What Happened in 1962

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 768

  • Jan 1 Beatles' Decca audition is unsuccessful
  • Jan 1 Rwanda granted internal self-government by Belgium
  • Jan 1 Western Samoa gains independence from New Zealand Susuga Malietoa Tanumafili II becomes co-chief of Western Samoa
  • Jan 1 United States Navy SEALs established.
  • Jan 1 48th Rose Bowl: #6 Minnesota beats #16 UCLA, 21-3
  • Jan 1 28th Sugar Bowl: #1 Alabama beats #9 Arkansas, 10-3`
  • Jan 1 28th Orange Bowl: #4 LSU beats #7 Colorado, 25-7
  • Jan 2 Nighttime version of "Password" with Allen Ludden premieres on CBS
  • Jan 3 Ground is broken for the Houston Astrodome

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Jan 3 Pope John XXIII excommunicates Fidel Castro

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
Pope John XXIII
Pope
John XXIII
  • Jan 4 1st automated (unmanned) subway train in New York City

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Jan 5 Tony Sheridan & Beatles produce "My Bonnie" & "The Saints"

Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist Tony Sheridan
Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist
Tony Sheridan
  • Jan 7 AFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 47-27

MurderAssassination Attempt

Jan 7 Assassination attempt fails on Indonesian president Sukarno

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
Sukarno
  • Jan 7 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to John Hall Wheelock
  • Jan 8 Dutch express train crashes into slow commuter train, 93 die (Neth)

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Jan 8 Golfer Jack Nicklaus, 21, 1st pro appearance, he came in 50th

  • Jan 9 Mister M (Dr X) beats Verne Gagne in Minn, to become NWA champ
  • Jan 9 NFL prohibits grabbing of face masks
  • Jan 9 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jan 10 Eruptions on Mount Huascaran in Peru destroy 7 villages & kill 3,500
  • Jan 11 Volcano Huascaran in Peru, erupts; 4,000 die
  • Jan 12 Operation Chopper begins, America's first combat mission in the Vietnam War
  • Jan 13 "Do Re Mi" closes at St James Theater NYC after 400 performances

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Jan 13 Wilt Chamberlain of Warriors scores then NBA-record 73 pts vs Chicago

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Jan 14 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 31-30
  • Jan 15 Dutch & Indonesian navy encounter in Etna Bay New Guinea
  • Jan 15 50th Women's Australian Championships: Margaret Court beats Jan Lehane O'Neill (6-0, 6-2)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 15 50th Men's Australian Championships: Rod Laver beats Roy Emerson (8-6, 0-6, 6-4, 6-4)

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
  • Jan 16 Shooting begins on "Dr No"
  • Jan 16 Suit accuses NYC Board of Education uses "racial quotas"
  • Jan 16 12th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 150-130 at St. Louis

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Jan 17 NASA civilian pilot Neil Armstrong takes X-15 to 40,690m

Astronaut & 1st Man on the Moon Neil Armstrong
Astronaut & 1st Man on the Moon
Neil Armstrong
  • Jan 17 Roy Harris' 8th Symphony, premieres in SF
  • Jan 18 Southern University closed due to demonstrations
  • Jan 18 US begins spraying foliage in Vietnam to reveal Viet Cong guerrillas
  • Jan 18 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jan 20 "Kean" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 92 performances
  • Jan 21 JFK arrives in Uruguay
  • Jan 21 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational
  • Jan 21 Snow falls in San Francisco
  • Jan 22 The Organization of American States suspends Cuba's membership.

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Jan 23 British intellegence officer Kim Philby defects to USSR

  • Jan 23 Libya, Morocco, Algeria & Tunisia plan to form United Arab Maghreb
  • Jan 23 "Jules et Jim", based on the novel by Henri-Pierre Roché, directed by François Truffau and starring Jeanne Moreau is released
  • Jan 24 28 refugees escape from East to West Germany
  • Jan 24 Brian Epstein signs management contract with the Beatles

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 24 Jackie Robinson is 1st African American elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame. Bob Feller is also elected.

