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1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). In Chinese Zodiac, the "year" of the Ox ended on February 4, 1962 and the "year" of the Tiger began on February 5, 1962.
- September 1 - A referendum in Singapore supports the Malayan Federation.
- September 1 - Typhoon Wanda strikes Hong Kong, killing at least 130 and wounding more than 600.
- September 2 - The Soviet Union agrees to send arms to Cuba.
- September 8 - Newly independent Algeria, by referendum, adopts a constitution.
- September 12 - President John F. Kennedy declares that the U.S. will put a man on the moon by the end of the decade.
- September 21 - A border conflict between China and India erupts into fighting.
- September 21 - New Musical Express, a British music magazine, publishes a story about two 13-year-old schoolgirls, Sue and Mary, releasing a disc on Decca, and adds, "A Liverpool group, The Beatles, have recorded 'Love Me Do' for Parlophone, set for October 5 release."
- September 26 - Civil war erupts in Yemen.
- September 27 - A flash flood in Barcelona, Spain, kills more than 440.
- September 27 - Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring is released, giving rise to the modern environmentalist movement.
- September 28 - Prime minister Ahmed Ben Bella founds the first government in Algeria.
- September 29 - The Canadian Alouette 1, the first satellite built outside the United States and the Soviet Union, is launched from Vandenberg AFB in California.
- September 30 - CBS broadcasts the final episodes of Suspense and Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, marking the end of the Golden Age of Radio.
- November 1 - The Soviets begin dismantling their missiles in Cuba.
- November 3 - The term "Personal computer" is first mentioned by the media.
- November 5 - Franz Josef Strauß, the West German defence minister, is relieved of his duties over the Spiegel scandal, due to his alleged involvement in police action against the magazine.
- November 5 - Saudi Arabia breaks off diplomatic relations with Egypt, following a period of unrest partly caused by the defection of several Saudi princes to Egypt.
- November 5- A coal mining disaster in Ny-Ålesund kills 21 people. The Norwegian government is forced to resign in the aftermath of this accident in August, 1963.
- November 6 - Apartheid: The United Nations General Assembly passes a resolution condemning South Africa's racist apartheid policies, and calls for all UN member states to cease military and economic relations with the nation.
- November 7 - Richard M. Nixon loses the California governor's race. In his concession speech, he states that this is his "last press conference" and that "you won't have Dick Nixon to kick around any more".
- November 17 - In Washington, DC, U.S. President John F. Kennedy dedicates Dulles International Airport.
- November 20 - The Cuban Missile Crisis ends: In response to the Soviet Union agreeing to remove its missiles from Cuba, U.S. President John F. Kennedy ends the quarantine of the Caribbean nation.
- November 23 - United Airlines Flight 297 crashes, killing all 17 on board.
- November 26 - Spiegel scandal: German police end their occupation of Der Spiegel offices.
- November 27 - French President Charles De Gaulle orders Georges Pompidou to form a government.
- November 29 - An agreement is signed between Britain and France to develop the Concorde supersonic airliner.
- November 30 - The United Nations General Assembly elects U Thant of Burma as the new UN Secretary-General.
- December 2 - Vietnam War: After a trip to Vietnam at the request of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield becomes the first American official not to make an optimistic public comment on the war's progress.
- December 7 - Prince Rainier III of Monaco revises the principality's constitution, devolving some of his formerly autocratic power to several advisory and legislative councils.
- December 8 - The first period of the Second Vatican Council closes.
- December 8 - In Brunei, Sheik Azaharin stages a 1-day rebellion.
- December 8 - The North Kalimantan National Army revolts in Brunei (first stirrings of the Indonesian Confrontation).
- December 9 - Tanganyika (now Tanzania) becomes a republic within the Commonwealth, with Julius Nyerere as president.
- December 11 - In West Germany, a coalition government of Christian Democrats, Christian Socialists, and Free Democrats is formed.
- December 14 - U.S. spacecraft Mariner 2 flies by Venus, becoming the first probe to successfully transmit data from another planet.
- December 19 - Britain acknowledges the right of Nyasaland (now Malawi) to secede from the Central African Federation.
- December 19 - The last foreign-occupied territory of India, Daman and Diu, is integrated into India.
