Life in 1962

The year 1962 began on a Monday.

1962 In The News

The Beatles First Single released 196214th May – Juan Carlos of Spain married Princes Sophia of Greece

5th August– Marilyn Monroe was found dead from an overdose

5th October– The Beatles released their first single: Love Me Do.

5th October– The first James Bond film: Dr No was released

14th October– The Cuban Missile Crisis began


1962 Price Check

dollar bill

Average house:
UK – £2,552; USA – $12,500
Petrol per gallon:
UK – £0.23; USA – $0.31
Loaf of Bread:
UK – £0.05; USA – $0.21
Gold per ounce:
UK – $35.23, USA – $35.5

1962 Population

World Map

World: – 3,139,723,516
Australia: – 10,794,968
Canada: – 18,985,848
China: – 653,302,080
India: – 463,819,936
Soviet Union: 122,877,560
United States: – 185,771,008
United Kingdom: – 53,292,000


1962 Popular Music

Popular MusicBest Selling Single:
UK – I Remember You – Frank Ifield
USA – Stranger on the Shore – Acker Bilk
AUS – Working For The Man/Leah – Roy Orbison
CAN – The Twist – Chubby Checker

Best Selling Album:
UK – West Side Story – Original Soundtrack
USA – West Side Story – Original Soundtrack
AUS – No data – Charts began 1965
CAN – No data – Charts began 1968

Popular Artists:
Beach Boys, Chubby Checker, Elvis Presley, Four Seasons, Isley Brothers, Little Eva, Ray Charles, Roy Orbison, Sam Cooke


On the Bookshelves

BookshelfPublished in 1962:

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – Edward Albee
A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury

At the Movies

Movies FilmsHighest grossing movies 1962 (USA box office figures):

1. The Longest Day – $17.6 million
2. Lawrence of Arabia – $16.7 million
3. The Music Man – $8.1 million
4. That Touch of Mink – $7.9 million
5. Mutiny on the Bounty – $7.4 million


World Leaders

John F Kennedy 1962Australia Prime Minister – Robert Menzies 
Canada Prime Minister – John Diefenbaker
China President – Liu Shaoqi
India Prime Minister – Jawaharlal Nehru
Soviet Union Leader – Nikita Khruschchev
United States President – John F Kennedy
United Kingdom Prime Minister – Harold MacMillan


Born in 1962

Jim Carrey born 1962

17th January – Jim Carrey (Actor)
6th February – Axl Rose (Singer)
11th February – Sheryl Crow (Singer)
2nd March – Jon Bon Jovi (Musician)
3rd July – Tom Cruise (Actor)
1st September – Ruud Gullit (Footballer)

Died in 1962

Hugh Dalton died 1962

13th February – Hugh Dalton (Politician)
27th March- Augusta Savage (Sculptor)
7th November- Eleanor Roosevelt (First Lady)
28th November – Wilhelmina of the Netherlands (Royal Family)
15th December – Charles Laughton (Actor)


1962 Sporting Highlights

Rod Laver 1962Football – Tottenham Hotspur won the FA Cup
Cycling – Jacques Anquetil (FRA) won the Tour de France
Tennis – Rod Laver won all four grand slam tournaments
Golf – British Open won by Arnold Palmer; US Open won by Jack Nicklaus
Baseball – New York Yankees won the World Series
Horse Racing – Mandarin won the Cheltenham Gold Cup; Decidedly won the Kentucky Derby


Christmas Wishlist

Etch a Sketch

Barbie and Ken Dolls
Chatty Cathy
Etch A Sketch
Hot Wheels
Flintstones Pedal Car

What Was New?

Audio Cassette

Audio Cassette Tape invented
Fibre-Tipped Pens developed
Washer-Dryer developed
Telstar Satellite launched
Spacewar was the first Computer Game



Published Jun 12, 2020 @ 3:25 pm – Updated – May 4, 2021 @ 3:52 pm