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Events of 1962

Man, did a lot of stuff happen that year. Do you remember any of it?
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First submittedJanuary 21, 2013
Last updatedJanuary 21, 2013
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The Soviets build missile bases in this Western Hemisphere country.
Cuba
This blonde starlet dies of an overdose of sleeping pills.
Marilyn Monroe
The first of this discount store chain opens in Rogers, Ark.
Wal-Mart
The first store of this “blue-light special” chain opens in Michigan.
Kmart
Floods in northern Germany kill over 300 in this large city.
Hamburg
Troops quell rioting at this state’s leading university as it integrates.
Mississippi
This north-African country gains independence from France.
Algeria
This Ohioan becomes the first American in orbit.
John Glenn, Jr.
Albert Sabin develos an oral vaccine against this disease.
Polio
This group releases its first single,“Love Me Do.”
The Beatles
This artist paints a can of soup.
Andy Warhol
This sitcom premiers: “a story ‘bout a man named Jed [Clampett]”
Beverly Hillbillies
This comic begins a 30-year reign as Tonight Show host.
Johnny Carson
This movie is released, starring Peter O’Toole, set in the middle East.
Lawrence of Arabia
This material is used in breast implants for the first time.
Silicone
This man (and jacket namesake) becomes leader of India.
Jawahar Lal Nehru
Twelve East Germans escape through a tunnel under this structure.
Berlin Wall
Members of this acrobatic family are killed when their pyramid collapses.
Wallendas
This star of “Ghost,” “G.I. Jane,” and “Striptease” is born.
Demi Moore
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Jan 22, 2013
18/19. Missed Wallendas.
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level 44
Oct 22, 2017
Aced it with 2:47 remaining. I was 8 years old in 1962, but clearly I was paying attention. Great quiz. Thanks.
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level 38
Aug 20, 2018
Great quiz! - Though I could kick myself for missing Hamburg.
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level 38
Nov 24, 2018
Got Hamburg this time, but missed the Wallendas. Also realized for the first time that Marilyn Monroe died a scarce two months (End of May to the first week in August) after singing "Happy Birthday" to JFK.