On This Day

1962 in History

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 466

  • Jan 1 Rwanda granted internal self-government by Belgium
  • Jan 1 Western Samoa gains independence from New Zealand Susuga Malietoa Tanumafili II becomes co-chief of Western Samoa
  • Jan 1 United States Navy SEALs established.
  • Jan 3 Ground is broken for the Houston Astrodome


Jan 3 Pope John XXIII excommunicates Fidel Castro

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
Pope John XXIII
  • Jan 4 1st automated (unmanned) subway train in New York City

MurderAssassination Attempt

Jan 7 Assassination attempt fails on Indonesian President Sukarno

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
  • Jan 7 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to John Hall Wheelock
  • Jan 8 Dutch express train crashes into slow commuter train, 93 die (Neth)
  • Jan 9 Mister M (Dr X) beats Verne Gagne in Minn, to become NWA champ
  • Jan 9 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jan 10 Eruptions on Mount Huascaran in Peru destroy 7 villages & kill 3,500
  • Jan 11 Volcano Huascaran in Peru erupts killing 4,000

VietnamAgent Orange in Vietnam

Jan 12 Operation Ranch Hand begins, a US Air Force operation to spray South Vietnamese forests with defoliants such as Agent Orange

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American C-123 spraying chemical defoliant, Agent Orange, on a dense Vietnamese jungle
American C-123 spraying chemical defoliant, Agent Orange, on a dense Vietnamese jungle
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  • Jan 12 Operation Chopper begins, America's first combat mission in the Vietnam War
  • Jan 15 Dutch & Indonesian navy encounter in Etna Bay New Guinea

  • Jan 16 Suit accuses NYC Board of Education uses "racial quotas"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 17 NASA civilian pilot Neil Armstrong takes X-15 to 40,690m

Astronaut & 1st Man on the Moon Neil Armstrong
Astronaut & 1st Man on the Moon
Neil Armstrong
  • Jan 18 Southern University closed due to demonstrations
  • Jan 18 US begins spraying foliage in Vietnam to reveal Viet Cong guerrillas
  • Jan 18 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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Jan 21 JFK arrives in Uruguay

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Jan 21 Snow falls in San Francisco
  • Jan 22 The Organization of American States suspends Cuba's membership.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 23 British intelligence officer Kim Philby defects to USSR

  • Jan 23 Libya, Morocco, Algeria & Tunisia plan to form United Arab Maghreb
  • Jan 24 28 refugees escape from East to West Germany
  • Jan 26 Canadian Marine Service renamed Coast Guard
  • Jan 26 US launches Ranger 3, misses Moon by 22,000-mi (37,000-km)
  • Jan 28 Johanne Relleke gets stung by bees 2,443 times in Rhodesia & survives
  • Jan 30 UN General Assembly censures Portugal over Angola
  • Jan 30 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jan 30 2 members of Flying Wallendas' high-wire act killed when their 7-person pyramid collapsed during a performance in Detroit
  • Jan 30 Laughter epidemic begins at a girls' mission school in Kashasha, Tanganyika, goes on to affect 14 schools and over 1000 people
  • Jan 31 General Charles P Cabell, USAF, ends term as deputy director of CIA
  • Jan 31 Samuel Gravely assumes command of destroyer escort "USS Falgout", first African American to command a combat ship

  • Feb 2 8 of 9 planets align for 1st time in 400 years
  • Feb 2 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 3 US President John F. Kennedy bans all trade with Cuba except for food & drugs
  • Feb 4 US female Figure Skating championship won by Barbara Roles
  • Feb 4 US male Figure Skating championship won by Monty Hoyt
  • Feb 5 French President de Gaulle calls for Algeria's independence
  • Feb 5 Suit to bar Englewood NJ from "racial segregated" schools, filed
  • Feb 5 Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn all within 16 degrees
  • Feb 6 Schoolman Athletic Field in the Bronx named
  • Feb 7 Gas explosion in Luisanthal coal mine Voelklingen Germany kills 298
  • Feb 7 US President JFK begins blockade of Cuba by banning all Cuban imports and exports.
  • Feb 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 8 In Paris, 8 people killed at a protest against independence for the French colony Algeria
  • Feb 9 Jamaica signs agreement to become independent
  • Feb 9 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 10 Jim Beatty sets American indoor mile record (3:58.9) in LA
  • Feb 10 USSR swaps spy Francis Gary Power to US for Rudolph Abel
  • Feb 12 Bus boycott starts in Macon, Georgia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 14 US 1st lady Jacqueline Kennedy conducts White House tour on TV

