Historical Events in April 1965

  • Apr 1 South Africa worker's union leader Henry Fazzie sentenced to 10 years
  • Apr 1 Syncom 3, 1st geosynchronous communications satellite, passes from civilian to military control
  • Apr 2 Hochhuths play "Stellvertreter" banned in Italy
  • Apr 3 1st atomic powered spacecraft (snap) launched
  • Apr 4 The first model of the new Saab Viggen fighter aircraft plane is unveiled.

Academy Awards

Apr 5 37th Academy Awards: "My Fair Lady", Rex Harrison (My Fair Lady) & Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins) win awards

  • Apr 5 Lava Lamp Day celebrated
  • Apr 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 6 Intelsat 1 ("Early Bird") 1st commercial geosynchronous communications satellite launched
  • Apr 7 Bevan Congdon makes a stumping as 12th man NZ v Pakistan
  • Apr 8 India & Pakistan forces engage in a border fight

Baseball Record

Apr 9 1st baseball game at Houston Astrodome, Astros beat NY Yankees 2-1 in exhibition as Mickey Mantle hits MLB's 1st indoor homerun; US President Lyndon Johnson and wife Lady Bird attend

  • Apr 9 Beatles "Ticket to Ride" is released in UK

US Masters Golf

Apr 11 29th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Jack Nicklaus wins the 2nd of his 6 Masters titles with a tournament record 271 (−17); beats Gary Player and Arnold Palmer by a record 9 strokes

  • Apr 11 40 tornadoes strike US midwest killing 272 & injuring 5,000
  • Apr 12 1st regular season MLB game at Houston Astrodome; visiting Philadelphia Phillies beat Astros 2-0
  • Apr 13 1st US Senate black page, Lawrence W Bradford Jr, 16, appointed by New York Senator Jacob Javits
  • Apr 13 7th Grammy Awards: "The Girl From Ipanema", The Beatles win
  • Apr 13 The Beatles record their single "Help!"
  • Apr 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Theater Premiere

Apr 15 James Baldwin's 1954 stage drama "The Amen Corner" opens at Ethel Barrymore Theater, NYC; runs for 84 performances

  • Apr 15 NFL changes penalty flag from white to bright gold
  • Apr 16 Test flight of heavy Saturn S-1C-rocket
  • Apr 19 "Whipped Cream & Other Delights", fourth full album by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass Band, is released
  • Apr 19 1st all news radio station (WINS 1010 AM in NYC) begins operating
  • Apr 19 69th Boston Marathon won by Morio Shigematsu of Japan in race record 2:16:33
  • Apr 19 At a cost of $20,000, the outer Astrodome ceiling is painted because of sun's glare, this causes the grass to die
  • Apr 19 T.A.M.I. Show premieres in London
  • Apr 20 People's Republic China offers North Vietnam military aid
  • Apr 21 New York World's Fair reopens for 2nd & final season
  • Apr 23 "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" single released by the Four Tops (Billboard Song of the Year 1965)
  • Apr 23 Launch of 1st Soviet communications satellite
  • Apr 24 "Comedy in Music-Opus 2" closes at John Golden NYC after 192 performances
  • Apr 24 Military coup under Donald Reid Cabral in Dominican Republic
  • Apr 25 19th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 1
  • Apr 26 Charles Ives' 4th Symphony premieres at Carnegie Hall, New York, 11 years after the composer's death
  • Apr 27 "I'm Solomon" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • Apr 27 RC Duncan patents "Pampers" disposable diaper

Television Premiere

Apr 28 "My Name is Barbra", Barbra Streisand's first television special, premieres on CBS

  • Apr 28 Lindsey Nelson broadcasts baseball game at Houston Astrodome from a hanging gondola

Music Concert

Apr 28 Luciano Pavarotti makes his debut at La Scala, Milan in Franco Zeffirelli's production of "La bohème" with Mirella Freni

  • Apr 28 Richard Helms replaces Marshall S. Carter as deputy director of CIA
  • Apr 28 US marines invade Dominican Republic, stay until October 1966
  • Apr 28 William F. Raborn Jr. replaces John A. McCone as 7th head of CIA
  • Apr 29 Australian government announces it would send troops to Vietnam

Music History

Apr 29 Canadian folk singer-songwriter Joni Anderson (soon to be known as Joni Mitchell) meets American folk singer and future husband Chuck Mitchell at a gig in Toronto, Ontario

  • Apr 29 Earthquake hits Seattle; 5 die
  • Apr 29 Malta becomes 18th member of Council of Europe