What Happened in December 1962

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Grey Cup halted by fog, resumed next day (Winnipeg 28, Hamilton 27)
  • Dec 1 KGMB TV channel 9 in Honolulu, HI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 1 27th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 38-0 in Birmingham, their fourth straight shutout in the series
  • Dec 1 7th British Empire Games and Commonwealth Games close in Perth, Australia
  • Dec 2 50th CFL Grey Cup: Winnipeg beats Hamilton, 28-27 at Toronto [OT]
  • Dec 3 Edith Spurlock Sampson sworn-in as 1st US black female judge
  • Dec 3 Pravda criticizes western art
  • Dec 3 1963 NFL Draft: Terry Baker from Oregon State first pick by Los Angeles Rams
  • Dec 4 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 6 US abandons Skybolt ballistic missile program
  • Dec 7 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 8 "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" closes at Shubert NYC after 300 performances
  • Dec 8 114-day newspaper strike begins in NYC
  • Dec 8 Attempted coup in British-controlled Brunei
  • Dec 8 Funeral for Queen Wilhelmina of Holland (New Kerk, Delft)
  • Dec 9 "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" closes on Broadway
  • Dec 9 Tanganyika becomes a republic within British Commonwealth
  • Dec 10 Hunters Point (SF) jitney ends service after 50 years

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 10 David Lean's film "Lawrence of Arabia", based on life of T. E. Lawrence and starring Peter O'Toole, premieres at Odeon Leicester Square (Academy Awards Best Picture 1963)

Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean
Soldier and Writer T. E. Lawrence
Soldier and Writer
T. E. Lawrence
  • Dec 12 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 13 Relay 1 communication satellite launched
  • Dec 14 Mariner 2 makes 1st US fly-by of another planet (Venus)
  • Dec 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Music release#1 in the Charts

Dec 15 Vaughn Meader's "1st Family" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 12 weeks

Comedian and Musician Vaughn Meader
Comedian and Musician
Vaughn Meader
  • Dec 16 NY Giant YA Title sets NFL season touchdown pass record at 33 with 6 touchdowns vs Dallas (41-31)
  • Dec 16 Nepal establishes its constitution and becomes a Constitutional Hindu Monarchy
  • Dec 16 "Lawrence of Arabia" film directed by David Lean and starring Peter O'Toole, is released in the United States
  • Dec 17 Beatles 1st British TV appearance (People & Places)
  • Dec 17 Current constitution of Monaco promulgated
  • Dec 18 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 13th Symphony premieres in Moscow
  • Dec 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Dec 18 WAIQ TV channel 26 in Montgomery, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 19 Nyasaland secedes from Rhodesia & Nyasaland
  • Dec 19 Street signs in Golden Gate Park approved by Park Commission
  • Dec 19 Transit 5A1, 1st operational navigational satellite, launched
  • Dec 20 Osmond brothers debut on Andy Williams Show
  • Dec 21 Angolin leaves Comecon
  • Dec 21 US & Cuba accord, releases bay of pigs captive
  • Dec 22 1,000,000th NBA point scored
  • Dec 22 Harris County voters approve all-weather stadium for Houston Colt .45s
  • Dec 22 Kinderman Place in the Bronx named
  • Dec 22 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Dec 23 Cuba starts returning US prisoners from Bay of Pigs invasion
  • Dec 23 Dallas Texans beat Houston Oilers 20-17 in AFL championship game
  • Dec 24 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Dec 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 25 "To Kill a Mockingbird", a film adaptation of the novel by Harper Lee, directed by Robert Mulligan and starring Gregory Peck, is released (Gregory Peck - Best Actor Academy Awards 1963)

  • Dec 26 Dmitri Shostakovitch's opera "Katerina Ismailova" premieres in Moscow
  • Dec 27 28th Heisman Trophy Award: Terry Baker, Oregon State (QB)
  • Dec 28 UN troops occupies Elizabethstad Katanga
  • Dec 28 51st Davis Cup: Australia beats Mexico in Brisbane (5-0)
  • Dec 29 Doug Walters makes 1st-class debut for NSW 17 yrs 8 days
  • Dec 29 13th Formula One WDC: Graham Hill wins by 12 points
  • Dec 30 Green Bay Packers beat NY Giants 16-7 in NFL championship game
  • Dec 31 "Match Game" debuts on NBC with host Gene Rayburn
  • Dec 31 American Basketball League announces suspension of operation
  • Dec 31 Dutch leave New Guinea
  • Dec 31 Katanga becomes part of Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Dec 31 Ohio ends suit against Reds when they agree to stay in Cin for 10 yrs

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Pamela McGee, WNBA center/forward (Sacramento Monarchs)
  • Dec 1 Stan Albers, Pleasant Beach NJ, actor (Curtis-Loving)
  • Dec 2 Kardam, Prince of Turnovo, titular Bulgarian royal family
  • Dec 3 Tammy Jackson, WNBA forward/center (Houston Comets)
  • Dec 4 Arnold Scholten, soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • Dec 4 John Gaasbeek, soccer player (FC Twente/NAC)
  • Dec 4 Stan Gelbaugh, NFL quarterback (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Dec 4 Kevin Richardson, English footballest
  • Dec 5 Connie Needham Newton, Anaheim California, actress (Elizabeth-8 is Enough)
  • Dec 5 José Cura, Argentine tenor
  • Dec 6 Ben Watt, rocker (Everything but the Girls-Sir Idlewood)
  • Dec 6 Janine Turner, actress (Maggie in Northern Exposure), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Dec 7 Grecia Colmenares, Italian entertainer
  • Dec 8 Berry van Aerle, Dutch soccer star (PSV)
  • Dec 8 Marty Friedman, American guitarist

