On This Day

December 1962 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 3 Edith Spurlock Sampson sworn-in as 1st US black female judge
  • Dec 3 Pravda criticizes western art
  • Dec 4 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 6 US abandons Skybolt ballistic missile program
  • Dec 7 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 8 114-day newspaper strike begins in NYC
  • Dec 8 Attempted coup in British-controlled Brunei

Historic Event

Dec 8 Funeral for Queen Wilhelmina of Holland (New Kerk, Delft)

  • Dec 9 "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" closes on Broadway
  • Dec 9 Tanganyika becomes a republic within British Commonwealth
  • Dec 10 Hunters Point (San Francisco) jitney ends service after 50 years
  • Dec 12 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 13 Relay 1 communication satellite launched
  • Dec 14 Mariner 2 makes 1st US fly-by of another planet (Venus)
  • Dec 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 16 Nepal establishes its constitution and becomes a Constitutional Hindu Monarchy
  • Dec 17 Current constitution of Monaco promulgated
  • Dec 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Dec 19 Nyasaland secedes from Rhodesia & Nyasaland
  • Dec 19 Street signs in Golden Gate Park approved by Park Commission
  • Dec 19 Transit 5A1, 1st operational navigational satellite, launched
  • Dec 21 Angolin leaves Comecon
  • Dec 21 US & Cuba accord, releases bay of pigs captive
  • Dec 22 Harris County voters approve all-weather stadium for Houston Colt .45s
  • Dec 22 Kinderman Place in the Bronx named
  • Dec 22 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Dec 23 Cuba starts returning US prisoners from Bay of Pigs invasion
  • Dec 23 AFL Championship, Jeppesen Stadium, Houston: Dallas Texans beat Houston Oilers, 20-17; Tommy Brooker lands winning 25-yard field goal in overtime
  • Dec 24 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Dec 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Dec 28 UN troops occupies Elizabethstad Katanga
  • Dec 31 Dutch leave New Guinea
  • Dec 31 Katanga becomes part of Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Dec 31 Ohio ends suit against Reds when they agree to stay in Cin for 10 yrs

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 1 Robert F. Smith, American investor and philanthropist, born in Denver, Colorado
  • Dec 2 Kardam, Prince of Turnovo, eldest son of King Simeon II of Bulgaria and his wife Doña Margarita Gómez-Acebo y Cejuela, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2015)
  • Dec 14 Glenda E. Gray, South African scientist specializing in HIV research, born in Boksburg, South Africa
  • Dec 19 Bettina Huebers, claims to be the illegitimate daughter of Paul McCartney, born in Hamburg, Germany
  • Dec 24 Kate Spade, American fashion designer, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2018)
  • Dec 27 Barbara Crampton, actress (Body Double, Young & Restless), born in Levittown, New York

Carles Puigdemont

Dec 29 Carles Puigdemont [i Casamajó], Catalan politician and nationalist (President of Catalonia, 2016-17), born in Amer, Catalonia, Spain

  • Dec 31 Heather McCartney, American-British potter & artist, born in Tucson, Arizona

Deaths in History

  • Dec 23 George Saiko, Austrian writer, dies at 70