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
  • 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

MurderAssassination Attempt

Jan 7th Assassination attempt fails on Indonesian president Sukarno

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
  • 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)

Sport awardTennis Open

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

Hall of fameHall of Fame

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

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Feb 3rd 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 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 US President JFK begins blockade of Cuba by banning all Cuban imports and exports.
  • 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

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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 Philadelphia Warriors scores 67 points vs St Louis Hawks
  • 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
  • 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 F. Kennedy
US Attorney General
Robert F. Kennedy
  • Feb 25th Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 67 points vs NY Knicks for the second year in a row
  • 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 Kresge Corporation openes the first Kmart store in Garden City, Michigan
  • 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
  • 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 Five research groups announce the 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 San Francisco
  • 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 Cincinnati 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

Sports record brokenNHL Record

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

Sport awardGolf Major

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

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

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

Actress Sophia Loren
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)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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