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  • Algeria
    Wednesday Jan 10, 1962

    Algerian War

    A "General Offensive"

    Algeria
    Wednesday Jan 10, 1962

    On 10 January 1962, the FLN started a "general offensive" against the OAS, staging a series on the pied-noir communities as a way of applying pressure.




  • Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
    Wednesday Jan 17, 1962

    Jim Carrey

    Born

    Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
    Wednesday Jan 17, 1962

    Carrey was born in the Toronto suburb of New-market, Ontario, Canada, to Kathleen (née Oram), a homemaker, and Percy Carrey, a musician and accountant.




  • Naples, Italy
    Friday Jan 26, 1962

    Lucky Luciano

    Death

    Naples, Italy
    Friday Jan 26, 1962

    On January 26, 1962, Luciano died of a heart attack at Naples International Airport.




  • 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.




  • France
    Wednesday Feb 7, 1962

    Algerian War

    The OAS attempted to assassinate the Culture Minister André Malraux

    France
    Wednesday Feb 7, 1962

    On 7 February 1962, the OAS attempted to assassinate the Culture Minister André Malraux by setting off a bomb in his apartment building that failed to kill its intended target, but did leave a four-year girl living in the adjoining apartment blinded by the shrapnel.




  • France
    Tuesday Feb 20, 1962

    Algerian War

    A peace accord was reached for granting independence to all of Algeria

    France
    Tuesday Feb 20, 1962

    On 20 February 1962 a peace accord was reached for granting independence to all of Algeria.




  • Myanmar
    Thursday Mar 1, 1962

    Conflict in Myanmar

    Coup d'état

    Myanmar
    Thursday Mar 1, 1962

    After three successive parliamentary governments governed Myanmar (Burma), the Tatmadaw (Myanmar Armed Forces), led by General Ne Win, enacted a coup d'état in 1962, which ousted the parliamentary government and replaced it with a military junta.


  • 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.


  • Cuba
    Saturday Apr 7, 1962

    Bay of Pigs Invasion

    1,179 men were Convicted For Treason

    Cuba
    Saturday Apr 7, 1962

    On 29 March 1962, 1,179 men were put on trial for treason. On 7 April 1962, all were convicted and sentenced to 30 years in prison.


  • France
    Sunday Apr 8, 1962

    Algerian War

    The Évian Accords

    France
    Sunday Apr 8, 1962

    Charles de Gaulle, the first President of the Fifth Republic, decided to open a series of negotiations with the FLN. These concluded with the signing of the Évian Accords in March 1962. A referendum took place on 8 April 1962 and the French electorate approved the Évian Accords.


  • France
    Sunday Apr 8, 1962

    Algerian War

    The Second referendum on the independence of Algeria

    France
    Sunday Apr 8, 1962

    In the second referendum on the independence of Algeria, held in April 1962, 91 percent of the French electorate approved the Evian Accords.


  • 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.


  • United Kingdom
    Monday Apr 16, 1962

    James Bond

    The Spy Who Loved Me was published

    United Kingdom
    Monday Apr 16, 1962

    The Spy Who Loved Me is the ninth novel (and tenth book) in Ian Fleming's James Bond series, first published by Jonathan Cape on 16 April 1962.


  • Jerusalem, Israel
    Tuesday May 8, 1962

    Oskar Schindler (Schindler's List)

    the Avenue of the Righteous

    Jerusalem, Israel
    Tuesday May 8, 1962

    8 May 1962, Yad Vashem invited Schindler to a ceremony in which a carob tree was planted in his honor on the Avenue of the Righteous.


  • Athens, Greece
    Monday May 14, 1962

    Juan Carlos I

    Marriage

    Athens, Greece
    Monday May 14, 1962

    Juan Carlos was married in Athens on 14 May 1962, to Princess Sophia of Greece and Denmark, daughter of King Paul of Greece, first in a Roman Catholic ceremony at the Church of St. Denis, followed by a Greek Orthodox ceremony at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens. She converted from her Greek Orthodox religion to Roman Catholicism.


  • 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.


  • Alcatraz, San Francisco, USA
    Friday Jun 1, 1962

    June 1962 Alcatraz escape attempt: Escape from Alcatraz

    sculpting dummy

    Alcatraz, San Francisco, USA
    Friday Jun 1, 1962

    The men concealed their absence while working outside their cells and after the escape itself by sculpting dummy heads from a home-made paper-mâché-like mixture of soap, toothpaste, concrete dust, and toilet paper, and giving them a realistic appearance with paint from the maintenance shop and hair from the barbershop floor. With towels and clothing piled under the blankets in their bunks and the dummy heads positioned on the pillows, they appeared to be sleeping.


