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October 20th, 1962.

October 20th, 1962, was a Saturday. It was day 293 of 1962. The decade was the 1960s.

58 years, 7 months and 23 days have passed since October 20th, 1962.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Libra.

On this day.

What happened on October 20th, 1962?

  • The Sino-Indian War bar begins when China launches two separate attacks on Indian forces.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on October 20th, 1962.

  • United States: Monster Mash - Bobby Boris Pickett & The Crypt Kickers
  • United Kingdom: Telstar - The Tornados
Play the top hits from 1962.
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Take me back to October 20th, 1962!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is October 20th, 1962 and it's a Saturday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Libra. Currently, people are enjoying their weekend.

The summer is long gone. Temperatures have started to become much cooler and the evenings are beginning to get darker. Fallen leaves have carpeted driveways, lawns, pathways and sidewalks and there's a fresh earthy scent in the ear. Halloween of 1962 is quickly approaching.

In America, the song Monster Mash by Bobby Boris Pickett & The Crypt Kickers is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Telstar by The Tornados 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 "The Danny Thomas Show", "Gunsmoke", "Have Gun - Will Travel" and "77 Sunset Strip".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Gumby Show", "The Rifleman", "Dennis the Menace" and "Top Cat". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Troll doll, Astrobase, Ken (doll) 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 October 20th, 1962.

  • Cuban Missile Crisis.

    Cuban Missile Crisis.

    The Cuban Missile Crisis occurred during this period when Soviet cruise missiles were deployed in Cuba. This led to a 13 day confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union. During the crisis, there were growing concerns that it could escalate into a global nuclear war.

  • 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, 7 months and 23 days have passed since October 20th, 1962.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 42 of 1962.
  • Leap Year: 1962 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on October 20th, 1962, will be 58 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1962 belong to the Baby Boomer generation.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around October 20th, 1962.

  • October 14th, 1962: The Cuban Missile Crisis begins when the Soviet Union deploys ballistic missiles in Cuba.
  • October 16th, 1962: Baseball: The New York Yankees defeat the San Francisco Giants by 4-3 to win the 1962 World Series.
  • This date: October 20th, 1962
  • October 28th, 1962: Cuban Missile Crisis: Russian leader Nikita Khrushchev agrees to dismantle all Russian missiles based in Cuba.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on October 20th, 1962, will have the star sign Libra.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Virgo.
  • Zodiac Element: Air.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1962 was the year of the Tiger (Yang Fire).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 3.
  • Native American Zodiac: October 20th, 1962 falls under the Raven.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of October will have the birthstones Tourmaline and Opal.
  • Birth flower (October): The Marigold and the Cosmos.

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 October 20th, 1962.

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

  • The Jetsons
  • 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 October 20th, 1968 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 20th of October.

US President.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the President of the United States on October 20th, 1962.

UK Prime Minister.

Harold Macmillan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on October 20th, 1962.

Irish Taoiseach.

Seán Lemass was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on October 20th, 1962 was most likely conceived around the 10th of January, 1962.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on October 20th, 1962 is close to the 30th of July, 1963.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about October 20th, 1962.

  • A total of 21,420 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,060 weeks have passed.
  • 1,850,688,000 seconds have passed since the October 20th, 1962.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,159,136,000 times.
  • Since October 20th, 1962, the earth has travelled approximately 954,955,008,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 308,448,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 159,159,168 steps. That's about 70,737 miles!
  • Since this date, 22,208,256 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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