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1962

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U.S. Facts

  • President: John F. Kennedy (D)
  • Population: 186,538,000
  • Life Expectancy: 70.1 years
  • Unemployment: 5.5%
  • Average Annual Salary: $6,670
  • Minimum Wage: $1.15 per hour
  • Inflation Rate: 1.0%

What Things Cost

  • Automobile: $2,275
  • Gasoline: $0.31 per gallon
  • House: $19,000
  • Bread: $0.21 per loaf
  • Milk: $1.04 per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: $0.04

Major U.S. Events

  • James H. Meredith, escorted by federal marshals, registers at University of Mississippi
  • U.S. involvement in Vietnam grows as troop strength increases to 8,000 men
  • John Glenn in 'Friendship 7' becomes the first American to orbit the Earth

Major World Events

  • Cuban Missile Crisis: USSR to build missile bases in Cuba; Kennedy orders Cuban blockade, lifts blockade after Russia backs down (Aug-Nov)
  • The I.R.A. announces a cease-fire in Northern Ireland

January-March

  • Pope John XXIII excommunicates Fidel Castro
  • Morning sickness drug thalidomide found to be causing birth defects

April-July

  • President Kennedy announces that the U.S. is to resume atmospheric atomic testing
  • The Space Needle is built in Seattle, WA
  • The Ranger 4 spacecraft crashes into the Moon.

August-December

  • Jamaica becomes independent
  • 29 refugees escape by tunneling under the Berlin Wall
  • Marylin Monroe dies age 36
  • Eleanor Roosevelt dies

Top Songs

  • Stranger On the Shore by Acker Bilk
  • I Can't Stop Loving You by Ray Charles
  • Mashed Potato Time by Dee Dee Sharp
  • Roses Are Red (My Love) by Bobby Vinton
  • The Stripper by David Rose

Other New Songs

  • Big Girls Don't Cry by The Four Seasons
  • The Locomotion by Little Eva
  • The Wanderer by Dion
  • Sherry by The Four Seasons
  • He's A Rebel by The Crystals

Top Movies

  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • The Longest Day
  • The Music Man
  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Days of Wine and Roses

Top Books

  • A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
  • Seven Days in May by Fletcher Knebel & Charles W. Baily II
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  • Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokovs

Top TV Shows (1961-62)

  • Wagon Train
  • Bonanza
  • Gunsmoke
  • Hazel
  • Perry Mason

Major League Baseball: World Series

  • New York Yankees d. San Francisco Giants

Pro Football: Championships

  • NFL: Green Bay Packers d. New York Giants
  • AFL: Dallas Texans d. Houston Oilers

Ice Hockey: Stanley Cup

  • Toronto Maple Leafs d. Chicago Blackhawks

Pro Basketball: Championship

  • Boston Celtics d. Los Angeles Lakers

NCAA Champions

  • Football: Southern California Trojans
  • Basketball: Cincinnati Bearcats

Other Champions

  • Boxing: Sonny Liston wins the heavyweight title
  • Golf: Arnold Palmer is PGA player of the year
  • Tennis: Rodney Laver and Roy Emerson win U.S. Open
  • Horse Racing: Decidedly wins Kentucky Derby
  • Auto Racing: Rodger Ward wins Indianapolis 500
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