  • Feb 15 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

  • Feb 17 Storm in Hamburg kills 265
  • Feb 18 France & Algerian Muslims negotiate truce to end 7 year war
  • Feb 19 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Historic ExpeditionJohn Glenn Orbits Earth

Feb 20 John Glenn becomes the 1st American to orbit the Earth, aboard Friendship 7

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John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, getting into his spacecraft Friendship 7 in 1962
John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, getting into his spacecraft Friendship 7 in 1962
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  • Feb 21 Minister De Pous confirms natural gas reserves in Groningen, Netherlands
  • Feb 23 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 24 General mobilization in Indonesia over New Guinea
  • Feb 24 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 25 India Congress Party wins elections

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 25 Robert F. Kennedy visits Netherlands

US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy
US Attorney General
Robert F. Kennedy
  • Feb 26 Arthur Kopit's "Oh, Dad, Poor Dad . . ." premieres in NYC
  • Feb 26 US Supreme court disallows race separation on public transportation

MurderAssassination Attempt

Feb 27 South Vietnam President Ngô Đình Diệm's palace bombed by dissident air pilots in a failed assassination attempt

President of South Vietnam Ngô Đình Diệm
President of South Vietnam
Ngô Đình Diệm
  • Feb 28 WMGM-AM in New York City changes call letters to WHN
  • Mar 1 American Airlines 707 plunges nose first into Jamaica Bay, NY, killing 95
  • Mar 1 Kresge Corporation openes the first Kmart store in Garden City, Michigan
  • Mar 1 US and British nuclear test experiment in Nevada
  • Mar 2 President John F. Kennedy announces US will resume above ground nuclear testing
  • Mar 2 In Burma, the army led by General Ne Win seizes power in a coup
  • Mar 3 British Antarctic Territory forms

  • Mar 4 AEC announces 1st atomic power plant in Antarctica in operation
  • Mar 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 6 St Louis vote to build a new downtown stadium for the Cardinals
  • Mar 6 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 6 US promise Thailand assistance against communist aggression
  • Mar 7 Launch of OSO 1, 1st astronomy satellite (solar flare data)
  • Mar 7 Ground-breaking report "Smoking and Health" published by the British Royal College of Physicians, first major report to warn of the dangers of smoking
  • Mar 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 9 Egyptian President Nasser declares Gaza belongs to Palestinians

President of Egypt Gamal Abdel Nasser
President of Egypt
Gamal Abdel Nasser
  • Mar 9 US advisors in South-Vietnam join the fight
  • Mar 12 Dutch Premier De Quay announces secret talks with Indonesia
  • Mar 13 Yugoslavia grants 1,000 prisoners amnesty
  • Mar 14 Disarmament conference opens in Geneva without France
  • Mar 15 Five research groups announce the discovery of anti-matter
  • Mar 15 Donald Jackson of Canada is 1st to land a triple lutz ice skate jump
  • Mar 16 1st launching of Titan 2-rocket
  • Mar 16 US Super-Constellation disappears above Pacific Ocean, kills 167
  • Mar 18 Algerian War ends after 7½ yrs (250,000 die), Ben Bella flees
  • Mar 19 Archbishop Suenens of Mechelen-Brussels appointed cardinal
  • Mar 21 Yogi the bear becomes the 1st creature to be ejected at supersonic speeds by the US military testing ejection seats
  • Mar 21 Dutch RC bishop Beckers declares himself in favor of birth control
  • Mar 23 JFK visits San Francisco
  • Mar 23 Wake Forest coach "Bones" McKinney becomes 2nd person to play and coach
  • Mar 25 French OAS-leader ex-general Jouhaud arrested

