On This Day

Historical Events in June 1962

  • 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

Sports History

Jun 9 94th Belmont: Bill Shoemaker aboard Jaipur wins in 2:28.8

Music Concert

Jun 9 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