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1962 the cars continued to evolve as more compacts appeared and sold well in the US. The Cold War continued to worsen when the Russians placed Ballistic Missiles on Cuban land just 90 miles away from the coast of Florida in and JFK called the bluff by threatening war unless they were removed which they were but for a short time the world was on the brink of nuclear war and self destruction. The president then set a goal of landing a man on the moon before the end of the decade and became more involved in politics in Southeast Asia by training South Vietnamese pilots. Folk music was evolving into protest music thanks to young artists like Bob Dylan and the birth of Surfing music by the beach boys grew in popularity meanwhile in England the Beatles record the single "Love Me Do". The new hit on TV for that year was "The Beverly Hillbillies" and the first of the James Bond movies "Dr No" was an instant success, some of the other movies released included "Spartacus" and "El Cid".

Cost of Living 1962

How Much things cost in 1962
Yearly Inflation Rate USA 1.20%
Yearly Inflation Rate UK 3.6%
Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average 652
Average Cost of new house $12,500.00 Average Income per year $5,556.00 Average monthly rent $110.00 per month Tuition to Harvard University $1,520.00 All Wheel Drive Scout off road $2,150.00 Renault Imported car $1,395.00 Average Cost of a new car $3,125.00 Eggs per dozen 32 cents Gas per Gallon 28 cents Factory Workers Average Take Home Pay with 3 dependents $94.87
Below are some Prices for UK guides in Pounds Sterling
Average House Price 2,950 New Ford Cortina 591
Part of our 1962s Toys
Price: $23.88
Flintstone Pedal Car From The 1960s

Featured From Other 1962 Pages
Flinstones Cartoon Children's car From 62 Toys
Flinstones Cartoon Children's car  Childrens toys were often based on TV characters, anything Flintstones was sure to be popular and Fred Flintstone's car was a must have to any kid who watched the cartoons ( and what kid did not ), other toys we featured for the year included the iconic Etch-A-Sketch and Disneykins

Mens Hat From 62 Accessories
Mens HatIn the 60s Mens Hats were still a popular accessory so I wanted to include at least one amongst my featured accessories although the styles and colors were little changed in over 30 years from the thirties.

Lounge Top and Pants From 62 Fashion
Lounge Top and Pants Lounge top is gold-color lamé of rayon and metallic. Pullover style stars bateau neckline. Side slits.

