What Happened in February 1962

Historical Events

  • 1st "New Faces of '62" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • 1st NL releases its 1st 162-game schedule
  • 2nd 1st pole vault over 16' (4.88m) (John Uelses-16', Melrose Games)
  • 2nd 8 of 9 planets align for 1st time in 400 years
  • 2nd USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 3rd John Uelses pole vaults record 489 cm
  • 3rd US President John Kennedy bans all trade with Cuba except for food & drugs
  • 4th "Gay Life" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 113 performances
  • 4th Russian newspaper Izvestia reports baseball is an old Russian game
  • 4th US female Figure Skating championship won by Barbara Roles
  • 4th US male Figure Skating championship won by Monty Hoyt
  • 5th French President de Gaulle calls for Algeria's independence
  • 5th Suit to bar Englewood NJ from "racial segregated" schools, filed
  • 5th Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter & Saturn within 16 degrees
  • 6th Schoolman Athletic Field in the Bronx named
  • 7th Gas explosion in Luisanthal coal mine Voelklingen Germany kills 298
  • 7th President Kennedy begins blockade of Cuba by banning all Cuban imports and exports.

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

7th Sam Snead wins LPGA Royal Poinciano Plaza Golf Invitational

Golfer Sam Snead
Sam Snead
  • 8th KACB TV channel 3 in San Angelo, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 8th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 8th In Paris, 8 people killed at a protest against independence for the French colony Algeria
  • 9th Jamaica signs agreement to become independent
  • 9th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 10th Jim Beatty sets American indoor mile record (3:58.9) in LA
  • 10th USSR swaps spy Francis Gary Power to US for Rudolph Abel
  • 11th Beatles record "Please, Please Me"
  • 12th Bus boycott starts in Macon, Georgia

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

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

  • 15th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 16th Darius Milhaud's 12th Symphony premieres
  • 17th Beach Boys introduced a new musical style with their hit "Surfin"
  • 17th Storm in Hamburg kills 265

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

17th Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Phila Warriors scores 67 points vs St Louis Hawks

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 18th France & Algerian Muslims negotiate truce to end 7 year war

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

18th Louise Suggs wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • 18th 4th Daytona 500: Fireball Roberts wins (152.529 MPH)
  • 19th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 20th John Glenn is 1st American to orbit Earth (Friendship 7)
  • 21st Minister De Pous confirms natural gas reserves in Groningen, Netherlands
  • 22nd Wilt Chamberlain sets NBA record with 34 free throw attempts
  • 23rd US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 24th "New Faces of '62" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 28 performances
  • 24th "Sail Away" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 167 performances
  • 24th General mobilization in Indonesia over New-Guinea
  • 24th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 25th India Congress Party wins elections
  • 25th Mike O'Hara completes record 97th marathon

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

25th Robert F. Kennedy visits Netherlands

US Attorney General Robert Francis Kennedy
US Attorney General
Robert Francis Kennedy
  • 25th Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Phila Warriors scores 67 points vs NY Knicks
  • 26th Arthur Kopit's "Oh, Dad, Poor Dad . . ." premieres in NYC
  • 26th US Supreme court disallows race separation on public transportation
  • 27th South-Vietnam pres Ngo Dinh Diem's palace bombed, 1st US killed
  • 28th WMGM-AM in New York City changes call letters to WHN

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st José Luis Cuciuffo, Argentinian footballer (d. 2004)
  • 1st Tomoyasu Hotei, Japanese guitarist
  • 2nd Ben Testerman, Knoxville Tenn, tennis star
  • 2nd Michael T Weiss, actor (Jarod-Pretender, Days of our Lives), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 2nd Andy Fordham, English darts player
  • 2nd Paul Kilgus, baseball player
  • 3rd Joe Handle, US baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins)
  • 4th Clint Black, Long Branch NJ, country vocalist (A Better Man)
  • 4th Dan Plesac, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 4th Vern Fleming, NBA guard (NJ Nets)
  • 4th Alfred Twardecki, Polish historian
  • 4th Michael Riley, Canadian actor
  • 5th Jennifer Jason Leigh [Morrow], American actress (Single White Female, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 5th Tommy Skeoch, rock guitarist (Tesla-Psychotic Supper)
  • 6th Axl Rose, [William Bailey], Lafayette In, vocalist (Guns & Roses)

