What Happened in 1962

Significant Events

  • Mar 15 Five research groups announce the discovery of anti-matter
  • May 9 The Beatles sign their 1st contract with EMI Parlophone
  • Oct 5 The Beatles release their first record, "Love Me Do"
  • 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 11 Second Vatican Council (21st ecumenical) convened by Pope John XXIII
  • Oct 16 Cuban missile crisis begins as JFK becomes aware of Soviet missile bases in Cuba
  • 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
  • Oct 22 Cuban missile crisis: US President John F. Kennedy addresses TV about Russian missile bases in Cuba and imposes a naval blockade on Cuba, beginning the missile crisis
  • Oct 24 Cuban missile crisis: Soviet ships approach but stop short of the US blockade of Cuba
  • 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"
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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


World Leaders in 1962

Famous People in 1962

Would You Believe?

Russian newspaper Izvestia reports baseball is an old Russian game

On February 4, 1962

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 21 Academy award-winning actor Rex Harrison (54) weds actress and third wife Rachel Roberts (34) in Genoa, Italy
  • May 4 Actor Christopher Plummer (32) weds columnist Patricia Lewis at the Marylebone Registry office in London
  • May 14 Princess Sophia of Greece weds Don Juan Carlos of Spain
  • Jun 10 NFL running back Gale Sayers (19) weds his high school sweetheart Linda McNeil
  • Jun 17 Actor Jack Nicholson (25) weds Sandra Knight (22) in Los Angeles

Famous Divorces

  • Sep 14 Actress Janet Leigh (35) divorces actor Tony Curtis (37) after after 10 years of marriage
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