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 Ravshanbek Aliyev, Kirgiz, cosmonaut
  • Jan 3 Francesca Lia Block, American author
  • Jan 7 Aleksandr Dugin, Russian politician, born in Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic
  • Jan 10 Michael Fortier, Canadian politician, born in Quebec City, Canada
  • Jan 11 Susan Lindauer, American peace activist and accused spy
  • Jan 12 Joe Quesada, American comic book writer, born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 14 Michael McCaul, American politician, born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jan 15 Creflo Dollar, American televangelist, born in College Park, Georgia
  • Jan 16 Joel Fitzgibbon, Australian Labor Party politician, born in Bellingen, Australia
  • Jan 17 Sebastian Junger, American journalist & author, born in Belmont, Massachusetts
  • Jan 21 Tyler Cowen, American economist
  • Jan 22 Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin of Terengganu, Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia, born in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia
  • Jan 23 Elvira Lindo, Spanish writer & journalist, born in Cádiz, Spain
  • Jan 28 Patrice Motsepe, South African mining businessman, Africa's 1st black billionaire (African Rainbow Minerals), born in Ga-Rankuwa, South Africa
  • Jan 29 Olga Tokarczuk, Polish writer (Primeval and Other Times), 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature, born in Sulechów, Poland
  • Jan 30 Abdullah II of Jordan, King of Jordan (1999-present), born in Amman, Jordan
  • Jan 30 Mary Kay Letourneau, American convicted statutory rapist, born in Tustin, California
  • Feb 4 Alfred Twardecki, Polish historian
  • Feb 9 Martin D Lascelles, grandson of English princess Mary
  • Feb 11 Tammy Baldwin, American politician, born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Feb 13 Aníbal Acevedo Vilá, Puerto Rican politician and lawyer, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Feb 14 Kevyn Aucoin, American cosmetologist, born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2002)
  • Feb 17 Alison Hargreaves, British mountaineer and 1st woman to climb Mount Everest alone without bottled oxygen (1995), born in Derbyshire, England (d. 1995)
  • Feb 19 John Laroche, American orchid poacher
  • Feb 20 Kenn Nesbitt, American children's author
  • Feb 21 Chuck Palahniuk, American writer
  • Feb 21 David Foster Wallace, American writer (Infinite Jest, The Broom of the System), born in Ithaca, New York (d. 2008)
  • Feb 22 Lenda Murray, American body builder (4X Ms Olympia), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Feb 24 Kelly Craft, American diplomat, US ambassador to the UN (2019-), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Mar 2 Morioka Hiroyuki, Japanese writer
  • Mar 2 Michael Salinger, American poet
  • Mar 3 Glen E. Friedman, American photographer and artist
  • Mar 4 Simon Bisley, British comic book artist
  • Mar 5 Robert L Curbeam Jr, astronaut (STS 85, sk: 99), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Mar 5 Jonathan Penner, American reality show contestant
  • Mar 6 Valerie French, American animatronics art director
  • Mar 11 Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, Somali diplomat and 9th President of Somalia (2017-present), born in Mogadishu, Somalia
  • Mar 17 Ank Bijleveld-Schouten, Dutch politician
  • Mar 21 Mark Waid, American comic book writer
  • Mar 22 Steve Dillon, English comic book artist (Preacher), born in London (d. 2016)
  • Mar 26 Yuri Pavlovich Gidzenko, Ukrainian lt-colonel/cosmonaut, born in Elanets, Soviet Union
  • Apr 1 Dave Ulliott, English poker player (World Series of Poker bracelet 1997; World Poker Open 2003), born in Kingston upon Hull, England (d. 2015)
  • Apr 2 Pierre Carles, French documentarist
  • Apr 2 Mark Shulman, American children's author (Scrawl), born in Rochester, New York
  • Apr 3 John Thomas Griffith, American rocker (Red Rockers), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • Apr 16 Antony Blinken, American government official, US Secretary of State (2021-), born in Yonkers, New York
  • Apr 21 Sergei Viktorovich Zalyotin, Russian major/cosmonaut
  • Apr 22 Jeff Minter, English video game programmer
  • May 3 Anders Graneheim, Swedish bodybuilder, born in Timrå, Sweden
  • May 7 Robbie Knievel, American daredevil, son of Evel (Chips Something Special), born in Butte, Montana
  • May 13 Kathleen Jamie, Scottish poet
  • May 17 Lise Lyng Falkenberg, Danish writer
  • May 18 Mike Darnell, American television executive 'the King of Reality TV' (Fox, Warner Bros), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 20 Lydia Cheng, American Ms Big Apple bodybuilder (1982) (Pumping Iron 2), born in NYC, New York
  • May 27 Steven Brill, American film writer and director
  • May 30 Kevin Eastman, American comic book creator
  • May 31 Børge Ousland, Norwegian polar explorer, 1st person to complete solo crossing of the Antarctic, born in Oslo, Norway
  • Jun 3 Susannah Constantine, British fashion guru
  • Jun 5 Astrid, Belgian princess and daughter of Albert II
  • Jun 10 Akie Abe (née Matsuzaki), First Lady of Japan, 2006-07 and 2012-20, born in Tokyo

