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

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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?
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Jules and Jim

Jules and Jim

Release year: 1962

Directed by: François Truffaut

Starring: Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Henri Serre, Vanna Urbino

Country: United States of America

My Geisha

My Geisha

Release year: 1962

Directed by: Jack Cardiff

Starring: Shirley MacLaine, Yves Montand, Edward G. Robinson, Robert Cummings

The Three Stooges Meet Hercules

The Three Stooges Meet Hercules

Release year: 1962

Directed by: Edward Bernds

Starring: Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Joe DeRita, Vicki Trickett

Tender Is the Night

Tender Is the Night

Release year: 1962

Directed by: Henry King

Starring: Jennifer Jones, Jason Robards, Joan Fontaine, Tom Ewell



Release year: 1962

Directed by: Robert Hartford-Davis

Starring: Laurence Payne, Jill Adams, Zena Marshall, Gary Cockrell


Which were the most popular books released in January 1962?
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Wilderness by Robert Penn Warren



This rare antiquarian book is a facsimile of the original. It may have marks, marginalia, and other imperfections due to its age.

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.

Picasso'S Picassos by David Douglas Duncan

Picasso'S Picassos


Pablo Picasso and Lump, his beloved dog who was immortalized in many of Picasso’s most renowned works of art, a little-known tale.

Dearly Beloved by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Dearly Beloved


Anne Morrow Lindbergh's bestseller, Dearly Beloved, is set in June. This is a wonderful moment when the "gathered together", not only look at this couple, but also their lives, hopes and fears.

A New Life by Bernard Malamud

A New Life


"An overlooked masterpiece. It is still undervalued, but it may be Malamud's most entertaining and embracing novel. --Jonathan Lethem Bernard Malamud, a New York-based writer, wrote A New Life.