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
Federal spending: $106.82 billion
Federal debt: $302.9 billion
Consumer Price Index: 30.2
Unemployment: 6.7%
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.04
Cost of a gallon of gasoline: $0.36


World Series NY Yankees d. San Francisco Giants (4-3)
NBA Championship Boston d. LA Lakers (4-3)
Stanley Cup Toronto d. Chicago (4-2)
Wimbledon Women: Karen Susman d. V. Sukova (6-4 6-4) Men: Rod Laver d. M. Mulligan (6-2 6-2 6-1)
Kentucky Derby Champion Decidedly
NCAA Basketball Championship Cincinnati d. Ohio St. (71-59)
NCAA Football Champions USC (11-0-0)
World Cup Brazil d. Czechoslovakia (3-1)


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


  • James Baldwin, Another Country
  • Jorge Luis Borges, Labyrinths, Ficciones
  • Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
  • Robert Frost, In the Clearing
  • Günter Grass, The Tin Drum
  • Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo' Nest
  • Sylvia Plath, The Colossus and Other Poems
  • Anne Sexton, All My Pretty Ones
  • William Stafford, Traveling through the Dark
  • Richard Yates, Eleven Kinds of Loneliness


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.


Niels Bohr

William Faulkner

Ernie Kovacs

Eleanor Roosevelt

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