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Trivia
Sixties Academy Awards 1962 Academy Awards - The 'Oscars'
Best Actor: Gregory Peck ( To Kill A Mockingbird )
Best Actress: Anne Bancroft ( The Miracle Worker )
Best Film: Lawrence Of Arabia
Sixties City Eurovision
Winner: France
Isabelle Aubret - 'Un Premier Amour'
Sixties average weekly wage
Average Weekly Wage
£15.7s.3d
UK Population
53,292,000
World Population
3,136,082,730
Sixties Prices
1962 Prices
Sixties Births
1962 Births
Sixties Deaths
1962 Deaths

UK Involvement in Military Actions:
Irish Border Campaign (1956-1962) Victory: IRA campaign fails
Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation (1962-1966)
Dhofar Rebellion (1962-1975)

General
Retail Price Index (RPI) 2.6% Index 13.5 Interest Rate (gross) on Savings Accounts3.75%
News
Charles M.Schulz creates 'Snoopy' UK average house price £2,950
1962
Beatle Stuart Sutcliffe dies of a brain haemorrhage Unemployment quoted at 403,000
Elvis has his 50th U.S. chart entry with 'Return To Sender' Actor Sean Connery marries Diane Cilento
  Gary Powers is released in exchange for a Russian spy Sony develop the 5" micro television
  Miss World is Catharina Lodders ( Miss Holland ) Martin Luther King is jailed in Georgia
  Charles DeGaulle narrowly escapes assassination attempts The first industrial robots are produced
  Construction begins on the World Trade Centre Rod Laver achieves the Grand Slam in tennis winning all four major tournaments
  Peter Fechter is the first person to be killed on the Berlin Wall Oswald Moseley attempts to revive fascism in Britain, leading to civil unrest
  The 1,000 space Hyde Park underground car park opens Miss Universe is Norma Nolan (Miss Argentina)
  Ford open their £50 million car plant at Halewood on Merseyside The first self-service petrol station opens on London's Southwark Bridge
  Grand Prix driver Ricardo Rodriguez dies in a crash The world's largest movable radio telescope is built at Eifelsberg, Germany
  Pantyhose become available for sale in U.S. department stores The Duchess of Kent gives birth to her first son, George Phillip Nicholas
  The 'After Eight' dinner mint is invented by Brian Sollitt of Rowntrees A Picasso painting fetches £80,000 at auction - the highest price ever paid for the work of a living artist
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1962 Prices

