• The Cuban Missile crisis began on October 22 when Soviet nuclear armed missile launch sites, capable of placing most of the U S mainland at risk to nuclear attack, were discovered via photo reconnaissance. The discoveries were made by the U-2 and the F8U-1P aircraft.
  • John Glenn orbits the earth 3 times on February 20 in spacecraft “Friendship 7” to become the first American in space.

Lockheed U-2

Vought F8U-1P

Other Facts from 1962

President: John F. Kennedy



Average annual income


New car


Loaf of bread


Gallon of milk


Gallon of gas




Dow Jones Average  536 to 726

Songs From 1962

“Green Onions”
“I Left My Heart In San Francisco”
“Go Away Little Girl”