On This Day

What Happened in July 1962

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 Algeria votes for independence from France
  • Jul 1 Burundi & Rwanda gain independence from Belgium (National Days)

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Jul 2 Cuba's Minister of Foreign affairs Raúl Castro arrives in Moscow

President of Cuba Raúl Castro
President of Cuba
Raúl Castro

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Jul 2 Fidel Castro visits Moscow

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro

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Jul 2 Sam Walton opens his first Walmart store in Rogers, Arkansas

Entrepreneur and Founder of Walmart Sam Walton
Entrepreneur and Founder of Walmart
Sam Walton
  • Jul 3 Algerian Revolution against French rule ends (Algeria gains independence on 5th July)
  • Jul 4 KIKU (now KHNL) TV channel 13 in Honolulu, HI (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Jul 5 96 murder at massacre in Oran, Algeria
  • Jul 5 Algeria gains independence after 132 years of French rule

Sport awardWimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 6 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Rod Laver beats fellow Australian Martin Mulligan 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 for the 3rd leg of his first Grand Slam

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • Jul 6 Emir Said al-Djazairi takes van Algerian throne in Syria

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 6 NY Yankees 'M&M boys' Roger Maris & Mickey Mantle hit 2 HRs each in 7-5 win v Twins, Mantle his 4th consecutive homer

Baseball Player Roger Maris
Baseball Player
Roger Maris
Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Jul 6 Nuclear test shot Sedan; part of Operation Plowshare
  • Jul 7 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: American Karen Susman beats Věra Suková of Czechoslovakia 6-4, 6-4 for her only Grand Slam singles title
  • Jul 7 Bill Hartack becomes 8th jockey to win 3,000 American thoroughbred races
  • Jul 7 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

  • Jul 9 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Johnston Island

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Jul 9 Andy Warhol's first West Coast gallery exhibition in the Ferus Gallery of Los Angeles

Pop Artist Andy Warhol
Pop Artist
Andy Warhol
  • Jul 10 32nd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 3-1 at D.C. Stadium, Washington

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Jul 10 Martin Luther King Jr. arrested during demonstration in Georgia

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Jul 10 Telstar, 1st geosynchronous communications satellite, launched
  • Jul 10 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • Jul 11 1st transatlantic TV transmission via satellite (Telstar I)
  • Jul 11 Brothers Hank snd Tommie Aaron homer in same inning
  • Jul 11 Cosmonaut Micolaev set then record longest space flight - 4 days
  • Jul 11 Fred Baldasare is 1st to swim English Channel underwater (scuba)
  • Jul 11 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • Jul 11 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 12 1st time 2 manned crafts in space (USSR)
  • Jul 12 Rolling Stones 1st performance (Marquee Club, London)
  • Jul 13 500 Indonesian parachutist land on New Guinea

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

Jul 13 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Troon: Arnold Palmer wins his 2nd consecutive Open, 6 strokes clear of runner-up Kel Nagle of Australia

  • Jul 13 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 14 Borehole for Mont Blanc tunnel finished
  • Jul 14 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 15 Algeria becomes member of Arab League

  • Jul 15 Netherlands and Indonesia reach agreement over New Guinea
  • Jul 15 49th Tour de France; Defending champion Jacques Anquetil of France claims his 3rd Tour victory
  • Jul 17 East Berliner Peter Fechter flees over Berlin Wall
  • Jul 17 Robert White in X-15 sets altitude record of 108 km (354,300 ft)
  • Jul 17 Senate rejects medicare for aged
  • Jul 17 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site

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Jul 18 Minnesota Twins Bob Allison and Harmon Killebrew hit grand slams in 1st inn & Harmon Killebrew connect in a club-record, 11-run 1st inning

Baseball Player Harmon Killebrew
Baseball Player
Harmon Killebrew
  • Jul 19 Hungarian communist party expels Rákosi & Gero

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Jul 20 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 13th Symphony

  • Jul 20 France and Tunisia recover diplomatic relations
  • Jul 21 160 civil right activists jailed after demonstration in Albany, Georgia
  • Jul 21 Battles on Chinese & Indies boundary
  • Jul 22 1st US Venus probe, Mariner 1, fails at lift-off

Sport awardPGA Championship

Jul 22 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Aronimink GC: Gary Player of South Africa wins by 1 stroke from Bob Goalby

