What Happened in June 1962

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 Oscar 2 (ham radio satellite) launched into Earth orbit
  • Jun 1 Roda JC soccer team reforms in Kerkrade
  • Jun 1 USAF Maj Robert M White takes X-15 to 40,420 m


Jun 1 SS officer Adolf Eichmann is executed in Israel after being found guilty of war crimes

SS officer Adolf Eichmann
SS officer
Adolf Eichmann

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 2 61st Men's French Championships: Rod Laver beats Roy Emerson (3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 9-7, 6-2)

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
  • Jun 2 61st Women's French Championships: Margaret Court beats Lesley Turner Bowrey (6-3, 3-6, 7-5)
  • Jun 3 Air France Boeing 707 crashes on takeoff from Paris, kills 130
  • Jun 3 Betsy Rawls & Kathy wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 3 Lee Harvey Oswald arrives by train in Oldenzaal, Netherlands

Former Soldier and Assassin Lee Harvey Oswald
Former Soldier and Assassin
Lee Harvey Oswald
  • Jun 3 WBKO TV channel 13 in Bowling Green, KY (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 4 Lee Harvey Oswald departs Rotterdam on SS Maasdam to US
  • Jun 6 The Beatles meet their producer George Martin for 1st time, they record "Besame Mucho" with Pete Best on drums
  • Jun 7 NASA civilian test pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 31,580 m
  • Jun 8 Jim Beatty runs world record 2 mile (8:29.8)
  • Jun 9 "Bill of Hare" premieres in USA
  • Jun 9 94th Belmont: Bill Shoemaker aboard Jaipur wins in 2:28.8

Music concertMusic Concert

Jun 9 Tony Bennett debuts in concert at Carnegie Hall in NYC

Singer Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
  • Jun 10 A record 54 home runs hit in baseball
  • Jun 10 Igor Ter-Ovanesyan of USSR, sets then long jump record at 27' 3½"
  • Jun 10 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Austin Civitan Golf Tournament

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 11 US President John F. Kennedy accepts an honorary degree from Yale

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Jun 11 Brothers John and Clarence Anglin and fellow inmate Frank Morris escape from Alcatraz Island prison, the only ones to do so
  • Jun 12 Laos Prince Souvanna Phouma forms coalition government
  • Jun 12 USAF Maj Robert M White takes X-15 to 56,270 m

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 13 "Bob Newhart Show" last airs on NBC-TV

Comedian and Actor Bob Newhart
Comedian and Actor
Bob Newhart
  • Jun 13 Norway named ombudsman
  • Jun 14 Albert DeSalvo, better known as the Boston Strangler, murders Anna Slesers, his first victim
  • Jun 14 The European Space Research Organisation is established in Paris - later becoming the European Space Agency
  • Jun 15 Phillies score 10 runs in an inning against Reds en route to 13-8 win
  • Jun 15 South Africa passes a bill setting death penalty for many crimes
  • Jun 15 WWUP TV channel 10 in Sault Ste Marie, MI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 15 Students for a Democratic Society complete the Port Huron Statement
  • Jun 16 2 US army officers killed in Saigon

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 17 62nd US Golf Open: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 283 at Oakmont CC PA

  • Jun 17 FIFA World Cup: Brazil beats Czechoslovakia 3-1 in football's 7th World Cup in Santiago
  • Jun 17 Lou Brock is 2nd to HR into Polo Grounds right-center field bleachers
  • Jun 17 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Cosmopolitan Golf Open
  • Jun 21 USAF Maj Robert M White takes X-15 to 75,190 m
  • Jun 22 1st test flight of a Hovercraft
  • Jun 22 French Boeing 707 crashes at Guadeloupe, 113 killed
  • Jun 22 12th Berlin International Film Festival: "A Kind of Loving" wins the Golden Bear
  • Jun 23 "Subways Are after Sleeping" closes at St James NYC after 205 performances
  • Jun 23 Suvanna Phuma forms government in Laos
  • Jun 23 Larry Doby retires from Cleve Indians to play in Japan
  • Jun 24 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA J E McAuliffe Golf Tournament
  • Jun 24 Jack Reed's 22nd-inning HR wins longest NY Yankee game in history
  • Jun 25 İnönü government forms in Turkey
  • Jun 25 Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO) forms
  • Jun 25 Supreme Court rules NY school prayer unconstitutional
  • Jun 26 Blacks begin passive resistance in Cairo Ill
  • Jun 26 Boston Red Sox Earl Wilson no-hits LA Angels, 2-0
  • Jun 26 WSEC (now WLRN) TV channel 17 in Miami, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 27 NASA civilian pilot Joseph A. Walker takes X-15 to 6,606 kph, 37,700 m
  • Jun 27 Ross Perot begins Electronic Data Systems
  • Jun 27 In South Africa, the General Law Amendment Act (Sabotage Act) No 76 commences, increasing the state president's power to declare organisations unlawful and to add further restrictions to banning orders
  • Jun 28 Thalidomide drug banned in Netherlands
  • Jun 29 1st flight Vickers (British Aerospace) VC-10 long-range airliner
  • Jun 29 Frank Howard hits the 5,000th Dodger home run
  • Jun 30 17th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Murle Lindstrom
  • Jun 30 French Foreign Legion leaves Algeria
  • Jun 30 LA Dodger Sandy Koufax no-hits NY Mets, 5-0
  • Jun 30 Premier Ben Khedda disbands Algerian Liberation Army fighters
  • Jun 30 Rwanda and Burundi become independent

