Events in History in 1962

Events 1 - 200 of 464

  • Jan 1 Rwanda granted internal self-government by Belgium
  • Jan 1 United States Navy SEALs established.
  • Jan 1 Western Samoa gains independence from New Zealand Susuga Malietoa Tanumafili II becomes co-chief of Western Samoa
  • Jan 3 Ground is broken for the Houston Astrodome, a multi-purpose domed stadium, in Houston, Texas
  • Jan 4 1st automated (unmanned) subway train in New York City

Assassination Attempt

Jan 7 Assassination attempt fails on Indonesian President Sukarno

  • Jan 7 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to John Hall Wheelock [1]
  • Jan 8 Dutch express train crashes into slow commuter train, 93 die (Neth)
  • Jan 9 Mister M (Dr X) beats Verne Gagne in Minn, to become NWA champ
  • Jan 9 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jan 10 Eruptions on Mount Huascaran in Peru destroy 7 villages & kill 3,500
  • Jan 11 Landslide at dormant volcano Huascaran in Peru kills an estimated 4,000
  • Jan 12 Operation Chopper begins, America's first combat mission in the Vietnam War

Agent Orange in Vietnam

Jan 12 Operation Ranch Hand begins, a US Air Force operation to spray South Vietnamese forests with defoliants such as Agent Orange

  • Jan 15 Derveni Papyrus rediscovered - Europe's oldest surviving manuscript from c. 340 B.C., commentary on a Orphic poem, found in a tomb in Derveni, Northern Greece [1]
  • Jan 15 Dutch & Indonesian navy encounter in Etna Bay New Guinea
  • Jan 16 Suit accuses NYC Board of Education uses "racial quotas"

Historic Event

Jan 17 NASA civilian pilot Neil Armstrong takes X-15 to 40,690m

  • Jan 18 Southern University, Baton Rouge, closed due to demonstrations
  • Jan 18 US begins spraying foliage in Vietnam to reveal Viet Cong guerrillas
  • Jan 18 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Historic Event

Jan 21 JFK arrives in Uruguay

  • Jan 21 Snow falls in San Francisco
  • Jan 22 The Organization of American States suspends Cuba's membership.

Historic Event

Jan 23 British intelligence officer Kim Philby defects to USSR

  • Jan 23 Libya, Morocco, Algeria. and Tunisia plan to form United Arab Maghreb; planning continues until an agreement is reached in 1989
  • Jan 24 28 refugees escape from East to West Germany
  • Jan 26 Canadian Marine Service renamed Coast Guard
  • Jan 26 US launches Ranger 3, misses Moon by 22,000-mi (37,000-km)
  • Jan 28 Johanne Relleke gets stung by bees 2,443 times in Rhodesia & survives
  • Jan 30 2 members of Flying Wallendas' high-wire act killed when their 7-person pyramid collapsed during a performance in Detroit
  • Jan 30 Laughter epidemic begins at a girls' mission school in Kashasha, Tanganyika, goes on to affect 14 schools and over 1000 people

Historic Event

Jan 30 UN General Assembly censures Portugal over Angola

  • Jan 30 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jan 31 General Charles P Cabell, USAF, ends term as deputy director of CIA
  • Jan 31 Samuel Gravely assumes command of destroyer escort "USS Falgout", first African American to command a combat ship
  • 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 US President John F. Kennedy bans all trade with Cuba except for food & drugs
  • 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 In Paris, 8 people killed at a protest against independence for the French colony Algeria
  • Feb 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 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
  • Feb 17 Storm in Hamburg kills 265
  • Feb 18 France & Algerian Muslims negotiate truce to end 7 year war
  • Feb 19 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 21 Minister De Pous confirms natural gas reserves in Groningen, Netherlands
  • Feb 23 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 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

Theater Premiere

Feb 26 Arthur Kopit's play "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
  • 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
  • Mar 2 In Burma, the army led by General Ne Win seizes power in a coup
  • Mar 2 President John F. Kennedy announces US will resume above ground nuclear testing
  • 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 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 7 Launch of OSO 1, 1st astronomy satellite (solar flare data)
  • 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 Donald Jackson of Canada is 1st to land a triple lutz ice skate jump
  • Mar 15 Five research groups announce the discovery of anti-matter
  • 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 Dutch RC bishop Beckers declares himself in favor of birth control
  • Mar 21 Yogi the bear becomes the 1st creature to be ejected at supersonic speeds by the US military testing ejection seats
  • 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
  • Apr 2 The first official Panda crossing is opened outside Waterloo station, London.
  • Apr 3 Lt General Marshall S Carter, USA, becomes deputy director of CIA
  • Apr 5 Herb Gardner's "Thousand Clowns" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 5 Mgr J Daems appointed bishop of Antwerp
  • Apr 5 NASA civilian pilot Neil Armstrong takes X-15 to 54,600 m
  • Apr 5 St Bernard Tunnel finished-Swiss/Italians workers shake hands

Historic Event

Apr 7 Yugoslav ex-president Milovan Djilas returns to jail

  • Apr 8 Accords of Evian (Algeria) accepted by referendum in France
  • Apr 9 US President JohnF. Kennedy throws out 1st ball at Washington's new DC Stadium
  • Apr 12 San Mateo County withdraws from BART (San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit) district
  • Apr 13 US steel industry forced to give up price increases
  • Apr 14 Demonstration for sovereign status of New Guinea in Amsterdam

Election of Interest

Apr 14 Georges Pompidou becomes Prime Minister of France after the resignation of Michel Debré

