What happened in 1962? - UK

The new Coventry Cathedral designed by Sir Basil Spence was consecrated in 1962
St Michael's Victory over the Devil, by Jacob Epstein, at Coventry Cathedral. The new Coventry Cathedral, designed by Sir Basil Spence, was consecrated in 1962

We look at events, new products, films and music from 1962.

In the news

Facts

The last trolley buses ran in London in 1962
The last trolley buses ran in London in 1962
Photo © Clive Warneford (cc-by-sa/2.0)

For more information see How much did things cost in 1962?

Films

Some of the most popular films in 1962 were:

Source: '7 British films in top 10' published in The Times, 10 December 1962

Television

Children's TV

Children's TV programmes which started in 1962 included:

Music

The best selling-singles in the UK in 1962 were:

Source: UK Top 100 Singles by Paul Gambaccini, Tim Rice and Jonathan Rice, published by Guinness in 1993

Sport

Tottenham Hotspur beat Burnley 3-1 to win the 1962 FA Cup

Ipswich Town topped the Football League for the 1961-2 season

Kilmore, ridden by Fred Winter and trained by Ryan Price, won the 1962 Grand National. Frenchman's Cove, ridden by Stan Mellor, started favourite, but was brought down

Larkspur, ridden by Neville Sellwood, won the Derby at Epsom

Cambridge won the 1962 Boat Race, although Oxford started ahead

Airfix Golden Hind
Cliff Richard and the Shadows arriving at Schiphol Airport in 1962. Wonderful Land by The Shadows was the best selling single in the UK in 1962. Image from the Dutch National Archives, made available under CC0

Cars

New models launched for the UK market in 1962 were:

Source: 'British Cars of the Sixties', by Doug Nye, published by the Nelson in 1970

More on the 1960s

By Steven Braggs, June 2022

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