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 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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