Historical Events for Year 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
Jan 3rd - Pope John XXIII excommunicates Fidel Castro
Jan 4th - 1st automated (unmanned) subway train in New York City
Jan 5th - Tony Sheridan & Beatles produce "My Bonnie" & "The Saints"
Jan 7th - AFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 47-27
Jan 7th - Assassination attempt fails on Indonesian president Sukarno
Jan 7th - Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to John Hall Wheelock
1st President of Indonesia Sukarno1st President of Indonesia Sukarno Jan 8th - Dutch express train crashes into slow commuter train, 93 die (Neth)
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 - 4,000 die in avalanche, Ranrahirca, Peru
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 13th - "Do Re Mi" closes at St James Theater NYC after 400 performances
Jan 13th - Wilt Chamberlain of Warriors scores then NBA-record 73 pts vs Chicago
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)
Tennis Player Rod LaverTennis Player Rod Laver Jan 15th - 50th Men's Australian Championships: Rod Laver beats Roy Emerson (8-6, 0-6, 6-4, 6-4)
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
Jan 17th - NASA civilian pilot Neil Armstrong takes X-15 to 40,690m
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
Jan 21st - Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational
LPGA Golfer Mickey WrightLPGA Golfer Mickey Wright Jan 21st - Snow falls in San Francisco
Jan 22nd - The Organization of American States suspends Cuba's membership.
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
Jan 24th - Jackie Robinson is 1st African American elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame. Bob Feller is also elected.
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
Jan 26th - Canadian Marine Service renamed Coast Guard
Baseball Player Jackie RobinsonBaseball Player Jackie Robinson 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 26th - "Twist" is impure & bans it from all Catholic schools
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 - President 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.
Golfer Sam SneadGolfer Sam Snead Feb 7th - Sam Snead wins LPGA Royal Poinciano Plaza Golf Invitational
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
Feb 14th - US 1st lady Jacqueline Kennedy conducts White House tour on TV
Feb 15th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
US First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy OnassisUS First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis 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
Feb 18th - France & Algerian Muslims negotiate truce to end 7 year war
Feb 18th - Louise Suggs wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open
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
NBA Legend Wilt ChamberlainNBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain 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
Feb 25th - Robert F. Kennedy visits Netherlands
Feb 26th - Arthur Kopit's "Oh, Dad, Poor Dad . . ." premieres in NYC
Feb 26th - US Supreme court disallows race separation on public transportation
Feb 26th - Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Phila Warriors scores 67 points vs NY
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
US Attorney General Robert Francis KennedyUS Attorney General Robert Francis Kennedy Mar 1st - US/British nuclear test experiment in Nevada
Mar 2nd - JFK announces US will resume above ground nuclear testing
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
35th US President John F. Kennedy35th US President John F. Kennedy 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
Mar 14th - Gordie Howe (Det Red Wings) is 2nd NHLer to score 500 goals
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
Ice Hockey Legend Gordie HoweIce Hockey Legend Gordie Howe 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

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