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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 2, 1962 – Wilt Chamberlain sets the single-game scoring record in the National Basketball Association by scoring 100 points.
- March 16, 1962 – A Flying Tiger Line Super Constellation disappeared in the western Pacific Ocean, with 107 missing.
- April 16, 1962 – Walter Cronkite takes over as the lead news anchor of the CBS Evening News, during which time he would become “the most trusted man in America”.
- July 13, 1962 – In an unprecedented action, British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan dismisses seven members of his Cabinet, marking the effective end of the National Liberals as a distinct force within British politics.
- August 17, 1962 – East German border guards kill 18-year-old Peter Fechter as he attempts to cross the Berlin Wall into West Berlin becoming one of the first victims of the wall.
- September 8, 1962 – Newly independent Algeria, by referendum, adopts a constitution.
- September 30, 1962 – James Meredith enters the University of Mississippi, defying segregation.
- October 3, 1962 – Project Mercury: Sigma 7 is launched from Cape Canaveral, with Astronaut Wally Schirra aboard, for a six-orbit, nine-hour flight.
- 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.
Who Were Born On 1962?
- January 5, 1962 – Perry Fenwick, English actor
- March 24, 1962 – Star Jones, American television personality
- April 2, 1962 – Clark Gregg, American actor
- April 11, 1962 – Vincent Gallo, American actor
- April 27, 1962 – Ángel Comizzo, Argentine footballer
- June 13, 1962 – Glenn Michibata, Canadian professional tennis player
- September 22, 1962 – Normand D'Amour, Canadian actor
- October 28, 1962 – Daphne Zuniga, American actress
- December 22, 1962 – Ralph Fiennes, English actor
- December 25, 1962 – Darren Wharton, British keyboardist (Thin Lizzy and Dare)