Historical Events in January 1962

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

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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
  • 4th 1st automated (unmanned) subway train in New York City

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

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

MurderAssassination Attempt

7th Assassination attempt fails on Indonesian president Sukarno

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

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

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

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

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

Sport awardTennis Open

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

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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
  • 17th Roy Harris' 8th Symphony, premieres in SF
  • 18th Southern University closed due to demonstrations
  • 18th US begins spraying foliage in Vietnam to reveal Viet Cong guerrillas
  • 18th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 20th "Kean" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 92 performances
  • 21st JFK arrives in Uruguay
  • 21st Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational
  • 21st Snow falls in San Francisco
  • 22nd The Organization of American States suspends Cuba's membership.

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23rd British intellegence officer Kim Philby defects to USSR

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

Hall of fameHall of Fame

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
  • 24th Mickey Wright/Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Naples Pro-Am Golf Tournament
  • 26th Bishop Burke of Buffalo Catholic dioceses declares Chubby Checker's "Twist" is impure & bans it from all Catholic schools
  • 26th Canadian Marine Service renamed Coast Guard
  • 26th David Diamond's 7th Symphony, premieres in Philadelphia
  • 26th US launches Ranger 3, misses Moon by 22,000-mi (37,000-km)
  • 27th "Family Affair" opens at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 65 performances
  • 28th Johanne Relleke gets stung by bees 2,443 times in Rhodesia & survives
  • 30th UN General Assembly censures Portugal over Angola
  • 30th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 30th 2 members of Flying Wallendas' high-wire act killed when their 7-person pyramid collapsed during a performance in Detroit
  • 31st Gen Charles P Cabell, USAF, ends term as deputy director of CIA
  • 31st Samuel Gravely assumes command of destroyer escort "USS Falgout"