1962 Newspapers

The 1960s were a decade characterised by change in all aspects of society. Freedom and fun were leading motives for the young generations, who were being encouraged to enjoy life after the oppressive decades which had come before. The 60s was marked by rock and roll, and the emergence of the Hippie movement celebrating love and democracy.

1962 newspaper articles tell all the stories that captured the attention of the British public, from at home and overseas. Our collection is the largest in the world, and features over 4 million originals from the nation’s longest running and most trusted news outlets.

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1962 Newspaper Headlines Summary

1962 headlines are filled with exciting tales that mark chronicle this year in history. Some remarkable 1962 newspaper articles include accounts Nelson Mandela’s arrest for inciting rebellion, the tragic death of America’s sweetheart and national icon Marilyn Monroe, and the release of the first ever James Bond film “Dr. No”.

It was a wonderful year for music history, as the Beatles released their first single “Love Me Do”, and Ringo Starr joined the band; completing the iconic foursome. An original 1962 newspaper is the ideal gift idea for someone interested in history, born in this year, or simply with an interest in the swinging sixties.

4th February 1962
The Sunday Times becomes the first newspaper to print a colour supplement.

18th April 1962
The Commonwealth Immigration Bill removes free immigration from the citizens of member states of the Commonwealth of Nations.

30th May 1962
The 1962 FIFA World Cup opens in Chile. It is the first time that the competition is held on the continent of South America for twelve years.

11th June 1962
Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin become the only successful escapees from the Alcatraz Island prison. There is no conclusive evidence that they survived this escape.

17th June 1962
Brazil beats Czechoslovakia 3-1 to win the 1962 FIFA World Cup.

6th July 1962
Irish broadcaster Gay Byrne presents the first edition of “The Late Late Show“. Byrne goes on to present the talk show for thirty-seven years, making it the longest running talk show in the world.

12th July 1962
The Rolling Stones perform their first formal gig at London’s Marquee Club. They are the opening act for Long John Baldry.

13th July 1962
Prime Minister Harold Macmillan dismisses one third of his Cabinet in what the press dubs the ‘Night of the Long Knives‘.

5th August 1962
The South African government arrests Nelson Mandela in Howick and charges him with incitement to rebellion.

5th August 1962
Marilyn Monroe, American actress (b. 1926) dies from an accidental overdose. Many conspiracy theories immediately surround her death, involving both John and Robert Kennedy. A general consensus also emerges that her death was probable suicide, but a lack of evidence prevents it from being officially recorded as such.

16th August 1962
The Beatles’ drummer Pete Best is fired and replaced by Ringo Starr.

23rd August 1962
John Lennon secretly marries Cynthia Powell.

12th September 1962
President John F. Kennedy delivers a speech at Rice University, reaffirming that the United States will put a man on the moon by the end of the decade.

5th October 1962
“Dr. No“, the first ever James Bond film, premieres in United Kingdom cinemas.

5th October 1962
The Beatles release their first single, “Love Me Do“.

29th November 1962
An agreement is signed between Britain and France to develop the Concorde supersonic airliner.

10th December 1962
David Lean’s epic film “Lawrence of Arabia“ premieres in London. The cast includes Peter O’ Toole, Omar Shariff, Alec Guiness, Jack Hawkins and Anthony Quinn.

14th December 1962
U.S. spacecraft ‘Mariner II’ flies by Venus, becoming the first probe to successfully transmit data from another planet.

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