On This Day

What Happened in June 1962

Historical Events

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

French Open Men's Tennis

Jun 2 French Championships Men's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Rod Laver beats Roy Emerson 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 9-7, 6-2; 2nd leg of Laver's 1st Grand Slam

  • Jun 2 French Championships Women's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Margaret Smith beats doubles partner Lesley Turner 6-3, 3-6, 7-5

#1 in the Charts

Jun 2 Ray Charles' cover of Don Gibson's "I Can't Stop Loving You", from his influential crossover album "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music" hits #1 on Billboard

  • Jun 3 Air France Boeing 707 crashes on takeoff from Paris, kills 130

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Music History

Jun 6 The Beatles meet their producer George Martin for the first time and record "Besame Mucho" with Pete Best on drums

Historic Event

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 Warner Bros "Bill of Hare" with Bug Bunny premieres in USA

Music Concert

Jun 9 American pop and jazz singer Tony Bennett makes his Carnegie Hall concert debut, NYC

  • Jun 10 A one-day record 54 home runs hit in baseball
  • Jun 10 Igor Ter-Ovanesyan of USSR, sets then long jump record at 27' 3½"

Historic Event

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

  • Jun 11 Brothers John and Clarence Anglin and fellow inmate Frank Morris escape from Alcatraz Island prison, the only ones to do so

Music Premiere

Jun 11 "Julie & Carol at Carnegie Hall", musical comedy/variety television special with Julie Andrews & Carol Burnett premieres on CBS

  • Jun 12 Laos Prince Souvanna Phouma forms coalition government
  • Jun 12 USAF Maj Robert M White takes X-15 to 56,270 m
  • Jun 13 Norway named ombudsman

Film Release

Jun 13 "Lolita" film based on Vladimir Nabokov's novel directed by Stanley Kubrick, starring James Mason and Sue Lyon is released

  • 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

US Golf Open

Jun 17 US Open Men's Golf, Oakmont CC: Jack Nicklaus wins his first major title by 3 strokes in an 18-hole playoff with Arnold Palmer

  • Jun 17 FIFA World Cup Final, Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile: Brazil go 1-down early but recover to beat Czechoslovakia, 3-1
  • Jun 17 Chicago Cub Lou Brock is 2nd to HR into Polo Grounds right-center field bleachers
  • Jun 21 USAF Major 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 Styne, Comden and Green's musical "Subways Are For Sleeping" closes at St James Theater, NYC, after 205 performances
  • Jun 23 Suvanna Phuma forms government in Laos
  • Jun 24 Outfielder Jack Reed hits his only MLB home run in the 22nd-inning as NY Yankees edge Detroit Tigers, 9-7 in slowest extra-inning game in league history; 7:00 hours
  • 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 Dutch soccer clubs Rapid JC and Roda Sports merge to form Roda JC Kerkrade; KNVB Cup winners 1996–97, 1999–2000
  • Jun 27 NASA civilian pilot Joseph A. Walker takes X-15 to 6,606 kph, 37,700 m

Historic Event

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 US Open Women's Golf, Dunes Golf & Beach Club: Murle Lindstrom wins her first LPGA Tour victory, 2 strokes ahead of runners-up Ruth Jessen and Jo Ann Prentice
  • Jun 30 French Foreign Legion leaves Algeria

Sports History

Jun 30 LA Dodgers' future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax no-hits New York Mets, 5-0; first of 4 career no-hitters thrown by Koufax

