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Historical Events in April 1962

  • Apr 2 The first official Panda crossing is opened outside Waterloo station, London.

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Apr 3 American jockey Eddie Arcaro retires after 31 years (24,092 races)

Racing Hall of Fame Jockey Eddie Arcaro
Racing Hall of Fame Jockey
Eddie Arcaro
  • 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

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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

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Apr 7 Yugoslav ex-president Milovan Djilas returns to jail

Politician and Writer Milovan Djilas
Politician and Writer
Milovan Djilas
  • 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

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Apr 9 JFK throws out 1st ball at Washington's new DC Stadium

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 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

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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

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Apr 19 NASA civilian pilot Joseph A. Walker takes X-15 to 46,900m

Experimental Physicist, Astronaut and NASA Test Pilot Joseph A. Walker
Experimental Physicist, Astronaut and NASA Test Pilot
Joseph A. Walker
  • 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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 24 Sandy Koufax's 2nd 18-strikeout game

Baseball Pitcher Sandy Koufax
Baseball Pitcher
Sandy Koufax
  • 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