  • 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.


  • EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, England
    Wednesday Jun 6, 1962

    The Beatles

    Martin's first recording session with the Beatles

    EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, England
    Wednesday Jun 6, 1962

    Producer George Martin signed the Beatles to EMI's Parlophone label. His first recording session with the Beatles took place at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London on 6 June 1962. Martin immediately complained to Epstein about Best's poor drumming and suggested they use a session drummer in his place.


  • 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.


  • Alcatraz, San Francisco, USA
    Monday Jun 11, 1962

    June 1962 Alcatraz escape attempt: Escape from Alcatraz

    Inmates

    Alcatraz, San Francisco, USA
    Monday Jun 11, 1962

    Frank Lee Morris (September 1, 1926 – disappeared June 11, 1962) was born in Washington, D.C.[19] He was abandoned by his mother and father during his childhood, and orphaned at age 11, The Anglin brothers, John William (May 2, 1930 – disappeared June 11, 1962) and Clarence (May 11, 1931 – disappeared June 11, 1962) were born into a family of thirteen children in Donalsonville, Georgia. Their parents, George Robert Anglin and Rachael Van Miller Anglin, were seasonal farmworkers; in the early 1940s, Allen Clayton West (March 25, 1929 – December 21, 1978) was born in New York City. He was imprisoned for car theft in 1955, first at Atlanta Penitentiary, then at Florida State Prison. After an unsuccessful escape attempt from the Florida facility, he was transferred to Alcatraz in 1957 and became inmate AZ1335.


  • Alcatraz, San Francisco, USA
    Monday Jun 11, 1962

    June 1962 Alcatraz escape attempt: Escape from Alcatraz

    Beginning The Escape

    Alcatraz, San Francisco, USA
    Monday Jun 11, 1962

    On the night of June 11, 1962, with all preparations in place, the men began their escape. However, the cement employed to shore up crumbling concrete around West's vent had hardened, diminishing the hole in size and fixing the grill in place. By the time he managed to remove the grill and re-widen the hole to egress, the others had already left, as he was soon to discover; he busted out to the prison roof only to return to his cell around sunrise and go to sleep. West went on to cooperate fully with investigators and give them a detailed description of the escape plan, in consequence of which he was not punished for his role in it.


  • Alcatraz, San Francisco, USA
    Monday Jun 11, 1962
    22 PM

    June 1962 Alcatraz escape attempt: Escape from Alcatraz

    Executing The Plan

    Alcatraz, San Francisco, USA
    Monday Jun 11, 1962
    22 PM

    From the service corridor, Morris and the Anglins climbed the ventilation shaft to the roof. Guards heard a loud crash as they broke out of the shaft, but since nothing further was heard, the source of the noise was not investigated. Hauling their gear with them, they descended 50 feet (15 m) to the ground by sliding down a kitchen vent pipe, then climbed two 12-foot (3.7 m) barbed-wire perimeter fences. At the northeast shoreline, near the power plant—a blind spot in the prison's network of searchlights and gun towers they inflated their raft with the concertina. At some time after 10 p.m., investigators estimated, they boarded the raft, launched it and departed toward their objective, Angel Island, two miles to the north.


  • Alcatraz, San Francisco, USA
    Tuesday Jun 12, 1962

    June 1962 Alcatraz escape attempt: Escape from Alcatraz

    Discovery of the escape

    Alcatraz, San Francisco, USA
    Tuesday Jun 12, 1962

    The escape was not discovered until the morning of June 12, 1962, due to the successful dummy head ruse. At the time of the escape, Warden Olin G. Blackwell was on vacation in Lake Berryessa in Napa County, California, and he did not believe the men could have survived the waters and make it to shore. In a joint effort, multiple military and law-enforcement agencies conducted extensive air, sea, and land search over the next 10 days. On June 14, a Coast Guard cutter picked up a paddle floating about 200 yards (180 m) off the southern shore of Angel Island.


  • Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos, Ñuñoa, Chile
    Sunday Jun 17, 1962

    Pelé

    1962 World Cup

    Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos, Ñuñoa, Chile
    Sunday Jun 17, 1962

    When the 1962 World Cup started, Pelé was the best rated player in the world. In the first match of the 1962 World Cup in Chile, against Mexico, Pelé assisted the first goal and then scored the second one, after a run past four defenders, to go up 2–0. He injured himself in the next game while attempting a long-range shot against Czechoslovakia. This would keep him out of the rest of the tournament.