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

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

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

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

Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow
  • 11th Tammy Baldwin, American politician
  • 11th Eric Vanderaerden, Belgian cyclist
  • 12th Jimmy Kirkwood, Irish-born field hockey player
  • 13th Jackie Silva, Rio de Janeiro Brazil, volleyballer (Pan Am-Bronze)
  • 13th Aníbal Acevedo Vilá, American politician
  • 14th Kevyn Aucoin, American cosmetologist (d. 2002)
  • 14th Michael Higgs, English actor
  • 14th Sakina Jaffrey, Indian actress
  • 15th [Babette] Renee Props, Oklahoma, actress (Elly Snyder-As the World Turns)
  • 16th Alexa Kenin, actress (Mousie-Coed Fever), born in NYC, New York
  • 16th Tony Kiley, rocker (Blow Monkeys-Wicked Ways)
  • 16th John Balance, English musician (Coil, Psychic TV) (d. 2004)
  • 17th David McComb, Australia, vocalist/songwriter (Triffids)
  • 17th Hennie Meijer, soccer player (Cambuur L, FC Heerenveen)
  • 17th Lou Diamond Phillips, Philippines, actor (La Bamba, Stand & Deliver)
  • 17th Tony Blain, cricketer (NZ Test wicket-keeper)
  • 17th Samuel Bayer, American music video director
  • 18th Gary Reasons, NFL linebacker (NY Giants)
  • 18th Julie Strain, Concord California, actress (Witchcraft IV)
  • 18th Simon Fletcher, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos)
  • 19th Alvaro Espinoza, Venezuela, baseball shortstop (NY Yanks, NY Mets)

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

19th Hana Mandlikova, Prague Czechoslovakia, tennis player (1985 US Open)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Hana Mandlikova
  • 19th John Laroche, American orchid poacher
  • 20th Adam Schreiber, NFL center/guard (Atlanta Falcons, NY Giants)
  • 20th Joel Ellis, rocker
  • 20th Ria Coyne, Scranton Penn, comedienne (Betsy-Batman Forever)
  • 20th Kenn Nesbitt, American children's author
  • 21st Vanessa Feltz, British television presenter
  • 21st Chuck Palahniuk, American writer
  • 21st David Foster Wallace, American writer
  • 22nd Lenda Murray, body builder (4X Ms Olympia), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 22nd Lisa Jacquin, equestrian show jumper (Olympics-96)
  • 22nd Michael Wilton, singer
  • 22nd Les Wallace, Scottish darts player

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

22nd Steve Irwin, Australian naturalist and TV personality (The Crocodile Hunter), born in Melbourne, Victoria

Naturalist and TV Star Steve Irwin
Naturalist and TV Star
Steve Irwin
  • 23rd Melinda Mays, Augusta Ga, playmate (Feb, 1983)
  • 23rd Michael Wilton, rock guitarist (Queensrijche-Warning)
  • 24th Michelle Shocked, singer/musician
  • 24th Outi Mäenpää, Finnish actress
  • 25th Birgit Fischer, German DR, 500m kayaker (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • 25th Cammy Ciarelli, WPVA volleyballer (Best of Beach-2nd-1995), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 25th Foster Emerson Sylvers, rocker
  • 26th Sheila Cornell, Encino Fla, softball infielder (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 27th Adam Baldwin, actor (Full Metal Jacket, My Bodyguard)
  • 27th Grant Show, actor (Jack Hanson-Melrose Place), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 27th Kory Tarpenning, Portland Oregon, pole vaulter
  • 27th Veronica Ribot-Canales, Buenos Aires Argentina, US diver (Olympics-96)
  • 28th Angela Bailey, England, Canadian 4X100m relayer (Olympic-silver-1984)
  • 28th Chunli Li, Auckland NZ, table tennis player (Olympics-96)
  • 28th Rae Dawn Chong, Edmonton Alberta, actress (Quest for Fire)
  • 28th Steve Tsujiura, hockey forward (Team Japan 1998)

Famous Deaths

  • 3rd Werner Bock, writer, dies
  • 5th Jacques Ibert, French composer (Escales), dies at 71
  • 7th Arthur Carr, cricketer (11 Tests for Eng 22-29), dies shovelling snow
  • 7th Clara Nordström, German writer and translator (b. 1886)
  • 10th Willem Paerels, Neth/Belgian painter/graphic artist, dies at 83
  • 15th Vladimir Sokoloff, actor (Road to Morocco, Cloak & Dagger), dies at 72
  • 17th Bruno Walter, symphony conductor (NY Philharmonic), dies at 85
  • 17th Joseph Kearns, actor (George-Dennis the Menace), dies at 55
  • 19th Albert Israel Elkus, composer, dies at 77
  • 19th Georgios Papanikolaou, Greek doctor, inventor of the Pap smear (b. 1883)
  • 20th Halliwell Hobbes, dies at 64
  • 25th Wilhelm Pessler, German sociologist, dies at 81
  • 26th Carl Emil Theodor Ehrenberg, composer, dies at 83
  • 27th Willie Best, actor (Charlie-My Little Margie), dies at 45
  • 28th Harold Ogden "Chic" Johnson, comedian (Olsen & Johnson), dies at 70