August 1962 calendar

August 1962

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in August 1962.
The US president was John F. Kennedy (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Harold Macmillan (Conservative), Pope John XXIII was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on August 1962: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of August 1962?


  • 01 Aug 1962 Failed assassination on President Nkrumah of Ghana
  • 03 Aug 1962 29th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 42, All-Stars 20 (65,000)
  • 04 Aug 1962 Nelson Mandela captured by South African police
  • 05 Aug 1962 1st quasar located by radio
  • 06 Aug 1962 Jamaica becomes independent after 300 years of British rule
  • 10 Aug 1962 Marvel Comics publishes Amazing Fantasy#15, which features the first published appearance of the superhero character of Spider-Man, created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.
  • 11 Aug 1962 Andrian G Nikolayev, becomes 3rd Russian in space aboard Vostok 3
  • 12 Aug 1962 1st time 2 people in space
  • 13 Aug 1962 Bert Campaneris of Daytona Beach (FSL) pitches ambidextrously
  • 14 Aug 1962 NASA civilian test pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 60,000 m
  • 15 Aug 1962 Netherlands and Indonesia signs accord about New Guinea
  • 16 Aug 1962 Ringo Starr replaces Pete Best as Beatle drummer
  • 17 Aug 1962 E German border guards shot and kill Peter Fechter, 18, attempting to cross Berlin Wall into western sector
  • 18 Aug 1962 Peter, Paul and Mary release their first hit "If I Had a Hammer".
  • 19 Aug 1962 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Albuquerque Swing Parade Golf Tournament
  • 21 Aug 1962 Verne Gagne beats Mister M (doctor X) in Minn, to become NWA champ
  • 22 Aug 1962 The NS Savannah, the world's first nuclear-powered cargo ship, completes its maiden voyage.
  • 23 Aug 1962 1st Europe-US live TV program (via Telstar)
  • 24 Aug 1962 Dodger coach Leo Durocher suffers a near-fatal allergic reaction to a penicillin injection while in the clubhouse at the Polo Grounds
  • 26 Aug 1962 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Salt Lake City Golf Open
  • 27 Aug 1962 Mariner 2 launched; first probe to fly by Venus.
  • 28 Aug 1962 55.9 cm rainfall at Hackberry, Louisiana (state record)
  • 29 Aug 1962 Some provisions of Kuwaiti constitution are suspended
  • 30 Aug 1962 Japan conducts a test of the NAMC YS-11, its first aircraft since World War II and its only successful commercial aircraft from before or after the war.
  • 31 Aug 1962 Trinidad and Tobago gain independence from Britain (National Day)

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Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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Into the Wild

Into the Wild

Directed by: Sean Penn

Starring: Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Keener, Marcia Gay Harden

Country: United States of America

Elite Squad

Elite Squad

Directed by: José Padilha

Starring: Wagner Moura, André Ramiro, Caio Junqueira, Milhem Cortaz

That Obscure Object of Desire

That Obscure Object of Desire

Directed by: Luis Buñuel

Starring: Fernando Rey, Carole Bouquet, Ángela Molina, Julien Bertheau

Country: United States of America



Directed by: Joe May

Starring: Kay Francis, Basil Rathbone, Ian Hunter, Jane Bryan

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Directed by: Stephen Chbosky

Starring: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Paul Rudd


Which were the most popular books released in August 1962?
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Devil Water by Anya Seton

Devil Water


This fiercely beautiful novel tells the true story of Charles Radcliff, a Catholic nobleman who joined the short-lived Jacobite rebellion of 1715, and of his daughter, Jenny, by a secret marriage.

The Sound Of Bow Bells by Jerome Weidman

The Sound Of Bow Bells


In this, the 19th novel by Jerome Weidman, whose 1959 play, Fiorello!, won the Pulitzer Prize, magazine writer Sam Silver finds the way to his true ambition and to free himself

Six Crises by Richard Nixon

Six Crises


Six Crises is the first book written by Richard M. Nixon, the 37th President of the United States. This book was published in 1962. It recounts Nixon’s recollections of six major political situations that required crisis management on his part.

One Man'S Freedom by Edward Bennett Williams

One Man'S Freedom


Originally published in 1962, One Man’s Freedom is the autobiography and personal philosophy of legendary attorney Edward Bennett Williams. At the time of publication, the book was lauded by critics and

A Thousand Springs by Anna Chennault

A Thousand Springs


Many books have been written about General Claire Chennault. This adds a more personal view. Anna Chen Xiangmei worked as a war correspondent for the Central News Agency from 1944 to