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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

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1962?


Events

  • 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

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Movies

Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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City of God

City of God

Directed by: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund

Starring: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Matheus Nachtergaele, Phellipe Haagensen

Country: United States of America

The Pianist

The Pianist

Directed by: Roman Polanski

Starring: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Emilia Fox

Country: United States of America

L.A. Confidential

L.A. Confidential

Directed by: Curtis Hanson

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger

Country: United States of America

A Face in the Crowd

A Face in the Crowd

Directed by: Elia Kazan

Starring: Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Anthony Franciosa, Walter Matthau

Country: United States of America

Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar

Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar

Directed by: Mansoor Khan

Starring: Aamir Khan, Ayesha Jhulka, Deepak Tijori, Pooja Bedi

Books

Which were the most popular books released in May 1962?
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In The Clearing by Robert Frost

In The Clearing

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This was the last collection of new poems to appear during Robert Frost's lifetime and it became a national best-seller upon publication.

Why Not Victory? by Barry M. Goldwater

Why Not Victory?

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"THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE TO VICTORY IS-OBVIOUSLY-DEFEAT" In this one sentence the outspoken senator from Arizona cuts through the theories of coexistence, compromise and containment that have been obscuring US thinking on cold

A Long And Happy Life by Reynolds Price

A Long And Happy Life

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Ecstatically reviewed and winner of the William Faulkner Award for a notable first novel when it was published in 1962, A Long and Happy Life launched the career of Reynolds Price,

Captain Newman, M.D. by Leo Calvin Rosten

Captain Newman, M.D.

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Captain Newman, M.D. invites you to make rounds on the ward of an Army psychiatric hospital where wounded veterans have lost touch with reality and erased memories of civilian life with

Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

Franny and Zooey

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The author writes: FRANNY came out in The New Yorker in 1955, and was swiftly followed, in 1957 by ZOOEY. Both stories are early, critical entries in a narrative series I'm doing about a family of settlers in twentieth-century New …