June 1962 calendar

June 1962

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of June 1962?


  • 01 Jun 1962 Oscar 2 (ham radio satellite) launched into Earth orbit.
  • 02 Jun 1962 32nd French Mens Tennis: Rod Laver beats Roy Emerson
  • 03 Jun 1962 Betsy Rawls and Kathy wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • 04 Jun 1962 Lee Harvey Oswald departs Rotterdam on SS Maasdam to US
  • 06 Jun 1962 Beatles meet their producer George Martin for 1st time, they record Besame Mucho with Peter Best on drums
  • 07 Jun 1962 NASA civilian test pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 31,580 m
  • 08 Jun 1962 Jim Beatty runs world record 2 mile (8:29.8)
  • 09 Jun 1962 Bill of Hare, premieres in USA
  • 10 Jun 1962 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Austin Civitan Golf Tournament
  • 11 Jun 1962 President FDR accepted an honorary degree from Yale
  • 12 Jun 1962 3 convicts used spoons to dig their way out of Alcatraz
  • 13 Jun 1962 Bob Newhart Show, last airs on NBC-TV
  • 14 Jun 1962 The European Space Research Organisation is established in Paris : later becoming the European Space Agency.
  • 15 Jun 1962 WWUP TV channel 10 in Sault Ste Marie, MI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 16 Jun 1962 2 US army officers killed in Saigon
  • 17 Jun 1962 62nd US Golf Open: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 283 at Oakmont Country Club - Pennsylvania
  • 21 Jun 1962 USAF Maj Robert M White takes X-15 to 75,190 m
  • 22 Jun 1962 1st test flight of Hoovercraft
  • 23 Jun 1962 Subways Are after Sleeping closes at St. James NYC after 205 performances
  • 24 Jun 1962 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA J E McAuliffe Golf Tournament
  • 25 Jun 1962 Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO) forms
  • 26 Jun 1962 Blacks begin passive resistance in Cairo, Illinois
  • 27 Jun 1962 NASA civilian pilot Joseph Walker takes X-15 to 6,606 km/h, 37,700 m
  • 28 Jun 1962 Thalidomide drug banned in the Netherlands
  • 29 Jun 1962 Frank Howard, hits the 5,000th Dodger home run
  • 30 Jun 1962 French Foreign Legion leaves Algeria
  • 03 Jun 1962 At Paris Orly Airport, Air France Flight 007 overruns the runway and explodes when the crew attempts to abort takeoff, killing 130.
vinyl songs

Music charts

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

  1. - I Can't Stop Loving You
  2. - Stranger On The Shore
  3. - The Stripper
  4. - Soldier Boy
  5. - Lovers Who Wander

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Good Luck Charm
  2. - I Can't Stop Loving You
  3. - Do You Want To Dance / I'm Looking Out The Window
  4. - I Remember You
  5. - Come Outside


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in June 1962?

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall by Gayelord Hauser

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall


Mirror, Mirror On The Wall: A Call to Beauty by Gayelord Houser

The Last Plantagenets by Thomas B. Costain

The Last Plantagenets


The developments that characterized England's reigns as monarchs, from Richard II through Henry VII are detailed

Island by Aldous Huxley



Aldous Huxley's final novel, Island, is a provocative counterpoint of his global classic Brave New World. It depicts a flourishing society on an isolated Pacific island that attracts people.

Why Not Victory? by Barry M. Goldwater

Why Not Victory?


"THE ONLY OPTION TO VICTORY IS-OBVIOUSLY DEFEAT" This one sentence from Senator Arizona cuts through the theories that coexistence, compromise, and containment have been obscured by US thinking about cold.

Pigeon Feathers by John Updike

Pigeon Feathers


This classic collection of stories was first published in 1962 on the author's thirty-fifth birthday. Arthur Mizener wrote in The New York Times Book Review that Updike is a romantic and like all American.