Births: Melissa Sue Anderson, Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay, Jodie
Foster, Bob Goldthwait, Ralph Macchio, Kristy McNichol, Demi Moore, Ally
Obituaries: E.E. Cummings, William Faulkner, Ernie Kovacs, "Lucky" Luciano, Marilyn Monroe, Eleanor Roosevelt.
Best Picture: Lawrence of Arabia.
Best Actor: Gregory Peck, To Kill a Mockingbird.
Best Actress: Anne Bancroft, The Miracle Worker.
Literature: John Steinbeck.
Peace: Linus Pauling.
Record/Male Vocalist: Tony Bennett, I Left My Heart in San Francisco.
Album: Vaughn Meader: The First Family.
Group: Peter, Paul and Mary, If I Had a Hammer.
Other Films of 1962: The Music Man, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Billy Budd, The Longest Day, The Manchurian Candidate, Days of Wine and Roses, Bird Man of Alcatraz, Divorce--Italian Style, Sweet Bird of Youth.
New TV Series of 1962: The Beverly Hillbillies, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Virginian, Sing Along with Mitch, McHale's Navy, The Avengers.
Top 10 TV Shows, Fall, 1962: The Beverly Hillbillies, Candid Camera, The Red Skelton Show, Bonanza, The Lucy Show, The Andy Griffith Show, Ben Casey, The Danny Thomas Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Gunsmoke.
Variety Show of the Year: Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall.
A Today Show report on Jackie Kennedy's goodwill tour of India was Barbara Walters' first major on-the-air assignment.
Broadway Openings: A Thousand Clowns, Stop the World--I Want to Get Off, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Oh, Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Beyond the Fringe.
Books of 1962: Ship of Fools, Fail-Safe, The Thin Red Line, Travels with Charley, Seven Days in May, Silent Spring.
The Twist became the newest dance craze.
Jack Nicklaus won his first major golf tournament, the U.S. Open.
Sonny Liston knocked out Floyd Patterson to become the heavyweight champion.
Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors became the first basketball player to score 100 points in a game.
The Boston Celtics won their 4th straight NBA title.
Cincinnati topped Ohio State, 71-59, to become the NCAA basketball champions.
The Green Bay Packers won their 2nd straight NFL championship, defeating the New York Giants, 16-7.
In the American Football League, the Dallas Texans beat the Houston Oilers in the second overtime to win the title.
John McKay of USC was voted college football coach of the year.
For the 3rd and final time, 2 baseball All-Star games were played: the National League won the first, 3-1, while the American League took the second, 9-4.
The New York Mets played their first year of baseball, losing 120 of 160 games.
Jackie Robinson and Bob Feller were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The New York Yankees won the World Series over the San Francisco Giants in 7 games.
Other Events of 1962:
President Kennedy ordered a total blockade of Cuba after it was learned that the Soviets were building missile bases there; nuclear war was narrowly averted when Premier Khruschev ordered the dismantling of the bases.
Texas businessman Billie Sol Estes was sentenced to 8 years in prison.
The Supreme Court ruled that reciting an official prayer in New York public schools was unconstitutional.
John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth.
It was learned that some 7,000 children worldwide suffered deformities caused by the drug Thalidomide.
Tokyo, Japan, became the first city known to have a population of 10 million.
The State Department banned American communists from travel abroad.
A study showed that 44% of the world's 1.6 billion people were illiterate.
AT&T's Telstar, the first privately owned satellite, was launched.
Escorted by U.S. marshals, James Meredith was enrolled at the University of Mississippi.
The national debt reached $300 billion.
The 21st Ecumenical Council, or Vatican II, opened in Rome.
Prisoners from the Bay of Pigs invasion were released in exchange for some $53 million in food and medical supplies.
The 24th Amendment, banning poll taxes, was approved by congress.
WNDT in New York City became the nation's first publicly-supported educational TV station.
President Kennedy appointed Byron White and Arthur Goldberg to the Supreme Court.
SMU in 1962
First African American undergraduate enrolled
The University receives a $3 million Spanish art collection and $1 million endowment from businessman Algur H. Meadows, creating the Meadows Museum, which opens in 1965.
Government Documents – Regional Technical Report Center opens.