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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.
- April 26, 1962 – NASA’s Ranger 4 spacecraft crashes into the Moon.
- June 1, 1962 – The Pilkington Committee on Broadcasting concludes, among other things, that the British public did not want commercial radio broadcasting.
- August 30, 1962 – Japan conducts a test of the NAMC YS-11, its first aircraft since World War II and its only successful commercial aircraft from before or after the war.
- September 28, 1962 – The Paddington tram depot fire destroys 65 trams in Brisbane, Australia.
- September 29, 1962 – Alouette 1, the first Canadian satellite, is launched.
- October 5, 1962 – Dr. No, the first in the James Bond film series, is released.
- October 25, 1962 – Nelson Mandela is sentenced to five years in prison.
- November 24, 1962 – The West Berlin branch of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany forms a separate party, the Socialist Unity Party of West Berlin.
- 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.
Who Were Born On 1962?
- January 19, 1962 – Hans Daams, Dutch cyclist
- June 3, 1962 – Susannah Constantine, British fashion guru
- June 5, 1962 – Jeff Garlin, American comedian
- June 21, 1962 – Viktor Tsoi, Soviet guitarist, singer and songwriter (Kino) (d. 1990)
- July 8, 1962 – Joan Osborne, American singer and songwriter
- July 25, 1962 – Doug Drabek, American baseball player
- August 4, 1962 – Roger Clemens, American baseball player
- October 13, 1962 – Jerry Rice, American football player
- December 16, 1962 – Maruschka Detmers, Dutch actress
- December 28, 1962 – Melissa R. Kelly, former Maryland politician