Today in History for May 1962

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 68 of 68

1st - 1st French underground nuclear experiment in the Sahara
1st - Bo Belinsky pitches a no-hitter, in his 4th start
1st - France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria
1st - JFK authorizes Area Redevelopment Act (ARA)
2nd - Benfica wins 7th Europe Cup I
2nd - OAS strikes in Algeria
2nd - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
2nd - WMHT TV channel 17 in Schenectady-Alby-Tro, NY (PBS) 1st broadcast
3rd - Express train crashed into wreckage of a commuter train & a freight, killing 163, injuring 400 (Tokyo, Japan)
4th - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
5th - 88th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack aboard Decidedly wins in 2:00.4
5th - LA Angel Bo Belinsky no-hits Balt Orioles, 2-0
5th - West Side Story soundtrack album goes to #1 & stays #1 for 54 weeks which is more than 20 weeks longer than any other album
6th - 1st nuclear warhead fired from Polaris submarine (Ethan Allen)
6th - Antonio Segni elected president of Italy
6th - Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Tournament
6th - Pathet Lao breaks cease fire/conquerors Nam Tha Laos
6th - US performs nuclear test at Pacific Ocean
7th - Pulitzer prize awarded to Theodore H White (Making of President 1960)
7th - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
8th - "Funny Thing Happened" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 965 perfs
8th - 1st Atlas Centaur Launch
8th - London trolley buses go out of service
9th - Beatles sign their 1st contract with EMI Parlophone
9th - Laser beam successfully bounced off Moon for 1st time
9th - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
11th - Antonio Segni becomes president of Italy
11th - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
11th - US sends troops to Thailand
12th - Grevelingen dam closes
12th - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
13th - Mickey Wright wins LPGA Western Golf Open
14th - Ex-pres Milovan Djilas sentenced to 5 years
14th - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
15th - US marines arrive in Laos
17th - Marin County withdraws from BART district
19th - "Bravo, Giovanni" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 76 performances
19th - "John Birch Society" by Chad Mitchell Trio hits #99
19th - 88th Preakness: John Rotz aboard Greek Money wins in 1:56.2
19th - Indonesian paratroopers land in New Guinea
MLB Legend Stan MusialMLB Legend Stan Musial 19th - Stan Musial breaks Honus Wagner's NL hit record with 3,431
19th - US performs nuclear test at Christmas Island (atmospheric)
20th - Patty Berg wins LPGA Muskogee Civitan Golf Open
21st - 3 more Cleveland HR set AL record for most HR (26) over 8 games
22nd - 14th Emmy Awards: Bob Newhart Show, E G Marshall & Shirley Booth win
22nd - Netherlands telephone network becomes completely automated
22nd - Major Robert A Rushworth, USAF, takes X-15 to 30,600m
22nd - Roger Maris walks 5 times (record 4 intentionally) in a 9 inn game
American Baseball Player Roger MarisAmerican Baseball Player Roger Maris 22nd - Continental Airlines Flight 11 crashes after bombs explode on board.
23rd - Joe Pepitone 2nd Yankee to hit 2 HRs in 1 inning (Joe DiMaggio)
23rd - OAS leader general Raoul Salan sentenced to life
23rd - Scott Carpenter orbits Earth 3 times in US Aurora 7
24th - M Scott Carpenter aboard Aurora 7 launched into Earth orbit
25th - Isley Brothers release "Twist & Shout"
25th - US performs nuclear test at Christmas Island (atmospheric)
25th - US unions AFL-CIO starts campaign for 35-hour work week
26th - "All American" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 80 perfs
MLB First Baseman and Outfielder Joe PepitoneMLB First Baseman and Outfielder Joe Pepitone 27th - Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
28th - Suit alleging de facto school segregation filed in Rochester NY
28th - US stock market drops $20.8 B in 1 day
28th - Wide World of Sports with Chris Schenkel premieres on CBS radio
29th - Barbra Streisand appears on "Garry Moore Show"
29th - 4th Grammy Awards: Moon River, Peter Nero wins
30th - 69 killed in bus crash (Ahmedabad India)
30th - Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem" premieres
30th - Indianapolis 500: Rodger Ward wins in 3:33:50.291 (225.780 km/h)
31st - "Tell It To Groucho" last airs on CBS-TV
31st - The West Indies Federation dissolves.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 75 of 75

