February 1962 in History

Events in History

  • 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

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Feb 27 South Vietnam President Ngô Đình Diệm's palace bombed by dissident air pilots in a failed assassination attempt

President of South Vietnam Ngô Đình Diệm
President of South Vietnam
Ngô Đình Diệm
  • Feb 28 WMGM-AM in New York City changes call letters to WHN

Birthdays in History

  • 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

Deaths in History

  • 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