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1962 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
1962 History Snapshot
World Series Champions
|New York Yankees|
|Green Bay Packers|
National Basketball Association Champions
NHL Stanley Cup Champions
|Toronto Maple Leafs|
US Open Golf
US Open Tennis (Men Ladies)
Rodney Laver/Margaret Smith
|Rodney Laver/Karen Susman|
FIFA World Cup Soccer
NCAA Football Champions
NCAA Basketball Champions
|Orange Bowl: January 1, 1962 - LSU over Colorado
Rose Bowl: January 1, 1962 - Minnesota over UCLA
Sugar Bowl : January 1, 1962 - Alabama over Arkansas
Westminster Kennel Best in Show Dog
Time Magazine's Man of the Year
|Pope John XXIII|
|Maria Fletcher (Asheville, NC)|
|Macel Leilani (Hawaii)|
Fashion Icons and Movie Stars
|Brigitte Bardot, 'Wilhelmina' Cooper, Doris Day, Annette Funicello, Audrey Hepburn, Anna Karina, Sophia Loren, Jayne Mansfield, Marilyn Monroe, Mary Tyler Moore, Rita Moreno, Julie Newmar, Kim Novak, Donna Reed, Jean Shrimpton, Elizabeth Taylor, Tuesday Weld|
Marilyn Monroe said in an interview for Life Magazine in
1962 "I never quite understood it, this sex symbol. I always
thought symbols were those things you clash together! That's the
trouble, a sex symbol becomes a thing. I just hate to be a thing."
1962 Pop Culture History
Greek-Canadian Sam Panopoulos is credited for creating the first
Hawaiian pizza at the Satellite Restaurant in Chatham, Ontario,
Canada in 1962.
The word 'thermos' used to be a trademark for vacuum flasks, until
1962 when US courts ruled it had become generic.
RIP, Scandals, Sad and Odd News
|In 1962, special, hi-tech locks were added to all US
nuclear missiles that would prevent launch without a secret, unique
launch code. However, military officials quietly circumvented this
safeguard by setting every locK to "00000000". The codes
remained unchanged until 1977.
Starfish Prime was a US test atomic bomb detonated in space with a force 100 times larger than that of the one on Nagasaki. It generated a mild EMP strike inHawaii and wiped out several satellites.
Berthe Mayne was a Belgian singer who claimed to her family to have survived the sinking of the Titanic, traveling 1st class under an alias as the mistress of a young Canadian millionaire. No one believed her until after her death in 1962, when her belongings and correspondence corroborated the story.
Peter Fechter, an 18 year old East German who was shot by East German troops trying to cross the Berlin Wall, was caught in barbed wire, and bled to death in front of the world's media, as police tried to throw him bandages.
In and near a village in Tanganyika, a laughter epidemic occurred.The cause was found to be an increase in stress due to higher expectations from parents and teachers placed upon the students after the nation's recent victory in gaining independence.
An intruder climbing the fence at a Minnesota air base set off the "sabotage alarm" in all bases in the area. In one base, due to wrong wiring, the klaxon alarm was sounded ordering nuclear-armed aircraft to take off, and the pilots believed WW3 had started. The intruder was a bear.
A plan to attack American cities - a 'false flag' - to justify war with Cuba was approved by the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1962. Rejected by President Kennedy, Operation Northwoods remained classified for 35 years.
The NFL allowed tacklers to grab the ball carrier by the face mask until 1962.
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. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, President John F. Kennedy's mother Rose Kennedy had Nikita Khrushchev sign a photo of himself for her signature collection, and she then sent it to JFK and asked him to add his signature
During the 1962 Szczecin military parade a tank of the Polish People's Army accidentally crushed bystanders, killing seven children and injuring many more. It was covered up for many years by the Polish communist authorities. Families of the dead children were told to not discuss the incident.
Mike Wallace's oldest son Peter went missing while exploring in Greece. Wallace flew to Greece alone, asked questions, followed his son's last known locations and found his body at the bottom of a hill where he fell while hiking.
