1962

Facts and Events That Happened in This Year

Dec 25

To Kill a Mockingbird film was released.

Dec 16

'Lawrence of Arabia' film directed by David Lean, was released in the United States.

Dec 14

The Mariner 2 space probe completed the first-ever flyby of Venus.

Dec 13

NASA launched the first-ever active repeater communications satellite.

Nov 27

The first Boeing 727 planes were delivered to airlines.

Oct 31

The American psychological thriller 'What Ever Happened to Baby Jane' with Joan Crawford and Bette Davis was released.

Oct 28

The Cuban Missile Crisis Ended.

Oct 16

The Cuban Missile Crisis began.

Oct 1

American rock band, The Beach Boys released their first album, "Surfin' Safari."

Sep 23

The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts opened in New York City.

Sep 22

Singer Bob Dylan played at New York’s famous Carnegie Hall.

Sep 18

Rwanda, Burundi, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tebogo were admitted to the United Nations.

Sep 12

American department store Kohl’s opened their first store in Brookfield, Wisconsin.

Sep 1

The world population on Earth passed 3 billion.

Aug 5

Nelson Mandela returned to South Africa and was arrested for illegally leaving the country.

Jul 28

The Soviet Union launched its second reconnaissance satellite, Kosmos 4.

Jul 27

Martin Luther King Jr. was jailed while performing a public prayer at the city hall in Albany, Georgia, US.

Jul 22

The Mariner 1 Space Probe was forced to self-destruct minutes after launching.

Jul 12

The Rolling Stones had their first performance at the Marquee Club in London.

Jul 10

Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested for a demonstration he was involved in during December 1961.

Jul 10

NASA launched Telstar 1, the world's first active communications satellite.

Jul 9

Andy Warhol presented his artwork for the first time at the Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles, US.

Jul 5

Algeria claimed its independence from France after being ruled for 132 years.

Jul 2

The first Walmart store opened in Rogers, Arkansas.

Jun 11

President John F. Kennedy gained an honorary degree from Yale University.

Jun 2

Chile and Italy played one of the most violent soccer games in history.

May 24

Scott Carpenter orbited the Earth three times in the US Aurora 7.

May 23

Twelve doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston performed the first successful reattachment of a human limb – it was the severed arm of a boy.

May 19

Marilyn Monroe performed 'Happy Birthday, Mr. President' for President J.F. Kennedy’s 45th birthday.

May 8

NASA's Atlas-Centaur rocket exploded mid-air during its first test flight.

Apr 26

Ariel 1, the first British-American satellite, was launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida, US.

Apr 20

Neil Armstrong flew the X-15 craft to an altitude of 34 miles (54.6 km).

Mar 21

Glen Bell opened the very first Taco Bell restaurant, in Downey, California.

Feb 20

John Glenn became the first American to orbit planet Earth.

Feb 4

The Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn all aligned.

Jan 28

Honeybees stung Johannes Relleke a world record 2,443 times in Zimbabwe.

Jan 26

The Ranger 3 robotic spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Jan 16

The filming of the first James Bond movie, 'Dr. No,' began.

Jan 4

New York City modernized its subway by starting its first unmanned trains.