Golfer Gary Player
Gary Player
  • Jul 22 Chicago White Sox outfielder Floyd Robinson goes 6 for 6 (all singles) as WS defeat Boston Red Sox, 7-3 at Fenway Park
  • Jul 23 The International Agreement on the Neutrality of Laos is signed
  • Jul 26 Maria Oeljanov, 1st airship with nuclear missiles, arrives in Cuba
  • Jul 26 Milwaukee Brave Warren Spahn sets HR record of 31 by a pitcher
  • Jul 27 Mariner 2 launched to Venus; flyby mission
  • Jul 27 Martin Luther King Jr. jailed in Albany, Georgia
  • Jul 27 USSR performs nuclear Test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Jul 28 19 die in a train crash in Steelton, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 28 Mariner I launched to Mars falls into Atlantic Ocean
  • Jul 30 33rd All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 9-4 at Wrigley Field, Chicago
  • Jul 30 All star MVP: Leon Wagner (LA Angels)
  • Jul 31 England fast bowler Brian Statham becomes Test cricket's leading wicket-taker with world-record tally of 237 as Australian wicketkeeper Barry Shepherd is caught by Fred Truman for 10 in drawn 4th Test in Adelaide

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Andre Braugher, American actor (Homicide: Life on the Street, Brooklyn Nine-Nine), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 1 Marti[n] Frederiksen, American songwriter, record producer, and musician, born in Hawthorne, California.
  • Jul 2 Brandel Chamblee, American golfer, broadcaster (Golf Channel, 1 PGA Tour title), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Jul 3 Thomas Gibson, American actor (Dr Daniel Nyland-Chicago Hope), born in Charleston, South Carolina

Person of interestTom Cruise

Jul 3 Tom Cruise, American actor (Risky Business, Jerry MaGuire, Rainman), born in Syracuse, New York

Actor Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
  • Jul 3 Hunter Tylo [Deborah Jo Hunter], American actress (The Bold and the Beautiful), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Jul 4 Pam Shriver, American tennis star (1991 US Open doubles/Olympic gold 1988), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jul 4 Roland Ratzenberger, Austrian race car driver, born in Salzburg, Austria (d. 1994)
  • Jul 4 Neil Morrissey, English actor (Men Behaving Badly), born in Stafford, England
  • Jul 7 Clive "Doctor" Jackson, British rocker (Dr & Medics-Laughing at Pieces), born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Jul 7 Shawn Paddock, American rocker (Red Rockers)
  • Jul 8 Rob Burnett, North Caldwell NJ, head writer (David Letterman)
  • Jul 10 Mike Saxon, American NFL punter (Minnesota Vikings), born in Whittier, California
  • Jul 10 Charles Papa, Kenyan comedian and actor (Papa Shirandula), born in Busia, Kenya (d. 2020)
  • Jul 11 Dale Hellestrae, NFLer (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Jul 11 Pauline McLynn, Irish actress
  • Jul 12 Stein Jorgesen, sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 12 Julio César Chávez, Mexican boxer (3-weight division world champion), born in Ciudad Obregón, Mexico
  • Jul 12 Dean Wilkins, English football manager
  • Jul 13 Tom Kenny, American voice actor
  • Jul 13 Rhonda Vincent, American bluegrass singer, born in Kirksville, Missouri
  • Jul 14 Diane Ratnik, volleyball setter (Olympics-8-92, 96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jul 14 Jeff Olson, American rock musician, born in Wareham, Massachusetts
  • Jul 17 Jay Barrs, American archer (Olympic gold 1988, 92, 96), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Jul 17 Bill Sage, American actor, born in New York
  • Jul 18 Jensen Buchanan, American actress (Vicky/Marley-Another World), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Jul 18 Lee Arenberg, American actor (Pintel - Pirates of the Caribbean), born in Palo Alto, California
  • Jul 18 Jack Irons, American drummer (Red Hot Chilli Peppers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 18 Shaun Micallef, Australian comedian
  • Jul 19 Anthony Edwards, American actor (It Takes Two, Dr Greene-ER), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • Jul 19 Craig Muni, NHL defenseman (Winnipeg Jets), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jul 20 Carlos Alazraqui, American actor and comedian
  • Jul 20 Giovanna Amati, Italian racing driver
  • Jul 21 Lee Aaron, Canadian rock singer (Metal Queen), born in Belleville, Canada
  • Jul 21 Ike Eisenmann, actor (Scott-Fantastic Journey), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jul 22 Alvin Robertson, NBA guard (Toronto Raptors)
  • Jul 22 Steve Albini, American writer, recording engineer and musician (Big Black, Rapeman, Shellac), born in Pasedena, California
  • Jul 22 Martine St. Clair [Nault], Canadian singer, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jul 23 Eriq La Salle, American actor (Dr Peter Benton-ER), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Jul 23 Terry-Jo Myers, American golfer (3 LPGA Tour titles; 1998 Ben Hogan Award), born in Ft Myers, Florida
  • Jul 24 Kevin Butler, NFL kicker (Chicago Bears)
  • Jul 25 Doug Drabek, American MLB pitcher (NL Cy Young Award 1990), born in Victoria, Texas
  • Jul 25 Mike Buncic, American discus thrower, born in Patterson, New Jersey
  • Jul 26 Galina Chistyakova, Russian jumper (world record 1988), born in Izmail, Ukraine
  • Jul 26 Jody Reed, American infielder (San Diego Padres), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Jul 28 Rachel Sweet, American singer, born in Akron, Ohio
  • Jul 29 Corinne Dibnah, Australian golfer (British Open 1988; LET Order of Merit 1991), born in Brisbane, Queensland
  • Jul 29 Vincent Rousseau, Belgian athlete
  • Jul 29 Scott Steiner, American professional wrestler
  • Jul 30 Andy Green, British Royal Air Force and 1st to break sound barrier on land, born in Atherstone, Warwickshire, England
  • Jul 30 Tom Pagnozzi, American baseball catcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • Jul 30 Vladimir Dezhurov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-21), born in Yavas, Mordovia, Soviet Union
  • Jul 30 Jay Feaster, American National Hockey League executive, born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 31 Kevin Greene, American Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker (5 x Pro Bowl; First-team All-Pro 1989, 94, 96; LA Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers), born in Schenectady, New York (d. 2020)
  • Jul 31 Sandra "Sweetness" Hodge, basketball player (Harlem Globetrotters)
  • Jul 31 Troy Murray, Canadian NHL center, broadcaster (Chicago Black Hawks), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Jul 31 Wesley Snipes, American actor (Passenger 57, Money Train, Blade trilogy), born in Orlando, Florida
  • Jul 31 John Chiang, American politician (Democratic Party), born in NYC, New York

