May 1962 calendar

May 1962

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1962?


  • 01 May 1962 JFK authorizes Area Redevelopment Act (ARA)
  • 02 May 1962 OAS strikes in Algeria
  • 03 May 1962 Express train crashes into wreckage of a commuter train and a freight, killing 163, injuring 400 (Tokyo, Japan).
  • 04 May 1962 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island.
  • 05 May 1962 West Side Story soundtrack album goes to #1 and stays #1 for 54 weeks which is more than 20 weeks longer than any other album
  • 06 May 1962 Pathet Lao breaks cease fire / conquerors Nam Tha Laos
  • 07 May 1962 Pulitzer prize awarded to Theodore H White (Making of President 1960)
  • 08 May 1962 Funny Thing Happened opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 965 performances
  • 09 May 1962 Beatles sign their 1st contract with EMI Pstlophone
  • 11 May 1962 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island.
  • 12 May 1962 Grevelingendam closes
  • 13 May 1962 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Western Golf Open.
  • 14 May 1962 Ex-pres Milovan Djilas sentenced to 5 years
  • 15 May 1962 US marines arrive in Laos.
  • 17 May 1962 Marin County withdraws from BART district
  • 19 May 1962 Bravo, Giovanni opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 76 performances
  • 20 May 1962 Patty Berg wins LPGA Muskogee Civitan Golf Open.
  • 21 May 1962 3 more Cleveland HR set AL record for most HR (26) over 8 games
  • 22 May 1962 14th Emmy Awards: Bob Newhart Show, E G Marshall and Shirley Booth
  • 23 May 1962 Scott Carpenter orbits Earth 3 times in US Aurora 7
  • 24 May 1962 M Scott Carpenter aboard Aurora 7 launched into earth orbit.
  • 25 May 1962 Isley Brothers release Twist & Shout
  • 26 May 1962 All American closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 80 performances
  • 27 May 1962 Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open.
  • 28 May 1962 Wide World of Sports with Chris Schenkel premieres on CBS radio
  • 29 May 1962 Barbra Streisand appears on Garry Moore Show
  • 30 May 1962 69 killed in bus crash (Ahmedabad, India).
  • 31 May 1962 Tell It To Groucho last airs on CBS-TV
  • 10 May 1962 Marvel Comics publishes the first issue of The Incredible Hulk.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Soldier Boy
  2. - Stranger On The Shore
  3. - I Can't Stop Loving You
  4. - Mashed Potato Time
  5. - Johnny Angel

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Nut Rocker
  2. - Good Luck Charm
  3. - Wonderful Land
  4. - Do You Want To Dance / I'm Looking Out The Window
  5. - Come Outside


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in May 1962?

The Fox In The Attic by Richard Hughes

The Fox In The Attic


The Fox in the Attic is a tale of great suspense, growing horror, and Richard Hughes's historic historical fiction "The Human Predicament" is widely acclaimed.

Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

Franny and Zooey


The author wrote: FRANNY appeared in The New Yorker, 1955. ZOOEY followed in 1957. These stories are critical early entries in a narrative series that I am creating about a family who settled in New York in the 20th century, …

A Prologue To Love by Taylor Caldwell

A Prologue To Love


There is always help. Amy said that God is always there. "I'm ashamed. He was the only one I had forgotten about. She was silent for a while.

A Long And Happy Life by Reynolds Price

A Long And Happy Life


Reynolds Price's A Long and Happy Life was a wildly popular novel that won the William Faulkner Award in 1962 for being a first novel.

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.