Events in 1962
France transfers sovereignty to new republic of Algeria (July 3).
Cuban Missile Crisis: USSR to build missile bases in Cuba; Kennedy orders Cuban blockade, lifts blockade after Russia backs down (Aug.-Nov.).
Pope John XXIII opens Second Vatican Council (Oct. 11).
Cuba releases 1,113 prisoners of 1961 invasion attempt (Dec. 24).
Burundi, Jamaica, Western Samoa, Uganda, and Trinidad and Tobago become independent.
James H. Meredith, escorted by federal marshals, registers at University of Mississippi (Oct. 1).
Pat Brown defeats Richard Nixon in the California gubernatorial race.
WalMart opens it's first store.
US GDP (1998 dollars): $585.2 billion
World Series NY Yankees d. San Francisco Giants
Marilyn Monroe dies of a drug overdose at age 36.
The first transatlantic television transmission occurs via the Telstar Satellite, making worldwide television and cable networks a reality.
Government regulations force studios out of the talent agency business.
Johnny Carson takes over hosting duties of The Tonight Show.
Lawrence of Arabia, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Manchurian Candidate, Divorce-Italian Style
Lt. Col. John H. Glenn, Jr., is first American to orbit Earth three times in 4 hours 55 minutes (Feb. 20). Background: US Staffed Space Flights
Mariner II, the first interplanetary probe, reaches Venus. Background: US Unstaffed Planetary and Lunar Programs
Unimation introduces the first industrial robot.
The commercially sponsored Telstar communications satellite is launched.
May 27th is the deadline for room reservations at the Marriott Hotel.
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