October 1962 calendar

October 1962

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of October 1962?


  • 01 Oct 1962 Barbra Streisand signs her 1st recording contract (with Columbia)
  • 02 Oct 1962 San Francisco and Los Angeles play a 4-hour, 18-minute nine-inning game.
  • 03 Oct 1962 Stop the World, I Want to Get Off opens at Shubert NYC for 886 performances
  • 04 Oct 1962 USAF Maj Robert A Rushworth takes X-15 to 32,300m
  • 05 Oct 1962 Beatles release their first single record "Love Me Do".
  • 06 Oct 1962 16th NHL All-Star Game: Toronto beat All4-Stars -1 at Toronto
  • 07 Oct 1962 8th LPGA Championship won by Judy Kimball
  • 08 Oct 1962 Algeria admitted as 109th member of the United Nations.
  • 09 Oct 1962 Battles to decide Algeria-Morocco boundary kills 130
  • 10 Oct 1962 Indies assault up Chinese positions in North-India attack
  • 11 Oct 1962 1st appearance of a Gabor sister on Merv Griffin Show
  • 12 Oct 1962 US / USSR sign joint space effort in telecommunications and meteorology
  • 13 Oct 1962 At the Riverside International Raceway in California, the Los Angeles Times Three-Hour Invitational Grand Prix race is held. 1963 model production Corvettes make their racing debut, as does the Ford-powered Cobra. Finishing 1st overall is the Mickey Thompson #119 black Corvette Z06, driven by Doug Hooper. He averages 84-mph over the 250-mile course. The 260-ci Cobra leads by about one mile after one hour of racing when its rear suspension fails.
  • 14 Oct 1962 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Thunderbird Tourney Golf Tournament
  • 15 Oct 1962 WLOX TV channel 13 in Biloxi-Gulfport, MS (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 16 Oct 1962 Byron R White becomes a Supreme Court Justice
  • 17 Oct 1962 Yanks beat Giants for 20th world championship
  • 18 Oct 1962 JFK meets Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrei Gromyko
  • 19 Oct 1962 Stalin-monument removed in Prague
  • 20 Oct 1962 Mr President opens at St. James Theater NYC for 265 performances
  • 21 Oct 1962 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Carlsbad Cavern Golf Open
  • 22 Oct 1962 JFK addresses TV about Russian missile bases in Cuba
  • 23 Oct 1962 Adlai Stevenson speaks at UN about Cuba crisis
  • 24 Oct 1962 In Cuban missile crisis, the US blockade of Cuba begins
  • 25 Oct 1962 1st Belgian nuclear reactor begins operation
  • 26 Oct 1962 Beatles tape Please Please Me andAsk Me Why
  • 27 Oct 1962 Beyond the Fringe opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 673 performances
  • 28 Oct 1962 Khrushchev orders withdrawal of missiles from Cuba, ending crisis
  • 31 Oct 1962 The UN General Assembly asks the United Kingdom to suspend enforcement of the new constitution in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), but the constitution comes into effect on November 1.
  • 05 Oct 1962 The first of the James Bond film series, based on the novels by Ian Fleming, Dr. No, is released in Britain.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Sherry
  2. - Monster Mash
  3. - He's A Rebel
  4. - Ramblin' Rose
  5. - Do You Love Me

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Telstar
  2. - The Loco-Motion
  3. - Sheila
  4. - It Might As Well Rain Until September
  5. - She's Not You


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in October 1962?

The Blue Nile by Alan Moorehead

The Blue Nile


Only a few Westerners ventured into the areas watered in the Nile River's long journey from Lake Tana during the first half the nineteenth century.

The Guns Of August by Barbara W. Tuchman

The Guns Of August


The Modern Library selected Barbara as one of 100 best nonfiction books of the century. The Proud Tower, The Guns of August, which won the Pulitzer Prize, and The Zimmerman Telegram were all included in the selection.

Men And Decisions by Lewis L. Strauss

Men And Decisions


Men and Decisions by Strauss Lewis L.

One Man'S Freedom by Edward Bennett Williams

One Man'S Freedom


One Man's Freedom was originally published in 1962. It is the autobiography of Edward Bennett Williams and his personal philosophy. The book was highly praised by critics at the time it was published.

Jfk Coloring Book by Jackie Kannon

Jfk Coloring Book


How could a coloring book be on the New York Times Nonfiction Best Sellers List for 14 weeks? It was 1962.