What Events Happened in 1962

  • Heavy storm flood on Germany's North Sea coast, mainly around Hamburg, more than 300 people die, thousands losing their homes
Cuba --- Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Cuban Missile Crisis when USSR plans to deploy Missiles in Cuba brings the world to the brink of world war, the US blockades Cuba and the USSR agrees to dismantle Soviet Silos Begins On October 15th ends on November 20th
More Information and Timeline For The Cuban Missile Crisis
Background: 1961 April 17th to April 19th United States backs CIA-trained forces of Cuban exiles to overthrow the Cuban regime (Bay of Pigs )
1. February 7th A U.S. embargo ordered by President Kennedy goes into effect on all imports from Cuba including tobacco, seafood, fruits and vegetables
2. April to October Cuban and Soviet governments secretly began to build 9 missile bases in Cuba for launching medium-range and intermediate-range ballistic missiles, Missiles capable of reaching 2,800 miles covering most of the United States
3. on August 6th United States begins to suspect Soviets building Missile Bases in Cuba
4. August 7th United States Protests to Soviet Union who refute the allegations
5. October 14th United States Air Force U-2 plane on a photo reconnaissance mission captured photographic proof of Soviet missile bases under construction in Cuba
6. October 16th President Kennedy is informed proof of Cuban Missile Installations
7. October 17th U-2 flight discovers intermediate range (IRBMs) SS-5 nuclear missiles installed in Southern Cuba.
8. October 18th at a Personal meeting between Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs, Andrei Gromyko and President John F. Kennedy, Gromyko assures Kennedy that installations are purely defensive.
9. October 20th President Kennedy cancels remainder of his campaign trip because of an "upper respiratory infection."
10. October 21st U-2 flight discovers further missile bases in Northern Cuba.
11. October 21st U-2 flight reveals Soviet bombers and Migs numbers increasing.
12. October 22nd President Kennedy addresses the nation in a televised speech, announcing the presence of offensive missile sites in Cuba.
13. October 22nd US Forces Go to DEFCON 3
14. October 23rd U.S. ships take up position 500 miles offshore to blockade Cuba.
15. October 24th Most Soviet Shipping slows down or turns round except 1 ship
16. October 24th US Forces Go to DEFCON 2
17. October 25th Discussions focus over withdraw of U.S. missiles from Turkey in exchange for the withdrawal of Soviet missiles in Cuba
18. October 26th Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev proposes removing soviet missiles if President Kennedy publicly announces U.S. would never invade Cuba.
19. October 27th Khrushchev proposes in letter public trade of Soviet missiles in Cuba for U.S. missile in Turkey.
20. October 27th American U-2 is shot down over Cuba while on reconnaissance killing the pilot, Major Rudolf Anderson.
21. October 27th Kennedy writes Khrushchev a letter stating that he will make a statement that the U.S. will not invade Cuba if Khrushchev removes the missiles from Cuba.
22. October 28th Khrushchev announces over Radio Moscow that he has agreed to remove the missiles from Cuba.
23. November 20th Following confirmation missiles had been removed from Cuba the United States blockade of Cuba ends
What happened when DEFCON 2 declared ? 1,436 B-52 bombers dispersed and made ready to take off, fully equipped, on 15 minutes notice. 145 intercontinental ballistic missiles stood on ready alert, while Air Defense Command re deployed 161 nuclear-armed interceptors to 16 dispersal fields within nine hours including one-third maintaining 15-minute alert status. I have included this to show how close full scale nuclear war was between the world's two superpowers, we can only guess that the Soviet Union was at similar alert status and had similar plans in place.
Although no formal announcement was ever made by the United States following the Soviet dismantling of Missiles in Cuba the United States did Withdraw all nuclear missiles from Turkey by April 24th 1963 and because the Soviet Union and the United States came the closest in history to all out war a direct communications hot line was established between Moscow and Washington, D.C..

United States --- Marilyn Monroe sings Happy Birthday To President Kennedy
  • Marilyn Monroe serenades President Kennedy on his birthday.
More Information for Marilyn Monroe and President Kennedy.
Marilyn Monroe made one of her last public appearances on May 19th of 1962 at a birthday celebration for U.S. President John F. Kennedy before her death. The event became an iconic moment in pop culture when the actress sang an intimate, sultry, and memorable rendition of “Happy Birthday” to the world leader. Monroe wore an intricately designed skin-tight beaded dress that was considered a little scandalous at the time. The performance added to rumors that the two were having an affair and only three months later Monroe died of a drug overdose, ruled a probable suicide, under suspicious circumstances.

  • Marilyn Monroe is found dead on August 5th after apparently overdosing on sleeping pills
United States ---James Meredith
  • Rioting on University of Mississippi campus following Black student James Meredith attempting to enroll ends when
    federal troops and U.S. marshals take control.
More Information and Timeline for James Meredith 1. James Meredith becomes the first African-American student to enroll at the University of Mississippi on September 30th, 1962.
2. Meredith, an army veteran had made several attempts to enroll at the university but was forced away by Mississippi’s governor and denied entry.
3. He was finally able to enter the school after being escorted by United States Marshals at the insistence of President Kennedy.
4. Meredith actively tested the new integration mandate and became a fearless pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement.
5. He completed his degree at the University in August of 1963.

