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1962 Historical Event(s)
- February 5, 1962 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Tiger in Chinese astrology.
- February 10, 1962 – Captured American U2 spy-plane pilot Gary Powers is exchanged for captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel.
- July 6, 1962 – As a part of Operation Plowshare, the Sedan nuclear test takes place.
- August 22, 1962 – An attempt to assassinate French president Charles de Gaulle fails.
- October 16, 1962 – Cuban Missile Crisis between the United States, and Cuba and the USSR, begins.
- October 22, 1962 – Cuban Missile Crisis: US President John F. Kennedy, after internal counsel from Dwight D. Eisenhower, announces that American reconnaissance planes have discovered Soviet nuclear weapons in Cuba, and that he has ordered a naval “quarantine” of the Communist nation.
- October 27, 1962 – Major Rudolf Anderson of the United States Air Force becomes the only direct human casualty of the Cuban Missile Crisis when his U-2 reconnaissance airplane is shot down in Cuba by a Soviet-supplied SA-2 Guideline surface-to-air missile.
- November 20, 1962 – Cuban Missile Crisis ends: In response to the Soviet Union agreeing to remove its missiles from Cuba, U.S. President John F. Kennedy ends the quarantine of the Caribbean nation.
- December 2, 1962 – Vietnam War: After a trip to Vietnam at the request of US President John F. Kennedy, US Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield becomes the first American official not to make an optimistic public comment on the war’s progress.
- December 14, 1962 – NASA’s Mariner 2 becomes the first spacecraft to fly by Venus.
Who Were Born On 1962?
- January 4, 1962 – Laila Eloui, Egyptian actress
- February 5, 1962 – Jennifer Jason Leigh, American actress
- March 30, 1962 – Mark Begich, American Senator from Alaska
- April 3, 1962 – Jennifer Rubin, American actress
- April 7, 1962 – Ram Gopal Varma, Indian film director & producer
- April 16, 1962 – Ian MacKaye, American musician, (Fugazi and Minor Threat)
- June 10, 1962 – Anderson Bigode Herzer, Brazilian writer and poet (d. 1982)
- June 13, 1962 – Glenn Michibata, Canadian professional tennis player
- June 15, 1962 – Thomas Mikal Ford, American actor
- August 25, 1962 – Māris Bružiks, Latvian triple jumper