What Happened in October 1962

Historical Events


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1st Barbra Streisand signs her 1st recording contract (with Columbia)

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1st Brian Epstein signs a contract to manage Beatles through 1977
  • 1st James Meredith became 1st black at U of Mississippi
  • 1st Johnny Carson hosts his 1st Tonight Show, Joan Crawford guests
  • 1st The Lucy Show premieres
  • 1st SF beats Dodgers, 8-0 in 1st of best-of-3 NL playoff
  • 1st UN gives Netherlands control of New Guinea
  • 1st US National Radio Astronomy Obs gets a 300' (91m) radio telescope
  • 1st WEDH TV channel 24 in Hartford, CT (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 2nd SF beats LA, 8-7 in 4h18m 9 inning playoff game
  • 2nd US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Johnston Island
  • 3rd "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off" opens at Shubert NYC for 886 performances
  • 3rd Dodgers set major league-record season attendance of 2,755,184
  • 3rd Wally Schirra in Sigma 7 launched into Earth orbit
  • 4th USAF Maj Robert A Rushworth takes X-15 to 32,300m

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4th Whitey Ford's World Series 33 2/3 scoreless inning streak ends

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • 5th The Beatles release their 1st record "Love Me Do"

Film release premierFilm Premier

5th "Dr. No", 1st James Bond film based on the novel by Ian Fleming and starring Sean Connery and Ursula Andress, premieres in London

  • 6th 16th NHL All-Star Game: Toronto beat All4-Stars -1 at Toronto
  • 6th US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Johnston Island
  • 7th 8th LPGA Championship won by Judy Kimball
  • 7th USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 8th Algeria admitted as 109th member of UN
  • 8th North Korea reports 100% election turnout, miraculously 100% vote for the Workers' Party
  • 8th Spiegel scandal: Der Spiegel publishes the article "Bedingt abwehrbereit" ("Conditionally prepared for defense") about a NATO manoeuver called "Fallex 62", which uncovered the sorry state of the Bundeswehr (Germany's army) facing the communist threat from the east at the time. The magazine was soon accused of treason.
  • 9th Battles to decide Algeria-Morocco boundary kills 130
  • 9th NASA civilian test pilot John B McKay takes X-15 to 39,200 m
  • 9th Uganda becomes independent from the United Kingdom
  • 10th Indies assault up Chinese positions in North-India attack
  • 11th 1st appearance of a Gabor sister on Merv Griffin Show

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11th 2nd Vatican Council (21st ecumenical) convened by Pope John XXIII

  • 12th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 12th US/USSR sign joint space effort in telecommunications & meteorology
  • 12th Infamous Columbus Day Storm strikes the U.S. Pacific Northwest with record wind velocities; 46 dead and at least U.S. $230 million in damages
  • 13th "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" opens on Broadway, with Uta Hagen
  • 14th Houston Oiler George Blanda throws for 6 TD passes vs NY Titans 56-17
  • 14th Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Thunderbird Tourney Golf Tournament
  • 14th US U-2 espionage planes locate missile launchers in Cuba
  • 14th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 15th Byron R White appointed to Supreme Court
  • 15th WLOX TV channel 13 in Biloxi-Gulfport, MS (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 16th Byron R White becomes a Supreme Court Justice

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16th Cuban missile crisis begins as JFK becomes aware of missiles in Cuba

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 16th KTXT TV channel 5 in Lubbock, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 16th Yanks (20th championship) beat SF Giants 4 games to 3 in World Series
  • 16th NY Yankees appear in 12 & win 9 of last 14 World Series
  • 17th Yanks beat Giants for 20th world championship
  • 18th JFK meets Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrei Gromyko

Music releaseMusic Recording

18th Tony Sheridan & Beat Brothers record "Let's Dance"

Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist Tony Sheridan
Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist
Tony Sheridan
  • 18th US launches Ranger 5 for lunar impact; misses Moon
  • 18th US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Johnston Island

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18th Dr Watson (US) & Drs Crick & Wilkins (Britain) win Nobel Prize for Medicine for work in determining structure of DNA

Molecular biologist Francis Crick
Molecular biologist
Francis Crick
  • 19th Stalin monument removed in Prague
  • 19th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 20th Musical "Mr President" opens at St James Theater New York for 265 performances
  • 20th Chinese army lands in India
  • 20th US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Johnston Island
  • 21st Mickey Wright wins LPGA Carlsbad Cavern Golf Open
  • 22nd JFK addresses TV about Russian missile bases in Cuba
  • 22nd US President John F Kennedy imposes naval blockade on Cuba, beginning the missile crisis
  • 22nd JFK receives Ugandan premier Milton Obote
  • 22nd Pacific Science Center opens at Seattle Center
  • 22nd USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 23rd Adlai Stevenson speaks at UN about Cuba crisis
  • 23rd USAF Major Robert A Rushworth takes X-15 to 40,800m
  • 23rd WCIV TV channel 4 in Charleston, SC (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 24th Cuban missile crisis: US blockade of Cuba begins
  • 25th 110th member of UN admitted (Uganda)
  • 25th 1st Belgian nuclear reactor begins operation

