On This Day

April 1965 in History

Events in History

  • 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.
  • 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 11 40 tornadoes strike US midwest killing 272 & injuring 5,000
  • Apr 13 1st US Senate black page, Lawrence W Bradford Jr, 16, appointed by New York Senator Jacob Javits
  • 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 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 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 24 Military coup under Donald Reid Cabral in Dominican Republic
  • Apr 27 RC Duncan patents "Pampers" disposable diaper
  • 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
  • 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

Birthdays in History


Person of interestRodney King

Apr 2 Rodney King, African American motorist beaten by LA cops, born in Sacramento, California (d. 2012)

Victim of Police Violence Rodney King
Victim of Police Violence
Rodney King
  • Apr 7 Alison Lapper, British artist
  • Apr 9 Jay Wesley Neill, American convicted mass murderer (d. 2002)
  • Apr 13 Patricio Pouchulu, Argentine architect, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Apr 15 Soichi Noguchi, japanese astronaut, born in Yokohama, Japan
  • Apr 17 Yoshiki Kuroda, Japanese urban planner and Sayako Kuroda's husband, born in Tokyo
  • Apr 18 Rob Stenders, Dutch radio discjockey (Stenders Latevermaak & RobRadio), born in Oisterwijk, Netherlands
  • Apr 20 Kostas Hatzidakis, Greek politician (New Democracy Party), born in Rethymno, Greece
  • Apr 20 Adrian Fern├índez, Mexican racing driver and co-owner of the Fernandez Racing team, born in Mexico City
  • Apr 21 Fiona Kelleghan, American academic and critic

Deaths in History

  • Apr 1 Helena Rubinstein, Polish-born American cosmetics manufacturer (b. 1870)

Person of interestHarry Crerar

Apr 1 Harry Crerar, Canadian WWI and WWII general (First Canadian Army), dies at 76

Canadian WWII General Harry Crerar
Canadian WWII General
Harry Crerar
  • Apr 3 Ernst Kirchweger, Austrian communist and resistance fighter (born 1897 or 1898)
  • Apr 8 Erik A Blomberg, Swedish art historian/poet/author, dies at 70
  • Apr 14 Perry E Smith, US murderer (In Cold Blood), hanged
  • Apr 14 Robert E Hickok, US murderer (In Cold Blood), hanged
  • Apr 18 Guillermo Gonz├ílez Camarena, Mexican inventor (b. 1917)
  • Apr 21 Edward Victor Appleton, English physicist (Nobel Prize 1947), dies at 72
  • Apr 28 Ferdinand Bordewijk, Dutch lawyer and writer (Character), dies at 80