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March 2, 1962

March 2, 1962, was a Friday. It was the 61st day of 1962. The decade was the swinging sixties.

61 years, 11 months, and 30 days have passed since March 2, 1962.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Pisces.

On This Day

On this day

What happened on March 2, 1962?

  • Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points in an NBA game against the New York Knicks.
Birthdays

Born on March 2, 1962

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Music charts

Songs that were on top of the charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on March 2, 1962:

  • United States: "Duke Of Earl" by Gene Chandler
  • United Kingdom: "Can't Help Falling In Love / Rock-a-hula Baby" by Elvis Presley

The Billboard Hot 100 on March 2, 1962

These were the top five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • Duke Of Earl - Gene Chandler
  • The Wanderer - Dion
  • Norman - Sue Thompson
  • The Twist - Chubby Checker
  • Hey! Baby - Bruce Channel
Play the top songs from 1962
A Spotify playlist of songs from the year 1962. Take a trip back to the days of Elvis Presley, Chubby Checker, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Frank Ifield and The Tornados.
Lover Come Back

Top movie at the box office

The movie "Lover Come Back" was at the top of the box office on March 2, 1962.

Facts

This date was 22,645 days ago. Approximately 755 months have passed. It was the 61st day of 1962, in week 09. The decade was the swinging sixties. People born on this day are currently 61 years old and belong to the Baby Boomer generation. The Earth has experienced 252 seasons of weather since then.

Take me back to March 2, 1962

Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

It is Friday, March 2, 1962. Anyone born today will have the star sign Pisces. People have "that Friday feeling" and are excited for the weekend.

Spring is creeping in, and the evenings are starting to get brighter. In America, the song "Duke Of Earl" by Gene Chandler is at the top of the singles charts, while "Can't Help Falling In Love / Rock-a-hula Baby" by Elvis Presley is the number-one song in the UK. John Fitzgerald Kennedy is the President of the United States, and the movie Lover Come Back is at the top of the box office.

Harold Macmillan is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. In fashion, many of the trends from the late 1950s are still popular. Women are wearing tailored skirts, short boxy jackets and shift dresses. Trousers are also becoming popular amongst women. Meanwhile, men are wearing polo shirts, argyle socks, sweater vests, loafers and harrington jackets. Because it's 1962, radio stations are playing hit songs from music artists such as Ray Charles, The Four Seasons, Elvis Presley, Chubby Checker, Bobby Vinton and Shelley Fabares.

If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Marilyn Monroe, Robert Frost, Ernie Davis, and John F. Kennedy would all still be alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "77 Sunset Strip", "Rawhide", "Bonanza", and "Route 66". Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "Tom and Jerry", "The Adventures of Spunky and Tadpole", "Davey and Goliath", and "Top Cat".

Popular toys at the moment include the Frisbee, Metal House robots, Crater Critters, and Etch A Sketch.

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on March 2, 1962.

  • Fast food is replacing diners and drive-ins.

    Fast food is replacing diners and drive-ins

    The fast food industry was steadily growing, much to the detriment of local diners and drive-in restaurants. Consequently, things such as jukeboxes and carhops also started to decline.
  • Who were the best NBA players in 1962?

    Who were the best NBA players in 1962?

    In 1962, the best NBA players were Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Bob Pettit, Oscar Robertson and Jerry West.
  • Who were the best football players?

    Who were the best football players?

    In 1962, the best soccer players were Pelé, Josef Masopust, Eusébio, Karl-Heinz Schnellinger, Dragoslav Šekularac, Jef Jurion, Gianni Rivera, Jimmy Greaves, John Charles, Milan Galić and János Göröcs.
  • Lawrence of Arabia.

    Lawrence of Arabia

    "Lawrence of Arabia" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1962.
  • Sammy Davis Jr. - "What Kind of Fool Am I?"

    Sammy Davis Jr. - "What Kind of Fool Am I?"

