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1962 Trivia, Year In Review & Fun Facts

US Patents

World Series Champions:

New York Yankees
NFL Champions:

Green Bay Packers
AFL Champions:

Dallas Texans
NBA Champions:

Boston Celtics
Stanley Cup Champs:

Toronto Maple Leafs
U.S. Open Golf:

Jack Nicklaus
U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):

Rodney Laver/Margaret Smith
Wimbledon (Men/Women):

Rod Laver/Karen Susman
NCAA Football Champions:

NCAA Basketball Champions:

Kentucky Derby:

World Cup (Soccer):

The Hotties and Fashion Icons:

Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Doris Day, Annette Funicello, Kim Novak
"The Quote"

"Heeere's Johnnny!"
- Ed McMahon on the 'Tonight Show'

"With a name like Smuckerís, it has to be good"

"We Try Harder"

"Think small"
- Volkwagon

"Bond. James Bond."
- Sean Connery, in 'Dr. No'

Time Magazine's Man of the Year:

Pope John XXIII
Miss America:

Maria Fletcher (Asheville, NC)
Miss USA:

Macel Leilani (Hawaii)
The Scandal:

Marilyn Monroe's death was caused by an overdose of sleeping pills. Conspiracy theories involve the mob, President John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert Kennedy. Ex-husband and baseball great Joe DiMaggio took care of all of the funeral arrangements although the couple had divorced in 1954.

October 22-28 was probably the closest we ever came to nuclear war - The Cuban Missle Crisis was officially over on November 2.

Rock and Roll Death: ex-Beatle Stuart Sutcliff (brain hemorrhage)

Nerd News:

Telstar was launched as the first working communications satellite.
The light-emitting diode (LED) invented Nick Holonyak, while working for General Electric.

Glenn Bell's first Taco Bell opened in Downey, California.

The first computer video Game , Spacewar, was invented.

Audio cassetes were invented.

The first Vail Ski Resort opened in 1962.

The first Target (Tar-zhay) store opened in Roseville, Minnesota.

The Philips Company of the Netherlands invented and released the first audio-cassette.

Do you remember, before 1962, when you could not get Goldfish Crackers at your local store? Pepperidge Farm remembers.

You could by a fall-out shelter for as little as $100, feeding your family radiation-free for up to two weeks. Models were priced at $5000 and even higher as well.

Decca Records A&R executive Dick Rowe turned down the Beatles for a record deal and reportedly told their manager, "Guitar groups are on the way out." He made up for the mistake by signing the Rolling Stones the following year.

The Habit:


Reading Rachel Carson's book, 'Silent Spring', which started the environmentalist movement.

1st appearances & 1962's Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:

Tammy fashion doll, Mille Bornes Card Game , King Zor, LEGO Model Sets (with wheels), Boob Tube, Slinky*, Password TV Game home version, smooth & plastic wiffle bat is introduced, Limbo Party Kit
Best Film Oscar Winner:

Lawrence of Arabia
1962 Most Popular TV shows:

1. Beverly Hillbillies (CBS)
2. Candid Camera (CBS)
3. The Red Skelton Show (CBS)
4. Bonanza (NBC)
5. The Lucy Show (CBS)
6. The Andy Griffith Show (CBS)
7. Ben Casey (ABC)
8. The Danny Thomas Show (CBS)
9. The Dick Van Dyke Show (CBS)
10. Gunsmoke (CBS)
1962 Billboard Number One Songs:

December 18, 1961 - January 12, 1962:

The Lion Sleeps Tonight The Tokens

January 13 - January 26:

The Twist - Chubby Checker

January 27 - February 16:

Peppermint Twist - Part I - Joey Dee & the Starliters

February 17 - March 9:

Duke Of Earl - Gene Chandler

March 10 - March 30:

Hey! Baby - Bruce Channel

March 31 - April 6:

Don't Break The Heart That Loves You - Connie Francis

April 7 - April 20:

Johnny Angel - Shelley Fabares

April 21 - May 4:

Good Luck Charm - Elvis Presley

May 5 - May 25:

Soldier Boy - The Shirelles

May 26 - June 1:

Stranger On The Shore - Mr. Acker Bilk

June 2 - July 6:

I Can't Stop Loving You - Ray Charles

July 7 - July 13:

The Stripper - David Rose

July 14 - August 10:

Roses Are Red (My Love) - Bobby Vinton

August 11 - August 24:

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do - Neil Sedaka

August 25 - August 31:

The Loco-Motion - Little Eva

September 1 - September 14:

Sheila - Tommy Roe

September 15 - October 19:

Sherry - The Four Seasons

October 20 - November 2:

Monster Mash - Bobby - Boris - Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers

November 3 - November 16:

He's A Rebel - The Crystals

November 17 - December 21:

Big Girls Don't Cry - The Four Seasons

December 22, 1962 - January 11, 1963:

Telstar - The Tornadoes


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