Following the placement of Soviet ballistic missiles in Cuba, President Kennedy orders a blockade:
Khruschev's agreement to dismantle and remove the missiles ends the world's gravest nuclear
Adolf Eichmann is hanged in Israel for his role in the Nazi extermination of six million Jews.
John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the earth.
The U.S. Supreme Court rules that officially-sponsored prayer in public schools is
James Meredith is the first black to enroll in the University of Mississippi following federal
intervention and white mob violence.
Sonny Liston knocks out Floyd Patterson to win the world heavyweight boxing championship.
Green Bay Packers beats the New York Giants in the NFL championship game.
Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points in a game for Philadelphia and averages 50 points a game for the
Boston Celtics win their 6th consecutive NBA crown.
Movies: Marilyn Monroe dies at age 36 of a barbituate overdose.
Lawrence of Arabia, To Kill A Mockingbird, How The West Was Won, The Longest Day, In Search Of The
Castaways and The Music Man are box office winners.
Television: Walter Cronkite succeeds Douglas Edwards as anchorman of the CBS
Evening News. Johnny Carson begins his reign as host of The Tonight Show. The
season's most popular shows are The Beverly Hillbillies, Candid
Camera, The Red Skelton Show,
Bonanza, andThe Lucy Show.
Top Musical Artists of 1962 Were:
Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Chubby Checker, Brenda Lee, Connie Francis, Dion, Joey Dee & The
Starlighters, Bobby Darin, Dee Dee Sharp, The 4 Seasons, Jimmy
Dean, Neil Sedaka, The Shirelles, Brook
Benton, Sam Cooke, Gene Pitney, Johnny Tillotson, Bobby Vinton, The Crystals, Burl Ives
Top Musical Artist Debuts:
Paul Simon, Gene Chandler, The Beach Boys, Jack Jones, Dee Dee Sharp, Jay & The Americans, Peter, Paul
& Mary, Bobby Vinton, The Orlons, Tommy Roe, The Supremes, Booker T. &
The MG's, Carole King, Marvin Gaye, Herb
Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, Dionne Warwick, Bobby Goldsboro, The Dells
Other Musical Tidbits:
The Top Song for 1962 was I Can't Stop Loving You by Ray Charles which was number 1 for
The Top Recording Artist for 1962 Elvis Presley
What songs were the high school class of 1962
listening to? Just sit back and listen to the songs from the graduation class of 1962. Keep in mind these are
the songs from your senior year which was normally from the months September 1961-June