United States - Kenned Speech
  • President Kennedy proposes a "Consumer Bill of Rights."
More Information for the Consumer Bill of Rights
U.S. President John F. Kennedy calls for a “Consumer Bill of Rights” during an address to the United States Congress in March of 1962. His speech outlined four basic rights intended to protect consumers from misleading advertising, defective products, and monopolistic practices. The rights that were mentioned included the right to safety, the right to be informed, the right to choose, and the right to be heard. Kennedy also proposed certain measures to enforce and implement the rights.

  • James H. Meredith, an African American and a former serviceman in the U.S. Air Force begins his degree at the white only University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi.
  • The US Navy SEALS are created on January 1st as the U.S. Navy's principal special operations force, the special force was in existance prior dating back to World War II when the Navy "Scouts and Raiders" was formed.
Cuba - US ---Prisoner Exchange
  • End of Bay Of Pigs Fiasco when 1,113 prisoners taken during the attempted invasion are exchanged for $53 million in food and medicine
More Information and Timeline for the Bay Of Pigs Attempted failed military invasion of Cuba
1. 1953–59 Cuban Revolution leading to the Cuban President Fulgencio Batista and replacing his government with a revolutionary socialist state
2. The CIA began to recruit anti-Castro Cuban exiles ( Brigade 2506 ) training took place at US Bases in Florida, Panama and Guatemala
3. March 1960, the CIA put forward their plan for the overthrow of Castro's administration to the U.S. National Security Council (NSC), where it was given the support of U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower
4. 1960 Presidential Election both main candidates, Richard Nixon of the Republican Party and John F. Kennedy of the Democratic Party both promising to take a hard line with Castro
5. January 1961 President Kennedy is briefed, together with all the major departments, on the latest plan for the invasion of Cuba to overthrow Castro. President Kennedy authorized the active departments to continue, and to report progress.
6. April President Kennedy approved the invasion of beaches bordering the Bahía de Cochinos (Bay of Pigs)
7. Due to their secret intelligence network, anticipating the invasion, Che Guevara stressed the importance of an armed civilian populace, stating "all the Cuban people must become a guerrilla army, each and every Cuban must learn to handle and if necessary use firearms in defense of the nation.
8. April 15th eight Douglas B-26B Invader bombers in three groups simultaneously attacked three Cuban airfields at San Antonio de los Baños and at Ciudad Libertad (formerly named Campo Columbia), both near Havana.
9. April 16th CIA/Brigade 2506 invasion fleet sailed from Puerto Cabezas in Nicaragua to 'Rendezvous Point Zulu', about (40 mi) south of Cuba.
10. April 17th a force of four transport ships (Houston, Río Escondido, Caribe and Atlántico) carrying about 1,400 Cuban exile ground troops of Brigade 2506, plus tanks and other vehicles in the landing craft entered the Bay of Pigs .
11. April 17th a force of four transport ships (Houston, Río Escondido, Caribe and Atlántico) carrying about 1,400 Cuban exile ground troops of Brigade 2506, plus tanks and other vehicles in the landing craft entered the Bay of Pigs .
13. April 19th Due to the well organised and well informed Cuban forces Brigade 2506 ground forces retreat to the beaches in the face of considerable onslaught from Cuban government artillery, tanks and infantry and hoped for rescue by US ships but due to heavy fire by Cuban tanks they were forced to withdraw
13. December 1962 1,113 prisoners taken during the attempted invasion are exchanged for $53 million in food and medicine

  • The First Wal-Mart discount store is opened by by Sam Walton in Bentonville Arkansas
United States / Canada
  • The Columbus Day Storm ( 12th October ) strikes Northern California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia
United States --- The Space Needle
  • The Space Needle an observation tower in Seattle, Washington is completed in time for the 1962 World's Fair
More Information and Timeline for The Space Needle
1. The Space Needle is 605 ft high, 138 ft wide, and weighs 9,550 tons.
2. It was completed in less than 1 year just in time for the opening of the 1962 World's Fair
3. The domed top housing the top five levels including rotating SkyCity restaurant at 500 ft and an observation deck at 520 ft
4. The last elevator car was installed the day before the Fair opened on April 21st
5. During the Worlds Fair the Space Needle drew over 2.3 million visitors, when nearly 20,000 people a day used its elevators. this was nearly 1/4 of all the visitors to the Worlds Fair
The Space Needle is considered an icon of Seattle and still one of the most popular places to visit and photograph over fifty years later