  • Alcatraz, San Francisco, USA
    Thursday Jun 21, 1962

    June 1962 Alcatraz escape attempt: Escape from Alcatraz

    Investigations

    Alcatraz, San Francisco, USA
    Thursday Jun 21, 1962

    On the same day and in the same general location, workers on another boat found a wallet wrapped in plastic complete with names, and addresses, and photos of the Anglins' friends and relatives. On June 21, shreds of raincoat material, believed to be remnants of the raft, were found on a beach not far from the Golden Gate Bridge. The following day, a prison boat picked up a deflated life jacket made from the same material 50 yards (46 m) off of Alcatraz Island. No other physical evidence of the men's fate was ever found. According to the final FBI report, the escapee's raft was never recovered.


  • Algeria
    Thursday Jul 5, 1962

    Algerian War

    The declaration of independence

    Algeria
    Thursday Jul 5, 1962

    The declaration of independence on July 5, 1962, the last French forces did not leave the naval base of Mers El Kébir until 1967.


  • Laos
    Monday Jul 23, 1962

    Vietnam War

    Agreement Promising to respect the neutrality of Laos

    Laos
    Monday Jul 23, 1962

    On 23 July 1962, fourteen nations, including China, South Vietnam, the Soviet Union, North Vietnam and the United States, signed an agreement promising to respect the neutrality of Laos.


  • 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.


  • Howick, South Africa
    Sunday Aug 5, 1962

    Nelson Mandela

    Police captured Mandela

    Howick, South Africa
    Sunday Aug 5, 1962

    On 5 August 1962, police captured Mandela along with fellow activist Cecil Williams near Howick.


  • England
    Thursday Aug 16, 1962

    The Beatles

    Best's dismissal

    England
    Thursday Aug 16, 1962

    Already contemplating Best's dismissal, the Beatles replaced him in mid-August with Ringo Starr, who left Rory Storm and the Hurricanes to join them.


  • London, England
    Tuesday Sep 4, 1962

    The Beatles

    The session at EMI

    London, England
    Tuesday Sep 4, 1962

    A 4 September session at EMI yielded a recording of "Love Me Do" featuring Starr on drums, but a dissatisfied Martin hired drummer Andy White for the band's third session a week later, which produced recordings of "Love Me Do", "Please Please Me" and "P.S. I Love You".


  • 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.


  • United Kingdom
    Friday Oct 5, 1962

    James Bond

    Dr. No (film)

    United Kingdom
    Friday Oct 5, 1962

    Dr. No is a 1962 spy film directed by Terence Young. It is based on the 1958 novel of the same name by Ian Fleming. Starring Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Joseph Wiseman, and Jack Lord, it is the first film in the James Bond series.


  • Algeria
    Monday Oct 8, 1962

    Algerian War

    Algeria was admitted as the 109th member of the United Nations

    Algeria
    Monday Oct 8, 1962

    Algeria was admitted as the 109th member of the United Nations on October 8, 1962.


  • 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.


  • U.S.S.R. (Now Russia)
    Sunday Oct 28, 1962

    John F. Kennedy

    Dismantle the missile sites

    U.S.S.R. (Now Russia)
    Sunday Oct 28, 1962

    On October 28, Khrushchev agreed to dismantle the missile sites, subject to UN inspections.


  • 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.


  • Hong Kong, China
    Wednesday Dec 5, 1962

    Jackie Chan

    Early appearances

    Hong Kong, China
    Wednesday Dec 5, 1962

    He began his career by appearing in small roles at the age of five as a child actor. At age eight, he appeared with some of his fellow "Little Fortunes" in the film Big and Little Wong Tin Bar (1962) with Li Li-Hua playing his mother.


  • Brunei
    Thursday Dec 6, 1962

    Brunei revolt

    Police Were Put on Full Alert

    Brunei
    Thursday Dec 6, 1962

    On 6 December, Morris heard the rebellion would start on the 8th. On 7th, similar information reached John Fisher, the resident of the 4th Division of Sarawak, based in Miri some 20 miles (30 km) west of Brunei. As a result, police were put on full alert through Brunei, North Borneo and Sarawak, and Police Field Force reinforcements were flown from Kuching to Miri.


  • Brunei
    Sunday Dec 9, 1962

    Brunei revolt

    John Fisher Called on The Dayak Tribes For Help

    Brunei
    Sunday Dec 9, 1962

    On 9 December, John Fisher called on the Dayak tribes for help by sending a boat with the traditional Red Feather of War up the Baram River. Tom Harrisson, the Curator of the Sarawak Museum in Kuching and leader of resistance to the Japanese in the Second World War also arrived in Brunei. He summoned the Kelabits from the highlands around Bario in the 5th Division, the centre of his wartime resistance. Hundreds of Dayaks responded, and formed into companies led by British civilians all commanded by Harrison. This force reached some 2,000 strong, and with excellent knowledge of the tracks through the interior (there were no roads), helped contain the rebels and cut off their escape route to Indonesia.


