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

Historic Event

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

Music 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


1962 Highlights

About May 8, 1962

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 60 years and 7 months
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Soldier Boy - The Shirelles
  • UK #1 Song: Wonderful Land - The Shadows