What Happened on January 12, 1962

Historical Events

  • Operation Chopper begins, America's first combat mission in the Vietnam War

Agent Orange in Vietnam

Operation Ranch Hand begins, a US Air Force operation to spray South Vietnamese forests with defoliants such as Agent Orange

Famous Birthdays

  • Gunde Svan, Swedish cross country skier (4 Olympic gold 1984, 88), born in J√§rna, Sweden
  • Joe Quesada, American comic book writer, born in NYC, New York
  • Richie Richardson, West Indies cricketer (elegant West Indian batsman 1983-95), born in Five Islands Village, Antigua and Barbuda

Famous Deaths

  • Ariadna Tyrkova-Williams, Russian writer and feminist, dies at 92
  • Richard de Guide, composer, dies at 52
1962 Highlights

About January 12, 1962

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 61 years and 23 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Capricorn

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