  • Brunei
    Monday Dec 10, 1962

    Brunei revolt

    The Far East ‘spearhead battalion’, The Queen’s Own Highlanders began arriving In Brunei

    Brunei
    Monday Dec 10, 1962

    On 10 December, the Far East ‘spearhead battalion’, the Queen’s Own Highlanders began arriving in Brunei. Brigadier Patterson, commander 99th Gurkha Infantry Brigade arrived to take overall command from Brigadier Pat Glennie, normally the Brigadier General Staff at Far East HQ. Both reported to Lieutenant General Sir Nigel Poett, the Far East Land Forces Commander in Singapore. Seria and Limbang remained in rebel hands. Further reinforcements arrived in the following days.


  • Brunei
    Monday Dec 10, 1962

    Brunei revolt

    A Company of The Queen’s Own Highlanders boarded Five Twin Pioneers and a Beverley at Brunei

    Brunei
    Monday Dec 10, 1962

    On 10 December, a company of the Queen’s Own Highlanders boarded five Twin Pioneers and a Beverley at Brunei. The Twin Pioneers landed west of Seria and the Beverley at Anduki. A police station 2 miles (3 km) from the western landing was recaptured and so was the Telecommunications Centre after a brief fight. Anduki airfield was quickly recaptured. However, the main Seria police station, with 48 hostages, most Shell expatriates, was not secured until the 12th.


  • Brunei
    Tuesday Dec 11, 1962

    Brunei revolt

    Eighty-nine Marines of 42 Commando had arrived in Brunei

    Brunei
    Tuesday Dec 11, 1962

    Eighty-nine Marines of 42 Commando had arrived in Brunei on 11 December, led by Captain Jeremy Moore (who later commanded the British Forces during the Falklands War).


  • Limbang, Sarawak, Malaysia
    Thursday Dec 13, 1962

    Brunei revolt

    The Marines Were Transported To Limbang

    Limbang, Sarawak, Malaysia
    Thursday Dec 13, 1962

    After acquiring two landing craft, the Marines were transported to Limbang by Royal Navy crews led by Captain Black (who later commanded HMS Invincible during the Falklands War) and staged their arrival at dawn, 13 December.


  • Brunei
    Friday Dec 14, 1962

    Brunei revolt

    Most of The unit Reinforced The artillery battery Sent There as Infantry on 12 December

    Brunei
    Friday Dec 14, 1962

    On 14 December, most of the unit reinforced the artillery battery sent there as infantry on 12 December to pre-empt trouble from the Chinese of the Clandestine Communist Organisation (CCO) who were openly sympathetic to the Brunei rebels.


  • Alcatraz, San Francisco, USA
    Sunday Dec 16, 1962

    June 1962 Alcatraz escape attempt: Escape from Alcatraz

    Aftermath Escape Try

    Alcatraz, San Francisco, USA
    Sunday Dec 16, 1962

    On December 16, 1962, inmate John Paul Scott successfully swam a distance of 2.7 nautical miles (5.0 km; 3.1 mi) from Alcatraz to Fort Point, at the southern end of the Golden Gate Bridge. He was found there by teenagers, suffering from hypothermia and exhaustion. After recovering in Letterman General Hospital, he was immediately returned to Alcatraz. It is the only proven case of an Alcatraz inmate reaching the shore by swimming. Scott's escape, undertaken in slightly more unfavorable conditions than Morris and the Anglins faced, and using a means of flotation that was far inferior to the raft constructed by Morris and the Anglins ( Scott made water wings by inflating stolen rubber gloves ) shook the line of reasoning that Morris and the Anglins had likely drowned. Today, a multitude of athletes swim the same Alcatraz to Fort Point route as part of one of two annual triathlon events.


  • Brunei
    Monday Dec 17, 1962

    Brunei revolt

    The Rebellion Had been Held and Broken

    Brunei
    Monday Dec 17, 1962

    By 17 December, the rebellion had been held and broken. Some 40 rebels were dead and 3,400 captured. The remainder had fled and were assumed to be trying to reach Indonesia. Of the leaders, Azahari was in the Philippines and Yassin Affendi was with the fugitives.


  • Brunei
    Monday Dec 17, 1962

    Brunei revolt

    42 Commando was complete in Brunei

    Brunei
    Monday Dec 17, 1962

    By 17 December 42 Commando was complete in Brunei and 1st Green Jackets (43rd and 52nd) had landed from the cruiser HMS Tiger in Miri. 40 Commando aboard the commando carrier HMS Albion was diverted from Miri to Kuching.


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