On This Day

What Happened on March 2, 1962

Historical Events

  • In Burma, the army led by General Ne Win seizes power in a coup

Sports History

Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points, most ever by an NBA player in a single game, in Warriors' 169-147 win over NY Knicks in Hershey; 36-of-63 from field, 28-of-32 from free-throw line

Historic Event

President John F. Kennedy announces US will resume above ground nuclear testing


Famous Birthdays

  • Jon Bon Jovi [John Bongiovi], American rock singer-songwriter (Bon Jovi - "You Give Love a Bad Name"; "Who Says You Can't Go Home"), born in Sayreville, New Jersey
  • Michael Salinger, American poet
  • Morioka Hiroyuki, Japanese writer
  • Raimo Summanen, Finnish ice hockey left wing (World C'Ships gold 1995; NHL: Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks) and coach (Finland; HIFK), born in Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Terry Steinbach, American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star 1988, 89, 93; World Series 1989; Oakland A's), born in New Ulm, Minnesota

Famous Deaths

  • Charles Jean de la Vallée-Poussin, Belgian mathematician (Prime number theorem), dies at 95
  • Walt Kiesling, American Pro Football Hall of Fame guard (NFL 1920s All-Decade Team; First-team All-Pro 1929, 30, 32; Chicago Cardinals) and coach (Pittsburgh Pirates/Steelers), dies from bacteremia at 58
1962 Highlights

About March 2, 1962

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 59 years, 8 months and 27 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Pisces