On This Day

March 1962 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 American Airlines 707 plunges nose first into Jamaica Bay, NY, killing 95
  • Mar 1 Kresge Corporation openes the first Kmart store in Garden City, Michigan
  • Mar 1 US and British nuclear test experiment in Nevada

Historic Event

Mar 2 President John F. Kennedy announces US will resume above ground nuclear testing

  • Mar 2 In Burma, the army led by General Ne Win seizes power in a coup
  • Mar 3 British Antarctic Territory forms
  • Mar 4 AEC announces 1st atomic power plant in Antarctica in operation
  • Mar 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 6 St Louis vote to build a new downtown stadium for the Cardinals
  • Mar 6 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 6 US promise Thailand assistance against communist aggression
  • Mar 7 Launch of OSO 1, 1st astronomy satellite (solar flare data)
  • Mar 7 Ground-breaking report "Smoking and Health" published by the British Royal College of Physicians, first major report to warn of the dangers of smoking
  • Mar 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Historic Event

Mar 9 Egyptian President Nasser declares Gaza belongs to Palestinians

  • Mar 9 US advisors in South-Vietnam join the fight
  • Mar 12 Dutch Premier De Quay announces secret talks with Indonesia
  • Mar 13 Yugoslavia grants 1,000 prisoners amnesty
  • Mar 14 Disarmament conference opens in Geneva without France
  • Mar 15 Five research groups announce the discovery of anti-matter
  • Mar 15 Donald Jackson of Canada is 1st to land a triple lutz ice skate jump
  • Mar 16 1st launching of Titan 2-rocket
  • Mar 16 US Super-Constellation disappears above Pacific Ocean, kills 167
  • Mar 18 Algerian War ends after 7½ yrs (250,000 die), Ben Bella flees
  • Mar 19 Archbishop Suenens of Mechelen-Brussels appointed cardinal
  • Mar 21 Yogi the bear becomes the 1st creature to be ejected at supersonic speeds by the US military testing ejection seats
  • Mar 21 Dutch RC bishop Beckers declares himself in favor of birth control
  • Mar 23 JFK visits San Francisco
  • Mar 23 Wake Forest coach "Bones" McKinney becomes 2nd person to play and coach
  • Mar 25 French OAS-leader ex-general Jouhaud arrested
  • Mar 26 US Supreme Court backs 1-man-1-vote apportionment of seats in state legistature
  • Mar 27 Ann Jellicoe's play "Knack" premieres in London
  • Mar 27 Archbishop Rummel ends race segregation in New Orleans Catholic schools
  • Mar 28 Military coup in Syria, President Nazim al-Kudsi flees
  • Mar 29 Argentine President Arturo Frondizi flees from the army

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 2 Morioka Hiroyuki, Japanese writer
  • Mar 2 Michael Salinger, American poet
  • Mar 3 Glen E. Friedman, American photographer and artist
  • Mar 4 Simon Bisley, British comic book artist
  • Mar 5 Robert L Curbeam Jr, astronaut (STS 85, sk: 99), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Mar 5 Jonathan Penner, American reality show contestant
  • Mar 6 Valerie French, American animatronics art director
  • Mar 11 Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, Somali diplomat and 9th President of Somalia (2017-present), born in Mogadishu, Somalia
  • Mar 17 Ank Bijleveld-Schouten, Dutch politician
  • Mar 21 Mark Waid, American comic book writer
  • Mar 22 Steve Dillon, English comic book artist (Preacher), born in London (d. 2016)
  • Mar 26 Yuri Pavlovich Gidzenko, Ukrainian lt-colonel/cosmonaut, born in Elanets, Soviet Union

Deaths in History

  • Mar 2 Charles Jean de la Vallée-Poussin, Belgian mathematician (Prime number theorem), dies at 95
  • Mar 4 Cairine R Wilson, 1st Canadian female senator (appointed), dies at 77
  • Mar 5 Anne C Veth, Dutch cartoonist/art critic, dies at 82
  • Mar 9 Howard Engstrom, Boston, a designer of Univac computer, dies at 59
  • Mar 11 Will Vesper, German author (Tristan und Isolde), dies at 79
  • Mar 17 Wilhelm Blaschke, Austrian integral geometer, dies at 76
  • Mar 18 Walter W. Bacon, Governor of Delaware (b. 1880)
  • Mar 19 Samuel Cate Prescott, American food scientist and microbiologist, dies at 89
  • Mar 20 C. Wright Mills, American sociologist and writer (The Power Elite), dies at 45

A. E. Douglass

Mar 20 A. E. Douglass, American astronomer and inventor of dendrochronology (tree-ring dating) dies at 94

  • Mar 23 Josephus RH van Schaik, lawyer/vice-premier of Neth, dies at 80
  • Mar 25 Auguste Piccard, Swiss explorer/balloonist, dies at 78
  • Mar 26 Marjorie Colton, American inventor of wax paper, dies at 64
  • Mar 26 Augusta Savage, African-American sculptor and equal rights advocate dies at 72
  • Mar 28 Hugo Wast, Argentine writer (b. 1883)