Person of interestJordan Peterson

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

Psychologist and Author Jordan Peterson
Psychologist and Author
Jordan Peterson
  • Jun 18 Jan[ice] Merrill, track star (US record long distance holder 1979)
  • Jun 26 George Windsor, Earl of St Andrews, elder son of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, born in Coppins, Iver, Buckinghamshire, England
  • Jun 29 George Zamka, American NASA astronaut, born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Jun 30 Vladimir Mikolaevich Dezhurov, Russian stronaut (Mir 18, STS-71), born in Zubovo-Polyansk, Yavas, Mordovia
  • Jul 7 Shawn Paddock, American rocker (Red Rockers)
  • Jul 26 Galina Chistyakova, Russian jumper (world record 1988), born in Izmail, Ukraine
  • Jul 30 Andy Green, British Royal Air Force and 1st to break sound barrier on land, born in Atherstone, Warwickshire, England
  • Jul 30 Vladimir Dezhurov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-21), born in Yavas, Mordovia, Soviet Union
  • Jul 30 Jay Feaster, American National Hockey League executive, born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 31 John Chiang, American politician (Democratic Party), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 4 Lori Lightfoot, American lawyer and politician, 1st female African American Mayor of Chicago (2019-), born in Massillon, Ohio
  • Aug 9 Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, German politician, Leader of Christian Democratic Union (2018-), born in Völklingen, West Germany
  • Aug 9 Yinka Shonibare, British Nigerian artist (Nelson's Ship in a Bottle), born in London, England
  • Aug 12 Miss Cleo [Youree Dell Harris], American psychic (Psychic Readers Network), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • Aug 13 Lady Bunny [Jon Ingle], American drag queen, promoter and founder of the annual Wigstock event, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Aug 14 Mark Robert Isfeld, Canadian soldier and United Nations peacekeeper, born in Zweibrücken, Germany
  • Aug 15 Tom Colicchio, American chef
  • Aug 18 Felipe Calderón, Mexican politician (President of Mexico, 2006–12), born in Morelia, Mexico
  • Aug 19 Michael J Massimino, Oceanside NY, PhD/astronaut
  • Aug 19 Tammy Bruce, American political commentator
  • Aug 22 Marie Laurie Mahabir, North American Bodybuilding Champ (1985-87), born in Le Moule, Guadeloupe
  • Aug 23 Martin Cauchon, Canadian politician (Minister of Justice 2002-03), born in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada
  • Aug 24 Mary Ellen Weber, American NASA astronaut (STS 70), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Aug 26 Tariq Ramadan, Islamic scholar, born in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Aug 30 Alexander Litvinenko, Russian KGB officer, born in Voronezh, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (d. 2006)
  • Sep 1 Robert L Haller, coon Dog Trainer
  • Sep 2 Jon Berkeley, author and illustrator
  • Sep 4 Ulla Tørnæs, Danish politician, born in Esbjerg, Denmark

