Born in 1962? So Were Jon Bon Jovi and Cassette Tapes

What Happened The Year You Were Born? 1962

If you were born in 1962, you share a birth year with Walmart, Kmart, cassette tapes, Spider-Man, industrial robots, James Bond movies, and more. Tensions in the Cold War fall to their lowest point yet and folk music becomes increasingly popular.

Interesting Statistics from 1962

  • U.S. population: 186.54 million
  • Worldwide population: 4.38 billion
  • Life expectancy: 70.1 years
  • Price of gas: 28 cents per gallon
  • Price of a new house: $12,500
  • Annual income: $5,556

Top News in 1962

  • The Cuban Missile Crisis occurs. The Soviet Union plants nuclear missiles on Cuban soil and President Kennedy threatens war if they are not removed.
  • The Second Vatican Council begins to modernize the Catholic Church.

If You Were Born in 1962, Your Parents Witnessed These Historic Events

  • The Beatles have their first hit, “Love Me Do.
  • Marilyn Monroe sings “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy. She dies a few months later.
  • The U.S. places an embargo on Cuba.
  • Over a thousand prisoners in Cuba are released to the U.S. in exchange for food and medicine.
  • The Navy SEALS are created.
  • The Space Needle is completed.
  • A man is shot dead for attempting to cross the Berlin Wall.
  • Algeria and Jamaica gain independence.
  • John Glenn boards the Friendship 7 and becomes the first American to orbit Earth.

1962 Pop Culture


  • 1962 World Series: New York Yankees defeat San Francisco Giants 4-3.
  • 1962 NFL Championship: Green Bay Packers defeat New York Giants 16–7.
  • 1962 NBA Championship: Boston Celtics defeat Los Angeles Lakers 4-3.
  • 1962 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs defeat Chicago Black Hawks 4-2.


  • Top-grossing movies in 1962: “The Longest Day,” “Lawrence of Arabia,” “The Music Man”
  • Top singles in 1962: “Stranger on the Shore,” “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Mashed Potato Time”
  • Top books in 1962: “Ship of Fools,” “Calories Don’t Count,” “Pale Fire,” “A Clockwork Orange”

Who Else Was Born in 1962?

  • Tom Cruise
  • Jim Carrey
  • Steve Carell
  • Jon Bon Jovi
  • Steve Irwin
  • Tom Kenny
  • Kafe Spade
  • Thomas Gibson

Who Died in 1962?

  • Niels Bohr
  • William Faulkner
  • Ernie Kovacs
  • Eleanor Roosevelt