- December 22 - "Big Freeze" in Britain: no frost-free nights until March 5, 1963.
- December 24 - Cuba releases last 1,113 participants in the Bay of Pigs Invasion to the U.S., in exchange for food worth $53 million.
- December 30 - United Nations troops occupy the last rebel positions in Katanga; Moise Tshombe moves to South Rhodesia.
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- February 4 - Clint Black, American musician
- February 5 - Jennifer Jason Leigh, American actress
- February 6 - Axl Rose, American singer (Guns N' Roses)
- February 7 - Garth Brooks, American musician
- February 7 - Eddie Izzard, British actor and comedian
- February 8 - Malorie Blackman, British-born author
- February 10 - Bobby Czyz, American boxer
- February 10 - Cliff Burton, American bassist (Metallica) (d. 1986)
- February 11 - Sheryl Crow, American singer
- February 12 - Jimmy Kirkwood, Irish-born field hockey player
- February 12 - Nana Ioseliani, Georgian chess player
- February 13 - Aníbal Acevedo Vilá, American politician
- February 17 - Lou Diamond Phillips, American actor
- February 18 - Julie Strain, American actress and model
- February 20 - Kenn Nesbitt, American poet and children's author
- February 21 - Vanessa Feltz, British television presenter
- February 21 - Chuck Palahniuk, American author
- February 21 - David Foster Wallace, American writer
- February 22 - Lenda Murray, American bodybuilder
- February 22 - Steve Irwin, Australian herpetologist and television personality (The Crocodile Hunter) (d. 2006)
- February 24 - Michelle Shocked, American musician
- February 27 - Adam Baldwin, American actor
- February 27 - Grant Show, American actor
- March 2 - Jon Bon Jovi, American singer, songwriter, and actor
- March 3 - Jackie Joyner-Kersee, American athlete
- March 3 - Herschel Walker, American football player
- March 8 - Michael Graham, American singer, entertainer
- March 7 - Taylor Dayne, American singer
- March 12 - Darryl Strawberry, baseball player
- March 15 - Terence Trent D'Arby, American-born singer
- March 17 - Clare Grogan, Scottish actress and singer
- March 18 - Thomas Ian Griffith, American actor
- March 19 - Ivan Calderón, Puerto Rican Major League Baseball player (d. 2003)
- March 20 - Stephen Sommers, American film director
- March 21 - Matthew Broderick, American actor
- March 21 - Rosie O'Donnell, American comedian, actress, talk show host, and publisher
- March 23 - Steve Redgrave, English rower
- March 26 - John Stockton, American basketball player
- March 30 - MC Hammer, American rapper
- April 1 - Phillip Schofield, British TV presenter
- April 2 - Mark Shulman, American children's author
- April 8 - Izzy Stradlin, American musician (Guns N' Roses)
- April 9 - Imran Sherwani, British field hockey player
- April 10 - Steve Tasker, American football player
- April 11 - Vincent Gallo, American actor
- April 12 - Art Alexakis, American singer and musician (Everclear)
- April 15 - Nawal El Moutawakel, Moroccan hurdler
- April 16 - Ian MacKaye, American musician
- April 19 - Al Unser, Jr., American race car driver
- April 20 - Henry Joseph Nasiff Jr., Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf from The Howard Stern Show (d. 2001)
- April 23 - John Hannah, Scottish actor
- April 23 - Hillel Slovak, American mucician (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
- April 24 - Steve Roach, champion rugby league prop forward.
