January 1962 calendar

January 1962

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in January 1962.
The US president was John F. Kennedy (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Harold Macmillan (Conservative), Pope John XXIII was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on January 1962: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 1962?


  • 01 Jan 1962 Western Samoa achieves independence from New Zealand; its name is changed to the Independent State of Western Samoa.
  • 02 Jan 1962 Nighttime version of Password with Allen Ludden premieres on CBS
  • 03 Jan 1962 Ground is broken for the Houston Astrodome
  • 04 Jan 1962 1st automated (unmanned) subway train
  • 05 Jan 1962 Tony Sheridan and beatles produce My Bonnie andThe Saints
  • 07 Jan 1962 Assassination attempt on Indonesian president Sukarno fails.
  • 08 Jan 1962 Golfer Jack Nicklaus, 21, first pro appearance, comes in 50th.
  • 09 Jan 1962 NFL prohibits grabbing of face masks.
  • 10 Jan 1962 Eruptions on Mount Huascaran in Peru destroy seven villages and kill 3,500.
  • 11 Jan 1962 Volcano Huascaran in Peru, erupts; 4,000 die
  • 12 Jan 1962 The Indonesian Army confirms that it has begun operations in West Irian.
  • 13 Jan 1962 Do Re Mi closes at St. James Theater NYC after 400 performances
  • 14 Jan 1962 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 31-30.
  • 15 Jan 1962 50th Australian Mens Tennis: Rod Laver beats R Emerson (8-6, 0-6, 6-4, 6-4).
  • 16 Jan 1962 Shooting begins on Dr No
  • 17 Jan 1962 A NASA civilian pilot Neil A Armstrong takes X-15 to 40,690 m
  • 18 Jan 1962 Southern University closed due to demonstrations
  • 19 Jan 1962 A counter-coup occurs in the Dominican Republic the old government returns except for the new president Rafael Filiberto Bonnelly.
  • 20 Jan 1962 Kean closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 92 performances
  • 21 Jan 1962 JFK arrives in Uruguay
  • 22 Jan 1962 The East German government readopts conscription.
  • 23 Jan 1962 Libya, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia plan to form United Arab Maghreb.
  • 24 Jan 1962 Brian Epstein signs management contract with the Beatles
  • 26 Jan 1962 Twist is impure and bans it from all Catholic schools
  • 27 Jan 1962 Family Affair opens at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 65 performances
  • 28 Jan 1962 Johanne Relleke gets stung by bees 2,443 times in Rhodesia and survives.
  • 30 Jan 1962 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 31 Jan 1962 Gen Charles P Cabell, USAF, ends term as Deputy Director of CIA
  • 09 Jan 1962 Apollo program: NASA announces plans to build the C-5 rocket launch vehicle, then known as the "Advanced Saturn", to carry human beings to the Moon.
vinyl songs

Music charts

Which were the top hits in January 1962?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - The Lion Sleeps Tonight
  2. - The Twist
  3. - Peppermint Twist - Part 1
  4. - Run To Him
  5. - I Know (You Don't Love Me No More)

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Return To Sender
  2. - The Young Ones
  3. - Lovesick Blues
  4. - Stranger On The Shore
  5. - Moon River


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in January 1962?

Daughter Of Silence by Morris L. West

Daughter Of Silence


The Daughter of Silence

Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

Franny and Zooey


The author wrote: FRANNY appeared in The New Yorker, 1955. ZOOEY followed in 1957. These stories are critical early entries in a narrative series that I am creating about a family who settled in New York in the 20th century, …

Clock Without Hands by Carson McCullers

Clock Without Hands


Clock Without Hands is McCullers's most powerful statement about race, class and justice. It was set in Georgia just before court-ordered integration.

My Saber Is Bent by Jack Paar

My Saber Is Bent


236 pages - photo illustrated - biography

Ring Of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell

Ring Of Bright Water


The story of Gavin Maxwell and his life with otters off the west coast of Scotland was hailed as a masterpiece in 1960. It remains one of the most beloved books.