Historical Events in December 1962

  • Dec 1 Grey Cup halted by fog, resumed next day (Winnipeg 28, Hamilton 27)
  • Dec 1 KGMB TV channel 9 in Honolulu, HI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 1 27th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 38-0 in Birmingham, their fourth straight shutout in the series
  • Dec 1 7th British Empire Games and Commonwealth Games close in Perth, Australia
  • Dec 2 50th CFL Grey Cup: Winnipeg beats Hamilton, 28-27 at Toronto [OT]
  • Dec 3 Edith Spurlock Sampson sworn-in as 1st US black female judge
  • Dec 3 Pravda criticizes western art
  • Dec 3 1963 NFL Draft: Terry Baker from Oregon State first pick by Los Angeles Rams
  • Dec 4 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 6 US abandons Skybolt ballistic missile program
  • Dec 7 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 8 "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" closes at Shubert NYC after 300 performances
  • Dec 8 114-day newspaper strike begins in NYC
  • Dec 8 Attempted coup in British-controlled Brunei
  • Dec 8 Funeral for Queen Wilhelmina of Holland (New Kerk, Delft)
  • Dec 9 "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" closes on Broadway
  • Dec 9 Tanganyika becomes a republic within British Commonwealth
  • Dec 10 Hunters Point (SF) jitney ends service after 50 years
  • Dec 12 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 13 Relay 1 communication satellite launched
  • Dec 14 Mariner 2 makes 1st US fly-by of another planet (Venus)
  • Dec 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 15 Vaughn Meader's "1st Family" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 12 wks

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 16 David Lean's film "Lawrence of Arabia", based on life of T. E. Lawrence premieres, starring Peter O'Toole (Best Picture 1963)

Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean
Soldier and Writer T. E. Lawrence
Soldier and Writer
T. E. Lawrence
  • Dec 16 NY Giant YA Title sets NFL season touchdown pass record at 33 with 6 touchdowns vs Dallas (41-31)
  • Dec 16 Nepal gets constitution/becomes Constitutional Hindu Monarchy
  • Dec 17 Beatles 1st British TV appearance (People & Places)
  • Dec 17 Current constitution of Monaco promulgated
  • Dec 18 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 13th Symphony premieres in Moscow
  • Dec 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Dec 18 WAIQ TV channel 26 in Montgomery, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 19 Nyasaland secedes from Rhodesia & Nyasaland
  • Dec 19 Street signs in Golden Gate Park approved by Park Commission
  • Dec 19 Transit 5A1, 1st operational navigational satellite, launched
  • Dec 20 Osmond brothers debut on Andy Williams Show
  • Dec 21 Angolin leaves Comecon
  • Dec 21 US & Cuba accord, releases bay of pigs captive
  • Dec 22 1,000,000th NBA point scored
  • Dec 22 Harris County voters approve all-weather stadium for Houston Colt .45s
  • Dec 22 Kinderman Place in the Bronx named
  • Dec 22 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Dec 23 Cuba starts returning US prisoners from Bay of Pigs invasion
  • Dec 23 Dallas Texans beat Houston Oilers 20-17 in AFL championship game
  • Dec 24 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Dec 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 25 "To Kill a Mockingbird", a film adaptation of the novel by Harper Lee, directed by Robert Mulligan and starring Gregory Peck, is released

  • Dec 26 Dmitri Shostakovitch's opera "Katerina Ismailova" premieres in Moscow
  • Dec 27 28th Heisman Trophy Award: Terry Baker, Oregon State (QB)
  • Dec 28 UN troops occupies Elizabethstad Katanga
  • Dec 28 51st Davis Cup: Australia beats Mexico in Brisbane (5-0)
  • Dec 29 Doug Walters makes 1st-class debut for NSW 17 yrs 8 days
  • Dec 29 13th Formula One WDC: Graham Hill wins by 12 points
  • Dec 30 Green Bay Packers beat NY Giants 16-7 in NFL championship game
  • Dec 31 "Match Game" debuts on NBC with host Gene Rayburn
  • Dec 31 American Basketball League announces suspension of operation
  • Dec 31 Dutch leave New Guinea
  • Dec 31 Katanga becomes part of Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Dec 31 Ohio ends suit against Reds when they agree to stay in Cin for 10 yrs