after 31 years (24,092 races)
  • 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

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 9 26th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Arnold Palmer wins the 3rd of his 4 Masters titles in an 18 hole Monday playoff with Gary Player and Dow Finsterwald; tournament's first 3-way playoff

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Apr 9 34th Academy Awards: "West Side Story", Sophia Loren & Maximillian Schell win

Actress Sophia Loren
Actress
Sophia Loren
Singer, Dancer and Actress Rita Moreno
Singer, Dancer and Actress
Rita Moreno
  • Apr 9 JFK throws out 1st ball at Washington's new DC Stadium
  • Apr 10 52,564 fans attend first MLB game at LA's Dodger Stadium at Chavez Ravine, a 6-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds
  • Apr 10 Houston Colt .45s make their MLB debut with an 11-2 win over the Chicago Cubs at Colt Stadium; outfielder Román Mejías hits a pair of 3-run homers
  • Apr 11 New York Mets make a losing debut

  • Apr 12 San Mateo County withdraws from BART (San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit) district

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 13 Stan Musial scores his 1,869th run, a new NL record

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • 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 14 France retains the Five Nations Rugby Championship with an 11-0 win over Ireland at Stade Colombes, Paris
  • Apr 15 US national debt above $300,000,000,000
  • Apr 16 Brazil nationalizes US businesses

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 16 Walter Cronkite begins anchoring CBS Evening News

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite
  • Apr 16 66th Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:23:48; second straight win and 3rd title overall
  • Apr 18 16th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
  • 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 21 9th National Film Awards (India): "Bhagini Nivedita" wins the Golden Lotus
  • Apr 22 NY Mets tiea NL record by losing 9 straight to start season
  • Apr 22 Pirates tie then record of 10 straight wins to start season
  • Apr 22 Stanley Cup Final, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL: Dick Duff scores the winner as Toronto Maple Leafs beat Chicago Blackhawks, 2-1 for a 4-2 series victory

  • Apr 23 NY Mets win their 1st game ever, after going 0-9, beat Pirates 9-1
  • 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 Massachusetts Institute of Technology sends TV signal by satellite for 1st time: California to Massachusetts
  • 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 Red Sox Bill Monbouquette no-hits White Sox 1-0
  • Apr 26 US and 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 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Mickey Wright wins her 8th major title in a playoff with Ruth Jessen
  • Apr 30 NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 75,190 m

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Sara Lazarus, American jazz singer (It's All Right With Me), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Apr 1 Phillip Schofield, TV personality/designer (Nightfire)
  • Apr 1 Dave Ulliott, English poker player (World Series of Poker bracelet 1997; World Poker Open 2003), born in Kingston upon Hull, England (d. 2015)
  • Apr 2 Billy Dean [William Harold Dean Jr], American country singer (Young Man, Fire in the Dark), born in Quincy, Florida
  • Apr 2 Pierre Carles, French documentarist
  • Apr 2 Clark Gregg, American actor and director (Agent Phil Coulson), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Apr 2 Mark Shulman, American children's author (Scrawl), born in Rochester, New York
  • Apr 3 John Thomas Griffith, American rocker (Red Rockers), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • Apr 3 Mike Ness, American rocker (Social Distortion), born in Lynn, Massachusetts
  • Apr 3 Nancy Filteau, Canadian athlete, 72k judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan
  • Apr 3 Jennifer Rubin, American actress (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Apr 5 Lana Clarkson, American actress (d. 2003)
  • Apr 6 Stan Cullimore, bassist (Housemartins-Happy Hour, Over There)
  • Apr 7 Andy Hampsten, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Apr 7 Bonny Warner, Mount Baldy California, lugist
  • Apr 7 Hugh Edward Ralph O'Connor, actor (In the Heat of the Night)
  • Apr 7 Alain Robert, French rock and urban climber
  • Apr 8 Izzy Stradlin, [Jeff Isabelle], Lafayette IN, guitarist (Guns & Roses)
  • Apr 9 Freddie Joe Nunn, American NFL defensive end (Indianapolis Colts), born in Noxubee County, Mississippi
  • Apr 9 Jeff Turner, American NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies), born in Bangor, Maine
  • Apr 10 Cathy Turner, American short track skater (Olympic gold 1994), born in Rochester, New York
  • Apr 10 Jukka Tammi, Finnish hockey goaltender (Team Finland Olympic bronze 1998), born in Tampere, Finland
  • Apr 10 Steve Tasker, American NFL wide receiver, broadcaster (Buffalo Bills, 7-time Pro Bowl), born in Smith Center, Kansas
  • Apr 11 Terry Hoage, American NFL wide receiver (Arizona Cardinals), born in Ames, Iowa
  • Apr 12 Art Alexakis, American musician (Everclear), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 12 Takada Nobuhiko, Japanese wrestler, born in Isogo-ku, Yokohama
  • Apr 13 Dave Miley, American baseball player and manager, born in Tampa, Florida
  • Apr 13 Hillel Slovak, Israeli musician (Anthym/What Is This?, Red Hot Chili Peppers), born in Haifa, Israel (d. 1988)
  • Apr 14 James Carpenter, fencer-epee (Olympics 1996), born in Canton, Connecticut
  • Apr 15 Surjit Bindrakhia, Punjabi Bhangra singer, born in Bindrakh, Punjab
  • Apr 15 Nawal El Moutawakel, Moroccan athlete (Olympic gold 400m hurdles 1984), born in Casablanca, Morocco
  • Apr 15 Tom Kane, American voice actor, born in Overland Park, Kansas
  • Apr 16 David Pate, American tennis star, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 16 Ian MacKaye, American rocker (Cyrano de Bergerac), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 16 Jeanne Golay, American cyclist (Olympics-16th-92, 96), born in Coral Gables, Florida
  • Apr 17 Nancy Hogshead, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1984), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Apr 18 Shirlie Holliman, English pop singer (Wham!, Pepsi & Shirlie), born in Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire, England
  • Apr 18 Wilber Marshall, American NFL linebacker (NY Jets), born in Titusville, Florida

