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1962 Trivia compiled by Ted Yates

1962 Trivia
compiled by Ted Yates



Top movies of 1962 included The Birdman of Alcatraz, Lawrence of Arabia, Days of Wine and Roses, To Kill A Mockingbird and Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?


Johnny Carson took over as host of the tonight show.


Astronaut John Glenn made the first U. S. Earth orbits in the mercury capsule friendship 7.



TV shows, which made their debut in 1962, included the Beverly Hillbillies, the Jetsons, the Lucy show, the Virginian, Password and Mchale’s Navy.



What was new in ‘62? Tab opening aluminum end cans for soft drinks; Polaroid introduced colour film and K-Mart opened for the first time.


Entertainers who were born in 1962 include Jim Carrey, Wesley Snipes, Emilio Estevez, Demi Moore, Tom Cruise and Jodie Foster.




Entertainers we lost in 1962 included Marilyn Monroe, Ernie Kovacs, Charles Laughton and Eleanor Roosevelt.



The New York Yankees won the World Series by beating the san Francisco giants 4 games to 3.

The Toronto maple leafs beat the Chicago black hawks 4 games to 2 to take the Stanley Cup.



The biggest dance craze of the year and the entire decade was Chubby Checker’s ‘The Twist’.



The Trans Canada highway officially opened


The Nobel Prize for literature was awarded to John Steinbeck.

The Lenin peace prize was awarded to artist Pablo Picasso.


The Telstar communications satellite transmitted the first worldwide TV show.


Music artists who had their first hit in 1962 include The Beach Boys, The Four Seasons, Bobby Goldsboro, The Supremes, Tommy Roe, Dionne Warwick and Marvin Gaye.


The Grammy award winning record of the year was ‘I Left My Heart In San Francisco’ by Tony Bennett. Soupy Sales was the host of the show that year.


The Beatles sign a contract with a 27 year old record store owner named Brian Epstein to act as their manager.


The average annual income in Canada in 1962 was $4,500.

1962 price checks, a 16 oz. jar of Kraft Cheezwhiz cost 57cents, a 32 oz. jar of Miracle Whip set you back 59 cents and a tin of Chef-Boy-Ar-Dee ravioli was stamped 29 cents.


In ‘62. The Shaw festival opened in Niagara on the lake and the curtain closed on Marilyn Monroe, who died of an apparent drug overdose.


The Queenston- Lewiston Bridge, which spanned the Niagara River officially opened in November 1962 at a cost of 16 million dollars.