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1962 Trivia

<< - 1961
World Series Champions:
New York Yankees
NFL Champions:
Green Bay Packers
AFL Champions:
Dallas Texans
NBA Champions:
Boston Celtics
Stanley Cup Champs:
Toronto Maple Leafs
U.S. Open Golf:
Jack Nicklaus
U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):
Rodney Laver/Margaret Smith
Wimbledon (Men/Women):
Rod Laver/Karen Susman
NCAA Football Champions:
NCAA Basketball Champions:
Kentucky Derby:
World Cup (Soccer):
The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, Rita Moreno, Sophia Loren, Doris Day, Annette Funicello, Kim Novak
"The Quotes"
"Heeere's Johnnny!"
- Ed McMahon on the 'Tonight Show'

"With a name like Smuckerís, it has to be good"

"We Try Harder"

"Think small"
- Volkwagon

"Bond. James Bond."
- Sean Connery, in 'Dr. No'

Time Magazine's Man of the Year:
Pope John XXIII
Miss America:
Maria Fletcher (Asheville, NC)
Miss USA:
Macel Leilani (Hawaii)

The Scandals:
n 1962, special, hi-tech locks were added to all U.S. nuclear missiles that would prevent launch without a secret, unique launch code. However, military officials quietly circumvented this safeguard by setting every locK to "00000000". The codes remained unchanged until 1977.

Marilyn Monroe's death was caused by an overdose of sleeping pills. Conspiracy theories involve the mob, President John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert Kennedy. Ex-husband and baseball great Joe DiMaggio took care of all of the funeral arrangements although the couple had divorced in 1954.

October 22-28 was probably the closest we ever came to nuclear war - The Cuban Missle Crisis was officially over on November 2.

Rock and Roll Death: ex-Beatle Stuart Sutcliff (brain hemorrhage)

1962 Pop Culture News:
The Jetsons only aired 3 seasons, the first in 1962 and the second and third in 1985-1987, over two decades later

Jackie Chan's first movie appearance, Big and Little Wong Tin Bar (1962), was considered to be a lost film, as no known copies of the film existed. However, this was not the case, as on February 3rd, 2016, the entire movie was suddenly uploaded to YouTube.

Telstar was launched as the first working communications satellite.

The light-emitting diode (LED) invented Nick Holonyak, while working for General Electric.

Glenn Bell's first Taco Bell opened in Downey, California.

The first computer video Game , Spacewar, was invented.

Audio cassetes were invented.

The first Vail Ski Resort opened in 1962.

The first Target (Tar-zhay) store opened in Roseville, Minnesota.

The Philips Company of the Netherlands invented and released the first audio-cassette.

Do you remember, before 1962, when you could not get Goldfish Crackers at your local store? Pepperidge Farm remembers.

You could by a fall-out shelter for as little as $100, feeding your family radiation-free for up to two weeks. Models were priced at $5000 and even higher as well.

Decca Records A&R executive Dick Rowe turned down the Beatles for a record deal and reportedly told their manager, "Guitar groups are on the way out." He made up for the mistake by signing the Rolling Stones the following year.

The Habit:

Reading Rachel Carson's book, 'Silent Spring', which started the environmentalist movement.

1st appearances & 1962's Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Tammy fashion doll, Mille Bornes Card Game , King Zor, LEGO Model Sets (with wheels), Boob Tube, Slinky*, Password TV Game home version, smooth & plastic wiffle bat is introduced, Limbo Party Kit
1962 Most Popular TV shows:
1. Beverly Hillbillies (CBS)
2. Candid Camera (CBS)
3. The Red Skelton Show (CBS)
4. Bonanza (NBC)
5. The Lucy Show (CBS)
6. The Andy Griffith Show (CBS)
7. Ben Casey (ABC)
8. The Danny Thomas Show (CBS)
9. The Dick Van Dyke Show (CBS)
10. Gunsmoke (CBS)

The biggest Pop Artists of 1962 include:
Bobby Darin, Bobby Vee, Brenda Lee, Bruce Channel, Chubby Checker, The Crystals, Connie Francis, The Contours, Dee Dee Sharp, Dion, Elvis Presley, The 4 Seasons, Gene Chandler, Gene Pitney, Jackie Wilson, Joey Dee & the Starlighters, Jimmy Deen, Johnny Tillotson, Little Eva, The Marvelettes, Mary Wells, The Miracles, Neil Sedaka, The Orlons, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Neil Sedaka, The Shirelles, Tommy Roe

(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)

The Number One Hits Of 1962:
December 18, 1961 - January 12, 1962: The Tokens - The Lion Sleeps Tonight

January 13, 1962 - January 26, 1962: Chubby Checker - The Twist

January 27, 1962 - February 16, 1962: Joey Dee and the Starliters - Peppermint Twist - Part 1

February 17, 1962 - March 9, 1962: Gene Chandler - Duke of Earl

March 10, 1962 - March 30, 1962: Bruce Channel - Hey! Baby

March 31, 1962 - April 6, 1962: Connie Francis - Don't Break the Heart That Loves You

April 7, 1962 - April 20, 1962: Shelley Fabares - Johnny Angel

April 21, 1962 - May 4, 1962: Elvis Presley - Good Luck Charm

May 5, 1962 - May 25, 1962: The Shirelles - Soldier Boy

May 26, 1962 - June 1, 1962: Mr. Acker Bilk - Stranger on the Shore

June 2, 1962 - July 6, 1962: Ray Charles - I Can't Stop Loving You

July 7, 1962 - July 13, 1962: David Rose - The Stripper

July 14, 1962 - August 10, 1962: Bobby Vinton - Roses Are Red (My Love)

August 11, 1962 - August 24, 1962: Neil Sedaka - Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

August 25, 1962 - August 31, 1962: Little Eva - The Loco-Motion

September 1, 1962 - September 14, 1962: Tommy Roe - Sheila

September 15, 1962 - October 19, 1962: The Four Seasons - Sherry

October 20, 1962 - November 2, 1962: Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers - Monster Mash

November 3, 1962 - November 16, 1962: The Crystals - He's a Rebel

November 17, 1962 - December 21, 1962: The Four Seasons - Big Girls Don't Cry

December 22, 1962 - January 11, 1963: The Tornados - Telstar

Popular Music in 1962 - # 1 Hits of 1962