Average house price £2,950
Ford Cortina £591

UK inflation rate 3.6%

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1962 Births


January 5 Joe Monzo, microtonal composer and tuning-theorist
January 14 Michael McCaul, American politician
January 17 Jim Carrey, actor, comedian
January 21 Marie Trintignant, French actress
February 4 Clint Black, country musician
February 5 Jennifer Jason Leigh, actress
February 6 Axl Rose, singer with Guns'n'Roses
February 7 Garth Brooks, country music
February 7 Eddie Izzard, actor and comedian
February 10 Bobby Czyz, boxer
February 10 Cliff Burton, bassist with Metallica
February 11 Sheryl Crow, singer
February 11 Scott Kolden, actor
February 17 Lou Diamond Phillips, actor
February 21 Vanessa Feltz, TV presenter
February 21 David Foster Wallace, writer
February 22 Steve Irwin, Australian TV personality
February 24 Michelle Shocked, musician
March 2 Jon Bon Jovi, singer, songwriter, actor
March 3 Jackie Joyner-Kersee, American athlete
March 3 Herschel Walker, American football player
March 12 Darryl Strawberry, baseball player
March 15 Terence Trent D'Arby, singer
March 17 Clare Grogan, Scottish actress and singer
March 20 Stephen Sommers, film director
March 21 Matthew Broderick, actor
March 21 Rosie O'Donnell, comedian, actress
March 23 Steve Redgrave, five times Olympic gold-medallist rower
March 26 John Stockton, basketball player
March 30 MC Hammer, rap artist
April 2 Mark Shulman, children's author
April 11 Vincent Gallo, actor
April 15 Nawal El Moutawakel, Moroccan hurdler
April 16 Ian MacKaye, musician
April 19 Al Unser, Jr., two time Indianapolis 500 winner
April 23 John Hannah, actor
May 9 David Gahan, singer with Depeche Mode
May 10 David Fincher, film director
May 12 Emilio Estevez, actor
May 24 Gene Anthony Ray, actor
May 27 Ravi Shastri, Indian cricketer
June 2 Clyde Drexler, basketball player
June 8 Nick Rhodes, musician with Duran Duran
June 10 Gina Gershon, actress
June 13 Ally Sheedy, actress
June 19 Paula Abdul, dancer, choreographer and singer
June 29 Amanda Donohoe, actress
July 3 Tom Cruise, actor
July 19 Anthony Edwards, actor
July 31 Wesley Snipes, actor
August 6 Michelle Yeoh, actress
August 9 Kevin Mack, American football player
August 29 Rebecca De Mornay, actress
September 1 Ruud Gullit, Dutch footballer
September 11 Elizabeth Daily, actress
September 24 Jack Dee, comedian
September 25 Aida Turturro, actress
September 26 Melissa Sue Anderson, actress
September 26 Tracey Thorn, singer
October 1 Esai Morales, actor
October 11 Joan Cusack, actress and comedienne
October 13 Kelly Preston, actress
October 13 Jerry Rice, American football player
October 16 Flea, bassist with Red Hot Chili Peppers
October 19 Evander Holyfield, heavyweight champion boxer
October 25 Nick Hancock, actor and television presenter
October 26 Cary Elwes, actor
October 30 Courtney Walsh, West Indian cricketer
November 3 Marilyn, musician
November 11 Demi Moore, actress
November 19 Jodie Foster, actress and director
November 27 Samantha Bond, actress
November 28 Jon Stewart, actor, comedian
November 29 Andrew McCarthy, actor
November 30 Bo Jackson, American football and baseball star
November 30 Daniel Keys Moran, science fiction writer
December 9 Felicity Huffman, actress
December 12 Tracy Austin, tennis player
December 22 Ralph Fiennes, actor
December 28 Michel Petrucciani, French jazz player
December 30 Alessandra Mussolini, Italian politician



1962 Deaths

January 13 Ernie Kovacs, comedian
January 20 Robinson Jeffers, poet
January 26 Lucky Luciano, American gangster
January 29 Fritz Kreisler, Austrian violinist
February 10 Eduard von Steiger, former president of Switzerland
February 17 Bruno Walter, conductor
February 19 Georgios Papanikolaou, inventor of the Pap smear
March 24 Jean Goldkette, jazz musician
March 24 Auguste Piccard, physicist and explorer
April 4 James Hanratty, A6 murderer
April 10 Michael Curtiz, film director
April 10 Stuart Sutcliffe, musician
May 27 Egon Petri, classical pianist
May 31 Adolf Eichmann, Nazi official (executed)
June 4 Charles William Beebe, oceanic pioneer
June 6 Yves Klein, French painter
June 12 John Ireland, composer
June 28 Mickey Cochrane, Baseball Hall of Fame
July 6 William Faulkner, American novelist
July 9 Georges Bataille, French writer
July 12 Roger Wolfe Kahn, band leader
July 20 George Macaulay Trevelyan, English historian
August 5 Marilyn Monroe, actress
August 9 Hermann Hesse, author
August 17 Peter Fechter, Berlin Wall escaper
September 3 E. E. Cummings, poet
September 6 Hanns Eisler, composer
September 7 Kirstin Flagstad, Norwegian soprano
September 7 Isak Dinesen, Danish writer
October 6 Tod Browning, director
October 9 Milan Vidmar, Slovene chess player
October 27 Enrico Mattei, Italian politician
November 7 Eleanor Roosevelt, first lady
November 18 Niels Bohr, Danish physicist
November 28 Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
November 29 Erik Scavenius, Prime Minister of Denmark
December 15 Charles Laughton, actor and director
December 20 Emil Artin, mathematician
December 24 Wilhelm Ackermann, mathematician

