April 1962 calendar

April 1962

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in April 1962.
The US president was John F. Kennedy (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Harold Macmillan (Conservative), Pope John XXIII was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on April 1962: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of April 1962?


  • 02 Apr 1962 The first official Panda crossing is opened outside Waterloo station, London.
  • 03 Apr 1962 Jockey Eddie Arcaro retires after 31 years (24,092 races).
  • 05 Apr 1962 NASA civilian pilot Neil A Armstrong takes X-15 to 54,600 m
  • 06 Apr 1962 Leonard Bernstein causes controversy with his remarks from the podium during a New York Philharmonic concert featuring Glenn Gould performing Brahms' First Piano Concerto.
  • 07 Apr 1962 Yugoslav ex-president Milovan Djilas returns to jail.
  • 08 Apr 1962 Accords of Evian (Algeria) accepted by referendum in France.
  • 09 Apr 1962 34th Academy Awards - West Side Story, Sophia Loren and Max Schell win.
  • 10 Apr 1962 New York Yankees' Mickey Mantle hits his 375th homerun.
  • 11 Apr 1962 New York Mets make a losing debut.
  • 12 Apr 1962 San Mateo County withdraws from BART district
  • 13 Apr 1962 US steel industry forced to give up price increases.
  • 14 Apr 1962 Demonstration for sovereign status of New-Guinea in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • 15 Apr 1962 US national debt above US$300,000,000,000.
  • 16 Apr 1962 Walter Cronkite takes over as the lead news anchor of the CBS Evening News, during which time he would become ''the most trusted man in America''.
  • 18 Apr 1962 16th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 3.
  • 19 Apr 1962 NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 46,900m
  • 20 Apr 1962 NASA civilian pilot Neil A Armstrong takes X-15 to 63,250 m
  • 21 Apr 1962 The Seattle World's Fair (Century 21 Exposition) opens. It is the first World's Fair in the United States since World War II.
  • 22 Apr 1962 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Sunshine Golf Open.
  • 23 Apr 1962 1st US satellite to reach the moon launched
  • 24 Apr 1962 MIT sends TV signal by satellite for first time: California to Massachusetts.
  • 25 Apr 1962 June 15 the Mets send Chiti back to Cleveland
  • 26 Apr 1962 Ariel 1 Launch
  • 27 Apr 1962 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island.
  • 29 Apr 1962 16th Tony Awards: Man For All Seasons and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying win.
  • 30 Apr 1962 Willie Mays hits 4 HRs
  • 26 Apr 1962 The British space programme launches its first satellite, the Ariel 1.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in April 1962?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Don't Break The Heart That Loves You
  2. - Johnny Angel
  3. - Good Luck Charm
  4. - Hey! Baby
  5. - Slow Twistin'

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Wonderful Land
  2. - Dream Baby
  3. - Hey Little Girl
  4. - Tell Me What He Said
  5. - Hey Baby


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in April 1962?

A Nation Of Sheep by William J. Lederer

A Nation Of Sheep


Nation Of Sheep A, William J. Lederer

My Saber Is Bent by Jack Paar

My Saber Is Bent


236 pages - photo illustrated - biography

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird


To Kill A Mockingbird, the unforgettable story of a Southern childhood and the conscience crisis that rocked it became a bestseller immediately and was critically acclaimed when it was published for the first time in 1960.

The Guns Of August by Barbara W. Tuchman

The Guns Of August


The Modern Library selected Barbara as one of 100 best nonfiction books of the century. The Proud Tower, The Guns of August, which won the Pulitzer Prize, and The Zimmerman Telegram were all included in the selection.

A Prologue To Love by Taylor Caldwell

A Prologue To Love


There is always help. Amy said that God is always there. "I'm ashamed. He was the only one I had forgotten about. She was silent for a while.