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  • Antelope Valley, Lancaster, California, U.S.
    Sunday Jan 28, 1962

    Neil Armstrong

    His Daughter's Death

    Antelope Valley, Lancaster, California, U.S.
    Sunday Jan 28, 1962

    In June 1961, Karen was diagnosed with a malignant tumor of the middle part of her brain stem; X-ray treatment slowed its growth, but her health deteriorated to the point where she could no longer walk or talk. She died of pneumonia, related to her weakened health, on January 28, 1962, aged two.




  • U.S.
    Thursday Mar 15, 1962

    Neil Armstrong

    Neil was selected as one of seven Pilot-Engineers who would fly the X-20

    U.S.
    Thursday Mar 15, 1962

    On March 15, 1962, he was selected by the U.S. Air Force as one of seven pilot-engineers who would fly the X-20 when it got off the design board.




  • U.S.
    Saturday Apr 14, 1962

    Bay of Pigs Invasion

    Transporting wounded and sick prisoners

    U.S.
    Saturday Apr 14, 1962

    On 14 April 1962, 60 wounded and sick prisoners were freed and transported to the US.




  • Madison Square Garden, New York, U.S.
    Saturday May 19, 1962

    Marilyn Monroe

    John F. Kennedy's early birthday celebration

    Madison Square Garden, New York, U.S.
    Saturday May 19, 1962

    On May 19, she took a break to sing "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" on stage at President John F. Kennedy's early birthday celebration at Madison Square Garden in New York. She drew attention with her costume: a beige, skintight dress covered in rhinestones, which made her appear nude. Monroe's trip to New York caused even more irritation for Fox executives, who had wanted her to cancel it.




  • Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, U.S.
    Monday May 21, 1962

    Neil Armstrong

    Armstrong was involved in the "Nellis Affair"

    Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, U.S.
    Monday May 21, 1962

    On May 21, 1962, Armstrong was involved in the "Nellis Affair". He was sent in an F-104 to inspect Delamar Dry Lake in southern Nevada, again for emergency landings. He misjudged his altitude, and did not realize that the landing gear had not fully extended. As he touched down, the landing gear began to retract; Armstrong applied full power to abort the landing, but the ventral fin and landing gear door struck the ground, damaging the radio and releasing hydraulic fluid. Without radio communication, Armstrong flew south to Nellis Air Force Base, past the control tower, and waggled his wings, the signal for a no-radio approach. The loss of hydraulic fluid caused the tailhook to release, and upon landing, he caught the arresting wire attached to an anchor chain, and dragged the chain along the runway.




  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    Monday Jun 4, 1962

    Neil Armstrong

    Armstrong applied to become an Astronaut

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    Monday Jun 4, 1962

    Armstrong visited the Seattle World's Fair in May 1962, and attended a conference there on space exploration that was co-sponsored by NASA. After he returned from Seattle on June 4, he applied to become an astronaut.




  • U.S.
    Thursday Jun 7, 1962

    Marilyn Monroe

    Fox fired Monroe and sued her

    U.S.
    Thursday Jun 7, 1962

    When Monroe was again on sick leave for several days, Fox decided that it could not afford to have another film running behind schedule when it was already struggling to cover the rising costs of Cleopatra (1963). On June 7, Fox fired Monroe and sued her for $750,000 in damages.Fox soon regretted its decision and re-opened negotiations with Monroe later in June.


  • Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Saturday Aug 4, 1962

    Marilyn Monroe

    Death

    Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Saturday Aug 4, 1962

    During the final months of her life, Monroe lived at 12305 Fifth Helena Drive in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. Her housekeeper Eunice Murray was staying overnight at the home on the evening of Saturday, August 4, 1962.Murray awoke at 3:00 a.m. on August 5 and sensed that something was wrong. Although she saw light from under Monroe's bedroom door, she was unable to get a response and found the door locked. Murray then called Monroe's psychiatrist, Dr. Ralph Greenson, who arrived at the house shortly after and broke into the bedroom through a window, finding Monroe dead in her bed. Monroe's physician, Dr. Hyman Engelberg, arrived at the house at around 3:50 a.m.and pronounced her dead at the scene. At 4:25 a.m., they notified the Los Angeles Police Department. At last they later discovered that Monroe died between 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on August 4,and the toxicology report revealed that the cause of death was acute barbiturate poisoning.


  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    Thursday Sep 13, 1962

    Neil Armstrong

    Joining the NASA Astronaut Corps as part of "The New Nine"

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    Thursday Sep 13, 1962

    NASA's Director of Flight Crew Operations, Deke Slayton, called Armstrong on September 13, 1962, and asked whether he would be interested in joining the NASA Astronaut Corps as part of what the press dubbed "the New Nine"; without hesitation, Armstrong said yes.


  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    Monday Sep 17, 1962

    Neil Armstrong

    NASA announcement of The Selection of The Second Group

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    Monday Sep 17, 1962

    The selections were kept secret until three days later, although newspaper reports had circulated since earlier that year that he would be selected as the "first civilian astronaut".Armstrong was one of two civilian pilots selected for this group; the other was Elliot See, another former naval aviator. NASA announced the selection of the second group at a press conference on September 17, 1962. Compared with the Mercury Seven astronauts, they were younger, and had more impressive academic credentials.


  • U.S.
    Wednesday Oct 24, 1962

    John F. Kennedy

    Soviet ships arriving off Cuba

    U.S.
    Wednesday Oct 24, 1962

    The U.S. Navy would stop and inspect all Soviet ships arriving off Cuba, beginning October 24.


  • California, U.S.
    Tuesday Nov 6, 1962

    Richard Nixon

    Losing The 1962 California Gubernatorial Election

    California, U.S.
    Tuesday Nov 6, 1962

    Local and national Republican leaders encouraged Nixon to challenge incumbent Pat Brown for Governor of California in the 1962 election.Despite initial reluctance, Nixon entered the race. The campaign was clouded by public suspicion that Nixon viewed the office as a stepping-stone for another presidential run, some opposition from the far-right of the party, and his own lack of interest in being California's governor. Nixon hoped that a successful run would confirm his status as the nation's leading active Republican politician, and ensure he remained a major player in national politics. Instead, he lost to Brown by more than five percentage points, and the defeat was widely believed to be the end of his political career.


  • Danville, Virginia, U.S.
    Monday Dec 17, 1962

    Richard Jewell

    Birth

    Danville, Virginia, U.S.
    Monday Dec 17, 1962

    On December 17, 1962, Jewell was born Richard White in Danville, Virginia.


  • Miami, Florida, U.S.
    Monday Dec 24, 1962

    Bay of Pigs Invasion

    Transporting Prisoners

    Miami, Florida, U.S.
    Monday Dec 24, 1962

    On 24 December 1962, some prisoners were flown to Miami, others following on the ship African Pilot, plus about 1,000 family members also allowed to leave Cuba.


  • Miami, Florida, U.S.
    Saturday Dec 29, 1962

    Bay of Pigs Invasion

    The "welcome back" ceremony

    Miami, Florida, U.S.
    Saturday Dec 29, 1962

    On 29 December 1962, President Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline attended a "welcome back" ceremony for Brigade 2506 veterans at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida.


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