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25th American author John Steinbeck awarded Nobel Prize for Literature

  • 25th US Ambassador to the UN Adlai Stevenson demands USSR UN rep Zorin answer regarding Cuban missile bases saying "I am prepared to wait for my answer until hell freezes over"
  • 26th The Beatles record "Please Please Me" & "Ask Me Why"
  • 26th JFK warns Russia that the USA will not allow Soviet missiles to remain in Cuba

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26th Nikita Khrushchev sends note to JFK offering to withdraw his missiles from Cuba if US closed its bases in Turkey: offer is rejected

Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev
Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Nikita Khrushchev
  • 26th US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Johnston Island
  • 27th "Beyond the Fringe" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 673 performances
  • 27th Black Saturday - Russian nuclear missile crisis in Cuba
  • 27th US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Johnston Island
  • 27th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 27th The plane of Enrico Mattei, Italian industry's most relevant figure, crashes in mysterious circumstances.
  • 28th NY Giant YA Tittle passes for 7 touchdowns vs Wash Redskins (49-34)
  • 28th Radio Moscow reports nuclear missiles in Cuba deactivated
  • 28th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 28th Cuban missile crisis: US President JFK receives letter from Soviet Leaderr Khrushchev suggesting agreement
  • 30th US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Johnston Island

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st Trevor Baxter, record holder for high jumping with a skateboard
  • 1st Paul Walsh, English footballer
  • 2nd Esai Morales, American actor (Bad Boys, La Bamba), born in New York City, New York
  • 2nd Mark Rypien, quarterback (St Louis Rams)
  • 2nd Sigtryggur Baldursson, Icelandic drummer (The Sugarcubes)
  • 2nd Aziz M. Osman, Malaysian actor and director
  • 3rd Rick Todd, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 Ben Hogan Dakota), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 3rd Tommy Lee, American musician (Mötley Crüe)
  • 4th Aldo Sprenger, Dutch pop guitarist (Kong-Phlegm)
  • 4th Dennis Cook, Lamarque TX, pitcher (Texas Rangers)
  • 5th Johnny Huang, Canton China, table tennis player (Olympics-96)
  • 5th Ken Noda, pianist (Rivalry), born in NYC, New York
  • 5th Michael Alexander Conley, Chic, triple jumper (Olympics-gold-92, 96)
  • 5th Michael Andretti, Indy-car racer/Auto Hall of Fame (elected 1986)
  • 5th Mike Conley, triple jumper (Olympic-silver-1984), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 5th Caron Keating, British television personality (d. 2004)
  • 6th Rich Yett, baseball player
  • 7th Dave Bronconnier, Canadian politician
  • 8th Bruno Thiry, Belgian rally driver
  • 9th Jorge Burruchaga, Argentinian footballer
  • 10th Rex J Walheim, Redwood City California, Capt USAF/astronaut
  • 11th Eric Johnson, Seaside OR, Nike golfer (1993 NIKE Louisiana Open-3rd)
  • 11th Joan Cusack, Evanston Illinois, actress (SNL, Addams Family Values)
  • 11th Leslie Landon, actress (Etta Plum-Little House on Prairie), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 11th Martin Bayless, NFL safety (KC Chiefs)
  • 11th Philip Newport, cricketer (England pace bowler in 3 Tests 1988-91)
  • 11th Nicola Bryant, English actress
  • 12th Dhammika Ranatunga, cricketer (bro of Arjuna Sri Lankan batsman 1990)
  • 12th Sid Fernandez, pitcher (NY Mets, Philadelphia Phillies), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 12th Carlos Bernard, American actor
  • 12th Chris Botti, American jazz musician
  • 12th Branko Crvenkovski, Macedonian President

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13th Jerry Rice, Starkville Mississippi, NFL wide receiver (San Francisco 49ers)