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The Beatles' audition at Decca Records is unsuccessful
Western Samoa becomes independent from New Zealand
Pope John XXIII excommunicates Fidel Castro
Tony Sheridan and The Beatles produce 'My Bonnie' and 'The Saints'
Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa is exhibited in the U.S.A. for the first time
Golfer Jack Nicklaus, aged 21, makes his first pro appearance, coming 50th
A trade pact is agreed between Cuba and the Soviet Union
The DeHavilland Trident makes its maiden flight
Volcano Huascaran erupts in Peru, killing 4,000
Albania allies itself with the People's Republic of China
Yves Saint-Laurent, protégé of Christian Dior sets up his Paris fashion house
British weather services begin issuing centigrade temperatures with Fahrenheit equivalents
The U.S. spacecraft Ranger 3 goes off course, missing the moon by 20,000 miles
Britain and America walk out of Nuclear test ban talks with the Soviet Union in Geneva
Two of the high-wire "Flying Wallendas" are killed when their famous seven-person pyramid collapses

DeHavilland Trident in BEA livery

 


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Duane Eddy marries singer Miriam Johnson
Don Everly marries Hollywood starlet Venetia Stevenson
Neptune and Pluto align for the first time in 400 years
US announces a trade embargo on Cuba
The Sunday Times becomes the first paper to print a colour supplement
Taiwan Stock Exchange Corporation opened
American spy pilot Gary Powers is exchanged for Soviet spy Rudolf Abel
An Essex schoolboy claims the world record for 'The Twist' after dancing non-stop for 33 hours
Jackie Kennedy conducts a televised tour of the White House
James Hanratty is sentenced to death for the 'A6' murder
John Glenn in the Mercury 'Friendship 7' becomes the first American to orbit the Earth
Football League founder members Accrington Stanley play their last game, versus Rochdale, at Peel Park before winding up with debts of £60,000
The Commonwealth Immigrants Bill is passed in London, establishing a quota system

Jackie Kennedy in The White House

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The Beatles make their radio debut on 'Teenager's Turn - Here We Go'
An American Airlines Boeing 707 crashes on takeoff at NY International Airport, killing all on board
In India, President Nehru's Congress Party wins the general election
There is a military coup in Burma
The British Antarctic Territory is created in the South Atlantic
Malta becomes fully independent
The Beatles record their debut performance for BBC Radio Manchester wearing matching suits
5 research groups simultaneously announce the discovery of anti-matter
The first Russian 'Cosmos' satellite is launched
France and Algeria sign an agreement in Evian ending the Algerian War
A 300 year-old skull is discovered beneath 10 Downing Street
Scandinavian States of Nordic Council sign the Helsinki Convention on Nordic Co-operation
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards perform as Little Boy Blue & The Blue Boys

Cosmos

April

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The Income Tax Act, 1961 comes into force
Push-button 'Panda' road crossings are introduced
James Hanratty is executed at Bedford Prison for the A6 murder
Two London gangs, the Mussies from Muswell Hill and the Finchley Boys, have a battle resulting in several stabbings. Mussie Peter Quaife (later of The Kinks) escapes by clinging to the underside of a parked car
Stuart Sutcliffe dies of a brain haemorrhage in Hamburg
Georges Pompidou becomes president of France
Jerry Lee Lewis' 3 year old son accidentally drowns in their swimming pool
Chuck Berry is transferred to Leavenworth Federal Prison
Brian "Liquorice" Locking replaces Jet Harris in the Shadows
Stirling Moss is seriously injured crashing his Lotus 7 in a race at Goodwood
President Kennedy announces U.S.A. are resuming atmospheric atomic testing
The first British satellite 'Ariel' is launched
The American spacecraft Ranger 4 crashes on the dark side of the moon

