45 Years Ago...
Bob Feller and Jackie Robinson are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility (Jan. 23).
First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy takes viewers on a television tour of The White House for Valentines Day.
February 20th John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the Earth.
On March 2, Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in a single basketball game.
The "amazing" N.Y. Mets' first scheduled game was postponed due to rain on April 10, 1962 at St. Louis.
William Faulkner dies on July 6th.
The world's first commercial communications satellite, AT&T's TelStar, is launched into orbit, on July 10th and activated the next day.
Two days later The Rolling Stones make their debut at London's Marquee Club.
Sadly on August 5th Marilyn Monroe is found dead in her Los Angeles apartment.
President John F. Kennedy makes his famous promise to land a man on the moon before the end of the decade on September 12th.
On October 1st the first black student, James Meredith, registers at the University of Mississippi. He is escorted by federal marshals.
Dr. No, the first James Bond flick debuts in the UK on October 5th.
The Cuban Missile Crisis begins on October 14th when a U-2 spy plane takes photos of nuclear weapons being installed. It is the closest the world has come to a nuclear war.
On October 28th Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev announces that he has ordered the removal of Soviet missile bases in Cuba.
Richard Nixon loses the California governor's race November 7th. In his concession speech, he states that this is his "last press conference" and that "you won't have Dick Nixon to kick around any more."
Also that very same day, Eleanor Roosevelt dies.
Britain and France reach an agreement on November 29th to develop the Concorde supersonic transport.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield becomes the first American official not to make an optimistic public comment on the Vietnam War's progress on December 2nd.
Films set during the year of 1962 include Animal House, American Graffiti, and Hairspray.
Born in this year were Jim Carrey (Jan. 17), Chris Chelios (Jan. 25), Clint Black (Feb. 2), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Feb. 5), Axl Rose ( Feb. 6), Garth Brooks (Feb. 7), Sheryl Crow (Feb. 11), Steve "The Crocodile Hunter" Irwin (Feb. 22), Jon Bon Jovi (Mar. 2), Al Unser, Jr. (Apr. 19), Emilio Estevez (May 12), my wife (Jun. 3), Paula Abdul (Jun. 19), Tom Cruise (July 3), Wesley Snipes (July 31), Roger Clemons (Aug. 4), Phil Lynott (Aug. 24), Tommy Lee (Oct. 3), Jerry Rice (Oct. 13), Evander "The Real Deal" Holyfield (Oct. 19), Cary Elwes (Oct. 26), Demi Moore (Nov. 11) & Jody Foster (Nov. 19).
Oh yeah, some kid named Bennie Waddell was born on September 5th.
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
45 Years Ago...