On This Day

What Happened on August 5, 1962

Historical Events

  • 1st quasar located by radio

Historic Event

Nelson Mandela arrested for incitement and for illegally leaving South Africa

  • UN command forbids flights to Katangese airports

Famous Birthdays

  • Otis Thorpe, NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies, Detroit Pistons)

Patrick Ewing

Patrick Ewing, NBA center (NY Knicks/Olympic gold 1992), born in Kingston, Jamaica

  • Richard De Groen, New Zealand cricketer (NZ medium pacer), born in Otorohonga, New Zealand
  • William Roberts, American NFL guard (NY Jets, NE Patriots), born in Miami, Florida

Famous Deaths

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe [Norma Jean Mortenson], American actress (Some Like It Hot), found dead of an apparent self-inflicted drug overdose at 36

1962 Highlights

About August 5, 1962

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 59 years, 10 months and 22 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Leo

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do - Neil Sedaka
  • UK #1 Song: I Remember You - Frank Ifield