Person of interestShinya Yamanaka

Sep 4 Shinya Yamanaka, Japanese physician (Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine), born in Osaka, Japan

Physician Shinya Yamanaka
Shinya Yamanaka
  • Sep 6 Chris Christie, American politician (Governor of New Jersey (R) 2010-), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Sep 7 Jennifer Egan, American novelist (A Visit from the Goon Squad), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 8 Christopher Klim, American novelist (Jesus Lives in Trenton)
  • Sep 9 Aleta Rzepecki Sill, bowler (1983 WIBC single), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Sep 11 Filip Dewinter, Belgian politician (Vlaams Belang), born in Bruges, Belgium
  • Sep 13 Tõnu Õnnepalu, Estonian poet and author, born in Tallinn, Estonia
  • Sep 22 Diogo Mainardi, Brazilian writer
  • Sep 26 Peter Foster, Australian career criminal and con man, born in Queensland, Australia
  • Sep 28 S C Grant, British Lt-General
  • Sep 30 Massimo Bottura, Italian restaurateur (Osteria Francescana), born in Modena, Italy

Weddings in History

LoveWedding of Interest

May 14 Princess Sophia of Greece weds Don Juan Carlos of Spain

King of Spain Juan Carlos I
King of Spain
Juan Carlos I

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 25 Future US General Colin Powell (25) weds audiologist Alma Johnson (24) at the First Congregational Church in Birmingham, Alabama

General and US Secretary of State Colin Powell
General and US Secretary of State
Colin Powell

Deaths in History

  • Jan 1 Diego Martínez Barrio, Spanish president (1939), dies at 76
  • Jan 4 Hans Lammers, German SS officer and Nazi politician, dies at 82
  • Jan 6 Jacob "Jaap" Nanninga, Dutch painter (France, N Africa), dies at 57
  • Jan 12 Ariadna Tyrkova-Williams, Russian writer and feminist, dies at 92
  • Jan 16 Emanuel Stickelberger, Swiss writer (Holbein in England), dies at 77
  • Jan 16 Ivan Meštrović, Croatian sculptor and architect, dies at 78
  • Jan 16 Frank Hurley, Australian photographer (b. 1885)
  • Jan 17 Gerrit Achterberg, Dutch poet (Dead End), dies at 56
  • Jan 20 Robinson Jeffers, poet/playwright (Dear Judas), dies at 75
  • Jan 21 André Lhote, French painter and art historian (Traité du paysage), dies at 76
  • Jan 24 Stanley Lord, Captain of the SS Californian the night of the Titanic disaster, dies at 84
  • Jan 24 Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar, Turkish poet, novelist, recognized as one of the most important representatives of modernism in Turkish literature (A Mind at Peace, The Time Regulation Institute), dies of a heart attack at 60

