October 1962 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 1 James Meredith becomes the 1st black student at the University of Mississippi
  • Oct 1 The Lucy Show premieres
  • Oct 1 UN gives Netherlands control of New Guinea
  • Oct 1 US National Radio Astronomy Obs gets a 300' (91m) radio telescope
  • Oct 2 SF beats LA, 8-7 in 4h18m 9 inning playoff game
  • Oct 2 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Johnston Island
  • Oct 3 Wally Schirra in Sigma 7 launched into Earth orbit
  • Oct 4 USAF Maj Robert A Rushworth takes X-15 to 32,300m
  • Oct 6 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Johnston Island
  • Oct 7 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 8 Algeria admitted as 109th member of UN
  • Oct 8 North Korea reports 100% election turnout, miraculously 100% vote for the Workers' Party
  • Oct 8 Spiegel scandal: Der Spiegel publishes article "Bedingt abwehrbereit" ("Conditionally prepared for defense") about NATO manoeuver called "Fallex 62", uncovering sorry state of West German army. Magazine soon accused of treason.
  • Oct 9 Battles to decide Algeria-Morocco boundary kills 130
  • Oct 9 NASA civilian test pilot John B McKay takes X-15 to 39,200 m
  • Oct 9 Uganda becomes independent from the United Kingdom
  • Oct 10 Indies assault up Chinese positions in North-India attack
  • Oct 11 1st appearance of a Gabor sister on Merv Griffin Show

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Oct 11 Second Vatican Council (21st ecumenical) convened by Pope John XXIII

  • Oct 12 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 12 US/USSR sign joint space effort in telecommunications & meteorology
  • Oct 12 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
  • Oct 14 Houston Oiler George Blanda throws for 6 TD passes vs NY Titans 56-17
  • Oct 14 US U-2 espionage planes locate missile launchers in Cuba
  • Oct 14 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 15 Byron R White appointed to Supreme Court
  • Oct 16 Byron R White becomes a Supreme Court Justice

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

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Oct 17 Yanks beat Giants for 20th world championship
  • Oct 18 JFK meets Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrei Gromyko
  • Oct 18 US launches Ranger 5 for lunar impact; misses Moon
  • Oct 18 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Johnston Island

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Oct 18 James Watson (US), Francis Crick (UK) and Maurice Wilkins (UK) win the Nobel Prize for Medicine for their work in determining the structure of DNA

Molecular biologist Francis Crick
Molecular biologist
Francis Crick
Molecular Biologist James Watson
Molecular Biologist
James Watson
  • Oct 19 Stalin monument removed in Prague
  • Oct 19 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 20 Chinese army lands in India
  • Oct 20 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Johnston Island
  • Oct 22 JFK addresses TV about Russian missile bases in Cuba
  • Oct 22 US President John F. Kennedy imposes naval blockade on Cuba, beginning the missile crisis
  • Oct 22 JFK receives Ugandan premier Milton Obote
  • Oct 22 Pacific Science Center opens at Seattle Center
  • Oct 22 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 23 Adlai Stevenson speaks at UN about Cuba crisis
  • Oct 23 USAF Major Robert A Rushworth takes X-15 to 40,800m
  • Oct 24 Cuban missile crisis: US blockade of Cuba begins
  • Oct 25 110th member of UN admitted (Uganda)
  • Oct 25 1st Belgian nuclear reactor begins operation

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Oct 25 American author John Steinbeck awarded Nobel Prize for Literature

  • Oct 25 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"
  • Oct 26 JFK warns Russia that the USA will not allow Soviet missiles to remain in Cuba

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

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
  • Oct 26 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Johnston Island
  • Oct 27 Black Saturday - Russian nuclear missile crisis in Cuba
  • Oct 27 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Johnston Island
  • Oct 27 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 27 The plane of Enrico Mattei, Italian oil industry's most powerful figure, crashes in mysterious circumstances
  • Oct 28 Radio Moscow reports nuclear missiles in Cuba deactivated
  • Oct 28 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 28 Cuban missile crisis: US President JFK receives letter from Soviet Leaderr Khrushchev suggesting agreement
  • Oct 30 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Johnston Island

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 7 Dave Bronconnier, Canadian politician
  • Oct 10 Rex J Walheim, Redwood City California, Capt USAF/astronaut
  • Oct 12 Branko Crvenkovski, Macedonian President
  • Oct 14 Jaan Ehlvest, Estonian chess player
  • Oct 17 Mike Judge, Ecuadorian born American cartoonist, born in Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • Oct 19 Tracy Chevalier, American author
  • Oct 23 Daria Scagliola, Italian/Dutch photographer (vuurtorenpostzegels)
  • Oct 28 Bobby Tate, fictional character on Soap
  • Oct 28 Scotty Nguyen, professional poker player

Deaths in History

  • Oct 2 Boris Y. Bukreev, Russian mathematician (b. 1859)
  • Oct 4 John Lowry, Mount Vernon NY, NYC builder, dies at 79
  • Oct 7 Mauritius Dekker, [Boris Robazki], writer (Boots in Jail), dies at 66
  • Oct 9 Lulu McConnell, comediene (It Pays to be Ignorant), dies at 80
  • Oct 11 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
  • Oct 16 Gaston Bachelard, French philosopher (Water & Dreams), dies at 78
  • Oct 17 Natalia Goncharova, Russian painter (b. 1882)
  • Oct 27 Enrico Mattei, Italian oil magnate, dies at 58
  • Oct 27 Rudolph Anderson, U-2 pilot, shot down over Cuba