Upon reflecting the events of 1962 for political research I decided to post the most interesting that would relate to a "visit from another
Certainly the events of having mankind to the bring of nuclear destruction, the announcement of a project to put a man on the moon along with several
major milestones succeeding in space exploration, the beginning of a war between the two largest nations of our time (China/India), the global
communication barriers collapsing, and the realization that new technological 21 first century dawns on humanity bringing technological advances
beyond imagination, would signal a good time for "another force" to manifest itself in the global geopolitical game.
Would be a good reason for an alien "ambassador" to throw a small tour de force, appearing from near the Bermuda triangle (also near the place where
the nuclear bases that could trigger a nuclear holocaust were at the time being set), doing a scan of major northern US territory (strategic
locations), landing near a power plant to disable it and then moving on like nothing happened.
(I don't believe it was downed, either a decoy tactic from the alien ship or propaganda from the military in order to calm the populace in view of
the looming US/USSR major confrontation)
All that along with the The Century 21 Exposition World's Fair "space needle".
If you build it, (and you mess things up enough) THEY
What happened in 1962:
January 3 – Pope John XXIII excommunicates Fidel Castro
January 9 – Cuba and the Soviet Union sign a trade pact
January 22 – The Organization of American States suspends Cuba's membership
January 26 – Ranger 3 is launched to study the Moon; it later misses the Moon by 22,000 miles
February 3 – The United States embargo against Cuba is announced
February 4–5 – During a new moon and solar eclipse, an extremely rare grand conjunction of the classical planets occurs (it includes all 5 of the
naked-eye planets plus the Sun and Moon), all of them within 16° of one another on the ecliptic. At the precise moment of the new moon/solar eclipse,
5 celestial bodies (the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter) are clustered within 3° of each other, with the Earth in close conjunction with them.
Taken in totality, this grand conjunction includes the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, with the Earth also in alignment with the
Sun and Moon at the exact moment of the new moon/solar eclipse (8 celestial bodies in total).
February 7 – The United States Government bans all U.S.-related Cuban imports and exports
February 10 – Captured American spy pilot Francis Gary Powers is exchanged for captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel in Berlin
February 12 – Six members of the Committee of 100 of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament are found guilty of a breach of the Official Secrets
February 20 – Project Mercury: While aboard Friendship 7, John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the Earth, three times in 4 hours, 55
February 23 – Twelve European countries form the European Space Agency
April 14 – A Cuban military tribunal convicts 1,179 Bay of Pigs attackers
April 21 – The Century 21 Exposition World's Fair opens in Seattle, Washington (The space needle!)
The Century 21 Exposition (also known as the Seattle World's Fair) was a World's Fair held April 21, 1962, to October 21, 1962 in Seattle,
Washington, USA. Nearly ten million people attended the fair
The fair was originally conceived in 1955 to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, but it soon became clear that
that date was too ambitious. With the Space Race underway and Boeing having "put Seattle on the map" as "an aerospace city", a major theme
of the fair was to show that "the United States was not really 'behind' the Soviet Union in the realms of science and space." As a result, the
themes of space, science, and the future completely trumped the earlier conception of a "Festival of the [American] West."
In June 1960, the International Bureau of Expositions certified Century 21 as a World's Fair. Project manager Ewen Dingwall went to Moscow to
request Soviet participation, but was turned down. The Baltic states (then part of the Soviet Union) were not invited, nor was the People's Republic
of China, North Vietnam, or North Korea.
As it happened, the Cold War had an additional effect on the fair. President John F. Kennedy was supposed to attend the closing ceremony of the fair
on October 21, 1962. He bowed out, pleading a "heavy cold"; it later became public that he was dealing with the Cuban Missile Crisis.
World of Science
The Federal Science Pavilion (photographed 2006), "a virtual cathedral of science."
The World of Science centered on the United States Science Exhibit. It also included a NASA Exhibit that included models and mockups of various
satellites, as well as the Project Mercury capsule that had carried Alan Shepard into space. These exhibits were the federal government's major
contribution to the fair.
The United States Science Exhibit began with Charles Eames's 10-minute short film The House of Science, followed by an exhibit on the development of
science, ranging from mathematics and astronomy to atomic science and genetics. The Spacearium held up to 750 people at a time for a simulated voyage
first through the Solar System and then through the Milky Way Galaxy and beyond. Further exhibits presented the scientific method and the "horizons
of science." This last looked at "Science and the individual," "Control of man's physical surroundings," "Science and the problem of world
population," and "Man's concept of his place in an increasingly technological world.
April 26 – The Ranger 4 spacecraft crashes into the Moon
May 24 – Project Mercury: Scott Carpenter orbits the Earth 3 times in the Aurora 7 space capsule
July 10 – AT&T's Telstar, the world's first commercial communications satellite, is launched into orbit, and activated the next day
July 17 – Nuclear testing: The "Small Boy" test shot Little Feller I becomes the last atmospheric test detonation at the Nevada Test Site
July 23 – Telstar relays the first live trans-Atlantic television signal
August 27 – NASA launches the Mariner 2 space probe
September 2 – The Soviet Union agrees to send arms to Cuba
September 12 – President John F. Kennedy, at a speech at Rice University, reaffirms that the U.S. will put a man on the moon by the end of the
September 21 – A border conflict between China and India erupts into fighting
September 29 – The Canadian Alouette 1, the first satellite built outside the United States and the Soviet Union, is launched from Vandenberg AFB in
October 10 – The Sino-Indian War, a border dispute involving two of the world's largest nations (India and the People's Republic of China),
October 11 – Second Vatican Council: Pope John XXIII convenes the first ecumenical council of the Roman Catholic Church in 92 years
October 14 – Cuban Missile Crisis begins: A U-2 flight over Cuba takes photos of Soviet nuclear weapons being installed. A stand-off then ensues the
next day between the United States and the Soviet Union, threatening the world with nuclear war
October 28 – Cuban Missile Crisis: Soviet Union leader Nikita Khrushchev announces that he has ordered the removal of Soviet missile bases in
November 1 – The Soviets begin dismantling their missiles in Cuba.
November 3 – The term "personal computer" is first mentioned by the media
[edit on 26-8-2009 by spacebot]