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February 10, 1962

Glienicke Bridge - "Bridge of Spies"
Glienicke Bridge - "Bridge of Spies"
Captured American U2 spy-plane pilot Gary Powers is exchanged for captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel. The exchange took place on the Glienicke Bridge that links West Berlin with Potsdam. The Glienicke Bridge became famous during the Cold War as the "Bridge of Spies". At precisely the same time, at Checkpoint Charlie, Frederic Pryor was released by the East German Stasi into the waiting arms of his father. A few days later Fisher, reunited with his wife, Elena and daughter, Evelyn, flew home. It suited the KGB, for the sake of its own reputation to portray "Abel's" nine years of being an undetected agent in the U.S., as a triumph by a dedicated NKVD member.
spy, Rudolf Abel, Gary Powers, KGB, Bridge of Spies, Glienicke Bridge

April 26, 1962

NASA's Ranger 4 spacecraft crashes into the Moon. Ranger 4 was a spacecraft of the Ranger program designed to transmit pictures of the lunar surface to Earth stations during a period of 10 minutes of flight prior to crashing upon the Moon, to rough-land a seismometer capsule on the Moon, to collect gamma-ray data in flight, to study radar reflectivity of the lunar surface, and to continue testing of the Ranger program for development of lunar and interplanetary spacecraft. An onboard computer failure caused failure of the deployment of the solar panels and navigation systems; as a result the spacecraft crashed on the far side of the Moon without returning any scientific data.
Ranger 4, NASA, space, Moon

October 17, 1962

The Beatles made their TV debut with a live performance on the regional news programme People and Places.

October 25, 1962

Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela's prison cell on Robben Island
Nelson Mandela is sentenced to five years in prison. On 5 August 1962 Mandela was arrested after living on the run for seventeen months, and was imprisoned in the Johannesburg Fort. The arrest was made possible because the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) tipped off the security police as to Mandela's whereabouts and disguise. Three days later, the charges of leading workers to strike in 1961 and leaving the country illegally were read to him during a court appearance. On 25 October 1962, Mandela was sentenced to five years in prison.
Nelson Mandela


January 17, 1962
Jim Carrey

James Eugene "Jim" Carrey is a Canadian actor and comedian.
September 9, 1962
Mark Linkous

Mark Linkous was an American singer, songwriter and musician, best known as leader of Sparklehorse. He was also known for his collaborations with such notable artists as Tom Waits, PJ Harvey, Daniel Johnston, Radiohead, Black Francis, Julian Casablancas, Nina Persson, Sean Terrington Wright, David Lynch, Danger Mouse, and Sage Francis.
October 19, 1962
Evander Holyfield

Evander Holyfield is a professional boxer from the United States. He is a former World Undisputed Champion in both cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions, earning him the nickname "The Real Deal". After winning the bronze medal in the Light Heavyweight division at the 1984 Summer Olympics, he debuted as a professional at the age of 21.
November 1, 1962
Anthony Kiedis

Anthony Kiedis is an American vocalist/lyricist,and occasional actor best known as the lead vocalist of the Grammy-winning American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers.
November 11, 1962
Demi Moore

Demi Guynes Kutcher known professionally as Demi Moore, is an American actress. After minor roles in film and a role in the soap opera General Hospital, Moore established her career in films such as St. Elmo's Fire (1985), and in the early 1990s, became one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood with her successes in Ghost (1990), A Few Good Men (1992), Indecent Proposal (1993), and Disclosure (1994).
December 8, 1962
Marty Friedman

Marty Friedman is a guitarist, well known for his tenure as the lead/rhythm guitarist for thrash metal band Megadeth, which lasted almost a decade. He has resided in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan since 2003, and has hosted his own television programs, Rock Fujiyama and Jukebox English on Japanese television.


February 5, 1962
Jacques Ibert

Jacques François Antoine Ibert was a French composer. Having studied music from an early age, he studied at the Paris Conservatoire and won its top prize, the Prix de Rome at his first attempt, despite studies interrupted by his service in World War I.
February 17, 1962
Bruno Walter

Bruno Walter was a German-born conductor. Born in Berlin, he is known to have lived in several countries between 1933 and 1939, before finally settling in the United States in 1939. Though he was born Bruno Schlesinger, he began using Walter as his surname in 1896, and officially changed his surname to Walter upon becoming a naturalised Austrian in 1911. Walter was for many years active as a composer, but his works have not entered the repertoire.
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