Historical Events in 1962

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  • Jan 1st Beatles' Decca audition is unsuccessful
  • Jan 1st Rwanda granted internal self-government by Belgium
  • Jan 1st Western Samoa gains independence from New Zealand Susuga Malietoa Tanumafili II becomes co-chief of Western Samoa
  • Jan 1st United States Navy SEALs established.
  • Jan 1st 48th Rose Bowl: #6 Minnesota beats #16 UCLA, 21-3
  • Jan 1st 28th Sugar Bowl: #1 Alabama beats #9 Arkansas, 10-3`
  • Jan 1st 28th Orange Bowl: #4 LSU beats #7 Colorado, 25-7
  • Jan 2nd Nighttime version of "Password" with Allen Ludden premieres on CBS
  • Jan 3rd Ground is broken for the Houston Astrodome

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Jan 3rd Pope John XXIII excommunicates Fidel Castro

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
Pope John XXIII
Pope
John XXIII
  • Jan 4th 1st automated (unmanned) subway train in New York City

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Jan 5th Tony Sheridan & Beatles produce "My Bonnie" & "The Saints"

Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist Tony Sheridan
Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist
Tony Sheridan
  • Jan 7th AFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 47-27

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Jan 7th Assassination attempt fails on Indonesian president Sukarno

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
Sukarno
  • Jan 7th Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to John Hall Wheelock
  • Jan 8th Dutch express train crashes into slow commuter train, 93 die (Neth)

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Jan 8th Golfer Jack Nicklaus, 21, 1st pro appearance, he came in 50th

  • Jan 9th Mister M (Dr X) beats Verne Gagne in Minn, to become NWA champ
  • Jan 9th NFL prohibits grabbing of face masks
  • Jan 9th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jan 10th Eruptions on Mount Huascaran in Peru destroy 7 villages & kill 3,500
  • Jan 11th Volcano Huascaran in Peru, erupts; 4,000 die
  • Jan 12th Operation Chopper begins, America's first combat mission in the Vietnam War
  • Jan 13th "Do Re Mi" closes at St James Theater NYC after 400 performances

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Jan 13th Wilt Chamberlain of Warriors scores then NBA-record 73 pts vs Chicago

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Jan 14th NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 31-30
  • Jan 15th Dutch & Indonesian navy encounter in Etna Bay New Guinea
  • Jan 15th 50th Women's Australian Championships: Margaret Court beats Jan Lehane O'Neill (6-0, 6-2)

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Jan 15th 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 16th Shooting begins on "Dr No"
  • Jan 16th Suit accuses NYC Board of Education uses "racial quotas"
  • Jan 16th 12th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 150-130 at St. Louis

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Jan 17th 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 17th Roy Harris' 8th Symphony, premieres in SF
  • Jan 18th Southern University closed due to demonstrations
  • Jan 18th US begins spraying foliage in Vietnam to reveal Viet Cong guerrillas
  • Jan 18th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jan 20th "Kean" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 92 performances
  • Jan 21st JFK arrives in Uruguay

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Jan 21st Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • Jan 21st Snow falls in San Francisco
  • Jan 22nd The Organization of American States suspends Cuba's membership.

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Jan 23rd British intellegence officer Kim Philby defects to USSR

  • Jan 23rd Libya, Morocco, Algeria & Tunisia plan to form United Arab Maghreb
  • Jan 23rd "Jules et Jim", based on the novel by Henri-Pierre Roché, directed by François Truffau and starring Jeanne Moreau is released
  • Jan 24th 28 refugees escape from East to West Germany
  • Jan 24th Brian Epstein signs management contract with the Beatles

