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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.
- March 13, 1962 – Lyman Lemnitzer, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivers a proposal, called Operation Northwoods, regarding performing terrorist attacks upon Guantánamo Bay Naval Base, to Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. The proposal is scrapped and President John F. Kennedy removes Lemnitzer from his position.
- March 23, 1962 – Ship NS, the first nuclear-powered cargo-passenger ship, is launched as a showcase for Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Atoms for Peace initiative.
- April 2, 1962 – The first official Panda crossing is opened outside Waterloo station, London.
- April 6, 1962 – Leonard Bernstein causes controversy with his remarks from the podium during a New York Philharmonic concert featuring Glenn Gould performing Brahms’ First Piano Concerto.
- May 12, 1962 – Douglas MacArthur delivers his Duty, Honor, Country valedictory speech at the United States Military Academy.
- June 2, 1962 – During the 1962 FIFA World Cup, police had to intervene multiple times in fights between Chilean and Italian players in one of the most violent games in football history.
- August 6, 1962 – Jamaica becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
- October 5, 1962 – Dr. No, the first in the James Bond film series, is released.
- November 11, 1962 – Kuwait’s National Assembly ratifies the Constitution of Kuwait.
Who Were Born On 1962?
- April 1, 1962 – Phillip Schofield, British television presenter
- April 8, 1962 – Paddy Lowe, British engineer
- April 14, 1962 – Scott Boman, American politician
- April 16, 1962 – Ian MacKaye, American musician, (Fugazi and Minor Threat)
- June 10, 1962 – Wong Ka-Kui, Hong Kong singer-songwriter and guitarist (Beyond) (d. 1993)
- August 13, 1962 – John Slattery, American actor
- September 2, 1962 – Eugenio Derbez, Mexican comedian and actor
- September 18, 1962 – Joanne Catherall, English singer
- November 14, 1962 – Satomi Kōrogi, Japanese voice actress
- December 6, 1962 – Janine Turner, American actress