1962 in History

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 495

  • 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 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 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)
  • Jan 9 Mister M (Dr X) beats Verne Gagne in Minn, to become NWA champ
  • 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 15 Dutch & Indonesian navy encounter in Etna Bay New Guinea
  • Jan 16 Shooting begins on "Dr No"
  • Jan 16 Suit accuses NYC Board of Education uses "racial quotas"

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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 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 21 JFK arrives in Uruguay
  • 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 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 US launches Ranger 3, misses Moon by 22,000-mi (37,000-km)
  • 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 NL releases its 1st 162-game schedule
  • Feb 2 8 of 9 planets align for 1st time in 400 years
  • Feb 2 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

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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 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 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 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 17 Storm in Hamburg kills 265
  • Feb 18 France & Algerian Muslims negotiate truce to end 7 year war
  • Feb 18 4th Daytona 500: Fireball Roberts wins (152.529 MPH)
  • Feb 19 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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Feb 20 John Glenn become 1st American to orbit the Earth, aboard Friendship 7

Astronaut and Politician John Glenn
Astronaut and Politician
John Glenn
  • Feb 21 Minister De Pous confirms natural gas reserves in Groningen, Netherlands
  • Feb 23 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 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

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Feb 25 Robert F. Kennedy visits Netherlands

US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy
US Attorney General
Robert F. Kennedy
  • 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 In Burma, the army led by General Ne Win seizes power in a coup.
  • Mar 3 British Antarctic Territory forms
  • Mar 4 AEC announces 1st atomic power plant in Antarctica in operation
  • Mar 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 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 Launch of OSO 1, 1st astronomy satellite (solar flare data)
  • 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 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
  • 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 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 19 Archbishop Suenens of Mechelen-Brussels appointed cardinal
  • 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

