On This Day

Historical Events in February 1962

  • Feb 1 "New Faces of '62" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • Feb 1 MLB's National League releases its first 162-game schedule due to expansion (18 games between opponents)
  • Feb 2 1st pole vault over 16' (4.88m) (John Uelses-16', Melrose Games)
  • Feb 2 8 of 9 planets align for 1st time in 400 years
  • Feb 2 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 3 John Uelses pole vaults record 489 cm

Historic Event

Feb 3 US President John F. Kennedy bans all trade with Cuba except for food & drugs

  • Feb 4 "Gay Life" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 113 performances
  • Feb 4 Russian newspaper Izvestia reports baseball is an old Russian game
  • 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 and Saturn all 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 KACB TV channel 3 in San Angelo, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 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

Historic Event

Feb 14 US 1st lady Jacqueline Kennedy conducts White House tour on TV

  • Feb 15 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Music Premiere

Feb 16 Darius Milhaud's 12th Symphony premieres

  • Feb 16 "La Jetée", French film directed by Chris Marker, starring Hélène Chatelain, Davos Hanich and Jacques Ledoux, is released
  • Feb 17 Storm in Hamburg kills 265
  • Feb 18 France & Algerian Muslims negotiate truce to end 7 year war
  • Feb 18 4th Daytona 500: Race winner Fireball Roberts dominates the event, leading 144 of the 200 laps
  • Feb 19 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 21 Minister De Pous confirms natural gas reserves in Groningen, Netherlands

NBA Record

Feb 22 Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain sets NBA record with 34 free-throw attempts (converts 19) in Warriors 139-121 win over St. Louis Hawks at Philadelphia Civic Center

  • Feb 23 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 24 "New Faces of '62" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 28 performances
  • Feb 24 "Sail Away" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 167 performances
  • 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
  • Feb 25 Mike O'Hara completes record 97th marathon
  • Feb 25 Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain scores 67 points against NY Knicks at Philadelphia Civic Center for the second successive year; Warriors lose 149-135
  • Feb 26 Arthur Kopit's "Oh, Dad, Poor Dad . . ." premieres in NYC
  • Feb 26 US Supreme court disallows race separation on public transportation

Assassination Attempt

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

  • Feb 28 WMGM-AM in New York City changes call letters to WHN