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The Year 1962
MAJOR EVENTS:
  • Soviet missile bases detected in Cuba; President Kennedy demands their removal. The confrontation is the closest the U.S. and U.S.S.R. ever come to war. Crisis is resolved when Soviets agree to remove Cuban missiles in exchange for removal of U.S. missiles in Turkey.
  • Charles VanDoren received a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to perjury charges steming from the Telivision show Twenty One
  • Robert F. Kennedy announced that U.S. Troops are committed to staying in Vietnam until the Viet Cong are beaten.
  • Comedian Enie Kovacs was killed in a car accident at around 2 a.m. on Jan. 13
  • American U2 Pilot Francis Gary Powers was released to the United States in Spy for Spy trade involving convicted Soviet Spy Rudolf Abel.


  • BUSINESS & ECONOMY:
  • President John F. Kennedy signed a bill autorizing $32 millions of dollors to be distributed on a matching basis to educational institutions for a Public Brodcasting System of Television.


  • SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY:
  • Lt. Col. John H. Glenn, Jr. becomes first American to achieve earth orbit; his Mercury 6 mission is followed by two other Mercury flights
  • Ranger IV first U.S. space probe to reach the moon, where it crash lands by design
  • Telstar becomes the first communications satellite intended for regular service; relays television signals between North America and Europe
  • The Boeing Company let sail the 727 Trijet at its testing center on Nov. 27th. The Giant plane is expected to receive FAA certification by the 1st quarter of 1963
  • Morning sickness drug thalidomide found to be causing birth defects
  • Niels Bohr dies


  • SPORTS:
  • World Series: New York Yankees over San Francisco, 4-3
  • Wilt Chamberland scores 100 points in a basketball game against the New York Knicks.


  • ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
  • Songs: Blowin' in the Wind, Go Away Little Girl, Days of Wine and Roses, The Loco-Motion, Sherry, Monster Mash, Big Girls Don't Cry
  • TV Shows: I've Got a Secret, Beverly Hillbillies, Route 66, The Flinstones, Price is Right, Ben Casey
  • Books: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Edward Albee; Letting Go, Philip Roth; Travels with Charley, John Steinbeck; One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Alexander Solzhenitsyn; One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey; The Thin Red Line, James Jones; Happiness is a Warm Puppy, Charles Schultz
  • Peter O'Toole stars as T. E. Lawrence in David Lean's movie Lawrence of Arabia.


  • EVERYDAY LIFE:
  • The Supreme Court of the United States in an opinion regarding a New York Regents prayer written for public schools that "In this country, it is no part of the business of government ot compose official prayers for any group of the American People to recite."

  • Last Updated - September 27th, 2000