The Starfish Prime high-altitude nuclear test is conducted by the United States.
During the 1962 FIFA World Cup, the police had to intervene multiple times in fights between Chilean and Italian players. This was one of the most violent games in the history of football.
A Flying Tiger Line flight disappears in the western Pacific Ocean, with all 107 passengers and crew missing.
Flooding from the North Sea in the coastal areas of West Germany kills 315 and destroys the homes of about 60,000 people.
The Soviet ship Poltava heads toward Cuba to set in motion the Cuban Missile Crisis.
The captured American U2 spy-plane pilot Gary Powers is exchanged for captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel.
The Cuban missile crisis between the United States, Cuba, and the Soviet Union starts after the US President John F. Kennedy sees photographs of the missile sites in Cuba.
Dr. No, the first in the James Bond movie series, is released.
The first of Blackfriars Ships dating back to the 2nd century AD are discovered in the banks of the River Thames in London.