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • Jan 24 Mickey Wright/Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Naples Pro-Am Golf Tournament
  • Jan 26 Bishop Burke of Buffalo Catholic dioceses declares Chubby Checker's "Twist" is impure & bans it from all Catholic schools
  • Jan 26 Canadian Marine Service renamed Coast Guard
  • Jan 26 David Diamond's 7th Symphony, premieres in Philadelphia
  • Jan 26 US launches Ranger 3, misses Moon by 22,000-mi (37,000-km)
  • Jan 27 "Family Affair" opens at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 65 performances
  • Jan 28 Johanne Relleke gets stung by bees 2,443 times in Rhodesia & survives
  • Jan 30 UN General Assembly censures Portugal over Angola
  • Jan 30 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jan 30 2 members of Flying Wallendas' high-wire act killed when their 7-person pyramid collapsed during a performance in Detroit
  • Jan 31 Gen Charles P Cabell, USAF, ends term as deputy director of CIA
  • Jan 31 Samuel Gravely assumes command of destroyer escort "USS Falgout"
  • Feb 1 "New Faces of '62" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • Feb 1 NL releases its 1st 162-game schedule
  • Feb 2 1st pole vault over 16' (4.88m) (John Uelses-16', Melrose Games)
  • Feb 2 8 of 9 planets align for 1st time in 400 years
  • Feb 2 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 3 John Uelses pole vaults record 489 cm

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Feb 3 US President John F. Kennedy bans all trade with Cuba except for food & drugs

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Feb 4 "Gay Life" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 113 performances
  • Feb 4 Russian newspaper Izvestia reports baseball is an old Russian game
  • Feb 4 US female Figure Skating championship won by Barbara Roles
  • Feb 4 US male Figure Skating championship won by Monty Hoyt
  • Feb 5 French President de Gaulle calls for Algeria's independence
  • Feb 5 Suit to bar Englewood NJ from "racial segregated" schools, filed
  • Feb 5 Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter & Saturn within 16 degrees
  • Feb 6 Schoolman Athletic Field in the Bronx named
  • Feb 7 Gas explosion in Luisanthal coal mine Voelklingen Germany kills 298
  • Feb 7 US President JFK begins blockade of Cuba by banning all Cuban imports and exports.
  • Feb 7 Sam Snead wins LPGA Royal Poinciano Plaza Golf Invitational
  • Feb 8 KACB TV channel 3 in San Angelo, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 8 In Paris, 8 people killed at a protest against independence for the French colony Algeria
  • Feb 9 Jamaica signs agreement to become independent
  • Feb 9 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 10 Jim Beatty sets American indoor mile record (3:58.9) in LA
  • Feb 10 USSR swaps spy Francis Gary Power to US for Rudolph Abel
  • Feb 11 Beatles record "Please, Please Me"
  • Feb 12 Bus boycott starts in Macon, Georgia

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Feb 14 US 1st lady Jacqueline Kennedy conducts White House tour on TV

  • Feb 15 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 16 Darius Milhaud's 12th Symphony premieres
  • Feb 17 Beach Boys introduced a new musical style with their hit "Surfin"
  • Feb 17 Storm in Hamburg kills 265
  • Feb 17 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 67 points vs St Louis Hawks
  • Feb 18 France & Algerian Muslims negotiate truce to end 7 year war
  • Feb 18 Louise Suggs wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open
  • Feb 18 4th Daytona 500: Fireball Roberts wins (152.529 MPH)
  • Feb 19 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 20 John Glenn is 1st American to orbit Earth (Friendship 7)
  • Feb 21 Minister De Pous confirms natural gas reserves in Groningen, Netherlands
  • Feb 22 Wilt Chamberlain sets NBA record with 34 free throw attempts

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 878

  • Jan 1 Ravshanbek Aliyev, Kirgiz, cosmonaut
  • Jan 1 Ari Up, German musician (The Slits)
  • Jan 3 Darren Daulton, US baseball catcher (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • Jan 3 Gavin Hastings, WLAF kicker (Scottish Claymores)
  • Jan 3 Mark Gardner, US baseball player (Florida Marlins)
  • Jan 3 Francesca Lia Block, American author
  • Jan 4 Joe Kleine, NBA center (Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls)
  • Jan 4 Martin McAloon, rocker (Prefab Sprout-2 Wheels Good)
  • Jan 4 Patrick Cassidy, actor/composer (Fever Pitch, Off the Wall), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 4 Laila Eloui, Egyptian actress
  • Jan 4 Peter Steele, American musician (Type O Negative)
  • Jan 5 Suzy Amis, actress (Blame it on Rio, Where the Heart is), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Jan 5 Brendon Kuruppu, cricketer (Sri Lankan batsman, 201* debut v NZ 1987)
  • Jan 5 Danny Jackson, US baseball pitcher (Royals/Phillies/Cardinals)
  • Jan 5 Donald John Cowie, yachting Star class (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jan 5 Joel Wyner, actor/director (Lyle Springer-Sirens, Listen, Club)
  • Jan 5 Perry Fenwick, English actor
  • Jan 6 Philip Brown, 4x400m runner (Olympic-silver-1984), born in Birmingham, England
  • Jan 6 Sean Landeta, NFL place kicker (NY Giants)

