On This Day

What Happened on October 16, 1962

Historical Events

  • Byron R White becomes a Supreme Court Justice

Battle of InterestCuban Missile Crisis

Cuban Missile Crisis begins as JFK is shown photos confirming the presence of Soviet missiles in Cuba

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Reconnaissance photo of Soviet missiles in Cuba shown to John F. Kennedy on October 16, 1962
Reconnaissance photo of Soviet missiles in Cuba shown to John F. Kennedy on October 16, 1962
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  • KTXT TV channel 5 in Lubbock, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • NY Yankees appear in 12 & win 9 of last 14 World Series
  • Yanks (20th championship) beat SF Giants 4 games to 3 in World Series

Famous Birthdays

  • Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Russian operatic baritone, born in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia (d. 2017)
  • Durga McBroom, American singer-songwriter (Blue Pearl -"Naked In The Rain"; Pink Floyd; Steve Hackett), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Flea [Michael Balzary], Australian-American bassist (Red Hot Chili Peppers), actor, and educator (Silverlake Conservatory of Music), 1962 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Laura Coenen, team handball goalie (Olymp-1988, 92, 96), born in Neenah, Wisconsin
  • Manute Bol, NBA center (Golden State Warriors)
  • Tamara McKinney, slalom skier (Olympic-4th-1984), born in Lexington, Kentucky

Famous Deaths

  • Gaston Bachelard, French philosopher (Water & Dreams), dies at 78
1962 Highlights

About October 16, 1962

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 58 years, 1 month and 12 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Libra