United States --- Spider-Man
  • Marvel's Spider-Man superhero makes his first appearance in a comic.
More Information for Spiderman's First Appearance.
In June of 1962 the iconic Marvel superhero Spider-Man made his first appearance in the Amazing Fantasy #15 comic. The issue was dated for August of 1962 but had actually hit the shelves in June. Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Spider-Man was a teenage superhero whose nerdy alter-ego Peter Parker represented adolescent concerns and teenage tribulations in a way that no other comic book superhero had been able to previously. Many teen readers connected to the character making him one of the most popular and enduring comic series characters in history.

  • Brazil beat Czechoslovakia 3-1 to win the 1962 World Cup
  • The first US rocket Ranger IV lands on the moon on April 26th
  • First Ever Flavored Crisps / Chips sold Salt and Vinegar
  • The United Nations General Assembly passes a resolution condemning South Africa's racist apartheid policies and calls for all UN member states to cease military and economic relations with the nation
  • Burundi Gains Independence From Belgium
  • East German Border Guards shoot attempted escapee Peter Fechter and leave him to die on the Berlin Wall
  • The first Kmart department store opens in Garden City, Michigan
  • Air France Boeing 707 crashes on take-off at Orly Airport in Paris on June 3rd
  • John H. Glenn, Jr., becomes first American to orbit the earth during Friendship 7 orbit.
  • Oral Polio Vaccine developed by Albert Sabin given to millions of children to combat Polio
  • Algeria Gains Independence From France
  • Jamaica Gains Independence From Great Britain
  • Brazil wins the 1962 World Cup in Chili

Popular Culture

  • Beatles Turned Down By Decca Records
  • Release of first Beatles recording: the single "Love Me Do"
  • Andy Warhol's famous painting of a can of soup
  • Beverly Hill Billies is on TV
  • The Dick Van Dyke show on TV
  • Johnny Carson begins as presenter for The Tonight Show

Popular Films

  • West Side Story
  • Spartacus
  • El Cid
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

Popular Singers

  • The Beatles
  • Bob Dylan
  • Chubby Checker
  • Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
  • Neil Sedaka
  • Roy Orbison
  • Shirley Bassey

Check out our Television Programmes From The 60s whenever possible we have included a trailer to jog your memory. Series trailers and more information are found on the decade they started.

Born This Year

Joan Cusack October 11th
Evander Holyfield October 19th
Demi Moore November 11th
Jodie Foster November 19th

Technology 1962

  • 12 European countries form European Space Agency
  • Telstar relays the first live trans-Atlantic television signal
  • US Airforce investigates using lasers to intercept missiles
  • 90% of US households own a Television Set
  • Britain and France agree to develop the Concorde
  • The first use of silicone breast implants by Houston plastic surgeons

Inventions Invented by Inventors and Country ( or attributed to First Use )
Communication Satellite USA Telstar
Venus Probe USA Mariner 2 - the first planetary probe
LEDs USA Light Emitting Diodes - used for displays

1962 Calendar

Major World Political Leaders

Australia Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies Brazil President João Goulart Canada Prime Minister John Diefenbaker

China Chairman of the People's Republic of China Liu Shaoqi

France President Charles de Gaulle

Germany Chancellor Konrad Adenauer
India Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru

Italy Prime Minister Amintore Fanfani

Japan Prime Minister Hayato Ikeda Mexico President Adolfo López Mateos Russia / Soviet Union
First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev South Africa Prime Minister Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd United States President John F. Kennedy United Kingdom Prime Minister Harold Macmillan

Political Elections

Canadian Federal Election 1962 John Diefenbaker ( Progressive Conservatives ) defeats Lester B. Pearson ( Liberal )