- April 26 - Colin Anderson, English footballer
- May 2 - Jimmy White, British snooker player
- May 3 - Anders Graneheim, Swedish bodybuilder
- May 4 - Oleta Adams, American soul and jazz singer
- May 9 - David Gahan, English singer (Depeche Mode)
- May 10 - David Fincher, American film director
- May 12 - Emilio Estevez, American actor
- May 13 - Eduardo Palomo, Mexican actor (d. 2003)
- May 14 - C.C. Deville, American guitarist (Poison)
- May 14 - Ian Astbury, British singer (The Cult)
- May 17 - Lise Lyng Falkenberg, Danish writer
- May 17 - Craig Ferguson, Scottish actor
- May 20 - Mike Jeffries, American soccer coach
- May 23 - Karen Duffy, American actress
- May 24 - Gene Anthony Ray, American actor (d. 2003)
- May 26 - Bobcat Goldthwait, American actor and comedian
- May 27 - Ravi Shastri, Indian cricketer
- May 28 - Brandon Cruz, American child actor and musician
- June 2 - Clyde Drexler, American basketball player
- June 5 - Jeff Garlin, American comedian
- June 8 - Nick Rhodes, English musician (Duran Duran)
- June 10 - Gina Gershon, American actress
- June 13 - Ally Sheedy, American actress
- June 19 - Paula Abdul, American dancer, choreographer, and singer
- June 26 - Bussunda, Brazilian comedian (d. 2006)
- June 29 - Amanda Donohoe, English actress
- June 30 - Tony Fernandez, baseball player
- August 1 - Robert Clift, British field hockey player
- August 4 - Roger Clemens, baseball player
- August 5 - Patrick Ewing, Jamaican-born basketball player
- August 6 - Michelle Yeoh, Hong Kong actress
- August 9 - Kevin Mack, American football player
- August 16 - Robert Henderson, South Carolina businessman
- August 20 - Sophie Aldred, British actress and television presenter
- August 20 - Phil Lynott, Irish rock musician and singer
- August 20 - James Marsters, American actor
- August 20 - Robert Plant, British rock singer
- August 24 - Craig Kilborn, American talk show host
- August 25 - David Packer, American actor
- August 30 - Alexander Litvinenko, British citizen, ex-KGB colonel and ex-FSB lieutenant-colonel
- September 1 - Ruud Gullit, Dutch footballer
- September 5 - Peter Wingfield, Welsh actor
- September 15 - Earnest Byner, American football player
- September 17 - Baz Luhrmann, Australian film director
- September 24 - Jack Dee, British comedian
- September 24 - Ally McCoist, Scottish footballer and TV pundit and Question of Sport team captain
- September 25 - Aida Turturro, American actress
- September 26 - Melissa Sue Anderson, American actress
- September 26 - Tracey Thorn, British singer
- September 28 - Grant Fuhr, Canadian hockey player
- September 30 - Frank Rijkaard, Dutch football player and manager
- October 1 - Esai Morales, American actor
- October 5 - Caron Keating, British TV presenter (d. 2004)
- October 11 - Joan Cusack, American actress and comedian
- October 11 - Nicola Bryant, British actress
- October 13 - T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh, American actress and comedian
- October 13 - Kelly Preston, American actress
- October 13 - Jerry Rice, American football player
- October 16 - Flea, Australian actor and bassist (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
- October 16 - Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Russian baritone
- October 19 - Tracy Chevalier, American author
- October 19 - Evander Holyfield, American boxer
- October 23 - Doug Flutie, American football player
- October 23 - Mike Tomczak, American football player
- October 25 - Nick Hancock, British actor and television presenter
- October 26 - Cary Elwes, British actor
- October 27 - Ang Peng Siong, Singapore sportsman
- October 30 - Courtney Walsh, West Indian Cricketer
- November 1 - Anthony Kiedis, American singer (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
- November 1 - Magne Furuholmen, Norwegian keyboardist (a-ha)
- November 2 - Ron McGovney, American bassist (Formerly of Metallica)
- November 3 - Marilyn, British musician
- November 4 - Jeff Probst, American television personality
- November 11 - Demi Moore, American actress
- November 13 - Steve Altes, American humorist
- November 15 - Judy Gold, American comedian and actress
- November 18 - Kirk Hammett, American musician (Metallica)
- November 19 - Jodie Foster, American actress and director
- November 21 - Steven Curtis Chapman, American musician
