Historical Events for January 1962

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Events 1 - 57 of 57

1st - Beatles' Decca audition is unsuccessful
1st - Rwanda granted internal self-government by Belgium
1st - Western Samoa gains independence from New Zealand Susuga Malietoa Tanumafili II becomes co-chief of Western Samoa
1st - United States Navy SEALs established.
2nd - Nighttime version of "Password" with Allen Ludden premieres on CBS
3rd - Ground is broken for the Houston Astrodome
3rd - Pope John XXIII excommunicates Fidel Castro
4th - 1st automated (unmanned) subway train (NYC)
4th - New York City introduces a train that operates without a crew on-board.
5th - Tony Sheridan & Beatles produce "My Bonnie" & "The Saints"
7th - AFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 47-27
7th - Assassination attempt fails on Indonesian president Sukarno
7th - Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to John Hall Wheelock
Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist Tony SheridanSinger-Songwriter and and Guitarist Tony Sheridan 8th - Dutch express train crashes into slow commuter train, 93 die (Neth)
8th - Golfer Jack Nicklaus, 21, 1st pro appearance, he came in 50th
9th - Mister M (Dr X) beats Verne Gagne in Minn, to become NWA champ
9th - NFL prohibits grabbing of face masks
9th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
10th - 4,000 die in avalanche, Ranrahirca, Peru
10th - Eruptions on Mount Huascaran in Peru destroy 7 villages & kill 3,500
11th - Volcano Huascaran in Peru, erupts; 4,000 die
13th - "Do Re Mi" closes at St James Theater NYC after 400 performances
NBA Legend Wilt ChamberlainNBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain 13th - Wilt Chamberlain of Warriors scores then NBA-record 73 pts vs Chicago
14th - NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 31-30
15th - 50th Australian Mens Tennis: Rod Laver beats R Emerson (86 06 64 64)
15th - Dutch & Indonesian navy encounter in Etna Bay New Guinea
16th - Shooting begins on "Dr No"
16th - Suit accuses NYC Board of Education uses "racial quotas"
17th - A NASA civilian pilot Neil A Armstrong takes X-15 to 40,690 m
17th - Roy Harris' 8th Symphony, premieres in SF
Tennis Player Rod LaverTennis Player Rod Laver 18th - Southern University closed due to demonstrations
18th - US begins spraying foliage in Vietnam to reveal Viet Cong guerrillas
18th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
20th - "Kean" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 92 performances
21st - JFK arrives in Uruguay
21st - Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational
21st - Snow falls in San Francisco
22nd - The Organization of American States suspends Cuba's membership.
23rd - Bob Feller & Jackie Robinson elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
Baseball Player Jackie RobinsonBaseball Player Jackie Robinson 23rd - British spy Kim Philby defects to USSR
23rd - Libya, Morocco, Algeria & Tunisia plan to form United Arab Maghreb
24th - 28 refugees escape from East to West Germany
24th - Brian Epstein signs management contract with the Beatles
24th - Jackie Robinson is 1st Black elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
24th - Mickey Wright/Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Naples Pro-Am Golf Tournament
26th - Bishop Burke of Buffalo Catholic dioceses declares Chubby Checker's
26th - Canadian Marine Service renamed Coast Guard
26th - David Diamond's 7th Symphony, premieres in Philadelphia
26th - US launches Ranger 3, misses Moon by 22,000-mi (37,000-km)
26th - "Twist" is impure & bans it from all Catholic schools
27th - "Family Affair" opens at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 65 performances
28th - Johanne Relleke gets stung by bees 2,443 times in Rhodesia & survives
30th - UN General Assembly censures Portugal over Angola
30th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
30th - 2 members of Flying Wallendas' high-wire act killed when their 7-person pyramid collapsed during a performance in Detroit
31st - Gen Charles P Cabell, USAF, ends term as deputy director of CIA
31st - Samuel Gravely assumes command of destroyer escort "USS Falgout"

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