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
  • 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)
  • 06 Aug 1962 Jamaica becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in August 1962?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Roses Are Red (My Love)
  2. - Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
  3. - The Loco-Motion
  4. - Sheila
  5. - Sealed With A Kiss

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - I Remember You
  2. - Speedy Gonzales
  3. - She's Not You
  4. - I Can't Stop Loving You
  5. - Things


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in August 1962?

Sex And The Single Girl by Helen Gurley Brown

Sex And The Single Girl



A Thousand Springs by Anna Chennault

A Thousand Springs


There have been many books written about General Claire Chennault. This gives a more personal perspective. Anna Chen Xiangmei was a war correspondent at the Central News Agency, starting in 1944.

Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck

Travels With Charley


A personal journey through America as told by one its most loved writers. To hear the speech and smell the grass and trees, and to see the sights,

Hornblower And The Hotspur by C.S. Forester

Hornblower And The Hotspur


April 1803. Hornblower is shown here, shortly after his wedding ceremony, being ordered to board his ship, HMS Hotspur to watch the French coast, Channel ports and the Bay of Biscay.

My Life In Court by Louis Nizer

My Life In Court


2012 Reprint of 1961 Edition. This is an exact facsimile, and not reproduced using optical recognition software. This title recounts Nizer's significant civil and criminal accomplishments.