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
  • 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

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7th Assassination attempt fails on Indonesian president Sukarno

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

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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

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

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 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

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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"