THE YEAR OF 1962
Born : JAN 17 Jim Carey, US actor.
Born : 22 Michael Hutchence, singer.
Born : 25 Emma Freud, TV presenter.
Died : 29 Fritz Kreisler, US violinist.
3 Pope John XXIII excommunicates Cuban PM Fidel Castro.
15 Yves St Laurent opens his own couture house in Paris.
21 Snow falls in San Francisco, believe it or not.
28 Some Catholic Churches ban dance known as the Twist as immoral.
Born : FEB 5 Jennifer Jason Leigh, actress.
Born : 6 Axl Rose, rock artist. (Guns & Roses)
Born : 7 Garth Brooks, country singer.
Born : 19 Hannah Mandlikova, ex tennis player, tennis coach.
2 Eight of the planets line up for the first time in 400 years.
3 Trade with Cuba stopped by the US, cigar smokers protest loudly.
4 Sunday Times issued the first colour supplement mag in Britain.
10 US pilot Gary Powers exchanged for KGB agent Rudolf Abel.
20 John Glenn becomes first American to orbit Earth,in Friendship 7
Born : MAR 2 Jon Bon Jovi, rock singer.
Born : 15 Terrence Trent D'Arby (Sananda Maitreya), British singer.
Born : 17 Clare Grogan, singer, MTV presenter.
Born : 21 Matthew Broderick, actor.
Born : 21 Rosie O'Donnell, comedian, talk show host.
Born : 23 Sir Steve Redgrave, multiple Olympic champion rower.
7 US Orbiting Solar Observatory is launched.
8 The Beatles were heard for the first time on BBC radio.
Born : APR 1 Philip Schofield, TV presenter, stage star.
Born : 5 Richard Gough, footballer.
Born : 23 John Hannah, actor.
23 First US satellite to reach moon launched from Cape Canaveral
24 MIT sends TV signal by satellite for first time: CA to MA
26 US/UK launched Ariel; first International payload.
Born : MAY 2 Jimmy White, snooker player.
Born : 5 James Whitaker, cricketer.
Born : 6 Neil Foster, cricketer.
Born : 9 Paul Heaton, pop artist. (Housemartins, Beautiful South)
Born : 12 Emilio Estevez, actor.
Born : 14 Ian Astbury, pop artist. (Cult)
Died : 21 Adolf Eichmann, executed for crimes against humanity in WW 2.
Died : 31 Adolf Eichmann, Nazi leader, hanged as a war criminal.
8 The last trolley bus ran in London.
25 New Coventry cathedral, designed by Sir Basil Spence, consecrated.
27 Last and final trip by the Orient Express.
Born : JUN 8 Nick Rhodes, musician, Duran Duran.
Born : 13 Ally Sheedy, actress.
Born : 19 Jeremy Bates, tennis player.
Born : 19 Lisa Aziz, presenter.
Born : 19 Paula Abdul, singer.
Born : 29 Amanda Donahoe - actress.
Died : 2 Vita Sackville-West, English writer.
Died : 12 John Ireland, English composer.
17 Brasil wins soccer World Cup in Brasil, second consecutive year.
25 Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti charged with bigamy.
27 NASA X-15 flies at 4105 mph
29 First flight of the Vickers VC-10 long-range airliner.
Born : JUL 3 Tom Cruise, US actor.
Born : 4 Neil Morrissey, actor.
Born : 4 Pam Shriver, tennis player.
Born : 8 Joan Osborne, singer.
Born : 10 Gaby Roslin, TV presenter.
Born : 19 Anthony Edwards, actor.
Born : 30 Lisa Kudrow, actress. (Phoebe in 'Friends')
Born : 31 Wesley Snipes, actor.
Died : 6 Willian Faulkner, US novelist.
Died : 21 George Macauley Trevelyan, British historian.
