On This Day

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.

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

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

Actress and Singer Julie Andrews
Actress and Singer
Julie Andrews
Actor Rex Harrison
Actor
Rex Harrison
  • 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
  • Apr 9 Beatles "Ticket to Ride" is released in UK

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 9 1st game at Astrodome, Houston beats Yankees 2-1 in exhibition as Mickey Mantle hits 1st indoor homerun

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

Sport awardUS 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 NL game at Houston's Astrodome (Phillies beat Astros 2-0)

  • Apr 13 The Beatles record their single "Help"
  • 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 wins
  • Apr 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Music releaseTheater Premiere

Apr 15 James Baldwin's play "The Amen Corner" premieres in NYC

Novelist and Playwright James Baldwin
Novelist and Playwright
James Baldwin
  • Apr 15 NFL changes penalty flag from white to bright gold
  • Apr 16 Test flight of heavy Saturn S-1C-rocket
  • 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 T.A.M.I. Show premieres in London
  • 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 "Whipped Cream & Other Delights", fourth full album by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass Band, is released
  • 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 Launch of 1st Soviet communications satellite
  • Apr 23 "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" single released by the Four Tops (Billboard Song of the Year 1965)
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 28 Barbra Streisand stars on "My Name is Barbra" special on CBS

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Apr 28 Lindsey Nelson broadcasts game at Astrodome from a hanging gondola
  • 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

Music concertMusic Concert

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

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti
  • Apr 29 Australian government announces it would send troops to Vietnam
  • Apr 29 Earthquake hits Seattle; 5 die
  • Apr 29 Malta becomes 18th member of Council of Europe