What Happened in February 1962

Historical Events

  • 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

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Feb 17 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 67 points vs St Louis Hawks

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 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
  • Feb 23 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 24 "New Faces of '62" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 28 performances
  • Feb 24 "Sail Away" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 167 performances
  • Feb 24 General mobilization in Indonesia over New-Guinea
  • Feb 24 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 25 India Congress Party wins elections
  • Feb 25 Mike O'Hara completes record 97th marathon

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Feb 25 Robert F. Kennedy visits Netherlands

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

Famous Birthdays

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

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

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Feb 22 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
  • Feb 23 Melinda Mays, playmate (Feb, 1983), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • Feb 23 Michael Wilton, rock guitarist (Queensrijche-Warning)
  • Feb 24 Michelle Shocked, singer/musician
  • Feb 24 Outi Mäenpää, Finnish actress
  • Feb 25 Birgit Fischer, German DR, 500m kayaker (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • Feb 25 Cammy Ciarelli, WPVA volleyballer (Best of Beach-2nd-1995), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Feb 25 Foster Emerson Sylvers, rocker
  • Feb 26 Sheila Cornell, Encino Fla, softball infielder (Olympics-gold-96)
  • Feb 27 Adam Baldwin, actor (Full Metal Jacket, My Bodyguard)
  • Feb 27 Grant Show, actor (Jack Hanson-Melrose Place), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Feb 27 Kory Tarpenning, Portland Oregon, pole vaulter
  • Feb 27 Veronica Ribot-Canales, Buenos Aires Argentina, US diver (Olympics-96)
  • Feb 28 Angela Bailey, England, Canadian 4X100m relayer (Olympic-silver-1984)
  • Feb 28 Chunli Li, table tennis player (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Feb 28 Rae Dawn Chong, actress (Quest for Fire), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • Feb 28 Steve Tsujiura, hockey forward (Team Japan 1998)

Famous Deaths

  • 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