1960s Pop History – 1962

Sixties Pop HistoryPresident: John F Kennedy Vice President: Lyndon B Johnson
The 1960sThe population of the United States is 185,771,000
60sNational Debt 302.9 Billion
sixtiesUnemployment is 6.7% (up 1.2% from 1961)
pop history 1960sLife Expectancy: 70.1 years
information 60sFamily median income = $6,000 (up $300. from 1961)
events 1962Academy Award : West Side Story (click to buy)  (Best Picture)
facts 1962Grammy Award : Moon River: (click to buy)  (song), Judy At Carnegie Hall (click to buy)  (album)
pop culture 60'sPulitzer Prize : The Edge of Sadness (click to buy)  (Fiction)
important sixties stuffThe United States Navy Commissions the first SEAL (SEa, Air and Land)Team
60s factsPresident Kennedy announces an embargo blocking any soviet ships from reaching Cuba
1960's quick factsFrancis Gary Powers the U-2 pilot who was shot down over Russia is exchanged for captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel in Berlin
pop historyAdolph Eichmann, the captured Nazi, is found guilty of war crimes and executed in Israel
60s historyThe United States Supreme Court rules that mandatory prayers in public schools are unconstitutional (Engel v. Vitale)
1960s pop historyWal-Mart opens its first store in Rogers, Arkansas
1962 pop cultureAmerican artist Andy Warhol premieres his Campbell’s Soup Cans exhibit
the year 1962AT&T launches Telstar, the world’s first commercial communications satellite
1960s historyTelstar relays the first live trans-Atlantic television signal
imporant events in 1962Nelson Mandela is arrested and jailed in S. Africa
1962 pop cultureThe Beatles (click for Beatles pages)replace drummer Pete Best with Ringo Starr
year 1962Johnny Carson takes over as host of NBC’s Tonight Show, he hosts the show until 1992
1960s historyDr. No, the first James Bond film, premieres
events in 1962The US discovers the building of Soviet missiles in Cuba, in a series of diplomatic and military moves President Kennedy forces their removal from the communist nation
1960s quick factsBritain and France sign an agreement to develop the Concorde supersonic airliner
facts about 1962Mariner II, the first interplanetary probe, reaches Venus sending the first ever signal from another planet
sixties quick factsPopular dances were of course the twist also the mashed potato, the jerk, the swim, the monkey and the Watusi
1962 factsTelevision debuts included: The Jetsons, and The Beverly Hillbillies    (click show title for more info)
sixties quick referenceMarilyn Monroe apparently committed suicide leading to conspiracy theories centered around her involvement with the Kennedy’s
1962 factsJohn Glenn is the first American to orbit the Earth, he was one of the original Mercury “7” astronauts chosen for having “The Right Stuff”.

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