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April 1, 1962 April Fools' Day

April 1, 1962, was a Sunday. It was 62 years, 2 months, and 17 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Aries.

Birthdays

Born on April 1, 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 April 1, 1962:

  • United States: "Don't Break The Heart That Loves You" by Connie Francis
  • United Kingdom: "Wonderful Land" by The Shadows

The Billboard Hot 100 on April 1, 1962

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

  • Don't Break The Heart That Loves You - Connie Francis
  • Hey! Baby - Bruce Channel
  • Johnny Angel - Shelley Fabares
  • Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream) - Roy Orbison
  • Midnight In Moscow - Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen
Play the top singles from 1962
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West Side Story

Top movie at the box office

The movie "West Side Story" was at the top of the box office on April 1, 1962.

Facts

This date occurred 22,724 days ago. Approximately 757 months have passed. It was the 91st day of 1962, in week 13. The decade was the swinging sixties. Daylight saving time (DST) ended in Australia on April 1, 1962, as the clocks went back by one hour. People who were born on April 1, 1962, are now 62 years old and belong to the Baby Boomer generation. The Earth has experienced 252 seasons of weather since then.

Take me back to April 1, 1962

Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

The date is April 1, 1962, and it's a Sunday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Aries. People are currently enjoying their weekend. However, because it's a Sunday, some are dreading the week ahead.

It is April Fools' Day, which means that people are playing practical jokes on one another. The summer of 1962 is drawing closer, and temperatures have started to rise. In America, the song "Don't Break The Heart That Loves You" by Connie Francis is at the top of the singles charts, while "Wonderful Land" by The Shadows is the number-one song in the UK.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy is the President of the United States, and the movie West Side Story is at the top of the box office. Harold Macmillan is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. On television, people are watching popular shows such as "The Jack Benny Program", "Rawhide", "The Andy Griffith Show", and "Steptoe and Son".

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.

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Tom and Jerry", "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends", "The Bugs Bunny Show", and "Davey and Goliath". Children are playing with toys such as Wooly Willy, Fisher Price Little People, Troll doll, and Chatter Telephone.

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on April 1, 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?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around April 1, 1962.

  • March 2, 1962: Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points in an NBA game against the New York Knicks.
  • 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.
  • This date: April 1, 1962
  • April 10, 1962: Ex-Beatles member Stuart Sutcliffe dies of an aneurysm.
  • April 26, 1962: NASA's Ranger 4 spacecraft crashes on the far side of the Moon.
  • May 1, 1962: The first Target discount store is opened in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on April 1, 1962, will have the star sign Aries.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • 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: April 1, 1962 falls under the Falcon.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of April will have the birthstone Diamond.
  • Birth flower (April): The Daisy and the Sweet Pea.

1960s fashion

Photographs of 1960s fashion and hairstyles.

1960s fashion

Television shows

Television shows in April 1962

Television shows that people were watching in April 1962:

TV shows from April 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

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

Cartoons and children's TV shows in April 1962

Children and teenagers were watching the following cartoons and TV series:

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

The Dick Tracy Show
The Dick Tracy Show
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
Toys

Toys in 1962

Children were playing with the following toys and games:

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

Were you born on April 1, 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 April 1, 1968, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on April 1.

Otto von Bismarck

Otto von Bismarck

President of Prussia Deceased
Born on April 1, 1815
He was not alive on this date.

Susan Boyle

Susan Boyle

Singer
Born on April 1, 1961
She turned 1 on this day in 1962.

Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow

TV host
Born on April 1, 1973
She was born exactly 11 years after this date.

Randy Orton

Randy Orton

Wrestler
Born on April 1, 1980
He was born exactly 18 years after this date.

Sean Taylor

Sean Taylor

American football player Deceased
Born on April 1, 1983
He was born exactly 21 years after this date.

Jonny May

Jonny May

Rugby player
Born on April 1, 1990
He was born exactly 28 years after this date.

Logan Paul

Logan Paul

Youtuber
Born on April 1, 1995
He was born exactly 33 years after this date.

Holidays

Holidays

National holidays and famous events that fall on April 1:

USA

US President

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the President of the United States on April 1, 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 April 1, 1962 was most likely conceived around July 9, 1961.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on April 1, 1962 is close to December 23, 1962.

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Stats for April 1, 1962

Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about April 1, 1962:

  • 22,724 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,246 weeks have passed.
  • 1,963,353,600 seconds have passed since April 1, 1962.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 2,290,579,200 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 1,013,090,457,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 327,225,600 times.
  • You have taken approximately 168,848,410 steps. That's roughly 75,044 miles.
  • 23,560,243 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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