What Happened in 1962

Historical Events

  • Mar 15 Five research groups announce the discovery of anti-matter
  • Oct 11 Second Vatican Council (21st ecumenical) convened by Pope John XXIII

1962 in Film & TV

  • Apr 24 Massachusetts Institute of Technology sends TV signal by satellite for 1st time: California to Massachusetts
  • Sep 23 ABC's 1st color TV series - The Jetsons by Hanna-Barbera first broadcast
  • Oct 5 "Dr. No", 1st James Bond film based on the novel by Ian Fleming and starring Sean Connery and Ursula Andress, premieres in London
  • Oct 24 "The Manchurian Candidate", directed by John Frankenheimer, starring Frank Sinatra and Laurence Harvey, is released
  • Oct 31 "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" horror film released directed by Robert Aldrich, starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, based on novel by Henry Farrell
  • Dec 10 David Lean's film "Lawrence of Arabia", based on life of T. E. Lawrence and starring Peter O'Toole, premieres at Odeon Leicester Square (Academy Awards Best Picture 1963)
  • Dec 25 "To Kill a Mockingbird", a film adaptation of the novel by Harper Lee, directed by Robert Mulligan and starring Gregory Peck, is released (Gregory Peck - Best Actor Academy Awards 1963)

1962 in Music

  • May 9 The Beatles sign their 1st contract with EMI Parlophone
  • Jun 2 Ray Charles' cover of Don Gibson's "I Can't Stop Loving You", from his influential crossover album "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music" hits #1 on Billboard
  • Jul 12 Rolling Stones 1st performance (Marquee Club, London)
  • Oct 5 The Beatles release their first record, "Love Me Do"

1962 in Sport

  • Mar 2 Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points, most ever by an NBA player in a single game, in Warriors' 169-147 win over NY Knicks in Hershey; 36-of-63 from field, 28-of-32 from free-throw line
  • Apr 13 Stan Musial scores his 1,869th run, a new NL record
  • Jun 17 US Open Men's Golf, Oakmont CC: Jack Nicklaus wins his first major title by 3 strokes in an 18-hole playoff with Arnold Palmer

Did You Know?

Brothers John and Clarence Anglin and fellow inmate Frank Morris escape from Alcatraz Island prison, the only ones to do so

On June 11, 1962

Would You Believe?

The first official Panda crossing is opened outside Waterloo station, London.

On April 2, 1962

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Famous Divorces

  • Apr 27 American actress Natalie Wood (23) divorces American actor Robert Wagner (30) after almost 5 years of marriage; they remarry in 1972
  • Sep 14 American actress Janet Leigh (35) divorces American actor Tony Curtis (37) after 10 years of marriage

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