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Jan 24th 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 24th Mickey Wright/Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Naples Pro-Am Golf Tournament
  • Jan 26th Bishop Burke of Buffalo Catholic dioceses declares Chubby Checker's "Twist" is impure & bans it from all Catholic schools
  • Jan 26th Canadian Marine Service renamed Coast Guard
  • Jan 26th David Diamond's 7th Symphony, premieres in Philadelphia
  • Jan 26th US launches Ranger 3, misses Moon by 22,000-mi (37,000-km)
  • Jan 27th "Family Affair" opens at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 65 performances
  • Jan 28th Johanne Relleke gets stung by bees 2,443 times in Rhodesia & survives
  • Jan 30th UN General Assembly censures Portugal over Angola
  • Jan 30th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jan 30th 2 members of Flying Wallendas' high-wire act killed when their 7-person pyramid collapsed during a performance in Detroit
  • Jan 31st Gen Charles P Cabell, USAF, ends term as deputy director of CIA
  • Jan 31st Samuel Gravely assumes command of destroyer escort "USS Falgout"
  • Feb 1st "New Faces of '62" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • Feb 1st NL releases its 1st 162-game schedule
  • Feb 2nd 1st pole vault over 16' (4.88m) (John Uelses-16', Melrose Games)
  • Feb 2nd 8 of 9 planets align for 1st time in 400 years
  • Feb 2nd USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 3rd John Uelses pole vaults record 489 cm
  • Feb 3rd US President John Kennedy bans all trade with Cuba except for food & drugs
  • Feb 4th "Gay Life" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 113 performances
  • Feb 4th Russian newspaper Izvestia reports baseball is an old Russian game
  • Feb 4th US female Figure Skating championship won by Barbara Roles
  • Feb 4th US male Figure Skating championship won by Monty Hoyt
  • Feb 5th French President de Gaulle calls for Algeria's independence
  • Feb 5th Suit to bar Englewood NJ from "racial segregated" schools, filed
  • Feb 5th Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter & Saturn within 16 degrees
  • Feb 6th Schoolman Athletic Field in the Bronx named
  • Feb 7th Gas explosion in Luisanthal coal mine Voelklingen Germany kills 298
  • Feb 7th President Kennedy begins blockade of Cuba by banning all Cuban imports and exports.

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Feb 7th Sam Snead wins LPGA Royal Poinciano Plaza Golf Invitational

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

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

  • Feb 15th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 16th Darius Milhaud's 12th Symphony premieres
  • Feb 17th Beach Boys introduced a new musical style with their hit "Surfin"
  • Feb 17th Storm in Hamburg kills 265
  • Feb 17th Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Phila Warriors scores 67 points vs St Louis Hawks
  • Feb 18th France & Algerian Muslims negotiate truce to end 7 year war

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

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Feb 25th Robert F. Kennedy visits Netherlands

US Attorney General Robert Francis Kennedy
US Attorney General
Robert Francis Kennedy
  • Feb 25th Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Phila Warriors scores 67 points vs NY Knicks
  • Feb 26th Arthur Kopit's "Oh, Dad, Poor Dad . . ." premieres in NYC
  • Feb 26th US Supreme court disallows race separation on public transportation
  • Feb 27th South-Vietnam pres Ngo Dinh Diem's palace bombed, 1st US killed
  • Feb 28th WMGM-AM in New York City changes call letters to WHN
  • Mar 1st American Airlines 707 plunges nose 1st into Jamaica Bay NY killing 95
  • Mar 1st K-Mart opens
  • Mar 1st US/British nuclear test experiment in Nevada

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Mar 2nd JFK announces US will resume above ground nuclear testing

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Mar 2nd Wilt Chamberlain scores incredible 100 points in an NBA game
  • Mar 2nd In Burma, the army led by General Ne Win seizes power in a coup.
  • Mar 3rd British Antarctic Territory forms
  • Mar 3rd 9th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Wake Forest beats Clemson, 77-66
  • Mar 4th AEC announces 1st atomic power plant in Antarctica in operation
  • Mar 5th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 5th 19th Golden Globes: The Guns of Navarone, Maximilian Schell, & Geraldine Page win
  • Mar 6th St Louis vote to build a new downtown stadium for the Cardinals
  • Mar 6th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 6th US promise Thailand assistance against communist aggression
  • Mar 7th Beatles made their broadcasting debut on BBC radio
  • Mar 7th Launch of OSO 1, 1st astronomy satellite (solar flare data)
  • Mar 8th Beatles, with Pete Best, TV debut (perform "Dream Baby" on BBC)
  • Mar 8th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 9th Egyptian Pres Nasser declares Gaza belongs to Palestinians
  • Mar 9th US advisors in South-Vietnam join the fight
  • Mar 10th Due to its no black policy, Phillies leave Jack Tar Harrison Hotel & move to Rocky Point Motel, 20 miles outside Clearwater, Florida
  • Mar 12th Dutch Premier De Quay announces secret talks with Indonesia
  • Mar 13th Yugoslavia grants 1,000 prisoners amnesty
  • Mar 14th Disarmament conference opens in Geneva without France

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Mar 14th Gordie Howe (Det Red Wings) is 2nd NHLer to score 500 goals