    "What Kind of Fool Am I?" by Sammy Davis Jr. would go on to win a Grammy for 1962's Song of the Year.
  • 1962 in music.

    1962 in music

    The Billboard Charts in 1962 were dominated by the likes of Chubby Checker, Gene Chandler, Bruce Channel, The Shirelles, The Four Seasons, Ray Charles and Mr. Acker Bilk.
  • 1962 in movies.

    1962 in movies

    Movies released in 1962 included Lawrence of Arabia, The Longest Day, In Search of the Castaways, That Touch of Mink, Cape Fear, The Music Man, Mutiny on the Bounty, To Kill a Mockingbird, Hatari!, Gypsy, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? and Bon Voyage!
  • Pope John XXIII.

    Pope John XXIII

    Pope John XXIII was named Time Person of the Year in 1962 after he volunteered as a mediator during the Cuban missile crisis.
  • The USA is escalating its involvement in the Vietnam War.

    The USA is escalating its involvement in the Vietnam War

    The United States was slowly escalating its involvement in the Vietnam War. In May 1961, President John F. Kennedy ordered helicopters and 400 Green Berets into South Vietnam. Covert operations against the communist forces in the north were also authorized. By 1963, the number of US military personnel in the country had grown to 10,000.
  • Rotary phones.

    Rotary phones

    Rotary phones were still the most common type of landline phone. Although push-button telephones did begin to appear at the end of 1963, they were relatively uncommon.
  • Greasers.

    Greasers

    A youth subculture called "greasers" emerged during the 1950s and early 1960s. The style included greased-back hairstyles, work pants, and denim or leather jackets.

Personality traits

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Events

What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to March 2, 1962.

  • February 7, 1962:
    • The U.S. bans all imports and exports from Cuba.
    • A methane explosion kills 284 workers at the Luisenthal Mine near Völklingen, Germany.
  • February 16, 1962: Hundreds of people die after heavy storm floods hit Hamburg in Germany.
  • March 1, 1962:
    • 95 people lose their lives after American Airlines Flight 1 crashes into Jamaica Bay in New York shortly after takeoff.
    • The first ever Kmart discount store is opened in Garden City, Michigan.
  • This date: March 2, 1962
  • March 16, 1962: 107 US Army personnel lose their lives after their aircraft vanishes over the Pacific Ocean.
  • March 18, 1962: The Algerian War ends after France and Algeria come to an agreement.
  • March 19, 1962: American singer Bob Dylan releases his self-titled debut studio album.
  • March 21, 1962: Taco Bell is founded in Downey, California.
  • March 29, 1962: Argentina's president Arturo Frondizi is overthrown during a military coup.
  • March 30, 1962: The final episode of the American talk show "Tonight Starring Jack Paar" is aired.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on March 2, 1962, will have the star sign Pisces.
  • Zodiac Element: Water.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1962 was the year of the Tiger (Yang Fire).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 5.
  • Native American Zodiac: March 2, 1962 falls under the Wolf.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of March will have the birthstone Aquamarine.
  • Birth flower (March): The Daffodil and the Jonqui.

1960s fashion

Photographs of 1960s fashion and hairstyles.

1960s fashion

Television shows

TV shows in 1962

Television shows that people were watching in March 1962:

TV shows from March 1962.

Steptoe and Son
Steptoe and Son
Hazel
Hazel
Route 66
Route 66
The Andy Griffith Show
The Andy Griffith Show
Danger Man
Danger Man
The Untouchables
The Untouchables
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
Bonanza
Bonanza
Rawhide
Rawhide
77 Sunset Strip
77 Sunset Strip
Maverick
Maverick
Perry Mason
Perry Mason
Wagon Train
Wagon Train
Have Gun - Will Travel
Have Gun - Will Travel
Tonight Starring Jack Paar
Tonight Starring Jack Paar
Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
The Danny Thomas Show
The Danny Thomas Show
The Jack Benny Program
The Jack Benny Program
What's My Line?
What's My Line?
The Ed Sullivan Show
The Ed Sullivan Show

Cars in 1962

1962 saw the introduction of cars such as the Buick Wildcat, the Ford Cortina, the Mitsubishi Colt, the Pontiac LeMans, the Dodge Custom 880, and the Plymouth Fury (3rd generation).

