1962 Newspapers

The 1960s were a decade characterized by change in all aspects of society. Freedom and fun were leading motives for the young generations, who were being encouraged to enjoy life after the oppressive decades which had come before. The 60s was marked by rock and roll, and the emergence of the Hippie movement celebrating love and democracy.

1962 newspaper articles tell all the stories that captured the attention of the American public, from at home and overseas. Our collection is the largest in the world, and features over 4 million originals from the country’s longest running and most trusted news outlets.

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1962 Newspapers

1962 Newspaper Headlines Summary

1962 headlines are filled with exciting tales that mark chronicle this year in history. Some remarkable 1962 newspaper articles include accounts Nelson Mandela’s arrest for inciting rebellion, the tragic death of America’s sweetheart and national icon Marilyn Monroe, and the release of the first ever James Bond film “Dr. No”.

It was a wonderful year for music history, as the Beatles released their first single “Love Me Do”, and Ringo Starr joined the band; completing the iconic foursome. An original 1962 newspaper is the ideal gift idea for someone interested in history, born in this year, or simply with an interest in the swinging sixties.

January 1, 1962 
The United States Navy SEALs are activated. SEAL Team One is commissioned in the Pacific Fleet and SEAL Team Two in the Atlantic Fleet.

January 4, 1962
New York City introduces a subway train that operates without a crew on board.

February 7, 1962 
The United States Government bans all U.S.-related Cuban imports and exports.

March 1, 1962 
An American Airlines Boeing 707 crashes on takeoff at New York International Airport, after its rudder separates from the tail, with the loss of all life on board.

March 19, 1962 
Bob Dylan releases his debut album, Bob Dylan.

April 9, 1962 
The 34th Academy Awards ceremony is held; West Side Story wins Best Picture.

April 10, 1962 
In Los Angeles, the first MLB game is played at Dodger Stadium.

May 30, 1962
The 1962 FIFA World Cup opens in Chile. It is the first time that the competition is held on the continent of South America for twelve years.

June 11, 1962
Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin become the only successful escapees from the Alcatraz Island prison. There is no conclusive evidence that they survived this escape.

June 15, 1962 
The Port Huron Statement is completed.

June 17, 1962
Brazil beats Czechoslovakia 3-1 to win the 1962 FIFA World Cup.

July 2, 1962 
The first Wal-Mart store opens for business in Rogers, Arkansas.

July 6, 1962
Irish broadcaster Gay Byrne presents the first edition of “The Late Late Show“. Byrne goes on to present the talk show for thirty-seven years, making it the longest running talk show in the world.

July 10, 1962 
AT&T’s Telstar, the world’s first commercial communications satellite, is launched into orbit, and activated the next day.

July 12, 1962
The Rolling Stones perform their first formal gig at London’s Marquee Club. They are the opening act for Long John Baldry.

August 5, 1962
Marilyn Monroe, American actress (b. 1926) dies from an accidental overdose. Many conspiracy theories immediately surround her death, involving both John and Robert Kennedy. A general consensus also emerges that her death was probable suicide, but a lack of evidence prevents it from being officially recorded as such.

August 16, 1962
The Beatles’ drummer Pete Best is fired and replaced by Ringo Starr.

August 23, 1962
John Lennon secretly marries Cynthia Powell.

September 12, 1962
President John F. Kennedy delivers a speech at Rice University, reaffirming that the United States will put a man on the moon by the end of the decade.

October 5, 1962
The Beatles release their first single, “Love Me Do“.

October 14, 1962
Cuban Missile Crisis begins: a U-2 flight over Cuba takes photos of Soviet nuclear weapons being installed. A stand-off then ensues the next day between the United States and the Soviet Union, threatening the world with nuclear war.

October 22, 1962 
In a televised address, U.S. President John F. Kennedy announces to the nation the existence of Soviet missiles in Cuba.

December 8, 1962 
The 1962 New York City newspaper strike begins, affecting all of the city’s major newspapers; it lasts for 114 days.

December 14, 1962
U.S. spacecraft ‘Mariner II’ flies by Venus, becoming the first probe to successfully transmit data from another planet.

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Andrea S June 28 2022

Educational!

Karan Jain June 21 2022

Great buy

Angela Eichner June 14 2022

Fast delivery and great service!

Carla Degnan June 13 2022

I am very unsatisfied with the order I placed through your company. The order did not arrive until after I paid the for the expedited service and the order was not in good shape. When the box was opened the newspaper was not centered in the frame and the frame immediately fell apart and could not be put back together well at all - it consistently fell apart. The presentation that you advertised was not at all what arrived at my home and this was a special gift for a 60th birthday. If the shipping could not be delivered within the 2 day expeditied time that I requested I should have received a notification by email that you could not meet the expedited shipping date so it would get here in the 2 days. I placed the order on 5/25/22 and received an email on 5/27/22 stating that it was on its way but it did not arrive until 5/31/22 - this is 6 days after the order was placed and I would have not requested the expedited shipping if I knew it would arrive after 5/29/22.nnI am not at all pleased and would like to have the order totally refunded including the shipping costs. I will gladly send you back the newspaper and the frame if that is what you need in order to expedite this. I have tried several times to contact you by phone but have not gotten through. The item has been shipped back to you.n

  • Historic Newspapers Team June 14 2022

    Thank you for your review.

    We are sorry to hear this.

    Looking at your order, and email confirmation, we had confirmed that your order was due for delivery between May 27-May 30 but unfortunately was 1 business day later than expected, which we do apologize for.

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Tara Zingali June 6 2022

I believe it is authentic.

Shawna Briggs June 1 2022

It was the perfect birthday gift for my husband. He was thoroughly surprised and pleased to read his paper.

Ron McAmis May 24 2022

Got this for my father for his 77th birthday, and he said it’s the BEST gift that he’s EVER received!

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Amazing to have a certified original newspaper from the date you want!!!!

Laura McFadden May 3 2022

I purchased this for my fathers 80th birthday and it was an authentic Wall Street journal from the day in 1942. The paper was in good condition and he loved it. It arrived timely and I would highly recommend their product.

Melissa R May 2 2022

Its authentic and amazing to look back on news and events that happened back them. Plus newspapers are so rare makes me want to go out and some some to pass on to my children.