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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 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”.
- May 22, 1962 – Continental Airlines Flight 11 crashes after bombs explode on board.
- July 12, 1962 – The Rolling Stones perform their first ever concert, at the Marquee Club in London.
- July 22, 1962 – Mariner program: Mariner 1 spacecraft flies erratically several minutes after launch and has to be destroyed.
- August 5, 1962 – Nelson Mandela is jailed. He would not be released until 1990.
- 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.
- September 28, 1962 – The Paddington tram depot fire destroys 65 trams in Brisbane, Australia.
- October 13, 1962 – The Pacific Northwest experiences a cyclone the equal of a Cat 3 hurricane. Winds measured above 150 mph at several locations; 46 people died.
- 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 16, 1962 – Paul Webb, British musician (Talk Talk, .O.rang)
- February 2, 1962 – Michael T. Weiss, American actor
- April 13, 1962 – Dave Miley, former baseball player and manager
- June 23, 1962 – Kevin Yagher, American special effects technician
- September 11, 1962 – Kristy McNichol, American actress
- October 29, 1962 – Einar Örn Benediktsson, Icelandic musician (The Sugarcubes)
- November 2, 1962 – Simon Hill, English-Australian football commentator
- November 19, 1962 – Sean Parnell, 12th Governor of Alaska
- November 24, 1962 – John Kovalic, British-born cartoonist