Cars in 1962.

Children TV shows

Kids TV shows on March 2, 1962

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1962:

Top Cat
Top Cat
Davey and Goliath
Davey and Goliath
Mister Ed
Mister Ed

King Leonardo and His Short Subjects
King Leonardo and His Short Subjects
The Bugs Bunny Show
The Bugs Bunny Show
The Flintstones
The Flintstones
My Three Sons
My Three Sons
Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse
Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends
Dennis the Menace
Dennis the Menace
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy
Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy
Noggin the Nog
Noggin the Nog
Bozo: The World's Most Famous Clown
Bozo: The World's Most Famous Clown
The Rifleman
The Rifleman
The Adventures of Spunky and Tadpole
The Adventures of Spunky and Tadpole
Leave It to Beaver
Leave It to Beaver
Captain Pugwash
Captain Pugwash
Heckle and Jeckle
Heckle and Jeckle
The Gumby Show
The Gumby Show
Mighty Mouse Playhouse
Mighty Mouse Playhouse
Captain Kangaroo
Captain Kangaroo
Lassie
Lassie
Tom and Jerry
Tom and Jerry
Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
Toys

Popular toys and games in 1962

Toys and games that were popular in 1962:

Tammy (doll)
Tammy (doll)
Chatter Telephone
Chatter Telephone
Rock-a-Stack
Rock-a-Stack
Ken (doll)
Ken (doll)
Etch A Sketch
Etch A Sketch
Astrobase
Astrobase
Troll doll
Troll doll
Tonka trucks
Tonka trucks
Matchbox toy cars
Matchbox toy cars
Barbie
Barbie
Playpal dolls
Playpal dolls
Crater Critters
Crater Critters
Fisher Price Little People
Fisher Price Little People
The Hula Hoop
The Hula Hoop
Metal House robots
Metal House robots
The Frisbee
The Frisbee
Wooly Willy
Wooly Willy
BAS-KET Miniature Basketball
BAS-KET Miniature Basketball

Were you born on March 2, 1962?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1962.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out March 2, 1968, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on March 2.

Mikhail Gorbachev

Mikhail Gorbachev

Former Soviet leader Deceased
Born on March 2, 1931
He turned 31 on this day in 1962.

Karen Carpenter

Karen Carpenter

Singer Deceased
Born on March 2, 1950
She turned 12 on this day in 1962.

Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig

Actor
Born on March 2, 1968
He was born exactly 6 years after this date.

Method Man

Method Man

Rapper
Born on March 2, 1971
He was born exactly 9 years after this date.

Chris Martin

Chris Martin

Singer
Born on March 2, 1977
He was born exactly 15 years after this date.

Lance Cade

Lance Cade

Wrestler Deceased
Born on March 2, 1981
He was born exactly 19 years after this date.

Robert Iler

Robert Iler

Actor
Born on March 2, 1985
He was born exactly 23 years after this date.

Savannah LaBrant

Savannah LaBrant

Internet personality
Born on March 2, 1993
She was born exactly 31 years after this date.

USA

US President

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the President of the United States on March 2, 1962.

UK

UK Prime Minister

Harold Macmillan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach

Seán Lemass was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on March 2, 1962 was most likely conceived around June 9, 1961.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on March 2, 1962 is close to November 23, 1962.

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Stats for March 2, 1962

Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about March 2, 1962:

  • 22,645 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,235 weeks have passed.
  • 1,956,528,000 seconds have passed since March 2, 1962.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 2,282,616,000 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 1,009,568,448,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 326,088,000 times.
  • You have taken approximately 168,261,408 steps. That's roughly 74,783 miles!
  • Since this date, 23,478,336 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!
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