Person of interestCharles "Lucky" Luciano

Jan 26 Charles "Lucky" Luciano, NYC Mafia gangster, dies of a heart attack at 65

  • Jan 30 Manuel de Abreu, Brazilian physician (b. 1894)
  • Feb 3 Werner Bock, writer, dies
  • Feb 7 Clara Nordström, German writer and translator (b. 1886)
  • Feb 10 Willem Paerels, Neth/Belgian painter and graphic artist, dies at 83
  • Feb 19 Georgios Papanikolaou, Greek doctor, inventor of the Pap smear (b. 1883)
  • Feb 25 Wilhelm Pessler, German sociologist, dies at 81
  • Mar 2 Charles Jean de la Vallée-Poussin, Belgian mathematician (Prime number theorem), dies at 95
  • Mar 4 Cairine R Wilson, 1st Canadian female senator (appointed), dies at 77
  • Mar 5 Anne C Veth, Dutch cartoonist/art critic, dies at 82
  • Mar 9 Howard Engstrom, Boston, a designer of Univac computer, dies at 59
  • Mar 11 Will Vesper, German author (Tristan und Isolde), dies at 79
  • Mar 17 Wilhelm Blaschke, Austrian integral geometer, dies at 76
  • Mar 18 Walter W. Bacon, Governor of Delaware (b. 1880)
  • Mar 19 Samuel Cate Prescott, American food scientist and microbiologist, dies at 89
  • Mar 20 C. Wright Mills, American sociologist and writer (The Power Elite), dies at 45

Person of interestA. E. Douglass

Mar 20 A. E. Douglass, American astronomer and inventor of dendrochronology (tree-ring dating) dies at 94

Archaeologist and Astronomer A. E. Douglass
Archaeologist and Astronomer
A. E. Douglass
  • Mar 23 Josephus RH van Schaik, lawyer/vice-premier of Neth, dies at 80
  • Mar 25 Auguste Piccard, Swiss explorer/balloonist, dies at 78
  • Mar 26 Marjorie Colton, American inventor of wax paper, dies at 64
  • Mar 26 Augusta Savage, African-American sculptor and equal rights advocate dies at 72
  • Mar 28 Hugo Wast, Argentine writer (b. 1883)
  • Apr 4 James Hanratty, executed at Bedford Prison, England, for the murder of Michael Gregsten (b. 1936)
  • Apr 6 J C Heldring, Dutch businessman, dies at 74
  • Apr 9 Juan Belmonte, famed bullfighter, dies at 70
  • Apr 10 Michael Curtiz, Hungarian-born director (b. 1886)
  • Apr 12 M. Visvesvaraya, Indian civil engineer and statesman (19th Diwan of the Mysore Kingdom), dies at 100
  • Apr 13 Culbert Olson, American lawyer & politician (Gov-D-Cal), dies at 85
  • Apr 17 Louise Fazenda, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 66
  • Apr 20 Jesse G Vincent, engineer designed 1st V-12 engine, dies at 82
  • Apr 21 Frederick Handley Page, designer of 1st big airplane (40 seats), dies
  • Apr 27 A. K. Fazlul Huq, Bengali statesman, dies at 88
  • May 11 Hans Luther, German politician (Chancellor, 1925-6), dies at 83
  • May 12 Dick Calkins, American comic strip artist and co-author of Buck Rogers), dies at 67
  • May 13 Franz Jozef Kline, US expressionist painter, dies at 51
  • May 13 H Trendley Dean, doctor (introduced fluoridation into water)
  • May 19 Gabriele Münter, German expressionist painter
  • May 26 Jules Van de Leene, Belgian painter, dies at 75
  • May 31 Henry F. Ashurst, American Democratic politician (U.S. Senator from Arizona), dies at 87

BattleAdolf Eichmann

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

Nazi SS Officer and War Criminal Adolf Eichmann
Nazi SS Officer and War Criminal
Adolf Eichmann
  • 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 6 Yves Klein, French sculptor and painter, dies at 34
  • Jun 14 Anna Sleasers, first Boston Strangler victim
  • Jun 19 Frank Borzage, American director (7th Heaven, Strange Cargo), dies at 69
  • Jun 25 Ephraim Lisitsky, American Hebrew poet, dies (b. 1885)
  • Jun 27 Paul Viiding, Estonian poet, dies at 58
  • Jun 30 Caspar Neher, Austrian-German set designer and librettist, dies at 65

Person of interestWilliam Faulkner

Jul 6 William Faulkner, American author (As I Lay Dying, Nobel Prize for Literature 1949), dies at 64

