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December 31st, 1962.

December 31st, 1962, was a Monday. It was day 365 of 1962. The decade was the 1960s.

59 years and 20 days have passed since December 31st, 1962.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Capricorn.

On This Day

On this day.

What happened on December 31st, 1962?

  • The first episode of the panel game show "Match Game" is aired on NBC.
Birthdays

Born on December 31st, 1962.

People who were born on this exact date.

Song charts

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 31st, 1962.

  • United States: Telstar - The Tornados
  • United Kingdom: Bachelor Boy / The Next Time - Cliff Richard & The Shadows

The Billboard Hot 100 on December 31st, 1962.

The top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • Telstar - The Tornadoes
  • Limbo Rock - Chubby Checker
  • Bobby's Girl - Marcie Blane
  • Go Away Little Girl - Steve Lawrence
  • Big Girls Don't Cry - The 4 Seasons
Play the top hits 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.
Mutiny on the Bounty

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Mutiny on the Bounty" was at the top of the box office on December 31st, 1962.

Take me back to December 31st, 1962!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is December 31st, 1962 and it's a Monday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Capricorn. It's News Years Eve and everyone is looking forward to what the year 1963 will bring them.

In America, the song Telstar by The Tornados is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Bachelor Boy / The Next Time by Cliff Richard & The Shadows is the number one hit song. John Fitzgerald Kennedy is currently the President of the United States and the movie Mutiny on the Bounty is at the top of the Box Office.

In the United Kingdom, Harold Macmillan is the current Prime Minister. 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.

The historical film "Lawrence of Arabia" is currently being shown in movie theaters. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Robert Frost, Ernie Davis and John F. Kennedy would all be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "The Danny Thomas Show", "Have Gun - Will Travel", "The Untouchables" and "Hazel".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Tom and Jerry", "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis", "My Three Sons" and "The Bugs Bunny Show". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Wooly Willy, the Hula Hoop, Matchbox toy cars and Chatter Telephone.

News

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 December 31st, 1962.

  • The Boston Strangler is on the loose.

    The Boston Strangler is on the loose.

    During this time, an unknown serial killer was murdering single women in the Boston area. The press nicknamed him the "Boston Strangler" and the "Phantom Fiend" due to his ability to get into women's apartments without any signs of forced entry. Between June of 1962 and January of 1964, 13 women were murdered. Later, the crimes were attributed to a criminal called Albert DeSalvo.

  • Fast food is replacing diners and drive-ins.

    Fast food is replacing 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.

  • The USA is escalating its involvement in the Vietnam War.

    The USA is escalating its involvement in the Vietnam War.

    During this time, the United States was slowly escalating its involvement in the Vietnam War. In May of 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.

    During the first half of the 1960s, 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.

    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.

Information

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 59 years and 20 days have passed since December 31st, 1962.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 01 of 1962.
  • Leap Year: 1962 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on December 31st, 1962, will be 59 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1962 belong to the Baby Boomer generation.
Events

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around December 31st, 1962.

  • December 8th, 1962: The 1962-1963 New York City newspaper strike begins due to low wages and plans to automate printing.
  • December 11th, 1962: Convicted murdered Arthur Lucas becomes the last person to be executed in Canada.
  • December 30th, 1962: NFL: The Green Bay Packers defeat the New York Giants by 16-7 to win the 1962 NFL Championship Game.
  • This date: December 31st, 1962
  • January 29th, 1963: American poet Robert Frost dies at the age of 88.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on this date.

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Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 31st, 1962, will have the star sign Capricorn.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Sagittarius.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1962 was the year of the Tiger (Yang Fire).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 7.
  • Native American Zodiac: December 31st, 1962 falls under the Goose.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.
  • Birth flower (December): The Narcissus and the Holly.

Photos of 1960s fashion.

Photographs of 1960s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1960s fashion.

Television shows

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

TV shows from December, 1962.

Steptoe and Son
Steptoe and Son
British sitcom starring Harry H. Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell.

Hazel
Hazel
Sitcom about a live-in maid called Hazel Burke.

Route 66
Route 66
Adventure crime drama.

The Andy Griffith Show
The Andy Griffith Show
Comedy TV series about a sheriff in Mayberry, North Carolina.

Danger Man
Danger Man
British television series about a secret agent working for NATO.

The Untouchables
The Untouchables
American crime drama.

The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
TV series about disturbing or unusual events.

The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
American sitcom about a teenager who strives for beautiful women, fancy cars and money.

Bonanza
Bonanza
American Western series.

Rawhide
Rawhide
American western series starring Eric Fleming and Clint Eastwood.

77 Sunset Strip
77 Sunset Strip
Private detective drama series.

Perry Mason
Perry Mason
Legal drama series.

Wagon Train
Wagon Train
American western series.

Have Gun - Will Travel
Have Gun - Will Travel
American western series.

Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
Western drama series.

The Danny Thomas Show
The Danny Thomas Show
American sitcom about a successful nightclub singer.

The Jack Benny Program
The Jack Benny Program
25-minute-long situation comedy series that broadcast on CBS.

What's My Line?
What's My Line?
Panel game show.

The Ed Sullivan Show
The Ed Sullivan Show
Variety 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 December 31st, 1962.

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

The Jetsons
The Jetsons

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

The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis

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 on this date 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 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 December 31st, 1968 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on December 31st.

Anthony Hopkins

Actor.
Born on December 31st, 1937
He turned 25 on this day in 1962.

Alex Ferguson

Soccer manager.
Born on December 31st, 1941
He turned 21 on this day in 1962.

John Denver

American singer. Deceased
Born on December 31st, 1943
He turned 19 on this day in 1962.

Val Kilmer

Actor.
Born on December 31st, 1959
He turned 3 on this day in 1962.

John Allen Muhammad

Convicted murderer. Deceased
Born on December 31st, 1960
He turned 2 on this day in 1962.

Psy

South Korean singer.
Born on December 31st, 1977
He was born exactly 15 years after this date.

Donald Trump Jr.

American businessman.
Born on December 31st, 1977
He was born exactly 15 years after this date.

Holidays

Holidays.

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 31st of December.

  • New Year's Eve
USA

US President.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the President of the United States on December 31st, 1962.

UK

UK Prime Minister.

Harold Macmillan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 31st, 1962.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach.

Seán Lemass was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on December 31st, 1962 was most likely conceived around April 9th, 1962.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 31st, 1962 is close to September 23rd, 1963.

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Stats for December 31st, 1962

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about December 31st, 1962.

  • A total of 21,570 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,081 weeks have passed.
  • 1,863,648,000 seconds have passed since the December 31st, 1962.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,174,256,000 times.
  • Since December 31st, 1962, the earth has travelled approximately 961,642,368,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 310,608,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 160,273,728 steps. That's about 71,233 miles!
  • Since this date, 22,363,776 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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