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Jan 6 Michael Houser, Boone North Carolina, American guitarist (Widespread Panic)

Guitarist Michael Houser
Guitarist
Michael Houser
  • Jan 7 Hallie Todd, actress (Check is in the Mail)
  • Jan 7 Jeff Montgomery, Wellston OH, pitcher (KC Royals)
  • Jan 7 Aleksandr Dugin, Russian politician
  • Jan 8 Chris Marion, American musician
  • Jan 9 Phil Lewis, rock vocalist (LA Guns-It's Over Now), born in London, England
  • Jan 10 Jim Lindeman, US baseball outfielder (NY Mets)
  • Jan 10 Michael Fortier, Canadian politician
  • Jan 11 Donn Pall, Evergreen Park IL, pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies, Fl Marlins)
  • Jan 11 Julie Moran, TV hostess (Entertainment Tonight, Independence Day)
  • Jan 11 Kim Coles, American actress (Synclaire-Living Single), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 11 Susan Lindauer, American peace activist and accused spy
  • Jan 12 Richie Richardson, cricketer (elegant West Indian batsman 1983-95)
  • Jan 12 Joe Quesada, American comic book writer
  • Jan 13 Brett Maxie, NFL safety (Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers)
  • Jan 13 Kevin Mitchell, US baseball outfielder (NY Met, SF Giants, Cincinnati Reds)
  • Jan 14 Patrica Morrison, rocker (Sisters of Mercy-Walk Away, Black Planet)
  • Jan 14 Michael McCaul, American politician
  • Jan 15 Creflo Dollar, American televangelist
  • Jan 15 Conrad Lant, English musician
  • Jan 16 Jan Koster, Dutch drummer (Sleeze Beez-Powertool)
  • Jan 16 Kevin Ross, NFL safety (Atlanta Falcons, KC Chiefs)
  • Jan 16 Paul Webb, rocker (TalkTalk)
  • Jan 16 Joel Fitzgibbon, Australian Labor Party politician
  • Jan 16 Maxine Jones, American R&B singer (En Vogue), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Jan 17 Jim Carrey, Ontario Canada, actor (Living Color, Dumb & Dumber, Mask)
  • Jan 17 Sebastian Junger, American journalist and author
  • Jan 18 Alison Arngrim, actress (Nellie-Little House of the Prairie)
  • Jan 18 David O'Connor, equestrian 3-day (Olympics-silver-96)
  • Jan 19 Chris Sabo, third baseman (Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jan 19 Hans Daams, Dutch cyclist
  • Jan 21 Marie Trintignant, French actress (d. 2003)
  • Jan 21 Tyler Cowen, American economist
  • Jan 22 Robert Mailhouse, actor (Brian-Days of our Life), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Jan 22 Choi Min-sik, South Korean actor
  • Jan 22 Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin of Terengganu, Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia
  • Jan 23 Elvira Lindo, Spanish writer and journalist
  • Jan 23 Vasia Panayopoulou, Greek actress
  • Jan 24 Sultan Zarawani, cricketer (United Arab Emirates capt 1996 World Cup)
  • Jan 25 Chris Chelios, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks, Team USA), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 26 Roshan Guneratne, cricketer (wicketless in only Test SL v Aust 1983)
  • Jan 26 Tim May, cricketer (Australian off-spinner 1987-95)
  • Jan 26 Tom Keifer, rock guitarist/vocalist (Cinderella-Heartbreak Station)
  • Jan 26 Oscar Ruggeri, Argentine footballer
  • Jan 27 James F Doehring, shot putter (Olympics-silver-1992), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • Jan 27 Michael Collins, clarinetist
  • Jan 27 Roberto Paci Dalò, Italian director and composer
  • Jan 28 Keith Hamilton Cobb, Tarrytown NY, actor (Noah Keefer-All My Children)
  • Jan 28 Michael Cage, NBA forward/center (Cleveland Cavaliers, NJ Nets)
  • Jan 28 Sam Phillips, singer/actress (Die Hard with a Vengeance)
  • Jan 29 Nicholas Turturro, actor (James Martinez-NYPD Blue), born in Queens, New York
  • Jan 30 King Abdullah II of Jordan
  • Jan 30 Mary Kay Letourneau, American convicted statutory rapist
  • Jan 31 Sophie Muller, Music video director
  • Feb 1 José Luis Cuciuffo, Argentinian footballer (d. 2004)
  • Feb 1 Tomoyasu Hotei, Japanese guitarist
  • Feb 2 Ben Testerman, tennis star, born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Feb 2 Michael T Weiss, actor (Jarod-Pretender, Days of our Lives), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 2 Andy Fordham, English darts player
  • Feb 2 Paul Kilgus, baseball player
  • Feb 3 Joe Handle, US baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins)
  • Feb 4 Clint Black, Long Branch NJ, country vocalist (A Better Man)
  • Feb 4 Dan Plesac, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Feb 4 Vern Fleming, NBA guard (NJ Nets)
  • Feb 4 Alfred Twardecki, Polish historian
  • Feb 4 Michael Riley, Canadian actor
  • Feb 5 Jennifer Jason Leigh [Morrow], American actress (Single White Female, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 5 Tommy Skeoch, rock guitarist (Tesla-Psychotic Supper)
  • Feb 6 Axl Rose, [William Bailey], Lafayette In, vocalist (Guns & Roses)

