On This Day

1962 in History (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 466

  • Mar 27 Ann Jellicoe's play "Knack" premieres in London
  • Mar 27 Archbishop Rummel ends race segregation in New Orleans Catholic schools
  • Mar 28 Military coup in Syria, President Nazim al-Kudsi flees
  • Mar 29 Argentine President Arturo Frondizi flees from the army
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 9 US President JohnF. Kennedy throws out 1st ball at Washington's new DC Stadium

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • 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
  • May 1 1st French underground nuclear experiment in the Sahara
  • May 1 France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria
  • May 1 JFK authorizes Area Redevelopment Act (ARA)
  • 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)

Electoral defeatElection 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

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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
  • May 12 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • May 14 Ex-president of Yugoslavia Milovan Djilas sentenced to 5 years in jail
  • 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.
  • Jun 1 Oscar 2 (ham radio satellite) launched into Earth orbit
  • Jun 1 USAF Maj Robert M White takes X-15 to 40,420 m

Execution'The Banality of Evil'

Jun 1 SS officer Adolf Eichmann is executed in Israel after being found guilty of war crimes

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Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann sits in the dock at his 1961 trial in Jerusalem
Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann sits in the dock at his 1961 trial in Jerusalem
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  • Jun 3 Air France Boeing 707 crashes on takeoff from Paris, kills 130

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 3 Lee Harvey Oswald arrives by train in Oldenzaal, Netherlands

Former Soldier and Assassin Lee Harvey Oswald
Former Soldier and Assassin
Lee Harvey Oswald
  • Jun 4 Lee Harvey Oswald departs Rotterdam on SS Maasdam to US
  • Jun 7 NASA civilian test pilot Joseph A. Walker takes X-15 to 31,580 m
  • Jun 8 Jim Beatty runs world record 2 mile (8:29.8)
  • Jun 9 "Bill of Hare" premieres in USA
  • Jun 11 US President John F. Kennedy accepts an honorary degree from Yale
  • Jun 11 Brothers John and Clarence Anglin and fellow inmate Frank Morris escape from Alcatraz Island prison, the only ones to do so
  • Jun 12 Laos Prince Souvanna Phouma forms coalition government
  • Jun 12 USAF Maj Robert M White takes X-15 to 56,270 m
  • Jun 13 Norway named ombudsman
  • Jun 14 Albert DeSalvo, better known as the Boston Strangler, murders Anna Slesers, his first victim
  • Jun 14 The European Space Research Organisation is established in Paris - later becoming the European Space Agency
  • Jun 15 South Africa passes a bill setting death penalty for many crimes
  • Jun 15 Students for a Democratic Society complete the Port Huron Statement

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 10 Rex J. Walheim, U.S. Air Force officer and NASA astronaut, born in Redwood City, California
  • Oct 12 Branko Crvenkovski, 3rd President of Macedonia, born in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
  • Oct 17 Mike Judge, Ecuadorian born American cartoonist, born in Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • Oct 19 Tracy Chevalier, American author
  • Oct 23 Daria Scagliola, Italian/Dutch photographer (vuurtorenpostzegels)
  • Oct 28 Bobby Tate, fictional character on Soap
  • Oct 28 Scotty Nguyen, professional poker player
  • Nov 2 David Brock, American political commentator (Media Matters for America), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Nov 2 Simon Hill, English-Australian football commentator, born in Manchester
  • Nov 3 Phil Katz, American computer programmer (Zip file format), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2000)
  • Nov 3 Jacqui Smith UK Home Secretary
  • Nov 3 Gaben "Gabe" Newell, American computer programmer, businessman and co-founder of "Valve Corporation", born in Colorado
  • Nov 5 Marcus J. Ranum, American computer and network security innovator, born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 12 Naomi Wolf, American author and feminist
  • Nov 12 Neal Shusterman, American author
  • Nov 14 Stefano Gabbana, Italian fashion designer (Dolce & Gabbano), born in Milan, Italy
  • Nov 18 Vladimir Vladimirovich Karashtin, Russian cosmonaut
  • Nov 22 Cleo Fields, American politician (Rep-D-Louisiana 1993-97), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Nov 22 Victor Pelevin, Russian writer (Generation P), born in Moscow, Soviet Union

Person of interestNicolás Maduro

Nov 23 Nicolás Maduro, Venezuelan politician, President of Venezuela (2013-present), born in Caracas, Venezuela

President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro
President of Venezuela
Nicolás Maduro
  • Nov 30 Daniel Keys Moran, American writer
  • Dec 1 Robert F. Smith, American investor and philanthropist, born in Denver, Colorado
  • Dec 2 Kardam, Prince of Turnovo, eldest son of King Simeon II of Bulgaria and his wife Doña Margarita Gómez-Acebo y Cejuela, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2015)
  • Dec 14 Glenda E. Gray, South African scientist specializing in HIV research, born in Boksburg, South Africa
  • Dec 19 Bettina Huebers, claims to be the illegitimate daughter of Paul McCartney, born in Hamburg, Germany
  • Dec 24 Kate Spade, American fashion designer, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2018)
  • Dec 27 Barbara Crampton, actress (Body Double, Young & Restless), born in Levittown, New York

Person of interestCarles Puigdemont

Dec 29 Carles Puigdemont [i Casamajó], Catalan politician and nationalist (President of Catalonia, 2016-17), born in Amer, Catalonia, Spain

President of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont
President of Catalonia
Carles Puigdemont
  • Dec 31 Heather McCartney, American-British potter & artist, born in Tucson, Arizona

Weddings in History


Deaths in History

  • Oct 17 Natalia Goncharova, Russian avant-garde artist and painter, dies at 81
  • Oct 27 Enrico Mattei, Italian oil magnate (Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi), dies at 58
  • Oct 27 Rudolph Anderson, U-2 pilot, shot down over Cuba

Person of interestHarlow Curtice

Nov 3 Harlow Curtice, President of General Motors (1953-8), dies at 69

President of General Motors Harlow Curtice
President of General Motors
Harlow Curtice

Person of interestEleanor Roosevelt

Nov 7 Eleanor Roosevelt, 1st Lady (1933-1945), dies at 78 in NYC

US First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt
US First Lady
Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Nov 11 René Coty, French politician, President of France (1954-59), dies at 80
  • Nov 14 Manuel Gálvez, Argentine novelist (La maestra normal), dies at 80
  • Nov 17 Arthur Vining Davis, American industrialist and CEO (Alcoa-1910-57), dies at 95
  • Nov 18 Luc Haesaerts, Flemish art critic (Flandre), dies at 63

Person of interestNiels Bohr

Nov 18 Niels Bohr, Danish physicist who expanded quantum physics (Nobel Prize 1922), dies at 77

Nobel Prize Winning Physicist Niels Bohr
Nobel Prize Winning Physicist
Niels Bohr
  • Nov 20 Jasper McLevy, American socialist mayor of Bridgeport Ct, dies at 84
  • Nov 23 H. J. Friedericy, Dutch author (Last General), dies at 62
  • Nov 24 James J Kilroy, tank inspector (Kilroy was here), dies at 60
  • Nov 26 Albert Sarraut, French Radical politician, Prime Minister of France (1933 and 1936), dies at 90

Person of interestWilhelmina of the Netherlands

Nov 28 Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, Queen of the Netherlands (1890-1948), dies at 82

Queen of the Netherlands Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
Queen of the Netherlands
Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
  • Nov 29 Rav Aaron Kotler, Orthodox Talmudic scholar, dies in Lakewood NJ
  • Dec 23 George Saiko, Austrian writer, dies at 70