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1962 Facts and Things that Happened

Monday, October 17, 2011

Soviet missile bases detected in Cuba; President Kennedy demands their removal. The confrontation is the closest the U.S. and U.S.S.R. ever come to war.

Crisis is resolved when Soviets agree to remove Cuban missiles in exchange for removal of U.S. missiles in Turkey

Industrial robots introduced to perform repetitive manufacturing tasks

Rachel Carson publishes Silent Spring, bringing attention to a number of environmental crises for the first time.

Morning sickness drug thalidomide found to be causing birth defects

TV Shows: I’ve Got a Secret, Beverly Hillbillies, Route 66, The Flinstones, Price is Right, Ben Casey

Marilyn Monroe dies, apparently from an overdose of sleeping pills

Phil Knight develops the first Nike running shoe
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