Addendum 03/15/2012: CBS's Sunday Morning's 03/11/2012th
broadcast had a very interesting
essay "Let us praise 1962" and the program's transcript can be found
January 3 - Pope John XXIII
excommunicates Fidel Castro.
January 22 - The Organization of American States (OAS) suspends Cuba's
January 26 -
Ranger 3 is launched to study the
The space probe later missed the moon by
January 30 - Two of the high-wire "Flying Wallendas" are killed when
their famous seven-person
pyramid collapsed during a performance in Detroit, Michigan.
February 2 - For the first time in 400 years Neptune and Pluto align.
February 7 - The United States Government bans all US-related
imports and exports.
February 10 - Captured American spy pilot Francis Gary Powers is
exchanged for captured Soviet
spy Rudolf Abel.
February 14 -
First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy takes television viewers on a tour
of the White
February 20 - Astronaut John H. Glenn was launched to orbit aboard a Atlas D rocket, where he
became the first American to orbit the Earth. Glenn made a total of 3 complete
orbits, and the
flight time was 4 hours and 56 minutes aboard the
Friendship 7 spacecraft.
John H. Glenn
later became a Senator in US Congress and later became the first(?)
politician as well as the oldest person ever to go into space on the Space
Shuttle, mission STS-95
Discovery, (Oct. 29 to Nov. 7, 1998).
April 26 - The
Ranger 4 spacecraft crashes into the
May 24 -
M. Scott Carpenter
duplicated Glenn's flight in
Aurora 7. Time: 4 hours, 56 minutes.
June 25 - The Supreme Court rules
Engel v. Vitale that prayers in public
July 10 -
Telstar, the world's first
active communications satellite, is launched into orbit.
July 17 - Nuclear testing: The "Small Boy" test shot Little Feller I
becomes the last atmospheric
test detonation at the Nevada Test Site.
July 22 - Mariner program:
Mariner 1 spacecraft flies erratically several
minutes after launch and
had to be destroyed.
July 23 -
Telstar relays the first live
trans-Atlantic television signal making worldwide television
and cable networks a reality.
August 5 - Film actress and sex icon, Marilyn Monroe is found dead in her
Los Angeles, California
home after apparently overdosing on sleeping pills. Controversy continues to the
present day about
the circumstances surrounding her death.
August 6 - Jamaica becomes independent.
September through November - The
Cuban Missile Crisis: USSR to build
missile bases in Cuba;
Kennedy orders Cuban blockade, lifts blockade
Russia backs down
September 2 - Soviet Union agrees to send arms to Cuba.
October 14 - Cuban Missile Crisis begins: A U-2 flight over Cuba takes
Soviet nuclear weapons being installed. A stand-off then ensues the next
the United States and the Soviet Union, putting the entire world under threat of
October 28 - Soviet Union leader Nikita Khrushchev
that he had ordered the
removal of Soviet missile bases in Cuba.
November 20 - Cuban Missile Crisis ends: In response to the Soviet Union
remove its missiles from Cuba, US President John F. Kennedy ends the quarantine
the Caribbean nation.
November 7 - Richard M. Nixon loses the California governor's race. In
his concession speech, he
states that this is his "last press conference" and that "you won't have Dick
Nixon to kick around
November 29 - An agreement is signed between Britain and France to
October 3 - Walter M. Schirra, Jr.,
made a six-orbit engineering test flight in
Sigma 7. Time: 9
hours, 13 minutes.
December 14 -
Mariner II reached Venus and became the
first spacecraft to operate in the
immediate vicinity of another planet and return useful scientific information to
the Earth. This
milestone was reached after
Mariner II was designed and built in a
relatively brief 11 months using
proven technology from the
Ranger lunar series, and the canceled
December 24 - Cuba releases 1,113 prisoners of the 1961 Bay of Pigs
1962: It was a very good year...for communications.
Pantyhose becomes available for sale in U.S. department stores
breast augmentation surgery is performed. Deemed to be
undeniable proof there is a God.
World Series: NY Yankees d. San Francisco Giants (4-3)
Memorable Movies: Lawrence of Arabia, The Longest Day, To Kill a Mocking
Bird, The Man Who
Shot Liberty Valance, How the West Was Won.
What we watched on Television: The Beverly Hillbillies. Johnny Carson
takes over hosting duties
of The Tonight Show.
March 16 - Walter Cronkite succeeds Douglas Edwards as anchorman of the CBS
September - The Jetsons premiered on prime-time television and brought the
fantasies of the
Space Age into
our living rooms.
A million color TV sets was sold this year.
Births: Jodie Foster, actress and
director, November 19.