Stirling Moss

May

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Prince Charles enters Gordonstoun school
Don and Phil Everly are discharged from the U.S. Marines
The French carry out their first underground nuclear experiment in the Sahara
The government warns it will fine pedestrians not using the new 'Panda' crossings
12 East Germans escape to the West via a tunnel under the Berlin Wall
The first nuclear warhead is fired from Polaris submarine 'Ethan Allen'
The last trolleybus runs in London
Laser beams are successfully reflected from the moon for the first time
The Beatles sign their first recording contract with EMI Parlophone
Juan Carlos marries the Greek Princess Sophia in Athens
The first reattachment of a human limb is performed in America
Scott Carpenter orbits the Earth three times in the Aurora 7 space capsule
The New Coventry Cathedral, designed by Basil Spence, is consecrated
Adolf Eichmann is hanged in Israel, executed for Nazi war crimes

London's last trolleybus
 

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Britain's first legal casino is opened at The Metropole, Brighton
Only two stewardesses survive an Air France Boeing 707 air crash at Orly Airport in Paris - 130 die
The Beatles meet producer George Martin for the first time at EMI's Abbey Road studios
England lose the 1962 football World Cup quarter final 3-1 to Brazil in Chile
Frank Morris, John and Clarence Anglin become the only prisoners to successfully escape from the prison on Alcatraz Island, digging their way out with spoons
Albert DeSalvo, The Boston Strangler, murders Anna Slesers, his first victim
Brazil retain the football World Cup beating Czechoslovakia 3-1 in Santiago
The Vickers VC10 makes its maiden flight
Police 5 is seen on television for the first time
The French Foreign Legion leaves Algeria
Rwanda and Burundi gain independence

Alcatraz Prison island
 

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The 137th and last annual 'Players vs Gentlemen' cricket match is held at Lord's
Island Records is formed
Fidel Castro visits Moscow
The government's Immigration Bill becomes law
Algeria becomes independent from France
Telstar, the first proper telecommunications satellite, is put into orbit and President Lyndon B.Johnson takes the first telephone call 'from space'
The first motorway opens in Ireland
The first TV signals are beamed between U.S.A. and France via Telstar
Fred Baldasare becomes the first man to swim The Channel underwater
The "Small Boy" nuclear test 'Little Feller I' is the last atmospheric test detonation at the Nevada Test Site
The Rolling Stones make their first appearance at the Marquee Club, Soho
Two manned spacecraft (USSR) are in space together for the first time
The borehole for the Mont Blanc tunnel is completed
The world's first experimental hovercraft passenger service opens between Moreton, Wirral and Rhyl
The Mariner 1 spacecraft flies erratically after launch and has to be destroyed
An 18 minute live transmission is beamed to 16 European countries via Telstar
The Mariner I spacecraft launched to Mars falls into the Atlantic Ocean

Telstar
 

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Marilyn Monroe, aged 36, is found dead from a drink and drugs overdose
Jamaica becomes independent
An experimental hovercraft service is launched between Portsmouth and Ryde
Soviet cosmonaut Andrian Nikolayev begins a 94-hour flight
Two Soviet Vostok spacecraft orbit simultaneously
The last 10 feet of the 7.5 mile Mont Blanc tunnel is completed
Ringo Starr becomes the drummer for The Beatles
East German border guards kill 18-year-old Peter Fechter as he attempts to cross the Berlin Wall into West Berlin. His friend Helmut Kulbeik makes it across
British Fascist leader Colin Jordan is jailed for nine months for inciting a riot during a speech
Beatle John Lennon secretly marries Cynthia Powell
The spacecraft Mariner II is launched towards Venus
An assassination attempt is made on General de Gaulle in Paris
Trinidad and Tobago becomes independent