1st - Gary Clark, NFL wide receiver (Miami Dolphins)
1st - Paula Weishoff, Hollywood CA, volleyballer (Oly-Sil-84, br-92, 96)
1st - Reggie Pleasant, CFL cornerback (Edmonton Eskimos)
2nd - Elizabeth Berridge, Westchester NY, actress (Amadeus, Funhouse)
2nd - Nancy Harvey, Swift Current Sask, LPGA golfer (1995 Youngstown-11th)
2nd - Stephen Daldry, English film director
2nd - Ray Traylor, American professional wrestler (d. 2004)
2nd - Jimmy White, English snooker player
3rd - Anthony Gilligan, Penrith NSW, Australasia golfer
3rd - Anders Graneheim, Swedish bodybuilder
4th - Tracy Vaccaro, Glendale California, playmate (October, 1983)
4th - Oleta Adams, American singer
5th - Jenifer McKitrick, American songwriter
6th - Neil Foster, cricketer (England right-fast medium)
6th - Adam Yellin, American record producer
7th - Robbie Knievel, daredevil, son of Evel (Chips Something Special)
8th - Terry Baker, CFL kicker (Montreal Alouettes)
9th - Dave Gahan, Essex, rock vocalist (Depeche Mode-Dreaming of Me)
9th - John Corbett, actor/singer (Chris-Northern Exposure)
9th - Paul Heaton, rocker (Housemartins-Happy Hour, Over There)
10th - Garry Daley, keyboard (China Crisis-Christian)
10th - Joey Meyer, baseball player
10th - Robby Thompson, W Palm Beach FL, infielder (SF Giants)
11th - Steve Bono, NFL quarterback (KC Chiefs, GB Packers-Super Bowl 31)
12th - Amy Benz, Rochester NY, LPGA golfer (1994 Oldsmobile Classic-3rd)
12th - Emilio Estevez, NYC, actor (Breakfast Club, Young Guns, Mighty Ducks)
12th - Mark Bradshaw, Happy Camp California, diver (Olympics-96)
12th - Brett Gurewitz, American songwriter and record producer (Bad Religion) (Epitaph)
13th - Eduardo Palomo, Mexican actor (d. 2003)
13th - Kathleen Jamie, Scottish poet
13th - Sean McDonough, American sports newscaster
13th - Paul McDermott, Australian comedian
14th - C C Deville, rocker (Poison-Talk Dirty to Me)
14th - Ian Astbury, Merseyside, rock vocalist (Cult-Fire Woman)
16th - Gary Crocker, cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman)
17th - Scott Case, NFL safety (Dallas Cowboys)
17th - Tracey Bryn, rocker (Voice of Beehive-Let it Bee)
Actor & Comedian Craig FergusonActor & Comedian Craig Ferguson (17th) 17th - Craig Ferguson, Glasgow, Scottish actor, writer and comedian
17th - Lise Lyng Falkenberg, Danish writer
18th - Mike Whitmarsh, San Diego CA, beach volleyballer (Olympics-silver-96)
18th - Nanne Grönvall, Swedish singer
18th - Sandra Cretu, German singer
18th - Mike Darnell, American television executive
19th - Iain Harvie, Scottish rock guitarist (Nothing Ever Happens)
20th - Lydia Cheng, NYC, Ms Big Apple bodybuilder (1982) (Pumping Iron 2)
20th - Sylvie Rauch, Munich German FR, nude model/actress
22nd - Andrew Donald Magee, Paris France, PGA golfer (1988 Pensacola Open)
22nd - Brian Pillman, American professional wrestler (d. 1997)
23rd - Karen Duffy, [Duff], NYC, MTV VJ/actress (Meet Wally Sparks)
23rd - Keith Brantley, Scott AFB Ill, marathoner (Olympics-96)
23rd - Imran Anwar, Pakistani Internet pioneer and American TV personality
24th - Bev Lidyoff, Huntington Park Ca, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-7th-1994)
24th - Dorothy Trapp, equestrian 3-day (Olympics-96)
25th - Amy Read, Birmingham MI, golfer (1994 Healthsouth Palm Beach-15th)
25th - Zulqarnain, cricketer (last person in alphabetical order to play Test)
26th - Bob[cat] Goldthwait, Syracuse NY, comedian (Police Academy)
26th - Colin Vearncombe, rocker (Black-Wonderful Like)
26th - Genie Francis, Englewood NJ, actress (General Hospital, Bare Essence)
27th - Mariangela D'Abbraccio, Naples Italy, TV actress (Passioni)
27th - Meg Parsont, personality (David Letterman Show)
27th - Ravi Shastri, cricketer (Indian SLA all-rounder 1981-92)
27th - Ray Borner, Australian basketball center (Olympics-1984, 88, 92, 96)
27th - Steven Brill, American film writer and director
28th - Brandon Cruz, actor (Eddie-Courtship of Eddie's Father)
29th - Eric Davis, LA CA, outfielder (Cin Reds)
29th - Gerry Norquist, Portland OR, Nike golfer (1990 Boise Open-5th)
29th - John D. LeMay, American actor
30th - Jan Gunnarsson, Sweden, tennis star
30th - John Alt, NFL tackle (KC Chiefs)
30th - Tonya Pinkins, Chicago Ill, actress (Livia Frye-All My Children)
30th - Kevin Eastman, American comic book creator
31st - Corey Hart, Montreal Canada, vocalist (I Wear My Sunglasses at Night)
31st - Henry Williams, CFL receiver (Edmonton Eskimos)
31st - Joe Orsulak, Glen Ridge NJ, outfielder (Florida Marlins)
31st - Sebastian Koch, German actor

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 2 of 2

Actor Christopher PlummerActor Christopher Plummer (4th) 4th - Actor Christopher Plummer (32) weds columnist Patricia Lewis at the Marylebone Registry office in London
14th - Princess Sophia of Greece weds Don Juan Carlos of Spain

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 11 of 11

5th - Ernest Tyldesley, cricketer (990 runs in 14 Tests for England), dies
7th - Jimmy Conlin, dies at 77
12th - Dick Calkins, co-author (Buck Rogers), dies at 67
13th - Frank Jenks, actor (Colonel Flack), dies of cancer at 60
13th - Franz Jozef Kline, US expressionist painter, dies at 51
13th - H Trendley Dean, doctor (introduced fluoridation into water)
14th - Florence Auer, American actress (b. 1880)
19th - Gabriele Münter, German expressionist painter
31st - Adolf Eichmann, Nazi war criminal, hanged at Ramie Prison in Israel at 56
31st - Eduardo Toldra, composer, dies at 67
31st - Henry Fountain Ashurst, American politician (b. 1874)

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