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1962 Historical Event(s)
- January 26, 1962 – Ranger program: Ranger 3 is launched to study the moon. The space probe later misses the moon by 22,000 miles (35,400 km).
- February 5, 1962 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Tiger in Chinese astrology.
- March 18, 1962 – The Evian Accords put an end to the Algerian War of Independence, which began in 1954.
- 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 13, 1962 – Representatives from the Russian Orthodox Church and the Holy See meet in Metz, France, and come to an agreement wherein the Russian church would send observers to the Second Vatican Council and in exchange, the Roman Catholic Church would refuse to condemn Communism.
- August 22, 1962 – The NS Savannah, the world’s first nuclear-powered cargo ship, completes its maiden voyage.
- September 24, 1962 – United States court of appeals orders the University of Mississippi to admit James Meredith.
- October 25, 1962 – Nelson Mandela is sentenced to five years in prison.
- December 9, 1962 – The Petrified Forest National Park is established in Arizona.
- December 21, 1962 – Rondane National Park is established as Norway’s first national park.
Who Were Born On 1962?
- March 18, 1962 – Etsushi Toyokawa, Japanese actor
- May 21, 1962 – Richard Caputo, American Author
- June 9, 1962 – Yuval Banai, Israeli musician and singer (Mashina)
- July 23, 1962 – Eriq La Salle, American actor
- September 13, 1962 – Tõnu Õnnepalu, Estonian poet and author
- September 14, 1962 – Tom Kurvers, American ice hockey player
- September 17, 1962 – BeBe Winans, gospel and R&B singer
- September 18, 1962 – John Fashanu, English footballer
- September 28, 1962 – Dietmar Schacht, German footballer
- December 4, 1962 – Kevin Richardson, English footballer