1 Algerian's votes overwhelmingly (91%) to end French rule.
1 Burundi & Rwanda gain independence from Belgium (National Days).
3 Algeria becomes independent after 132 years of French rule
JUL 10 First commercially developed satellite, Telstar 1, launched.
10 Telstar, first communications satellite launched.
11 Cosmonaut Micolaev set longevity space flight record-4 days
11 First transatlantic TV transmission via satellite (Telstar I).
12 Cosmonaut Popovich in space first time 2, manned craft in space
17 Robert White in X-15 sets altitude record of 108 km (354,300 ft).
20 Hovercraft used to carry passengers across the Dee estuary.
21 The Rolling Stones played their first gig, at the Marquee Club.
23 First live TV broadcast between the US and Europe (via Telstar)
27 Mariner 2 launched on a flyby mission to venus
Born : AUG 23 Shaun Ryder, rock singer.
Born : 29 Rebecca DeMornay , actress .
Born : 31 Todd Carty, actor.
Died : 5 Marilyn Monroe, overdosed on sleeping pills, found in bed.
Died : 9 Hermann Hesse, German author.
5 Nelson Mandela arrested and given a life sentence, treason.
6 Jamaica became independent after 300 years as a British colony.
16 The original drummer with the Beatles, Pete Best, was fired.
22 Terrorists fired 150 shots at Charles De Gaulle, he was uninjured
22 The first nuclear powered ship completed it's first voyage.
26 Mariner 2 launched for first planet flyby (Venus)
31 Trinidad and Tobago gained independence. (British since 1802)
Born : SEP 5 Tracy Edwards, yachtswoman.
Born : 26 Tracy Thorn , singer .
Died : 5 Douglas Bader, British World War II fighter pilot.
3 Trans-Canada highway, 4800 miles from St Johns to Victoria, opened.
21 University Challenge was broadcast for the first time.
Born : OCT 5 Caron Keating, TV presenter.
Born : 13 Kelly Preston, actress. ( Mrs John Travolta )
1 Johnny Carson's Tonight Show and The Lucy Show both premier.
1 National Radio Astronomy Observatory gets a 300' radio telescope
1 The first black student attends Mississippi University,
accompanied by US Marshalls because of race hate mob.
3 Wally Schirra in Sigma 7 launched into earth orbit
9 Uganda gains independence from Britain (National Day).
16 Cuban missile crisis begins: JFK learns of missiles in Cuba.
18 Watson of US, Crick & Wilkins of Britain win Nobel Prize for Medicine for work in determining the structure of DNA.
22 JFK imposes naval blockade on Cuba, beginning missile crisis.
22 Pacific Science Center opens at Seattle Center.
28 Krushchev orders withdrawal of Cuban missiles. End of crisis.
Born : NOV 1 Anthony Kiedis, rock musician. (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Born : 1 Sharon Davies, swimmer, gladiator, athlete .....
Born : 8 Su Douglas, actress.
Born : 11 Demi Moore, actress.
Born : 12 Mariella Frostrup, TV presenter.
Born : 19 Jodie Foster, US actress.
Born : 20 Demi Moore, actress.
Born : 25 Blythe Duff, actress.
Died : 3 Ralph Hodgson, English poet.
Died : 7 Eleanor Roosevelt, US writer and lecturer.
Died : 18 Nils Henrik Bohr, Danish physicist.
Died : 28 Eleanor Roosevelt, US stateswoman.
6 Nixon tells press he won't be available to kick around any more
NOV 10 James Brown recorded his 'Live at the Apollo' album.
24 BBC's That Was the Week That Was, with David Frost, first aired.
Born : DEC 9 Felicity Huffman, actress.
Born : 22 Ralph Fiennes, actor.
Died : 7 Kirsten Flagstad, Norwegian operatic soprano.
Died : 15 Charles Laughton, English actor.
6 Smog hits London, 60 dead in the last three days.
8 New York's 9 daily newspapers go on strike. (lasts 4 months).
14 Mariner 2 makes first US visit to another planet (Venus)