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Feb 7 Garth Brooks, country vocalist (No Fences, Double Live), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
  • Feb 7 Alan Sippy, cricketer (dashing Bombay lefty batsman of 1980's)
  • Feb 7 David Bryan, rock keyboardist (Bon Jovi-You Give Love a Bad Name)
  • Feb 7 Eddie Izzard, British actor and comedian
  • Feb 9 Diego Perez, Spain, tennis star
  • Feb 9 Martin D Lascelles, grandson of English princess Mary
  • Feb 9 Anik Bissonnette, Quebec ballet dancer (Les Grands Ballets Canadiens)
  • Feb 10 Cliff Burton, bass guitarist (Metallica), born in Castro Valley, California (d. 1986)
  • Feb 10 Jean-Marie Banos, Lavelanet France, Canada sabre (Oly-9/10-88, 92, 96)
  • Feb 10 Bobby Czyz, American boxer
  • Feb 11 Scott Kolden, Torrance California, actor (Scott-Me & the Champ)

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Feb 11 Sheryl Crow, American singer-songwriter (All I Want to Do-Grammy 1995), born in Kennett, Missouri

Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow
Singer-songwriter
Sheryl Crow

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

May 4 Actor Christopher Plummer (32) weds columnist Patricia Lewis at the Marylebone Registry office in London

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

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 10 NFL running back Gale Sayers (19) weds his high school sweetheart Linda McNeil

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 17 Actor Jack Nicholson (25) weds Sandra Knight (22) in Los Angeles

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 20 Singer Jane Froman (54) weds college friend Rowland Smith

Singer Jane Froman
Singer
Jane Froman

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 28 NBA player Lenny Wilkens (24) weds Marilyn Reed

NBA Point Guard and Coach Lenny Wilkens
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Lenny Wilkens

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 17 Actor Jack Lemmon (37) weds actress/model Felicia Farr (29) in Paris, France

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 23 Musician and member of the Beatles, John Lennon weds Cynthia Powell

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 25 Retired general Colin Powell (25) weds audiologist Alma Johnson (24) at the First Congregational Church in Birmingham, Alabama

US General & Secretary of State Colin Powell
US General & Secretary of State
Colin Powell

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 15 Actress Janet Leigh (35) weds stockbroker Robert Brandt

Actress Janet Leigh
Actress
Janet Leigh

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 18 Singer Barry White (18) weds childhood sweetheart Betty Smith

Singer Barry White
Singer
Barry White

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 26 Singer Tina Turner (23) weds Ike Turner (31) in Tijuana, Mexico

Singer Tina Turner
Singer
Tina Turner

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 28 Artist and peace activist Yoko Ono (30) weds film producer Anthony Cox

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 6 Actor Sean Connery (32) weds actress Diane Cilento on Gibraltar

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 18 Pop singer Little Eva (19) weds James Harris

Pop Singer Little Eva
Pop Singer
Little Eva

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Sep 14 Actress Janet Leigh (35) divorces actor Tony Curtis (37) after after 10 years of marriage