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 122

  • Jan 1 Ravshanbek Aliyev, Kirgiz, cosmonaut
  • Jan 3 Francesca Lia Block, American author
  • Jan 7 Aleksandr Dugin, Russian politician
  • Jan 10 Michael Fortier, Canadian politician
  • Jan 11 Susan Lindauer, American peace activist and accused spy
  • Jan 12 Joe Quesada, American comic book writer
  • Jan 14 Michael McCaul, American politician
  • Jan 15 Creflo Dollar, American televangelist
  • Jan 16 Joel Fitzgibbon, Australian Labor Party politician
  • Jan 17 Sebastian Junger, American journalist and author
  • Jan 21 Tyler Cowen, American economist
  • Jan 22 Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin of Terengganu, Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia
  • Jan 23 Elvira Lindo, Spanish writer and journalist
  • Jan 30 King Abdullah II of Jordan
  • Jan 30 Mary Kay Letourneau, American convicted statutory rapist
  • Feb 2 Andy Fordham, English darts player
  • Feb 4 Alfred Twardecki, Polish historian
  • Feb 9 Martin D Lascelles, grandson of English princess Mary
  • Feb 10 Jean-Marie Banos, Lavelanet France, Canada sabre (Oly-9/10-88, 92, 96)
  • Feb 11 Tammy Baldwin, American politician
  • Feb 13 Aníbal Acevedo Vilá, American politician
  • Feb 14 Kevyn Aucoin, American cosmetologist (d. 2002)
  • Feb 19 John Laroche, American orchid poacher
  • Feb 20 Kenn Nesbitt, American children's author
  • Feb 21 Chuck Palahniuk, American writer
  • Feb 21 David Foster Wallace, American writer
  • Feb 22 Lenda Murray, body builder (4X Ms Olympia), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Feb 22 Les Wallace, Scottish darts player
  • Mar 2 Morioka Hiroyuki, Japanese writer
  • Mar 2 Michael Salinger, American poet
  • Mar 3 Glen E. Friedman, American photographer and artist
  • Mar 4 Simon Bisley, British comic book artist
  • Mar 5 Robert L Curbeam Jr, astronaut (STS 85, sk: 99), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Mar 5 Jonathan Penner, American reality show contestant
  • Mar 6 Valerie French, American animatronics art director
  • Mar 7 Peter Manley, English Darts Player
  • Mar 17 Ank Bijleveld-Schouten, Dutch politician
  • Mar 21 Mark Waid, American comic book writer
  • Mar 22 Steve Dillion, Comic book artist (Preacher), born in London (d. 2016)
  • Mar 26 Yuri Pavlovich Gidzenko, Russia, lt-colonel/cosmonaut
  • Mar 28 Jure Franko, Slovenian skier
  • Apr 1 Dave Ulliott, English poker player
  • Apr 2 Pierre Carles, French documentarist
  • Apr 2 Mark Shulman, American children's author
  • Apr 3 John Gruffith, rocker (Red Rockers)
  • Apr 7 Bonny Warner, Mount Baldy California, lugist
  • Apr 21 Sergei Viktorovich Zalyotin, Russia, major/cosmonaut
  • Apr 22 Jeff Minter, English video game programmer
  • May 2 Jimmy White, English snooker player
  • May 3 Anders Graneheim, Swedish bodybuilder
  • May 7 Robbie Knievel, daredevil, son of Evel (Chips Something Special)
  • May 10 Garry Daley, keyboard (China Crisis-Christian)
  • May 13 Kathleen Jamie, Scottish poet
  • May 17 Lise Lyng Falkenberg, Danish writer
  • May 18 Mike Darnell, American television executive
  • May 20 Lydia Cheng, American Ms Big Apple bodybuilder (1982) (Pumping Iron 2), born in NYC, New York
  • May 27 Steven Brill, American film writer and director
  • May 30 Kevin Eastman, American comic book creator
  • Jun 3 Susannah Constantine, British fashion guru
  • Jun 5 Astrid, Belgian princess/daughter of Albert II
  • Jun 10 Akie Abe, current First Lady of Japan
  • Jun 18 Jan[ice] Merrill, track star (US record long distance holder 1979)
  • Jun 26 George P N earl of St Andrews, under English prince Edward
  • Jun 29 George Zamka, American astronaut
  • Jun 30 Vladimir Mikolaevich Dezhurov, Mordovia, astronaut (Mir 18, STS-71)
  • Jul 7 Shawn Paddock, rocker (Red Rockers)
  • Jul 26 Galina Chistyakova, Russian jumper (world record 1988)
  • Jul 30 Andy Green, UK, 1st to break sound barrier on land
  • Jul 30 Vladimir Nikolayevich Dezhurov, Rus lt-colonel/cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-21)
  • Jul 30 Jay Feaster, American National Hockey League executive
  • Jul 31 John Chiang, American politician
  • Aug 12 Miss Cleo, American psychic
  • Aug 14 Mark Robert Isfeld, combat engineer
  • Aug 15 Tom Colicchio, American chef
  • Aug 18 Felipe Calderón, President of Mexico
  • Aug 19 Michael J Massimino, Oceanside NY, PhD/astronaut
  • Aug 19 Tammy Bruce, American political commentator
  • Aug 22 Marie Laurie Mahabir, Guadeloupe, North American Bodybuilding Champ (1985-87)
  • Aug 23 Martin Cauchon, Canadian politician
  • Aug 24 Mary Ellen Weber, PhD/astronaut (STS 70), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Aug 26 Tariq Ramadan, Geneva, Switzerland, Islamic scholar
  • Aug 30 Alexander Litvinenko, Russian KGB officer (d. 2006)
  • Sep 1 Robert L Haller, coon Dog Trainer
  • Sep 2 Jon Berkeley, author and illustrator
  • Sep 4 Ulla Tørnæs, Danish politician

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Sep 4 Shinya Yamanaka, Japanese physician (Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine), born in Osaka, Japan

Physician Shinya Yamanaka
Physician
Shinya Yamanaka
  • Sep 6 Elizabeth Vargas, American journalist
  • Sep 6 Chris Christie, US politician (Governor of New Jersey (R) 2010-), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Sep 7 Jennifer Egan, American novelist
  • Sep 8 Christopher Klim, American novelist
  • Sep 9 Aleta Rzepecki Sill, bowler (1983 WIBC single), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Sep 11 Filip Dewinter Belgian politician
  • Sep 13 Tõnu Õnnepalu, Estonian poet and author
  • Sep 22 Diogo Mainardi, Brazilian writer
  • Sep 26 Peter Foster, Australian con-man
  • Sep 28 S C Grant, British Lt-General
  • Oct 7 Dave Bronconnier, Canadian politician
  • Oct 10 Rex J Walheim, Redwood City California, Capt USAF/astronaut
  • Oct 12 Branko Crvenkovski, Macedonian President
  • Oct 14 Jaan Ehlvest, Estonian chess player

Weddings in History

  • May 14 Princess Sophia of Greece weds Don Juan Carlos of Spain

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 25 Retired general Colin Powell (25) weds audiologist Alma Johnson (24) at the First Congregational Church in Birmingham, Alabama

General and US Secretary of State Colin Powell
General and US Secretary of State
Colin Powell

