1962 in History – What happened in year 1962


In history, year 1962 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1962.

Know what happened in 1962:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
05 AugustActress and model Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her home inBrentwood, Los Angeles, an event that has become the center of one ofthe most debated conspiracy theories.
05 OctoberDr. No, the first in the James Bond film series, was released.
06 AugustJamaica gained full independence from the United Kingdom, morethan 300 years after the English captured it from Spanish colonists in1655.
06 July The United States conducted the Sedan nuclear test as part ofOperation Plowshare, a program to investigate the use of nuclearexplosions for civilian purposes.
09 July In a seminal moment for pop art, Andy Warhol's Campbell's SoupCans exhibition opened at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles.
10 FebruaryRudolf Abel, a Soviet spy arrested by the FBI, was exchanged for Gary Powers, the pilot of the CIA spy plane that had been shot down over Soviet airspace two years earlier.
10 July Telstar (pictured), the world's first active, direct relaycommunications satellite, was launched by NASA aboard a Delta rocketfrom Cape Canaveral.
14 DecemberNASA's Mariner 2 became the world's first spacecraft tosuccessfully conduct a planetary encounter when it flew by Venus.
19 MayDuring a televised birthday celebration for U.S. President JohnF. Kennedy at New York City's Madison Square Garden, actress and modelMarilyn Monroe performed her infamous rendition of 'Happy Birthday toYou'.
21 AprilThe Century 21 Exposition, the first world's fair in the United States since World War II, opened in Seattle, Washington.
22 OctoberCold War-U.S. President John F. Kennedy announced that Sovietnuclear weapons had been discovered in Cuba and that he had ordered anaval 'quarantine' of the island nation.
24 MayProject Mercury-American astronaut Scott Carpenter orbited theEarth three times in the Aurora 7 space capsule.
25 MayThe Baltimore Steam Packet Company, the last overnightsteamboat service in the United States, went out of business.
25 September The North Yemen Civil War began when Abdullah as-Sallaldethroned the newly crowned Imam al-Badr and declared Yemen a republicunder his presidency.
21 NovemberA propane explosion at the Humberto Vidal shoe store in RíoPiedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico, killed 33 people and wounded 69 otherswhen the building collapsed.
22 OctoberCold War-U.S. President John F. Kennedy announced that Sovietnuclear weapons had been discovered in Cuba and that he had ordered anaval 'quarantine' of the island nation.
11 AugustVostok 3 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome and cosmonautAndriyan Nikolayev became the first person to float in microgravity.
13 JulyIn an unprecedented action, British Prime Minister HaroldMacmillan dismissed seven members of his Cabinet.
01 March American Airlines Flight 1 crashed shortly after takeoff fromNew York International (Idlewild) Airport, killing all 95 people aboard.
02 March American basketball player Wilt Chamberlain (pictured), thenplaying for the Philadelphia Warriors, scored 100 points in a gameagainst the New York Knicks at Hersheypark Arena in Hershey,Pennsylvania, still a record in the National Basketball Associationtoday.
13 March Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Lyman Lemnitzerdelivered a proposal to Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara calledOperation Northwoods to create public support for a war against FidelCastro and Cuba, which was eventually rejected by President John F.Kennedy.
16 March Flying Tiger Line Flight 739, a charter flight carrying U.S.and South Vietnamese soldiers, disappeared without a trace, promptingone of the largest air and sea searches in the history of the Pacific.
19 March Highly influential American musician Bob Dylan released hiseponymous debut album.
10 February Rudolf Abel, a Soviet spy arrested by the FBI, was exchangedfor Gary Powers, the pilot of the CIA spy plane that had been shot downover Soviet airspace two years earlier.
11 DecemberConvicted murderers Ronald Turpin and Arthur Lucas were thelast two persons to be executed in Canada.
11 OctoberPope John XXIII convened the Second Vatican Council, the firstRoman Catholic ecumenical council in 92 years.
12 JulyBritish rock band The Rolling Stones played their first concertat the Marquee Club in London.
13 JulyIn an unprecedented action, British Prime Minister HaroldMacmillan dismissed seven members of his Cabinet.
16 AugustThe Beatles fired drummer Pete Best and replaced him with RingoStarr (pictured).
19 MayDuring a televised birthday celebration for U.S. President JohnF. Kennedy at New York City's Madison Square Garden, actress and modelMarilyn Monroe performed a sultry rendition of 'Happy Birthday to You'.


List of famous birthdays in the year 1962:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 JulyAndre Braugher / Actor / United States of America
01 SeptemberTony Cascarino / Footballer / United Kingdom
06 AprilMarco Schällibaum / Football Coach / Switzerland
08 DecemberSteve Elkington / Golfer / United States of America
09 AugustLouis Lipps / Footballer / United States of America
11 February Sheryl Crow / Writer / United States of America
11 MaySteve Bono / Footballer / United States of America
11 SeptemberKristy McNichol / Actress / United States of America
12 OctoberChris Botti / Composer / United States of America
13 OctoberKelly Preston / Actress / United States of America
18 AugustGeoff Courtnall / Ice Hockey Player / Canada
19 AprilAl Unser Jr. / Racing Car Driver / United States of America
20 JulyJulie Bindel / Author / United Kingdom
21 MayDavid Crumb / Educator / United States of America
23 JulyAlain Lefèvre / Composer / Canada
28 JuneAnișoara Cușmir-Stanciu / Jumper / Romania
28 OctoberDaphne Zuniga / Actress / United States of America
29 MayCarol Kirkwood / Journalist / Scotland
30 NovemberBo Jackson / Baseball Player / United States of America
30 OctoberDanny Tartabull / Baseball Player / Puerto Rico

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1962:

YearName / Profession / Country
19 JuneAshish Vidyarthi / Actor / India
26 SeptemberChunky Pandey / Actor / India
27 MayRavi Shastri / Cricketer / India
04 AprilKailasho Devi / Politician / India
04 SeptemberKiran More / Cricketer / India
30 JulyYakub Memon / Accountant / India
27 JuneSunanda Pushkar / Industrialist / India
26 SeptemberArchana Puran Singh / Actress / India
30 NovemberDeepa Sahi / Actress / India
31 OctoberSarbananda Sonowal / Politician / India
13 AugustAnita Raj / Actress / India
17 MarchKalpana Chawla / Astronaut / India

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