Historical Events in 1962

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  • 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
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
Sukarno
  • 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"
  • 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
  • Feb 17 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 67 points vs St Louis Hawks
  • 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
  • Mar 1 American Airlines 707 plunges nose 1st into Jamaica Bay NY killing 95
  • Mar 1 Kresge Corporation openes the first Kmart store in Garden City, Michigan
  • Mar 1 US/British nuclear test experiment in Nevada
  • Mar 2 JFK announces US will resume above ground nuclear testing
  • Mar 2 Wilt Chamberlain scores incredible 100 points in an NBA game
  • Mar 2 In Burma, the army led by General Ne Win seizes power in a coup.
  • Mar 3 British Antarctic Territory forms
  • Mar 3 9th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Wake Forest beats Clemson, 77-66
  • Mar 4 AEC announces 1st atomic power plant in Antarctica in operation
  • Mar 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 5 19th Golden Globes: The Guns of Navarone, Maximilian Schell, & Geraldine Page win
  • Mar 6 St Louis vote to build a new downtown stadium for the Cardinals
  • Mar 6 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 6 US promise Thailand assistance against communist aggression
  • Mar 7 Beatles made their broadcasting debut on BBC radio
  • Mar 7 Launch of OSO 1, 1st astronomy satellite (solar flare data)
  • Mar 8 Beatles, with Pete Best, TV debut (perform "Dream Baby" on BBC)
  • Mar 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 9 Egyptian Pres Nasser declares Gaza belongs to Palestinians
  • Mar 9 US advisors in South-Vietnam join the fight
  • Mar 10 Due to its no black policy, Phillies leave Jack Tar Harrison Hotel & move to Rocky Point Motel, 20 miles outside Clearwater, Florida
  • Mar 12 Dutch Premier De Quay announces secret talks with Indonesia
  • Mar 13 Yugoslavia grants 1,000 prisoners amnesty
  • Mar 14 Disarmament conference opens in Geneva without France

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

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

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

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

Sports record brokenNHL Record

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

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

Sport awardGolf Major

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

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

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

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

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Apr 10 NY Yankee Mickey Mantle hits his 375th HR

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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

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

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Apr 16 Walter Cronkite begins anchoring CBS Evening News

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