Actress Janet Leigh
Actress
Janet Leigh

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 207

  • Jan 1 Diego Martínez Barrio, Spanish president (1939), dies at 76
  • Jan 4 Hans Lammers, German SS officer (b. 1879)
  • Jan 6 Jacob "Jaap" Nanninga, Dutch painter (France, N Africa), dies at 57
  • Jan 9 LeRoy B Shield, US pianist/composer (Union Pacific Suite), dies at 68
  • Jan 12 Ernie Kovacs, comedian (Ernie Kovacs Show), killed in auto crash at 42
  • Jan 12 Richard de Guide, composer, dies at 52
  • Jan 12 Ariadna Tyrkova-Williams, Russian writer and feminist (b. 1869)
  • Jan 13 Ernie Kovacs, comedian, dies in a car crash in West LA, at 42
  • Jan 15 Kenneth MacKenna, actor (Men Without Women), dies of cancer at 62
  • Jan 16 Emanuel Stickelberger, Swiss writer (Holbein in England), dies at 77
  • Jan 16 Ivan Meštrović, Croatian sculptor (b. 1883)
  • Jan 16 Frank Hurley, Australian photographer (b. 1885)
  • Jan 17 Gerrit Achterberg, Dutch poet (Dead End), dies at 56
  • Jan 18 Raymond Moulaert, composer, dies at 86
  • Jan 19 Snub Pollard, actor (Limelight, Arizona Days), dies of cancer at 72
  • Jan 20 Robinson Jeffers, poet/playwright (Dear Judas), dies at 75
  • Jan 21 Andre Lhote, French painter/art historian, dies at 76
  • Jan 24 Tom Shirley, actor/TV announcer (They're Off), dies at 62
  • Jan 24 Stanley Lord, captain of the SS Californian the night of the Titanic disaster (b. 1877)

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Jan 26 Charles "Lucky" Luciano, NYC Mafia gangster, dies of a heart attack at 65

  • Jan 26 Fran Lhotka, Czech composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 29 Fritz Kreisler, Austria/US violinist/composer, dies at 86
  • Jan 30 Manuel de Abreu, Brazilian physician (b. 1894)
  • Feb 3 Werner Bock, writer, dies
  • Feb 5 Jacques Ibert, French composer (Escales), dies at 71
  • Feb 7 Arthur Carr, cricketer (11 Tests for Eng 22-29), dies shovelling snow
  • Feb 7 Clara Nordström, German writer and translator (b. 1886)
  • Feb 10 Willem Paerels, Neth/Belgian painter/graphic artist, dies at 83
  • Feb 15 Vladimir Sokoloff, actor (Road to Morocco, Cloak & Dagger), dies at 72
  • Feb 17 Bruno Walter, symphony conductor (NY Philharmonic), dies at 85
  • Feb 17 Joseph Kearns, actor (George-Dennis the Menace), dies at 55
  • Feb 19 Albert Israel Elkus, composer, dies at 77
  • Feb 19 Georgios Papanikolaou, Greek doctor, inventor of the Pap smear (b. 1883)
  • Feb 20 Halliwell Hobbes, dies at 64
  • Feb 25 Wilhelm Pessler, German sociologist, dies at 81
  • Feb 26 Carl Emil Theodor Ehrenberg, composer, dies at 83
  • Feb 27 Willie Best, actor (Charlie-My Little Margie), dies at 45
  • Feb 28 Harold Ogden "Chic" Johnson, comedian (Olsen & Johnson), dies at 70
  • Mar 1 Roscoe Ates, actor (Dep Roscoe-Marshal of Gunsight Pass), dies at 70
  • Mar 2 Charles Jean de la Vallée-Poussin, Belgian mathematician (b. 1866)
  • Mar 4 Cairine R Wilson, 1st Canadian female senator (appointed), dies at 77
  • Mar 4 George Mogridge, Major League Baseball pitcher (b. 1889)
  • Mar 5 Anne C Veth, Dutch cartoonist/art critic, dies at 82
  • Mar 5 Otakar Jeremias, composer, dies at 69
  • Mar 6 Rezso Kokai, Hungarian composer, dies at 56
  • Mar 9 Howard Engstrom, Boston, a designer of Univac computer, dies at 59
  • Mar 11 Will Vesper, German author (Tristan und Isolde), dies at 79
  • Mar 15 Sam Wren, actor (Wren's Nest), dies at 64
  • Mar 16 John Owen Jones, composer, dies at 85
  • Mar 17 Frank Orth, actor (Boston Blackie, The Brothers), dies at 82
  • Mar 18 Walter W. Bacon, Governor of Delaware (b. 1880)
  • Mar 20 C Wright Mills, US sociologist (Power Elite), dies at 45