Rock and Roll Death: ex-Beatle Stuart Sutcliff (brain hemorrhage)
Comedian Lenny Bruce was arrested for using the word "schmuck" on stage. "Schmuck" is a Yiddish swear word for "penis", and is considered deeply offensive in Yiddish speaking communities. The police asked a young George Carlin in the audience to show his ID, to which he responded, "I don't believe in ID." He was promptly arrested.
US spy planes were taking photos of Cuba. Those who analyzed them noticed something peculiar. They were building soccer fields. They knew Cubans didn't play soccer, they like baseball. Russians like soccer. This is how the Cuban Missile Crisis started.
Firsts and the Biggest Christmas Gifts
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
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.
Castle of Frankenstein Magazine (1962-1975)
Reading Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, which started the environmentalist movement.
Reading Ship of Fools by Katherine Anne Porter
Reading Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
Reading A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
1962/63 Biggest Television Shows
|(according to Nielsen
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)
Popular Music Artists
|The Biggest Pop Artists of 1962 include
Bobby Darin, Bobby Vee, Brenda Lee, Bruce Channel, Chubby Checker, The Crystals, Connie Francis, The Contours, Dee Dee Sharp, Dion, Elvis Presley, The 4 Seasons, Gene Chandler, Gene Pitney, Jackie Wilson, Joey Dee & the Starlighters, Jimmy Deen, Johnny Tillotson, Little Eva, The Marvelettes, Mary Wells, The Miracles, Neil Sedaka, The Orlons, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Neil Sedaka, The Shirelles, Tommy Roe
(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)
Number One Hits of 1962
|December 18, 1961 - January 12, 1962: The Tokens -
The Lion Sleeps Tonight
January 13, 1962 - January 26, 1962: Chubby Checker - The Twist
January 27, 1962 - February 16, 1962: Joey Dee and the Starliters - Peppermint Twist - Part 1
February 17, 1962 - March 9, 1962: Gene Chandler - Duke of Earl
March 10, 1962 - March 30, 1962: Bruce Channel - Hey! Baby
March 31, 1962 - April 6, 1962: Connie Francis - Don't Break the Heart That Loves You
April 7, 1962 - April 20, 1962: Shelley Fabares - Johnny Angel
April 21, 1962 - May 4, 1962: Elvis Presley - Good Luck Charm
May 5, 1962 - May 25, 1962: The Shirelles - Soldier Boy
May 26, 1962 - June 1, 1962: Mr. Acker Bilk - Stranger on the Shore
June 2, 1962 - July 6, 1962: Ray Charles - I Can't Stop Loving You
July 7, 1962 - July 13, 1962: David Rose - The Stripper
July 14, 1962 - August 10, 1962: Bobby Vinton - Roses Are Red (My Love)
August 11, 1962 - August 24, 1962: Neil Sedaka - Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
August 25, 1962 - August 31, 1962: Little Eva - The Loco-Motion
September 1, 1962 - September 14, 1962: Tommy Roe - Sheila
September 15, 1962 - October 19, 1962: The Four Seasons - Sherry
October 20, 1962 - November 2, 1962: Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers - Monster Mash
November 3, 1962 - November 16, 1962: The Crystals - He's a Rebel
November 17, 1962 - December 21, 1962: The Four Seasons - Big Girls Don't Cry
December 22, 1962 - January 11, 1963: The Tornados - Telstar
|Billy Budd, Birdman of Alcatraz, Capre Fear, The Day of the Triffids, Days of Wine and Roses, Dr. No, Girls! Girls! Girls!, Gypsy, How the West Was Won, King Kong vs. Godzilla, Lawrence of Arabia, The Longest Day, Lolita, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, The Longest Day, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Manchurian Candidate, The Miracle Worker, Mondo Cane (or A Dog's Life), The Music Man, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Trial, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?|
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