Person of interestAl Unser Jr.

Apr 19 Al Unser Jr., American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1992, 94), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Indy Car Driver Al Unser Jr.
Indy Car Driver
Al Unser Jr.
  • Apr 21 Sergei Viktorovich Zalyotin, Russian major/cosmonaut
  • Apr 21 Les Lancaster, American baseball player
  • Apr 22 Jeff Minter, English video game programmer
  • Apr 23 John Hannah, Scottish actor (Four Weddings and a Funeral), born in East Kilbride, Scotland
  • Apr 24 Stuart Pearce, English soccer defender (78 caps; Nottingham Forest) and manager (England U-21 2007-13; Great Britain Olympic team 2012; Manchester City), born in London, England

Person of interestAdam Silver

Apr 25 Adam Silver, American lawyer and NBA Commissioner, born in Rye, New York

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver
NBA Commissioner
Adam Silver
  • Apr 26 Grahame "Skin" Skinner, Scottish rocker (Hipsway), born in Glasgow
  • Apr 26 Michael Damian, American actor (Young & Restless) and singer (Rock on), born in San Diego, California
  • Apr 26 Colin Anderson, English footballer, born in Newcastle, England
  • Apr 26 Debra Wilson, American actress and comedian (Mad TV), born in South Ozone Park, Queens, New York
  • Apr 27 PattiSue Plumer, American 3k runner (Gold-Seattle '90), born in Covina, California
  • Apr 27 Ángel Comizzo, Argentine football goalkeeper, born in Reconquista, Argentina
  • Apr 27 James LeGros, American actor (Point Break, Enemy of the State), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Apr 28 Evguenni Rochtchin, NHL forward (Team Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • Apr 29 Bruce Driver, NHL defenseman (NY Rangers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 29 Robert Druppers, runner (world record 1 km indoor)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 3 Benny "Kid" Paret, US welterweight boxer, dies after fight, at 24
  • Apr 3 Manolis Kalomiris, Greek opera composer, dies at 78
  • 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 Stuart Sutcliffe, bassist (Beatles), dies of brain hemorrhage at 21
  • Apr 10 Michael Curtiz, Hungarian-born director (b. 1886)
  • Apr 12 M. Visvesvaraya, Indian civil engineer and statesman (19th Diwan of the Mysore Kingdom), dies at 100
  • Apr 12 Ron Flockhart, Scottish racing driver (b. 1923)
  • Apr 13 Culbert Olson, American lawyer & politician (Gov-D-Cal), dies at 85
  • Apr 15 Clara Blandick, American actress, commits suicide at 80
  • Apr 15 Esther Minciotti, Italian actress, dies at 73
  • Apr 15 Arsenio Lacson, Filipino politician & sportswriter, dies at 49
  • Apr 17 Louise Fazenda, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 66
  • Apr 20 Artúr Harmat, Hungarian composer, dies at 76
  • 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 22 Solomon Pimsleur, French composer, dies at 61
  • Apr 22 Vera Reynolds, American actress (Dragnet Patrol, Lawless Woman), dies at 62
  • Apr 27 A. K. Fazlul Huq, Bengali statesman, dies at 88