What Happened in January 1962

Historical Events

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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"

Famous Birthdays

  • 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 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 Suzy Amis, American actress
  • 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
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

Famous Deaths

  • 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)