Today in History for February 1962

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 53 of 53

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 - President 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.
Golfer Sam SneadGolfer Sam Snead 7th - Sam Snead wins LPGA Royal Poinciano Plaza Golf Invitational
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
14th - US 1st lady Jacqueline Kennedy conducts White House tour on TV
15th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
US First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy OnassisUS First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis 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
17th - Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Phila Warriors scores 67 points vs St Louis
18th - France & Algerian Muslims negotiate truce to end 7 year war
18th - Louise Suggs wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open
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
NBA Legend Wilt ChamberlainNBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain 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
25th - Robert F. Kennedy visits Netherlands
26th - Arthur Kopit's "Oh, Dad, Poor Dad . . ." premieres in NYC
26th - US Supreme court disallows race separation on public transportation
26th - Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Phila Warriors scores 67 points vs NY
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

Birthdays 1 - 78 of 78

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)
Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth BrooksCountry Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks (7th) 7th - Garth Brooks, country vocalist (No Fences, Double Live), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
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, rocker (Metallica)
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)
11th - Sheryl Crow, American singer-songwriter (All I Want to Do-Grammy 1995), born in Kennett, Missouri
Singer-songwriter Sheryl CrowSinger-songwriter Sheryl Crow (11th) 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)
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana MandlikovaTennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova (19th) 19th - Hana Mandlikova, Prague Czechoslovakia, tennis player (1985 US Open)
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
22nd - Steve Irwin, Australian naturalist and TV personality (The Crocodile Hunter), born in Melbourne, Victoria
Naturalist and TV Star Steve IrwinNaturalist and TV Star Steve Irwin (22nd) 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

Deaths 1 - 15 of 15

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

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