On This Day

May 1962 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 1st French underground nuclear test in the Sahara at Ecker, Algeria

Historic Event

May 1 JFK authorizes Area Redevelopment Act (ARA)

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • May 2 OAS strikes in Algeria
  • May 2 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • May 3 Express train crashed into wreckage of a commuter train & a freight, killing 163, injuring 400 in Tokyo, Japan
  • May 4 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • May 6 1st nuclear warhead fired from Polaris submarine (Ethan Allen)

Election of Interest

May 6 Antonio Segni elected President of Italy

Prime Minister of Italy Antonio Segni
Prime Minister of Italy
Antonio Segni
  • May 6 Pathet Lao breaks cease fire and conquer Nam Tha Laos
  • May 6 US performs nuclear test at Pacific Ocean
  • May 7 Pulitzer prize awarded to Theodore H. White (Making of President 1960)
  • May 7 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • May 8 1st Atlas Centaur Launch
  • May 8 London trolley buses (electrically powered buses using overhead supply) go out of service

Historic Event

May 8 Oskar Schindler and his wife Emilie Schindler are honored for saving 1200 Jews during WWII, in a ceremony on the Avenue of the Righteous, Jerusalem

Industrialist Oskar Schindler
Industrialist
Oskar Schindler
  • May 9 Laser beam successfully bounced off Moon for 1st time
  • May 9 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • May 11 Antonio Segni becomes President of Italy
  • May 11 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • May 11 US sends troops to Thailand
  • May 12 Grevelingen dam closes in major project to protect the southwest of the Netherlands from flooding
  • May 12 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island

Historic Event

May 14 Ex-president of Yugoslavia Milovan Djilas sentenced to 5 years in jail

Politician and Writer Milovan Djilas
Politician and Writer
Milovan Djilas
  • May 14 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • May 14 Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan elected second President of India
  • May 15 US marines arrive in Laos
  • May 17 Marin County withdraws from BART district
  • May 19 Indonesian paratroopers land in New Guinea
  • May 19 US performs nuclear test at Christmas Island (atmospheric)
  • May 21 3 more Cleveland HR set AL record for most HR (26) over 8 games
  • May 22 Netherlands telephone network becomes completely automated
  • May 22 Major Robert A Rushworth, USAF, takes X-15 to 30,600m
  • May 22 Continental Airlines Flight 11 crashes after bombs explode on board
  • May 23 OAS leader general Raoul Salan sentenced to life
  • May 23 Scott Carpenter orbits Earth 3 times in US Aurora 7
  • May 24 M Scott Carpenter aboard Aurora 7 launched into Earth orbit
  • May 25 US performs nuclear test at Christmas Island (atmospheric)
  • May 25 US unions AFL-CIO starts campaign for 35-hour work week
  • May 28 Suit alleging de facto school segregation filed in Rochester, NY
  • May 28 US stock market drops $20.8 B in 1 day
  • May 30 69 killed in bus crash (Ahmedabad India)
  • May 31 The West Indies Federation dissolves.

Birthdays in History

  • 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

Weddings in History

Juan Carlos I

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

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

Deaths in History

  • 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