Time Capsule of High School Class of 1962
Key Facts of 1962:
President: John F. Kennedy
Vice President: Lyndon B. Johnson
Cost of a gallon of gas: 31 cents
Cost of a gallon of milk: 49 cents
Cost of a dozen of eggs: 54 cents
Cost of a new home: $18,200
Cost of a first class postage stamp: 4 cents
Notable Inventions of 1962:
The audio cassette
The fiber-tip pen invented by Yukio Horie
Spacewar, the first computer video game invented
Dow Corp invents silicone breast implants
Time Capsule of 1962:
Following the placement of Soviet ballistic missiles in Cuba, President Kennedy orders a blockade:
Khruschev's agreement to dismantle and remove the missiles ends the world's gravest nuclear
Adolf Eichmann is hanged in Israel for his role in the Nazi extermination of six million Jews.
John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the earth.
The U.S. Supreme Court rules that officially-sponsored prayer in public schools is
James Meredith is the first black to enroll in the University of Mississippi following federal
intervention and white mob violence.
Sonny Liston knocks out Floyd Patterson to win the world heavyweight boxing championship.
Green Bay Packers beats the New York Giants in the NFL championship game.
Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points in a game for Philadelphia and averages 50 points a game for the
Boston Celtics win their 6th consecutive NBA crown.
Movies: Marilyn Monroe dies at age 36 of a barbituate overdose.
Lawrence of Arabia, To Kill A Mockingbird, How The West Was Won, The Longest Day, In Search Of The
Castaways and The Music Man are box office winners.
Walter Cronkite succeeds Douglas Edwards as anchorman of the CBS
Evening News. Johnny Carson begins his reign as host of The Tonight Show
season's most popular shows are The Beverly Hillbillies,
Candid Camera, The Red Skelton Show, Bonanza, and The Lucy Show
Top Musical Artists of 1962 Were:
Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Chubby Checker, Brenda Lee, Connie Francis, Dion, Joey Dee & The
Starlighters, Bobby Darin, Dee Dee Sharp, The 4
Jimmy Dean, Neil Sedaka
, The Shirelles, Brook Benton, Sam
Cooke, Gene Pitney, Johnny Tillotson, Bobby Vinton, The Crystals, Burl Ives
Top Musical Artist Debuts:
Paul Simon, Gene Chandler, The Beach Boys, Jack Jones, Dee Dee Sharp, Jay & The Americans
, Peter, Paul & Mary, Bobby Vinton, The
Orlons, Tommy Roe, The Supremes
, Booker T. & The
MG's, Carole King, Marvin Gaye,
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass,
Dionne Warwick, Bobby Goldsboro, The Dells
Other Musical Tidbits:
What songs were the high school class of 1962
listening to? Just sit back and listen to the songs from the graduation class of 1962. Keep in mind these are
the songs from your senior year which was normally from the months September 1961-June