Decca Records rejected one of the greatest bands of all time, The Beatles after an audition. Elvis Presley had the biggest song in 1962 titled Return to Sender, with chart domination in the USA, Germany, Canada, Norway and many other countries.
Lawrence of Arabia starring Peter O’Toole and Omar Sharif was the top-grossing film of the year. Christopher Fry was the recipient of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.
Adolf Eichmann, a Nazi SS officer, died in Israel for the crimes he undertook against humanity and the in particular Jews during WW II. Eichmann became the coordinator the Holocaust activities including identification, grouping, and the transportation of millions of Jews into the infamous Nazi death camps. In the extermination camps, the Nazi SS officers gassed and worked the Jews to death. Following a televised trial that gave a death sentence and all of his many appeals failed. A few minutes into 1 June 1962, Eichmann hung dead at a prison in Ramla.
Pope John XXIII convened the ecumenical council, the first in over 90 years. The ecumenical council is a general meeting of the bishops in the church, took place on October 11, 1962. The aim of the council was to bring about the spiritual rebirth of Catholicism. The pope also hoped to cultivate a greater sense of unity between Catholics and other branches of Christianity.
James Bond is one of the longest –running film franchises in the world. Dr. No was the first movie of the James Bond series on October 5, 1962. Created by Ian Fleming, Sean Connery became the first actor to be James Bond a super-spy codename: 007. Idolized in bestselling novels and top grossing films, James Bond is a favorite of many.
In 1962 saw the second Lancaster House Commence, where the negotiations for a framework for Kenya's self-governance took place. One of the greatest comedians of the 20th Century from Canada, Jim Carrey was born in January, while the legendary Wesley Snipes of The Blade was born in July.
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Directed by: Robert Mulligan
Starring: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy
Country: United States
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Starring: Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick, Charles Bickford, Jack Klugman
Directed by: Orson Welles
Starring: Anthony Perkins, Arnoldo Foà, Jess Hahn, Billy Kearns
Directed by: David Lean
Starring: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins
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By: Louis Nizer
2012 Reprint of 1961 Edition. Exact facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. In this title Nizer recounts some of his significant civil and criminal
By: Irving Stone
Irving Stone’s classic biographical novel of Michaelangelo—in which both the artist and the man are brought to life in full. A masterpiece in its own right, this novel offers a compelling portrait of Michelangelo’s dangerous, impassioned loves, and the God-driven ...
By: Barbara W. Tuchman
Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all timeThe Proud Tower, the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Guns of August, and The Zimmerman Telegram comprise Barbara
By: J.D. Salinger
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 ...
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