NFL Wide Receiver Jerry Rice
NFL Wide Receiver
Jerry Rice
  • 13th Kelly Preston, actress (Mischief, Twins, A Tigers Tale), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 14th Shahar Perkiss, Israel, tennis star
  • 14th Jaan Ehlvest, Estonian chess player
  • 15th Susan DeMattei, cyclist (Olympics-bronze-96), born in San Francisco, California
  • 16th Flea, [Michael Balzary], bassist (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
  • 16th Laura Coenen, Neenah Wisc, team handball goalie (Olymp-1988, 92, 96)
  • 16th Manute Bol, NBA center (Golden State Warriors)
  • 16th Tamara McKinney, Lexington KY, slalom skier (Olympic-4th-1984)
  • 16th Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Russian baritone
  • 17th John Dorge, Australian basketball center (Olympics-96)
  • 17th Mike Judge, Ecuadorian born American cartoonist, born in Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • 18th Jody Anschutz, LPGA golfer (1987 du Maurier Ltd Classic), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 18th Vincent Spano, actor (Alphabet City, Maria's Lovers), born in Brooklyn, New York

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19th Evander Holyfield, Atmore Ala, boxer (Oly-bronze-1988)/champ (1990-92)

  • 19th Ruud Bread, soccer player (NAC)
  • 19th Tracy Chevalier, American author
  • 20th Ray Childress, NFL defensive tackle/defensive end (Houston Oilers)
  • 20th Steven R "Randy" Jackson, US percussionist/singer (Enjoy Yourself)
  • 21st Don Fardon, Toowoomba QLD, Australian golfer
  • 21st David Campese, Australian rugby union footballer
  • 22nd Derrick Waldroup, 198 lbs greco-roman wrestler (Oly-96), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 22nd Gayle Stammer, Livermore California, beach volleyballer (Olympics-96)
  • 23rd Beatie Edney, actress (Diary of a Mad Old Man), born in London, England
  • 23rd Christo van Rensburg, South Africa, tennis star
  • 23rd Daria Scagliola, Italian/Dutch photographer (vuurtorenpostzegels)
  • 23rd Doug Flutie, CFL/NFL quarterback (Argonauts, Generals, Bears, Pats)
  • 23rd Jaime Yzaga, Peru, tennis star
  • 23rd Mike Tomczak, NFL quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 24th B D Wong, actor (Freshman, Mystery Date), born in San Francisco, California
  • 24th Jay Novacek, NFL tight end (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 25th Nick Hancock, British television presenter
  • 25th Darlene Vogel, American actress ( Pacific Blue), born in Modesto, California
  • 26th Carey Elwes, actor (Glory, Princess Bride), born in London, England
  • 26th Roger Kingdom, Vienna Ga, 110m hurdler (Olympic-gold-1984, 88)
  • 28th Bobby Tate, fictional character on Soap
  • 28th Daphne Zuniga, actress (Jo Reynolds-Melrose Place, Spaceballs), born in San Francisco, California
  • 28th Peter Cantrell, cricketer (Queensland opening bat, Neth WC 1996)
  • 28th Erik Thorstvedt, Norwegian footballer
  • 28th Scotty Nguyen, professional poker player
  • 30th Courtney Walsh, cricketer (WI pace bowler, hat-trick v Aust 1988)
  • 30th Danny Tartabull, outfielder (NY Yankees, Chicago White Sox), born in Miami, Florida
  • 30th Mark Portugal, pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Los Angeles, California

Famous Deaths

  • 2nd Frank Lovejoy, actor (Man Against Crime, Meet McGraw), dies at 48
  • 2nd Boris Y. Bukreev, Russian mathematician (b. 1859)
  • 4th E H Hendren, cricketer (57,611 1st-class runs, 3rd-best ever), dies
  • 4th John Lowry, Mount Vernon NY, NYC builder, dies at 79
  • 6th Tod Browning, American film director (b. 1880)
  • 7th Mauritius Dekker, [Boris Robazki], writer (Boots in Jail), dies at 66
  • 8th Solomon Linda, South African singer and composer
  • 9th Lulu McConnell, comediene (It Pays to be Ignorant), dies at 80
  • 11th Erich Tschermak von Seysenegg, Austrian Botanist who was one of three scientists to independently rediscovered Gregor Mendel's work on the laws of genetics, dies at 90
  • 16th Gaston Bachelard, French philosopher (Water & Dreams), dies at 78
  • 17th Natalia Goncharova, Russian painter (b. 1882)
  • 26th Louise Beavers, actress (Beulah-Beulah), dies at 64
  • 27th Enrico Mattei, Italian oil magnate, dies at 58
  • 27th Fatso Marco, comedian (Milton Berle Show), dies at 56
  • 27th Rudolph Anderson, U-2 pilot, shot down over Cuba
  • 28th Pierre Froidebise, composer, dies at 48
  • 29th Naphtali Siegfried Salomon, composer, dies at 77