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Mar 20 A. E. Douglass, American astronomer and inventor of dendrochronology (tree-ring dating) dies at 94

Archaeologist and astronomer A. E. Douglass
Archaeologist and astronomer
A. E. Douglass
  • Mar 22 Aura Abranches, Port actress (Lisboa, O Primo Basilio), dies at 65
  • Mar 23 Josephus RH van Schaik, lawyer/vice-premier of Neth, dies at 80
  • Mar 23 Val Paul, producer (F-Man), dies at 73
  • Mar 24 Jean Goldkette, Greek-born musician (b. 1899)
  • Mar 25 Auguste Piccard, Swiss explorer/balloonist, dies at 78
  • Mar 26 Marjorie Colton, inventor of wax paper, dies at 64
  • Mar 26 Augusta Savage, African-American sculptor and equal rights advocate dies at 72
  • Mar 28 Hugo Wast, Argentine writer (b. 1883)
  • Apr 3 Benny "Kid" Paret, US welterweight boxer, dies after fight, at 24
  • Apr 3 Manolis Kalomiris, Greek opera composer, dies at 78
  • Apr 4 James Hanratty, executed at Bedford Prison, England, for the murder of Michael Gregsten (b. 1936)
  • Apr 6 J C Heldring, Dutch businessman, dies at 74
  • Apr 9 Juan Belmonte, famed bullfighter, dies at 70
  • Apr 10 Stuart Sutcliffe, bassist (Beatles), dies of brain hemorrhage at 21
  • Apr 10 Michael Curtiz, Hungarian-born director (b. 1886)
  • Apr 12 Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, Indian politician and engineer (b. 1861)
  • Apr 12 Ron Flockhart, Scottish racing driver (b. 1923)
  • Apr 13 Culbert Olson, American politician (b. 1876)
  • Apr 15 Clara Blandick, committed suicide at 80
  • Apr 15 Esther Minciotti, dies at 74
  • Apr 15 Arsenio Lacson, Filipino politician and sportswriter (b. 1911)
  • Apr 17 Louise Fazenda, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 66
  • Apr 20 Arthur Harmat, composer, dies at 76
  • Apr 20 Jesse G Vincent, engineer designed 1st V-12 engine, dies at 82
  • Apr 21 Frederick Handley Page, designer of 1st big airplane (40 seats), dies
  • Apr 22 Solomon Pimsleur, composer, dies at 61
  • Apr 22 Vera Reynolds, actress (Dragnet Patrol, Lawless Woman), dies at 62
  • Apr 27 A. K. Fazlul Huq, Bengali statesman (b. 1873)
  • May 5 Ernest Tyldesley, cricketer (990 runs in 14 Tests for England), dies
  • May 7 Jimmy Conlin, dies at 77
  • May 11 Hans Luther, politician and German Chancellor (1925-6), dies at 83
  • May 12 Dick Calkins, co-author (Buck Rogers), dies at 67
  • May 13 Frank Jenks, actor (Colonel Flack), dies of cancer at 60
  • May 13 Franz Jozef Kline, US expressionist painter, dies at 51
  • May 13 H Trendley Dean, doctor (introduced fluoridation into water)
  • May 14 Florence Auer, American actress (b. 1880)
  • May 19 Gabriele Münter, German expressionist painter
  • May 31 Adolf Eichmann, Nazi war criminal, hanged at Ramie Prison in Israel at 56
  • May 31 Eduardo Toldra, composer, dies at 67
  • May 31 Henry Fountain Ashurst, American politician (b. 1874)
  • Jun 2 Franc S Finzgar, Slovic writer (Service Girls), dies
  • Jun 2 Vita Sackville-West, English writer and gardener (Sissinghurst), dies at 70
  • Jun 4 William Beebe, US biologist/explorer, dies at 84
  • Jun 4 Clem McCarthy, American sportscaster (b. 1882)
  • Jun 6 Guinn Williams, actor (Big Boy-Circus Boy), dies of poisoning at 63
  • Jun 6 Yves Klein, French sculptor/painter, dies at 34
  • Jun 9 Henry Kendall, actor (Shadow, Romance & Riches), dies at 65