On This Day

What Happened on May 8, 1962

Historical Events

  • 1st Atlas Centaur Launch
  • London trolley buses (electrically powered buses using overhead supply) go out of service

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oskar Schindler and his wife Emilie Schindler are honored for saving 1200 Jews during WWII, in a ceremony on the Avenue of the Righteous, Jerusalem

Industrialist Oskar Schindler
Industrialist
Oskar Schindler

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Stephen Sondheim's musical "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" starring Zero Mostel and Jack Gilford, and directed by George Abbott, opens at Alvin Theater, NYC; runs for 965 performances, and wins 6 Tony Awards

Composer and Lyricist Stephen Sondheim
Composer and Lyricist
Stephen Sondheim

Famous Birthdays

  • Terry Baker, CFL kicker (Montreal Alouettes)
1962 Highlights

About May 8, 1962

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 59 years, 2 months and 14 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Taurus