  • Apr 15 US national debt above $300,000,000,000
  • Apr 16 Brazil nationalizes US businesses
  • Apr 20 NASA civilian pilot Neil Armstrong takes X-15 to 63,250 m
  • Apr 20 New Orleans Citizens Co gives free 1-way ride to blacks to move North
  • Apr 20 OAS-leader ex-general Salan arrested in Algiers
  • Apr 21 Century 21 Exposition opens in Seattle, Washington
  • Apr 22 Pirates tie then record of 10 straight wins to start season
  • Apr 23 Ranger 4, 1st US satellite to reach Moon launched from Cape Canaveral
  • Apr 24 1st Lockheed A-12 is taxi tested
  • Apr 25 Cleve sends Harry Chiti to Mets for a player to be named later, on June 15 the Mets send Chiti back to Cleveland
  • Apr 25 Lion & Tiger Veldt at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is dedicated (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Apr 25 US Ranger spacecraft crash lands on Moon
  • Apr 25 US resumes above ground nuclear testing, at Christmas Island
  • Apr 26 1st Lockheed A-12 flies
  • Apr 26 Ariel 1 Launch (1st UK Satellite)
  • Apr 26 Ranger 4 crash lands on (backside of) Moon
  • Apr 26 US and UK launch Ariel; 1st international payload
  • Apr 27 Arnold Wesker's "Chips with Everything" premieres in London
  • Apr 27 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • Apr 29 16th Tony Awards: "A Man For All Seasons" & "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" win
  • Apr 30 NASA civilian pilot Joseph A. Walker takes X-15 to 75,190 m
  • May 1 1st French underground nuclear test in the Sahara at Ecker, Algeria
  • May 1 JFK authorizes Area Redevelopment Act (ARA)
  • May 2 OAS strikes in Algeria
  • May 2 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • May 3 Express train crashed into wreckage of a commuter train & a freight, killing 163, injuring 400 in Tokyo, Japan
  • May 4 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • May 6 1st nuclear warhead fired from Polaris submarine (Ethan Allen)

Election of Interest

May 6 Antonio Segni elected President of Italy

  • May 6 Pathet Lao breaks cease fire and conquer Nam Tha Laos
  • May 6 US performs nuclear test at Pacific Ocean
  • May 7 Pulitzer prize awarded to Theodore H. White (Making of President 1960)
  • May 7 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • May 8 1st Atlas Centaur Launch
  • May 8 London trolley buses (electrically powered buses using overhead supply) go out of service

Historic Event

May 8 Oskar Schindler and his wife Emilie Schindler are honored for saving 1200 Jews during WWII, in a ceremony on the Avenue of the Righteous, Jerusalem

  • May 9 Laser beam successfully bounced off Moon for 1st time
  • May 9 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • May 11 Antonio Segni becomes President of Italy
  • May 11 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • May 11 US sends troops to Thailand
  • May 12 Grevelingen dam closes in major project to protect the southwest of the Netherlands from flooding
  • May 12 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • May 14 Ex-president of Yugoslavia Milovan Djilas sentenced to 5 years in jail
  • May 14 Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan elected second President of India
  • May 14 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • May 15 US marines arrive in Laos
  • May 17 Marin County withdraws from BART district
  • May 19 Indonesian paratroopers land in New Guinea
  • May 19 US performs nuclear test at Christmas Island (atmospheric)
  • May 21 3 more Cleveland HR set AL record for most HR (26) over 8 games
  • May 22 Continental Airlines Flight 11 crashes after bombs explode on board
  • May 22 Major Robert A Rushworth, USAF, takes X-15 to 30,600m
  • May 22 Netherlands telephone network becomes completely automated
  • May 23 OAS leader general Raoul Salan sentenced to life
  • May 23 Scott Carpenter orbits Earth 3 times in US Aurora 7
  • May 24 M Scott Carpenter aboard Aurora 7 launched into Earth orbit
  • May 25 US performs nuclear test at Christmas Island (atmospheric)
  • May 25 US unions AFL-CIO starts campaign for 35-hour work week
  • May 28 Suit alleging de facto school segregation filed in Rochester, NY
  • May 28 US stock market drops $20.8 B in 1 day
  • May 30 69 killed in bus crash (Ahmedabad India)
  • May 31 The West Indies Federation, made up of former British Caribbean territories, dissolves
  • Jun 1 Oscar 2 (ham radio satellite) launched into Earth orbit
  • Jun 1 USAF Maj Robert M White takes X-15 to 40,420 m
  • Jun 3 Air France Boeing 707 crashes on takeoff from Paris, kills 130

Historic Event

Jun 3 Lee Harvey Oswald arrives by train in Oldenzaal, Netherlands

  • Jun 4 Lee Harvey Oswald departs Rotterdam on SS Maasdam to US
  • Jun 7 NASA civilian test pilot Joseph A. Walker takes X-15 to 31,580 m
  • Jun 8 Jim Beatty runs world record 2 mile (8:29.8)
  • Jun 9 Warner Bros "Bill of Hare" with Bug Bunny premieres in USA
  • Jun 11 Brothers John and Clarence Anglin and fellow inmate Frank Morris escape from Alcatraz Island prison, the only ones to do so
  • Jun 11 US President John F. Kennedy accepts an honorary degree from Yale
  • Jun 12 Laos Prince Souvanna Phouma forms coalition government
  • Jun 12 USAF Maj Robert M White takes X-15 to 56,270 m
  • Jun 13 Norway named ombudsman
  • Jun 14 Albert DeSalvo, better known as the Boston Strangler, murders Anna Slesers, his first victim
  • Jun 14 The European Space Research Organisation is established in Paris - later becoming the European Space Agency
  • Jun 15 South Africa passes a bill setting death penalty for many crimes