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Jesse Johnson, rocker (Time)
  • Jun 1 Sherri Howard, 4X400m hurdler (Olympic gold 1984), born in Sherman, Texas
  • Jun 2 Darnell Coles, baseball player
  • Jun 2 Laura Witvoet, Alberta Canada, LPGA golfer (1995 LPGA Corning-52nd)
  • Jun 3 Connie Price-Smith, discus thrower (Olympic 5th-96), born in Saint Charles, Missouri
  • Jun 3 Susannah Constantine, British fashion guru
  • Jun 4 Zenon Jaskuła, Polish cyclist
  • Jun 4 John P. Kee, American Gospel singer
  • Jun 5 Astrid, Belgian princess/daughter of Albert II
  • Jun 5 Jeff Garlin, American comedian
  • Jun 7 Janice Lawrence Braxton, WNBA center (Cleve Rockers, Olym-gold-1984)
  • Jun 7 Paddy McAloon, rocker (Prefab Sprout-2 Wheels Good)
  • Jun 7 Takuya Kurosawa, Japanese racing driver
  • Jun 7 Michael Cartellone, American drummer (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
  • Jun 8 Nick Rhodes, [Bates], keyboardist (Duran Duran-Hungry Like the Wolf)
  • Jun 8 Kristine W, American musician
  • Jun 9 Eddie Lundon, rocker (China Crisis-Christian)
  • Jun 10 Brent Sutter, Viking, NHL center (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • Jun 10 Duane Sutter, NHL player (NY Islander)
  • Jun 10 Floris Jansen, cricketer (Netherlands pace bowler 1996 World Cup)
  • Jun 10 Gina Gershon, American actress
  • Jun 10 Vincent Perez, Swiss actor
  • Jun 10 Akie Abe, current First Lady of Japan
  • Jun 11 Michael Kenny, WLAF offensive assistant (Scottish Claymores)
  • Jun 11 Erika Salumäe, Estonian cyclist, Olympian
  • Jun 12 Ally Sheedy, [Alexandria], American actress (Wargames, Breakfast Club), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 12 Michael Link, actor (Earl-Julia), born in Provo, Utah
  • Jun 12 Paul Clark, English musician (The Bolshoi)
  • Jun 12 John Enos III, American actor
  • Jun 13 Hannah Storm, sports journalist (CNN, NBC)
  • Jun 13 Karen Kurreck, Urbana Ill, cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • Jun 13 Mark Frankel, actor (Leon the Pig Farmer)
  • Jun 13 Davey Hamilton, American racing driver
  • Jun 14 Scott Radecic, NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Jun 15 Andrea Rost, Hungarian soprano
  • Jun 16 Wally Joyner, American baseball player
  • Jun 16 Femi Kuti, Nigerian Afrobeat Musician
  • Jun 16 Arnold Vosloo, South African actor
  • Jun 17 Ed Brady, American NFL linebacker (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Morris, Illinois
  • Jun 17 Michael Monroe, Finnish singer (Hanoi Rocks)
  • Jun 18 Jan[ice] Merrill, track star (US record long distance holder 1979)
  • Jun 18 Mitsuharu Misawa, Japanese professional wrestler
  • Jun 19 Ken Tohill, American jockey, born in Pleasanton, California

Person of interestPaula Abdul

Jun 19 Paula Abdul, American singer-songwriter, choreographer (Straight Up) and TV personality (American Idol), born in San Fernando, California