  • 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, American athlete (Olympic gold 4x400m hurdles 1984), born in Sherman, Texas
  • Jun 2 Darnell Coles, baseball player
  • Jun 3 Connie Price-Smith, American discus thrower (Olympic 5th-96), born in Saint Charles, Missouri
  • Jun 3 Susannah Constantine, British fashion guru (What Not to Wear), born in London, England
  • Jun 4 Zenon Jaskuła, Polish racing cyclist, born in Śrem, Poland
  • Jun 4 John P. Kee, American gospel singer, born in Durham, North Carolina
  • Jun 4 (Hiram) Winard Harper, American jazz drummer (Betty Carter; The Harper Brothers; Fathead Newman), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jun 5 Astrid, Belgian princess and daughter of Albert II
  • Jun 5 Jeff Garlin, American stand-up comedian and actor (The Goldbergs - "Murray"; Curb Your Enthusiasm - "Jeff"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 6 Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japanese filmmaker (Shoplifters), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jun 7 Janice Lawrence Braxton, WNBA center (Cleveland Rockers, Olympics - gold, 1984), born in Lucedale, Mississippi
  • Jun 7 Takuya Kurosawa, Japanese racing driver, born in Ibaraki, Japan
  • Jun 7 Michael Cartellone, American rock drummer (Lynyrd Skynyrd), born in Solon, Ohio
  • Jun 8 Nick Rhodes [Bates], British keyboardist (Duran Duran - "Hungry Like the Wolf"), born in Moseley, Birmingham, England
  • Jun 8 Kristine W [Weitz], American musician ranked by Billboard as the 8th Greatest Dance Artist of all-time (The Advocate), born in Pasco, Washington
  • Jun 9 Eddie Lundon, British rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter (China Crisis - "Wishful Thinking"), born in Kirby, Liverpool, England
  • Jun 10 Brent Sutter, Canadian ice hockey center (Canada Cup gold 1984, 87, 91; NY Islanders, Chicago Blackhawks) and coach (NJ Devils, Calgary Flames), born in Viking, Alberta
  • Jun 10 Gina Gershon, American actress (Cocktail; City Of Hope), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 10 Akie Abe (née Matsuzaki), First Lady of Japan, 2006-07 and 2012-20, born in Tokyo
  • Jun 11 Erika Salumäe, Estonian cyclist who won first Olympic gold medal for Estonia (1992), born in Pärnu, Estonia
  • Jun 11 Rob B [Birch], British singer (Stereo MCs - "Connected"), born in Ruddington, Nottinghamshire, England
  • Jun 12 Michael Link, American actor (Earl-Julia), born in Provo, Utah
  • Jun 12 Paul Clark, English musician (The Bolshoi), born in Leeds, England
  • Jun 12 John Enos III, American actor (Days of Our Lives), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Jordan Peterson

Jun 12 Jordan Peterson, Canadian psychologist and author (12 Rules for Life), born in Edmonton, Alberta

  • Jun 13 Ally Sheedy [Alexandria], American actress (Wargames, Breakfast Club), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 13 Hannah Storm, American sports journalist (CNN, NBC), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • Jun 13 Karen Kurreck, Urbana Ill, cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • Jun 13 Mark Frankel, British actor (Leon the Pig Farmer), born in Pontrhydyfen, Wales (d. 1996)
  • Jun 13 Davey Hamilton, American auto racer and broadcaster, (Indycar Series runner-up 1996-97, 98), born in Nampa, Idaho
  • Jun 14 Scott Radecic, American NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 15 Andrea Rost, Hungarian lyric soprano, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Jun 16 Wally Joyner, American baseball player
  • Jun 16 Femi Kuti, Nigerian Afrobeat singer, saxophonist, and songwriter, born in London, England
  • 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), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Jun 17 (Martin) "Bap" Kennedy, Irish singer-songwriter ("Moonlight Kiss"; "Sailor's Revenge"), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2016)
  • 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

Paula Abdul

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

  • Jun 19 Jeremy Bates, English tennis player
  • Jun 20 Eddy Shaver, American country-rock guitarist and songwriter, born in Waco, Texas (d. 2000)
  • Jun 21 Marc Copage, American actor (Corey Baker-Julia), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 21 Viktor Tsoi, Russian musician (Kino), born in Leningrad, Soviet Union (d. 1990)
  • Jun 21 Takeshi Asami, Japanese racing driver

