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August 5th, 1962.

August 5th, 1962, was a Sunday. It was day 217 of 1962. The decade was the 1960s.

58 years, 10 months and 7 days have passed since August 5th, 1962.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Leo.

On this day.

What happened on August 5th, 1962?

  • American actress and model Marilyn Monroe is found dead after a suspected drug overdose.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on August 5th, 1962.

  • United States: Roses Are Red - Bobby Vinton
  • United Kingdom: I Remember You - Frank Ifield
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Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is August 5th, 1962 and it's a Sunday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Leo. Currently, people are enjoying their weekend.

It's summer, so the temperatures are warmer and the evenings are longer than usual. In America, the song Roses Are Red by Bobby Vinton is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, I Remember You by Frank Ifield is the number one hit song.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy is currently the President of the United States and 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.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Have Gun - Will Travel", "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis", "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Route 66". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Mighty Mouse Playhouse", "The Rifleman", "Dennis the Menace" and "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Crater Critters, Troll doll, Astrobase and Rock-a-Stack.

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on August 5th, 1962.

  • Fast food begins to replace diners and drive-ins.

    Fast food begins to replace diners and drive-ins.

    During this period, the fast food industry was growing, much to the detriment of local diners and drive-in restaurants. As a result, 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 in 1962?

    Who were the best football players in 1962?

    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 as the Time Person of the Year in 1962. During the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, he volunteered as a mediator between the two sides.

  • Rotary phones.

    Rotary phones.

    During the first half of the 1960s, rotary phones were still the most common type of landline phone. Although push-button telephones did exist at this time, they were relatively uncommon.

  • Greasers.

    Greasers.

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

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • This date fell on a weekend.
  • 58 years, 10 months and 7 days have passed since August 5th, 1962.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 31 of 1962.
  • Leap Year: 1962 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on August 5th, 1962, will be 58 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1962 belong to the Baby Boomer generation.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 5th, 1962, will have the star sign Leo.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Cancer.
  • 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 22.
  • Native American Zodiac: August 5th, 1962 falls under the Salmon.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.
  • Birth flower (August): The Gladiolus and the Poppy.

Photos of 1960s fashion.

Photographs of 1960s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1960s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

  • Hazel - Sitcom about a live-in maid called Hazel Burke.
  • Route 66 - Adventure crime drama.
  • The Andy Griffith Show - Comedy TV series about a sheriff in Mayberry, North Carolina.
  • Danger Man - British television series about a secret agent working for NATO.
  • The Untouchables - American crime drama.
  • The Twilight Zone - TV series about disturbing or unusual events.
  • The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis - American sitcom about a teenager who strives for beautiful women, fancy cars and money.
  • Bonanza - American Western series.
  • Rawhide - American western series starring Eric Fleming and Clint Eastwood.
  • 77 Sunset Strip - Private detective drama series.
  • Perry Mason - Legal drama series.
  • Wagon Train - American western series.

Kid's TV shows on August 5th, 1962.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired on this date in 1962.

  • Top Cat
  • Davey and Goliath
  • Mister Ed
  • The Dick Tracy Show
  • King Leonardo and His Short Subjects
  • The Bugs Bunny Show
  • The Flintstones
  • My Three Sons
  • Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse
  • The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends
  • Dennis the Menace
  • The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
  • The Rifleman
  • Leave It to Beaver
  • Heckle and Jeckle
  • The Gumby Show
  • Mighty Mouse Playhouse
  • Captain Kangaroo
  • Lassie
  • Tom and Jerry
  • Looney Tunes

Popular toys and games in 1962.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1962.

  • Tammy (doll)
  • Chatter Telephone
  • Rock-a-Stack
  • Ken (doll)
  • Etch A Sketch
  • Astrobase
  • Troll doll
  • Crater Critters

Were you born on this date?

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 from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then check out August 5th, 1968 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 5th of August.

  • August 5th, 1930: Neil Armstrong (American astronaut) turned 32 on this day in 1962.
  • August 5th, 1952: Louis Walsh (X Factor judge / Talent manager) turned 10 on this day in 1962.

US President.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the President of the United States on August 5th, 1962.

UK Prime Minister.

Harold Macmillan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on August 5th, 1962.

Irish Taoiseach.

Seán Lemass was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on August 5th, 1962 was most likely conceived around the 26th of October, 1961.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 5th, 1962 is close to the 15th of May, 1963.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about August 5th, 1962.

  • A total of 21,496 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,070 weeks have passed.
  • 1,857,254,400 seconds have passed since the August 5th, 1962.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,166,796,800 times.
  • Since August 5th, 1962, the earth has travelled approximately 958,343,270,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 309,542,400 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 159,723,878 steps. That's about 70,988 miles!
  • Since this date, 22,287,053 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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