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Class of 1962

This page is dedicated to the class of 1962 in honor of their 50th anniversary. Click below to enjoy taking a walk down memory lane with our collection of photos from the academic year 1961-1962.


Back in Time to 1962:


  • John F. Kennedy was in office.
  • Virgil Grissom becomes second American astronaut, making 118-mile high, 303-mile long rocket flight over Atlantic.
  • Wal-Mart and Kmart both opened their doors in 1962, offering consumers virtually every household item imaginable under one roof.
  • Francis Crick and James Waterson win a Nobel Prize for their work describing the structure of DNA.
  • AT&T instroduces the T1 wideband phone line.
  • U.S. astronaut John Glenn orbits the Earth three times, becoming the first American in orbit.
  • Jackie Robinson becomes the First African-American inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • Tony Bennett recorded his signature mega-hit "I Left My Heart in San Francisco."
  • The Jetsons, a wildly popular Hanna-Barbera cartoon premiered on ABC in September.
  • The New York Mets set a major-league record with 120 losses.
  • Cesar Chavez starts the National Farm Workers Association in Fresno, California.
  • Johnny Carson takes over as host of NBC-TV's The Tonight Show.
  • The U.S. Post Office introduces the Zone Improvement Plan (ZIP), which will add a five-digit code to all domestic addresses.
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Long Beach State College?

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Popular Songs of the Year:

  • "Can't Help Falling in Love" -Elvis Presley
  • "Don't Make me Over" -Dionne Warwick
  • "I left my heart in San Francisco" - Tony Bennett
  • " The Loco-Motion" -Little Eva
  • "Monster Mash" - Bobby "Boris" Pickett
  • "Sherry" -Four Seasons
  • "Wipe Out" - Surfaris

Popular Movies of the Year:

  • Days of Wine and Roses
  • Dr. No
  • The Longest Day
  • How the West was Won
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

Popular TV Shows:

  • The Beverly Hillbillies
  • The Jetson's
  • The Lucy Show
  • The Match Game
  • Combat!