December 1962 calendar

December 1962

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in December 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 December 1962: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 1962?


  • 01 Dec 1962 Grey Cup halted by fog, resumed next day (Winnipeg 28, Hamilton 27)
  • 02 Dec 1962 50th CFL Grey Cup: Winnipeg beats Hamilton, 28-27 at Toronto [OT]
  • 03 Dec 1962 Edith Spurlock Sampson sworn-in as 1st US black female judge
  • 04 Dec 1962 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 06 Dec 1962 US abandons Skybolt ballistic missile program.
  • 07 Dec 1962 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 08 Dec 1962 I Can Get It For You Wholesale closes at Shubert NYC after 300 performances
  • 09 Dec 1962 I Can Get It For You Wholesale closes on Broadway
  • 10 Dec 1962 Hunters Point (San Francisco) jitney ends service after 50 years
  • 11 Dec 1962 Arthur Lucas, convicted of murder, is the last person to be executed in Canada.
  • 12 Dec 1962 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 13 Dec 1962 Relay 1 communication satellite launched.
  • 14 Dec 1962 Mariner 2 launched; makes first US visit to another planet (Venus).
  • 15 Dec 1962 Storm over North Sea. Belgian pirate radio station Radio Uylenspiegel is knocked off the airwaves, never to operate again.
  • 16 Dec 1962 Nepal gets constitution / becomes Constitutional Hindu Monarchy
  • 17 Dec 1962 Beatles 1st British TV appearance (People & Places)
  • 18 Dec 1962 WAIQ TV channel 26 in Montgomery, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 19 Dec 1962 Street signs in Golden Gate Park approved by Park Commission
  • 20 Dec 1962 D Sjostakovitz opera Katerina Ismailova, premieres in Moscow
  • 21 Dec 1962 Angolin leaves Comecon
  • 22 Dec 1962 Kinderman Place in the Bronx named
  • 23 Dec 1962 Cuba starts returning US prisoners from the Bay of Pigs invasion.
  • 24 Dec 1962 Cuba releases the last 1,113 participants in the Bay of Pigs Invasion to the U.S., in exchange for food worth $53 million.
  • 27 Dec 1962 28th Heisman Trophy Award: Terry Baker, Oregon State (quarterback).
  • 29 Dec 1962 Doug Walters makes first-class debut for New South Wales 17 years 8 days.
  • 30 Dec 1962 Green Bay Packers beat the New York Giants 16-7 in NFL championship game
  • 31 Dec 1962 Match Game debuts on NBC with host Gene Rayburn
  • 02 Dec 1962 Vietnam War: After a trip to Vietnam at the request of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield becomes the first American official to comment adversely on the war's progress.
vinyl songs

Music charts

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

  1. - Big Girls Don't Cry
  2. - Telstar
  3. - Return To Sender
  4. - Limbo Rock
  5. - Bobby's Girl

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Return To Sender
  2. - Lovesick Blues
  3. - The Next Time / Bachelor Boy
  4. - Dance With The Guitar Man
  5. - Sun Arise


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in December 1962?

Where Love Has Gone by Harold Robbins

Where Love Has Gone


The Carpetbaggers #1 bestseller is back with a story that was inspired by Johnny Stompanato's real-life murder. He was allegedly stabbed to his death by his daughter.

The Passion Flower Hotel by Rosalind Erskine

The Passion Flower Hotel


This amusing tale is about the saga of a girl's boarding college where the extra-curricular activities include a strip-club for the benefit of the needy and bordello for the benefit the boys at a nearby school.

Elegant Wits And Grand Horizontals by Cornelia Otis Skinner

Elegant Wits And Grand Horizontals


Cornelia Otis, Cornelia Skinner: Elegant Wits and Grand Horizontals

Fail-Safe by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler



Something is wrong. An American group of bombers equipped with nuclear weapons are moving beyond the fail-safe line, beyond recall, and nobody knows why.

We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson

We Have Always Lived In The Castle


We Have Always lived in the Castle takes readers into a dark labyrinth of neurosis. It is a delightfully disturbing novel about a perverse, isolated and possibly murderous family.