Deaths in History

Deaths 1 - 100 of 116

  • Jan 1 Diego Martínez Barrio, Spanish president (1939), dies at 76
  • Jan 4 Hans Lammers, German SS officer (b. 1879)
  • Jan 6 Jacob "Jaap" Nanninga, Dutch painter (France, N Africa), dies at 57
  • Jan 12 Ariadna Tyrkova-Williams, Russian writer and feminist (b. 1869)
  • Jan 16 Emanuel Stickelberger, Swiss writer (Holbein in England), dies at 77
  • Jan 16 Ivan Meštrović, Croatian sculptor (b. 1883)
  • Jan 16 Frank Hurley, Australian photographer (b. 1885)
  • Jan 17 Gerrit Achterberg, Dutch poet (Dead End), dies at 56
  • Jan 20 Robinson Jeffers, poet/playwright (Dear Judas), dies at 75
  • Jan 21 Andre Lhote, French painter/art historian, dies at 76
  • Jan 24 Stanley Lord, captain of the SS Californian the night of the Titanic disaster (b. 1877)

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Jan 26 Charles "Lucky" Luciano, NYC Mafia gangster, dies of a heart attack at 65

  • Jan 30 Manuel de Abreu, Brazilian physician (b. 1894)
  • Feb 3 Werner Bock, writer, dies
  • Feb 7 Clara Nordström, German writer and translator (b. 1886)
  • Feb 10 Willem Paerels, Neth/Belgian painter/graphic artist, dies at 83
  • Feb 19 Georgios Papanikolaou, Greek doctor, inventor of the Pap smear (b. 1883)
  • Feb 20 Halliwell Hobbes, dies at 64
  • Feb 25 Wilhelm Pessler, German sociologist, dies at 81
  • Mar 2 Charles Jean de la Vallée-Poussin, Belgian mathematician (b. 1866)
  • Mar 4 Cairine R Wilson, 1st Canadian female senator (appointed), dies at 77
  • Mar 5 Anne C Veth, Dutch cartoonist/art critic, dies at 82
  • Mar 9 Howard Engstrom, Boston, a designer of Univac computer, dies at 59
  • Mar 11 Will Vesper, German author (Tristan und Isolde), dies at 79
  • Mar 18 Walter W. Bacon, Governor of Delaware (b. 1880)
  • Mar 20 C Wright Mills, US sociologist (Power Elite), dies at 45

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Mar 20 A. E. Douglass, American astronomer and inventor of dendrochronology (tree-ring dating) dies at 94

Archaeologist and astronomer A. E. Douglass
Archaeologist and astronomer
A. E. Douglass
  • Mar 23 Josephus RH van Schaik, lawyer/vice-premier of Neth, dies at 80
  • Mar 23 Val Paul, producer (F-Man), dies at 73
  • Mar 25 Auguste Piccard, Swiss explorer/balloonist, dies at 78
  • Mar 26 Marjorie Colton, inventor of wax paper, dies at 64
  • Mar 26 Augusta Savage, African-American sculptor and equal rights advocate dies at 72
  • Mar 28 Hugo Wast, Argentine writer (b. 1883)
  • Apr 4 James Hanratty, executed at Bedford Prison, England, for the murder of Michael Gregsten (b. 1936)
  • Apr 6 J C Heldring, Dutch businessman, dies at 74
  • Apr 9 Juan Belmonte, famed bullfighter, dies at 70
  • Apr 10 Michael Curtiz, Hungarian-born director (b. 1886)
  • Apr 12 Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, Indian politician and engineer (b. 1861)
  • Apr 13 Culbert Olson, American politician (b. 1876)
  • Apr 15 Clara Blandick, committed suicide at 80
  • Apr 15 Esther Minciotti, dies at 74
  • Apr 17 Louise Fazenda, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 66
  • Apr 20 Jesse G Vincent, engineer designed 1st V-12 engine, dies at 82
  • Apr 21 Frederick Handley Page, designer of 1st big airplane (40 seats), dies
  • Apr 27 A. K. Fazlul Huq, Bengali statesman (b. 1873)
  • May 7 Jimmy Conlin, dies at 77
  • May 11 Hans Luther, politician and German Chancellor (1925-6), dies at 83
  • May 12 Dick Calkins, co-author (Buck Rogers), dies at 67
  • May 13 Franz Jozef Kline, US expressionist painter, dies at 51
  • May 13 H Trendley Dean, doctor (introduced fluoridation into water)
  • May 19 Gabriele Münter, German expressionist painter
  • May 31 Adolf Eichmann, Nazi war criminal, hanged at Ramie Prison in Israel at 56
  • May 31 Henry Fountain Ashurst, American politician (b. 1874)
  • Jun 2 Franc S Finzgar, Slovic writer (Service Girls), dies
  • Jun 2 Vita Sackville-West, English writer and gardener (Sissinghurst), dies at 70
  • Jun 4 William Beebe, US biologist/explorer, dies at 84
  • Jun 6 Yves Klein, French sculptor/painter, dies at 34
  • Jun 14 Anna Sleasers, first Boston Strangler victim
  • Jun 19 Frank Borzage, US, director (7th Heaven, Strange Cargo), dies at 69
  • Jun 25 Ephraim Lisitsky, Hebrew poet, dies
  • Jun 27 Paul Viiding, Estonian poet (b. 1904)
  • Jun 30 Caspar Neher, German set designer/librettist, dies at 65