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 8 Steve Elkington, Australian golfer (1995 PGA Championship), born in Inverell, New South Wales

Golfer and PGA Champion Steve Elkington
Golfer and PGA Champion
Steve Elkington
  • Dec 9 Felicity Huffman, American actress
  • Dec 10 John de Wolf, soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • Dec 11 Curtis Williams, rocker
  • Dec 11 Ejo Elburg, Dutch soccer player (Pax, NEC)
  • Dec 11 Kim Linehan, swimmer (1979 1500m World record)
  • Dec 11 Ben Browder, American actor
  • Dec 11 Paul Haslinger, Austrian-born composer
  • Dec 11 Nele Karajlić, Bosnian singer
  • Dec 12 Holly Gagnier, LA, actress (One Life to Live)
  • Dec 12 Nadeem Ghauri, cricketer (bowled in Test for Pak v Australia 1990)
  • Dec 12 Ray Brown, NFL guard (Washington Redskins, SF 49ers)
  • Dec 12 Tracy Austin, Rolling Hills California, tennis pro (US Open 1979, 81)
  • Dec 13 Karen Witter, CA, actress (Tina-One Life to Live)/playmate (Mar, 1982)
  • Dec 13 Kendra Slewenski, English netballer
  • Dec 14 Bharat Arun, cricketer (Indian pace bowler late-80's)
  • Dec 14 Chris Dahlquist, Fridley, NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators)
  • Dec 14 Glenda E Gray, South African scientist specializing in HIV research, born in Boksburg, South Africa
  • Dec 16 Jon Tenney, actor (Brooklyn South)
  • Dec 16 Maruschka Detmers, Schoonebeek Holland, actress (Devil in the Flesh)
  • Dec 16 Melanie Smith, actress (Emily-As the World Turns), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 16 William "The Refrigerator" Perry, NFL defensive back (Chicago Bears)
  • Dec 17 Giulla Boschi, Italian actress (Act of Contrition, Bonus Malus)
  • Dec 17 Rocco Anthony Mediate, PGA golfer (1991 Doral-Ryder), born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 17 Paul Dobson, English footballer
  • Dec 18 Renaldo Lapuz, Filipino-American Singer
  • Dec 19 Bettina Huebers, claims to be the illegitimate daughter of Paul McCartney, born in Hamburg, Germany
  • Dec 19 Charith Senanayake, cricketer (played for Sri Lanka v NZ 1991)
  • Dec 19 Jill Talley, American actress
  • Dec 20 Thomas Newberry, NFL guard (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Dec 21 Christy Forester, Lookout Mt Ga, country singer (Forester Sister-Men)
  • Dec 22 Ralph Fiennes, English actor (Schindler's List, The English Patient), born in Ipswich, Suffolk
  • Dec 23 Jerry Reynolds, NBA guard/forward (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Dec 23 Bertrand Gachot, Belgian racing driver
  • Dec 23 Kang Je-gyu, South Korean film director
  • Dec 24 Michael Ray, American jazz trumpeter, born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • Dec 25 Dean Cameron, Morrison Ill, actor (Herbie-Spencer)
  • Dec 25 Mary Ellen Clark, Abington Pa, diver (Olympics-2 bronze-92, 96)
  • Dec 25 Darren Wharton, British Keyboardist (Thin Lizzy and Dare)
  • Dec 27 Barbara Crampton, actress (Body Double, Young & Restless), born in Levittown,New York
  • Dec 27 Sherri Steinhauer, LPGA golfer (1992 du Maurier Ltd), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Dec 27 Timothy Hacker, 10k runner, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Dec 27 Mark Few, American basketball coach
  • Dec 27 Bill Self, American basketball coach
  • Dec 28 Keith Lee, basketball player (Memphis State)
  • Dec 28 Rachel Z, American pianist
  • Dec 28 Melissa R. Kelly, former Maryland politician
  • Dec 29 Devon White, Kingston Jamacia, outfielder (Florida Marlins)
  • Dec 30 Paul Crowder, rocker (The Adventures-Sea of Love)
  • Dec 30 Henry Cho, Korean-American comedian
  • Dec 31 Don Diamont, actor (Brad-Young & Restless)
  • Dec 31 Tyrone Corbin, NBA forward (Miami Heat, Atlanta Hawks)
  • Dec 31 Heather McCartney, British artist and daughter of Paul McCartney

Famous Weddings


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 Deaths

  • Dec 7 Kirsten Flagstad, Norwegian soprano (Wagner), dies at 67
  • Dec 12 Sid Saylor, actor (Wally-Waterfront), dies at 67
  • Dec 13 Harry Barris, American popular singer (b. 1905)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 15 Charles Laughton, English actor (Hunchback of Notre Dame), dies at 63

  • Dec 17 Thomas Mitchell, US, actor (Outlaw), dies of cancer at 70
  • Dec 20 Erik William Gustav Leidzen, composer, dies at 68
  • Dec 20 Luis Abraham Delgadillo, composer, dies at 75
  • Dec 23 George Saiko, Austrian writer, dies at 70
  • Dec 23 Luis Alberni, actor (Topaze), dies at 76
  • Dec 28 Kathleen Clifford, American actress (b. 1887)