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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.
- February 20, 1962 – Mercury program: While aboard Friendship 7, John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the earth, making three orbits in 4 hours, 55 minutes.
- 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 3, 1962 – The Algerian War of Independence against the French ends.
- July 6, 1962 – As a part of Operation Plowshare, the Sedan nuclear test takes place.
- July 10, 1962 – Telstar, the world’s first communications satellite, is launched into orbit.
- September 20, 1962 – James Meredith, an African-American, is temporarily barred from entering the University of Mississippi.
- September 27, 1962 – The Yemen Arab Republic is established.
- September 30, 1962 – James Meredith enters the University of Mississippi, defying segregation.
- November 4, 1962 – In a test of the Nike-Hercules air defense missile, Shot Dominic-Tightrope is successfully detonated 69,000 feet above Johnston Island. It would also be the last atmospheric nuclear test conducted by the United States.
Who Were Born On 1962?
- January 5, 1962 – Perry Fenwick, English actor
- January 21, 1962 – Tyler Cowen, American economist
- February 25, 1962 – Birgit Fischer, German kayaker
- April 4, 1962 – Craig Adams, English musician (The Sisters of Mercy, Mission UK)
- April 9, 1962 – Ihor Podolchak, Ukrainian artist and film director
- May 28, 1962 – James Michael Tyler, American actor
- June 22, 1962 – Bobby Gillespie, Scottish vocalist and drummer (Primal Scream, The Jesus and Mary Chain)
- August 5, 1962 – Richard de Groen, New Zealand cricketer
- September 24, 1962 – Mike Phelan, English footballer
- November 1, 1962 – Anthony Kiedis, American singer (Red Hot Chili Peppers)