Clyde Drexler

Jun 22 Clyde "The Glide" Drexler, NBA guard, 1983-98, 10X All-Star (Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Olympic gold, 1992), and broadcaster, born in New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Jun 22 Stephen Chow, Hong Kong film director and actor (Kung Fu Hustle, The Mermaid), born in Hong Kong
  • 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 24 Gautam Adani, Indian businessman (Adani Group, India's 2nd richest person), born in Ahmedabad, India
  • Jun 25 Dan Turk, American footballer, NFL center (Washington Redskins), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2000)
  • Jun 25 Phill Jupitus, English comedian and broadcaster, born in Newport, Isle of Wight, England
  • Jun 26 George Windsor, Earl of St Andrews, elder son of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, born in Coppins, Iver, Buckinghamshire, England
  • Jun 27 Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Chinese actor (In the Mood for Love), born in Hong Kong
  • Jun 27 Michael Ball, British pop and theatrical singer and actor, born in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England
  • Jun 28 Anisoara Stanciu-Cusmir, Romanian long jumper (Olympic gold 1984), born in Brăila, Romania
  • Jun 29 Amanda Donohoe, English actress (CJ Lamb-LA Law), born in London, England
  • Jun 29 George Zamka, American NASA astronaut, born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Jun 30 Julianne Regan, English-Irish rocker (All About Eve - "Martha's Harbour"; "Flowers In Our Hair"), born in Coventry, Warwickshire, England
  • Jun 30 Vladimir Mikolaevich Dezhurov, Russian stronaut (Mir 18, STS-71), born in Zubovo-Polyansk, Yavas, Mordovia
  • Jun 30 Tony Fernández, Dominican MLB baseball shortstop, 1983-2001, 5X All-Star, 4X Golden Glove (Toronto Blue Jays, and 6 other teams), born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic (d. 2020)

Famous Weddings

Gale Sayers

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

Jack Nicholson

Jun 17 American actor Jack Nicholson (25) weds American actress Sandra Knight (22) in Los Angeles, California; divorce in 1968

Jane Froman

Jun 22 American actress-singer Jane Froman (54) weds college friend Rowland Smith


Famous Deaths

ExecutionAdolf Eichmann

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

  • Jun 2 Fran Saleški Finžgar, Slovene folk writer (Our Blood, Service Girls), dies at 91
  • Jun 2 Vita Sackville-West, English novelist, poet (The Land) and gardener (Sissinghurst), dies at 70
  • Jun 4 William Beebe, US biologist/explorer, dies at 84
  • Jun 4 Clem McCarthy, American sportscaster (NBC Radio; RKO newsreels), dies at 79
  • Jun 6 Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, American actor (Hoedown, Country Fair, Blackmail), dies of poisoning at 63
  • Jun 6 Yves Klein, French sculptor and 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 Ireland, English composer and pianist (Epic March), dies at 82
  • Jun 13 Eugene Goossens, British conductor and composer (Perseus), dies at 69
  • Jun 14 Anna Sleasers, first Boston Strangler victim
  • Jun 14 Mykhaylo Verikivsky, Ukrainian composer, dies at 65
  • Jun 15 Alfred Cortot, French-Swiss pianist and teacher, dies at 84
  • Jun 18 Volkmar Andreae, Swiss conductor and composer (Bruckner), dies at 82
  • Jun 18 George Sargent, English golfer (US Open 1909), dies at 79
  • 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, Canadian actress (Great Lie, Model Wife, Florian), dies at 83
  • Jun 25 Ephraim Lisitsky, American Hebrew poet, dies (b. 1885)
  • Jun 27 Paul Viiding, Estonian poet, dies at 58
  • Jun 28 Mickey Cochrane, American Baseball HOF catcher (MLB All-Star 1934, 35; World Series 1929, 30, 35; AL MVP 1928, 34; Philadelphia A's, Detroit Tigers) and manager (Detroit Tigers 1934–38), dies of lymphatic cancer at 59
  • Jun 30 Caspar Neher, Austrian-German set designer and librettist, dies at 65