- November 24 - John Kovalic, Anglo-American cartoonist
- November 24 - Ggreg Snyder, American actor and pop culturist
- November 27 - Marumi Shiraishi, Japanese actress
- November 27 - Samantha Bond, British actress
- November 28 - Jon Stewart, American actor and comedian
- November 29 - Andrew McCarthy, American actor
- November 30 - Bo Jackson, American football and baseball player
- November 30 - Daniel Keys Moran, American writer
- December 1 - Shōzō Hayashiya (9th), Japanese rakugoka, tarento and seiyū
- December 5 - José Cura, Argentine tenor
- December 6 - Janine Turner, American film actress
- December 8 - Marty Friedman, American guitarist
- December 9 - Felicity Huffman, American actress
- December 10 - Scott Capurro, American comedian
- December 11 - Ben Browder, American actor
- December 12 - Tracy Austin, American tennis player
- December 14 - Ginger Lynn Allen, American pornographic actress
- December 17 - Paul Dobson, English footballer
- December 22 - Ralph Fiennes, English actor
- December 25 - Dean Cameron, American actor
- December 27 - Mark Few, American basketball coach
- December 28 - Michel Petrucciani, French musician (d. 1999)
- December 30 - Alessandra Mussolini, Italian politician
- January 13 - Ernie Kovacs, American comedian (b. 1919)
- January 20 - Robinson Jeffers, American poet (b. 1887)
- January 26 - Lucky Luciano, American gangster (b. 1897)
- January 29 - Fritz Kreisler, Austrian violinist (b. 1875)
- February 5 - Jacques Ibert, French composer (b. 1890)
- February 10 - Eduard von Steiger, President of Switzerland (b. 1881)
- February 17 - Bruno Walter, German conductor (b. 1876)
- February 19 - Georgios Papanikolaou, Greek inventor (b. 1883)
- March 15 - Arthur Compton, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1892)
- March 24 - Jean Goldkette, Greek-born musician (b. 1899)
- March 24 - Auguste Piccard, Swiss physicist and explorer (b. 1884)
- April 10 - Michael Curtiz, Austrian-born film director (b. 1886)
- April 10 - Stuart Sutcliffe, English artist and musician (The Beatles) (b. 1940)
- April 13 - Culbert Olson, Governor of California (b. 1876)
- May 5 - Ernest Tyldesley, English cricketer (b. 1889)
- May 13 - Henry Trendley Dean, American dental researcher (b. 1893)
- May 27 - Egon Petri, German pianist (b. 1881)
- May 31 - Adolf Eichmann, Nazi official (executed) (b. 1906)
- June 2 - Vita Sackville-West, English writer and landscape gardener (b. 1892)
- June 4 - Charles William Beebe, American oceanic pioneer (b. 1877)
- June 6 - Yves Klein, French painter (b. 1928)
- June 12 - John Ireland, English composer (b. 1879)
- June 13 - Eugène Aynsley Goossens, English composer (b. 1893)
- June 15 - Alfred Cortot, Swiss pianist (b. 1877)
- June 28 - Mickey Cochrane, baseball player (b. 1903)
- July 6 - William Faulkner, American writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1897)
- July 6 - Archduke Joseph August of Austria, Austrian field marshal (b. 1872)
- July 9 - Georges Bataille, French writer (b. 1897)
- July 12 - Roger Wolfe Kahn, American band leader (b. 1907)
- July 21 - G.M. Trevelyan, English historian (b. 1876)
- July 27 - Richard Aldington, English poet (b. 1892)
- August 5 - Marilyn Monroe, American actress (b. 1926)
- August 9 - Hermann Hesse, German-born writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1877)
- August 15 - Lei Feng, Chinese soldier (b. 1940)
- September 3 - E. E. Cummings, American poet (b. 1894)
- September 6 - Hanns Eisler, German-born composer (b. 1898)
- September 7 - Isak Dinesen, Danish writer (b. 1885)
- October 6 - Tod Browning, American film director (b. 1882)
- October 9 - Milan Vidmar, Slovenian chess player (b. 1885)
- October 27 - Enrico Mattei, Italian politician (b. 1906)
- November 7 - Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States (b. 1884)
- November 18 - Niels Bohr, Danish physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1885)
- November 28 - Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands (b. 1880)
- November 29 - Erik Scavenius, Prime Minister of Denmark (b. 1877)
- December 7 - Kirstin Flagstad, Norwegian soprano (b. 1895)
- December 15 - Charles Laughton, English actor and director (b. 1899)
- December 20 - Emil Artin, Austrian mathematician (b. 1898)
- December 24 - Wilhelm Ackermann, German mathematician (b. 1896)
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