Top News Stories from 1962

World Events

World Statistics

Population: 4.378 billion
population by decade
Nobel Peace Prize: Linus Pauling (US)
More World Statistics...

U.S. Events

U.S. Statistics

President: John F. Kennedy
Vice President: Lyndon B. Johnson
Population: 186,537,737
Life expectancy: 70.1 years
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 20.2
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 18.6
Homicide Rate (per 100,000): 4.8
More U.S. Statistics...

Economics

US GDP (1998 dollars): $585.2 billion
Federal spending: $106.82 billion
Federal debt $302.9 billion
Median Household Income(current dollars): "Moon River," Henry Mancini billion
Consumer Price Index: $30.2
Unemployment: 6.7%
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.04

Sports

World Series
NY Yankees d. San Francisco Giants
NBA Championship
Boston d. LA Lakers
Stanley Cup
Toronto d. Chicago
Wimbledon
Women: Karen Susman d. V. Sukova (6-4 6-4)
Men: Rod Laver d. M. Mulligan (6-2 6-2 6-1)
Kentucky Derby Champion
Decidedly
NCAA Basketball Championship
Cincinnati d. Ohio St. (71-59)
NCAA Football Champions
USC (11-0-0)
World Cup
Brazil d. Czechoslovakia

Entertainment

Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes
Fiction:

The Edge of Sadness, Edwin O'Connor

Music: The Crucible, Robert Ward
Drama: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Frank Loesser and Abe Burrows
Academy Award, Best Picture: West Side Story, Robert Wise, producer (United Artists)
Nobel Prize for Literature: John Steinbeck (US)
Album of the Year: Judy at Carnegie Hall, Judy Garland (Capitol)
Song of the Year: "Moon River," Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer, songwriters
Miss America: Maria Fletcher (NC)
More Entertainment Awards...

Events

  • Marilyn Monroe dies of a drug overdose at age 36.
  • The first transatlantic television transmission occurs via the Telstar Satellite, making worldwide television and cable networks a reality.
  • Government regulations force studios out of the talent agency business.
  • Johnny Carson takes over hosting duties of The Tonight Show.

Movies

  • Lawrence of Arabia, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Manchurian Candidate, Divorce-Italian Style

Books

Science

Nobel Prizes in Science

Chemistry: Max F. Perutz and John C. Kendrew (UK), for mapping protein molecules with X-rays
Physics: Lev D. Landau (USSR), for his theories about condensed matter
Physiology or Medicine: James D. Watson (US), Maurice H. F. Wilkins, and Francis H. C. Crick (both UK), for determining structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)
More Nobel Prizes in 1998...

Death

or enter a year:
Educate, entertain, and engage with Factmonster.
From the solar system to the world economy to educational games, Fact Monster has the info kids are seeking. Our site is COPPA and kidSAFE-certified, so you can rest assured it's a safe place for kids to grow and explore.

© 2000-2019 Sandbox Networks, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

FactMonster.com is certified by the kidSAFE Seal Program

FactMonster.com is certified by the kidSAFE Seal Program. To learn more, click on the seal or go to www.kidsafeseal.com.

Factmonster is part of the FEN Learning family of educational and reference sites for parents, teachers and students.

familyeducation logoinfoplease logoTeacherVision logo

 

For more information on our use of cookies and usage policies, please visit our PRIVACY POLICY.