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • Mar 15th Richard Rodger's musical "No Strings" opens at 84th St Theater NYC for 580 performances
  • Mar 15th 5 research groups announce simultaneously discovery of anti-matter
  • Mar 15th Donald Jackson of Canada is 1st to land a triple lutz ice skate jump
  • Mar 15th KATU TV channel 2 in Portland, OR (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 15th Wilt Chamberlain is 1st to score 4,000 pts in an NBA season
  • Mar 16th 1st launching of Titan 2-rocket
  • Mar 16th US Super-Constellation disappears above Pacific Ocean, kills 167
  • Mar 18th Algerian War ends after 7½ yrs (250,000 die), Ben Bella flees
  • Mar 18th Dmitri Shostakovitch becomes member of Supreme Soviet of USSR
  • Mar 18th 7th Eurovision Song Contest: Isabelle Aubret for France wins singing "Un premier amour" in Luxembourg
  • Mar 19th "All American" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 80 performances
  • Mar 19th Archbishop Suenens of Mechelen-Brussels appointed cardinal
  • Mar 20th Sjoukje Dijkstra becomes world champion figure skater
  • Mar 21st A bear becomes the 1st creature to be ejected at supersonic speeds
  • Mar 21st Bekkers of Bosch makes TV speech in Neth for birth control
  • Mar 21st Dutch RC bishop Beckers declares himself in favor of birth control
  • Mar 21st Philadelphia retires pitcher Robin Roberts' # 36
  • Mar 22nd "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" opens at Shubert NYC for 300 performances
  • Mar 23rd JFK visits SF
  • Mar 23rd Nawab of Pataudi captains India cricket v WI age 21 years 77 days
  • Mar 23rd Wake Forest coach "Bones" McKinney becomes 2nd person to play & coach
  • Mar 23rd William DeWitt buys Cin Reds for $4,625,000
  • Mar 24th 24th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Cin beats Ohio State 71-59
  • Mar 24th Benny Paret knocked out in a welterweight title; he dies 10 days later

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Mar 24th Mick Jagger & Keith Richards perform as Little Boy Blue & Blue Boys

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
  • Mar 25th "Family Affair" closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 65 performances
  • Mar 25th French OAS-leader ex-general Jouhaud arrested
  • Mar 26th US Supreme Court backs 1-man-1-vote apportionment of seats in state legistature
  • Mar 27th Ann Jellicoe's "Knack" premieres in London
  • Mar 27th Archbishop Rummel ends race segregation in New Orlean Catholic school

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Mar 27th Jacques Plante ties record winning 6th NHL Vezina trophy

NHL Goalie Jacques Plante
NHL Goalie
Jacques Plante
  • Mar 28th Devastating 8 for 6 spell by Gibbs gives WI cricket victory over India
  • Mar 28th Military coup in Syria, President Nazim al-Kudsi flees
  • Mar 29th Argentine Pres Frondizi flees from the army
  • Mar 29th Jack Paar's final appearance on the "Tonight Show"
  • Mar 31st 116th Grand National: Fred Winter aboard Kilmore wins
  • Apr 2nd The first official Panda crossing is opened outside Waterloo station, London.
  • Apr 3rd Jockey Eddie Arcaro retires after 31 years (24,092 races)
  • Apr 3rd Lt General Marshall S Carter, USA, becomes deputy director of CIA
  • Apr 5th Herb Gardner's "Thousand Clowns" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 5th Mgr J Daems appointed bishop of Antwerp
  • Apr 5th NASA civilian pilot Neil Armstrong takes X-15 to 54,600 m
  • Apr 5th St Bernard Tunnel finished-Swiss/Italians workers shake hands
  • Apr 7th Umrigar slams 172* v WI at Port-of-Spain in 248 minutes
  • Apr 7th Yugoslav ex-president Milovan Djilas returns to jail
  • Apr 8th Accords of Evian (Algeria) accepted by referendum in France

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Apr 9th 26th Masters Golf Tournament: Arnold Palmer wins, shooting a 280

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Apr 9th 34th Academy Awards - "West Side Story", Sophia Loren & Maximillian Schell win

Actress Sophia Loren
Actress
Sophia Loren
  • Apr 9th JFK throws out 1st ball at Washington's new DC Stadium
  • Apr 10th 1st baseball game at LA's Dodger Stadium, they lose 6-3 to Reds
  • Apr 10th 1st major league game in Houston, Colt .45s beat Chicago Cubs, 11-2

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Apr 10th NY Yankee Mickey Mantle hits his 375th HR

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Apr 11th New York Mets make a losing debut
  • Apr 12th San Mateo County withdraws from BART district (SF Bay area)

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Apr 13th Stan Musial scores his 1,869th run, a new NL record

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • Apr 13th US steel industry forced to give up price increases
  • Apr 14th Demonstration for sovereign status of New-Guinea in Amsterdam

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Apr 14th Georges Pompidou becomes Prime Minister of France after the resignation of Michel Debré

French President Georges Pompidou
French President
Georges Pompidou
  • Apr 15th US national debt above $300,000,000,000
  • Apr 16th Brazil nationalizes US businesses

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Apr 16th Walter Cronkite begins anchoring CBS Evening News

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite
  • Apr 18th 16th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3