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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based on 42 reviews

Charlotte Sciarrino January 25 2022

Horrible experience. Never received the product and my husbands 50th birthday came and went. Can’t get a hold of anyone. At this point I need a refund

  • Historic Newspapers Team January 27 2022

    Thank you for your review.

    We are sorry to hear this.

    As we deal with over 3 million original newspapers in our Archive, dating back to the early 1900’s to present date, it is only when your newspaper is picked by a member of our Archive Team will we know the condition of that newspaper. We do try our best to repair the newspaper, however unfortunately on occasions this is just not possible and the paper becomes unfit for purpose and becomes unsellable.

    An email was sent to you advising of this information and unfortunately as we no longer had any available newspapers for your requested date, our only option was to cancel your order and process a full refund, which has been issued to you.

    Please do accept our apologies for the inconvenience caused.

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Maria C. January 24 2022

Although the newspaper was a little expensive, it is exactly what I needed and in great condition. I am very happy with the product I received!

Suzanne Stillings January 24 2022

Excellent quality and prompt delivery.nVery happy with this product.

Erin Wood January 17 2022

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Karen Pascale January 16 2022

WRONG EDITION RECEIVED! I ordered a particular day's newspaper, and they sent me a "FINAL - SPORTS EXTRA" edition instead of the main edition. I had no idea they had more than one edition of that day's newspaper. I sent them a picture of the edition I wanted. Still no luck. And they won't refund my money unless I pay for shipping both ways.

  • Historic Newspapers Team January 25 2022

    Thank you for your review.

    We are sorry to hear this.

    As a personalized gift company, the personalization for an original newspaper is the requested date not the headline. As there are multiple editions of newspapers printed throughout the day, unfortunately we do not confirm which edition we have received, as this could vary from each day. As you have requested the New York Post for a certain day, this is what you have received.

    We do not hold the information on file that is printed within the newspapers, therefore if a customer is looking for a specific article/headline, then our research facility can be used and our Researcher will go into the Archive Center, look and confirm what you are looking for before an order is placed.

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Robert January 10 2022

The quality of the paper I got was everything I could have asked for.

Lauren January 8 2022

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Lynn December 23 2021

Great condition, perfect gift for my 83 year old father. Shipping quickly, nice packaging.