Singer & Judge of American Idol Paula Abdul
Singer & Judge of American Idol
Paula Abdul
  • Jun 19 Phillip Hatchett, Russellville Ky, Canadian Tour golfer (1991 Quebec)
  • Jun 19 Jeremy Bates, English tennis player
  • Jun 21 Marc Copage, actor (Corey Baker-Julia), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 21 Viktor Tsoi, Russian musician
  • Jun 21 Takeshi Asami, Japanese racing driver

Person of interestClyde Drexler

Jun 22 Clyde "Glide" Drexler, NBA Guard (Houston Rockets, Port Trailblazers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

NBA Swingman Clyde Drexler
NBA Swingman
Clyde Drexler
  • Jun 22 Ruby Turner, rocker (No Where to Run)
  • Jun 23 Paul LaGreca, actor (Big Trouble), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jun 23 Kari Takko, Uusikaupunki FIN, hockey goalie (Team Finland)
  • Jun 23 Kevin Yagher, TV/film special effects technician
  • Jun 23 Chuck Billy, American vocalist (Testament)
  • Jun 25 Dan Turk, American footballer, NFL center (Washington Redskins), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2000)
  • Jun 25 Phill Jupitus, English comedian and broadcaster
  • Jun 26 George P N earl of St Andrews, under English prince Edward
  • Jun 26 Jerome Kersey, NBA forward (Golden State Warriors, Sea Supersonics)
  • Jun 28 Anisoara Stanciu-Cusmir, Romanian long jumper (Olympic gold 1984), born in Brăila, Romania
  • Jun 29 Amanda Donohoe, actress (CJ Lamb-LA Law), born in London, England
  • Jun 29 George Zamka, American astronaut
  • Jun 30 Julianne Regan, rocker (All About Eve-All About Scarlet)
  • Jun 30 Vladimir Mikolaevich Dezhurov, Mordovia, astronaut (Mir 18, STS-71)
  • Jun 30 Tony Fernández, Dominican baseball player

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 10 NFL running back Gale Sayers (19) weds his high school sweetheart Linda McNeil

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 17 Actor Jack Nicholson (25) weds Sandra Knight (22) in Los Angeles

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 20 Singer Jane Froman (54) weds college friend Rowland Smith

Singer Jane Froman
Jane Froman

Famous Deaths

Person of interestAdolf Eichmann

Jun 1 Adolf Eichmann, German Nazi officer (SS-Obersturmbannführer, Holocaust organizer), hanged in Israel at 56

SS officer Adolf Eichmann
SS officer
Adolf Eichmann
  • Jun 2 Fran Saleški Finžgar, Slovene folk writer (Our Blood, Service Girls), dies at 91
  • Jun 2 Vita Sackville-West, English writer and gardener (Sissinghurst), dies at 70
  • Jun 4 William Beebe, US biologist/explorer, dies at 84
  • Jun 4 Clem McCarthy, American sportscaster (b. 1882)
  • Jun 6 Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, American actor (Hoedown, Country Fair, Blackmail), dies of poisoning at 63
  • Jun 6 Yves Klein, French sculptor/painter, dies at 34
  • Jun 9 Henry Kendall, British director and actor (Amazing Quest, Shadow, Rich & Strange), dies from a heart attack at 65
  • Jun 12 John N Ireland, English composer/pianist (Epic March), dies at 82
  • Jun 13 Eugene Goossens, British composer (Perseus), dies at 69
  • Jun 14 Anna Sleasers, first Boston Strangler victim
  • Jun 14 Mykhaylo Verikivsky, composer, dies at 65
  • Jun 15 Alfred Cortot, French pianist, dies at 84
  • Jun 18 Volkmar Andreae, Swiss conductor/composer (Bruckner), dies at 82
  • Jun 19 Frank Borzage, American director (7th Heaven, Strange Cargo), dies at 69
  • Jun 19 Will Wright, American actor (Adam's Rib, Living Christ Story), dies of cancer at 68
  • Jun 24 Lucile Watson, actress (Great Lie, Model Wife, Florian), dies at 83
  • Jun 25 Ephraim Lisitsky, Hebrew poet, dies
  • Jun 27 Paul Viiding, Estonian poet (b. 1904)
  • Jun 28 Mickey Cochrane, baseball hall of fame catcher, dies at 59
  • Jun 30 Caspar Neher, German set designer/librettist, dies at 65