Famous Weddings

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 28 NBA player Lenny Wilkens (24) weds Marilyn Reed

NBA Point Guard and Coach Lenny Wilkens
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Lenny Wilkens

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 4 Rex Bell [George Francis Beldam], American cowboy actor (Cowboys & Injuns) and 21st Lieutenant Governor of Nevada, dies from a heart attack at 58

Person of interestWilliam Faulkner

Jul 6 William Faulkner, American author (As I Lay Dying, Nobel Prize for Literature 1949), dies at 64

Author and Nobel Laureate William Faulkner
Author and Nobel Laureate
William Faulkner
  • Jul 6 Archduke Joseph August of Austria, Austrian field marshal, dies at 89
  • Jul 6 George, Duke of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, dies at 63
  • Jul 8 Georges Bataille, French writer and philosopher (b. 1897)

Person of interestOwen D. Young

Jul 11 Owen D. Young, American industrialist (RCA) and diplomat (Young Plan), dies at 87

Diplomat and Industrialist Owen D. Young
Diplomat and Industrialist
Owen D. Young
  • Jul 12 Roger Wolfe Kahn, American band leader (b. 1907)
  • Jul 16 Jan Romein, Dutch historian (Breaking of Two Ages), dies at 68
  • Jul 20 Andre Renard, Belgium worker's union leader (MSU), dies at 51
  • Jul 20 George MacAulay Trevelyan, English royal historian, dies at 86
  • Jul 21 G. M. Trevelyan [George Macaulay Trevelyan], British historian and academic, dies at 86
  • Jul 24 Victor Moore, comedian, dies of heart attack at 86
  • Jul 25 Thibaudeau Rinfret, Canadian jurist and Chief Justice (b. 1879)
  • Jul 27 Edward Godfrey Richard Aldington, novelist/biographer, dies
  • Jul 27 Richard Adlington, writer, dies at 70
  • Jul 27 James H. "Dutch" Kindelberger, American aerospace pioneer (b. 1895)
  • Jul 27 Conrad Elvehjem, American biochemist and nutrition scientist (discovered niacin), dies at 61
  • Jul 30 Myron McCormick, American actor (China Girl, Jigsaw), dies of cancer at 54