On This Day

April 1962 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 2 The first official Panda crossing is opened outside Waterloo station, London.
  • 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
  • Apr 9 JFK throws out 1st ball at Washington's new DC Stadium
  • Apr 12 San Mateo County withdraws from BART (San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit) district
  • 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 15 US national debt above $300,000,000,000
  • Apr 16 Brazil nationalizes US businesses

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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 22 Pirates tie then record of 10 straight wins to start season
  • Apr 23 Ranger 4, 1st US satellite to reach Moon launched from Cape Canaveral
  • Apr 24 1st Lockheed A-12 is taxi tested
  • 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 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 NASA civilian pilot Joseph A. Walker takes X-15 to 75,190 m

Birthdays in History

  • 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 7 Bonny Warner, Mount Baldy California, lugist
  • Apr 21 Sergei Viktorovich Zalyotin, Russian major/cosmonaut
  • Apr 22 Jeff Minter, English video game programmer

Deaths in History

  • 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