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Jul 6 William Faulkner, US author (Nobel 1949), dies at 64

Author and Nobel Laureate William Faulkner
Author and Nobel Laureate
William Faulkner
  • Jul 6 Archduke Joseph August of Austria, Austrian field marshal (b. 1872)
  • Jul 6 Georg, Duke of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (b. 1899)
  • Jul 8 Georges Bataille, French writer and philosopher (b. 1897)
  • Jul 16 Jan M Romein, historian (Breaking of Two Ages), dies
  • Jul 20 Andre Renard, Belgium worker's union leader (MSU), dies at 51
  • Jul 20 George MacAulay Trevelyan, English royal historian, dies at 86
  • Jul 25 Thibaudeau Rinfret, Canadian jurist and Chief Justice (b. 1879)
  • Jul 27 Edward Godfrey Richard Aldington, novelist/biographer, dies
  • Jul 27 Richard Adlington, writer, dies at 70
  • Jul 27 James H. "Dutch" Kindelberger, American aerospace pioneer (b. 1895)
  • Jul 27 Conrad Elvehjem, American biochemist and nutrition scientist (discovered niacin), dies at 61
  • Aug 1 Leon Kruczkowski, Polish author (Niemcy), dies at 62
  • Aug 7 Morris Louis, US painter (post painterly abstraction), dies at 49

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Aug 9 Hermann Hesse, German/Swiss poet/author (Nobel 1946), dies at 85

Nobel Laureate Novelist Hermann Hesse
Nobel Laureate Novelist
Hermann Hesse
  • Aug 15 Lei Feng, Chinese revolutionary (b. 1940)
  • Aug 17 Peter Fechter trying to cross the Berlin Wall (b. 1944)
  • Aug 19 Kerstin Hesselgren, 1st woman in Swedish parliament, dies at 90
  • Aug 23 Walter Anderson, German folklorist (b. 1885)
  • Sep 3 Anton Mauve, Dutch painter, dies at 63
  • Sep 3 E. E. Cummings, American poet (Tulips & Chimneys), dies at 67
  • Sep 7 Karen Blixen-Finecke, Danish baroness/writer (Isak Dinesen - Out of Africa), dies at 77
  • Sep 7 Eiji Yoshikawa, Japanese novelist (b. 1892)
  • Sep 7 Isak Dinesen, Danish author (b. 1885)
  • Sep 8 Hermann Standiger, German chemist (Nobel 1953), dies at 84
  • Sep 9 Pat Rooney, vaudevillian (Night club), dies at 82
  • Sep 16 Saif al-Islam Achmad, monarch of Yemen, dies at about 71
  • Sep 18 Therese Neumann, German stigma, dies at 64
  • Sep 19 Nikolai Pogodin, Soviet playwright, dies at 61
  • Sep 27 Francisco Brochado da Rocha, PM of Brazil (1962), dies at 52
  • Sep 29 Patrick Corry, developed self-rotating rock drill, dies in the Bronx
  • Oct 2 Boris Y. Bukreev, Russian mathematician (b. 1859)
  • Oct 4 John Lowry, Mount Vernon NY, NYC builder, dies at 79
  • Oct 7 Mauritius Dekker, [Boris Robazki], writer (Boots in Jail), dies at 66
  • Oct 9 Lulu McConnell, comediene (It Pays to be Ignorant), dies at 80
  • Oct 11 Erich Tschermak von Seysenegg, Austrian Botanist who was one of three scientists to independently rediscovered Gregor Mendel's work on the laws of genetics, dies at 90
  • Oct 16 Gaston Bachelard, French philosopher (Water & Dreams), dies at 78
  • Oct 17 Natalia Goncharova, Russian painter (b. 1882)