Peter Fechter

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Channel Television launches to 54,000 households in the Channel Islands
London sees fierce street battles between East Enders and Oswald Mosley's Fascists
The Soviet Union agrees to send arms to Cuba
The Beatles have their first official recording session with George Martin, in London
A U2 spy plane used by Taiwan is shot down in China
The Beatles record 'Love Me Do' and 'PS I Love You' with Andy White on drums
Ringo Starr replaces Pete Best as drummer for The Beatles
President Kennedy declares the USA will put a man on the moon by the end of the decade
Distillers agree to pay £250,000 for research into damage done by Thalidomide
29 refugees escape by tunnelling under the Berlin Wall
The Ford Cortina is launched
Sonny Liston beats Floyd Patterson to become World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Civil war breaks out in Yemen
TV comedy series 'The Beverly Hillbillies' premieres on CBS in the USA
Alouette 1, the first Canadian satellite, is launched

Oswald Mosley

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The Beatles release their first record for E.M.I. 'Love Me Do'
Alf Ramsey succeeds Walter Winterbottom as England football manager
The first black student James Meredith registers at the University of Mississippi
The first James Bond film 'Dr. No' premieres in London
Elizabeth Lane becomes the first female high court judge
Uganda becomes independent within the Commonwealth
Spacecraft Mariner II reveals the existence of solar 'winds'
A U-2 flight over Cuba takes photos of Soviet nuclear weapons being installed
Martin Luther King Jr. is named the Nobel Peace Prize winner in Stockholm
A stand-off between the United States and the Soviet Union over Cuba puts the world under threat of a nuclear war
The Hyde Park underpass opens in London, causing huge traffic jams
The Beatles make their first television appearance
Cliff Richard debuts on the Ed Sullivan Show
The spy William Vassall is jailed for 18 years
President Kennedy appears on U.S. television to announce the siting of Soviet missiles in Cuba, 90 miles from the U.S.A.
The trial of Nelson Mandela begins
Kruschev capitulates and orders the Cuban rockets to be dismantled and returned to the Soviet Union, ending the 'Cuban Missile Crisis'
Singer Michelle Phillips marries film star Dennis Hopper - it only lasts a couple of weeks

Nelson Mandela

James Meredith

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Prince Philip opens the Commonwealth Games in Perth, Australia
The Soviet Union launches the first spacecraft to Mars
The Soviets begin dismantling their missiles in Cuba
Greece enters the European Common Market
The British government halves the purchase tax on cars in a bid to boost the economy
Saudi Arabia breaks off diplomatic relations with Egypt
The UN passes a resolution condemning South Africa's racist apartheid policies
Eleanor Roosevelt dies
Richard M. Nixon loses the California governor's race and quits politics
Nelson Mandela is sentenced to 5 years imprisonment
President J.F.Kennedy dedicates Dulles International Airport in Washington DC
The Cuban Missile Crisis ends and sanctions on Cuba are lifted
The first test flight of the Boeing 727 takes place
Queen Wilhelmina of The Netherlands dies
An agreement is signed between Britain and France to develop Concorde
The UN elects U Thant of Burma as the new United Nations Secretary-General

Eleanor Roosevelt

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The Rolling Stones are formed
DJ Alan Freed goes on trial in New York on 'payola' charges
Start of the four-day smog cloud which brings London to a standstill
Bill Wyman joins the Rolling Stones
The North Kalimantan National Army revolts in Brunei
Tanganyika (Tanzania) becomes a republic within the Commonwealth, with Julius Nyerere as President
Mariner II sends back the first close-up pictures of Venus
Actor Charles Laughton dies
The Beatles make their first British TV appearance (on People & Places)
Britain acknowledges Nyasaland's (Malawi) right to secede from the Central African Federation
Daman and Diu and Goa are freed from the Portuguese by the Indian Army
The Osmond brothers make their debut on The Andy Williams Show
The U.S.A. agrees to sell Polaris missiles to Britain
The "Big Freeze" commences in Britain - there are no frost-free nights until March 5th 1963
Blond guitarist Heinz Burt announces he is leaving The Tornados to pursue a solo career

Alan Freed

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