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    A U-2 flight over Cuba takes photos on Oct. 14 of Soviet nuclear weapons being installed, which leads to a 12-day stand-off and the beginning of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Travel, financial and commercial transactions by United States citizens to Cuba are later made illegal by the John F. Kennedy Administration.

    The Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay closes.

    The Beatles release their first album Please Please Me in the United Kingdom, which was recorded in just a single day at the Abbey Road Studios in London.

    The 1962 New York City newspaper strike begins, affecting all of the city's major newspapers; It would last for 114 days.

    The long-running soap opera General Hospital debuts on ABC television in the United States.

    Martin Luther King, Jr., and others are arrested in a Birmingham, Alabama protest for "parading without a permit". He later issues his Letter from Birmingham Jail.

    The Coca-Cola Company introduces its first diet drink, TaB cola.

    Dr. No, the first James Bond film, is shown in U.S. theaters.

    The New York Yankees beat the San Francisco Giants 4-3 in the World Series.

    The Green Bay Packers win against the New York Giants 16-7 in the 30th NFL Championship Game.

    Lawrence of Arabia wins for Best Picture at the Academy Awards; Gregory Peck (To Kill a Mockingbird) and Anne Bancroft (The Miracle Worker) win for Best Actor and Best Actress.

    The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Defenders are the top shows on television and win several Emmys that year.

    Tony Bennett’s “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” wins Record of the Year at the Grammys.

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