Author and Nobel Laureate William Faulkner
Author and Nobel Laureate
William Faulkner
  • Jul 6 Archduke Joseph August of Austria, Austrian field marshal, dies at 89
  • Jul 6 George, Duke of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, dies at 63
  • Jul 8 Georges Bataille, French writer and philosopher (b. 1897)

Person of interestOwen D. Young

Jul 11 Owen D. Young, American industrialist (RCA) and diplomat (Young Plan), dies at 87

Diplomat and Industrialist Owen D. Young
Diplomat and Industrialist
Owen D. Young
  • Jul 16 Jan Romein, Dutch historian (Breaking of Two Ages), dies at 68
  • Jul 20 Andre Renard, Belgium worker's union leader (MSU), dies at 51
  • Jul 20 George MacAulay Trevelyan, English royal historian, dies at 86
  • Jul 21 G. M. Trevelyan [George Macaulay Trevelyan], British historian and academic, dies at 86
  • Jul 25 Thibaudeau Rinfret, Canadian jurist and Chief Justice (b. 1879)
  • Jul 27 Edward Godfrey Richard Aldington, novelist/biographer, dies
  • Jul 27 Richard Adlington, writer, dies at 70
  • Jul 27 James H. "Dutch" Kindelberger, American aerospace pioneer (b. 1895)
  • Jul 27 Conrad Elvehjem, American biochemist and nutrition scientist (discovered niacin), dies at 61
  • Aug 1 Leon Kruczkowski, Polish author (Niemcy), dies at 62

Person of interestHermann Hesse

Aug 9 Hermann Hesse, German-Swiss novelist and poet (Steppenwolf, Nobel 1946), dies at 85

Nobel Laureate Novelist Hermann Hesse
Nobel Laureate Novelist
Hermann Hesse
  • Aug 9 Lowell Stockman, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Oregon, dies at 61
  • Aug 15 Lei Feng, Chinese revolutionary (b. 1940)
  • Aug 17 Peter Fechter, East German bricklayer who was shot trying to cross the Berlin Wall at 18
  • Aug 19 Kerstin Hesselgren, 1st woman in Swedish parliament, dies at 90
  • Aug 23 Walter Anderson, German folklorist, dies at 76
  • Sep 3 Anton Mauve, Dutch painter, dies at 63
  • Sep 3 E. E. Cummings, American poet (Tulips & Chimneys), dies at 67
  • Sep 7 Morris Louis, American painter (post painterly abstraction), dies at 49
  • Sep 7 Isak Dinesen [Karen Blixen-Finecke], Danish baroness and writer (Out of Africa), dies at 77
  • Sep 7 Eiji Yoshikawa, Japanese novelist (b. 1892)
  • Sep 8 Hermann Standiger, German chemist (Nobel 1953), dies at 84
  • Sep 9 Pat Rooney, American vaudevillian (Night club), dies at 82
  • Sep 9 Geoffrey Mander, English industrialist (Mander Brothers Ltd.), dies at 80
  • Sep 16 Saif al-Islam Achmad, monarch of Yemen, dies at about 71
  • Sep 18 Therese Neumann, German stigma, dies at 64
  • Sep 19 Nikolai Pogodin, Soviet playwright, dies at 61
  • Sep 27 Francisco Brochado da Rocha, Prime Minister of Brazil (1962), dies at 52
  • Sep 29 Patrick Corry, developed self-rotating rock drill, dies in the Bronx
  • Oct 2 Boris Y. Bukreev, Russian mathematician (b. 1859)
  • Oct 7 Maurits Dekker, Dutch writer (Boots in Jail), dies at 66
  • Oct 9 Lulu McConnell, comediene (It Pays to be Ignorant), dies at 80
  • Oct 11 Erich Tschermak von Seysenegg, Austrian botanist who was one of three scientists (also Hugo de Vries and Carl Correns) who independently rediscovered Gregor Mendel's work on the laws of genetics, dies at 90
  • Oct 16 Gaston Bachelard, French philosopher (Water & Dreams), dies at 78