August 1962 in history

August 1962 events chronologically

Aug 5 Apartheid in South Africa: Nelson Mandela is jailed. He would not be released until 1990
Aug 6 Jamaica becomes independent from the United Kingdom
Aug 11 Vostok 3 launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome and cosmonaut Andrian Nikolayev becomes the first person to float in microgravity
Aug 15 James Joseph Dresnok defects to North Korea after running across the Korean Demilitarized Zone. Dresnok still resides in the capital, Pyongyang
Aug 16 Eight years after the remaining French India territories were handed to India, the ratifications of the treaty are exchanged to make the transfer official
Aug 17 East German border guards kill Peter Fechter, 18, as he attempts to cross the Berlin Wall into West Berlin becoming one of the first victims of the wall
Aug 20 The NS Savannah, the world's first nuclear-powered civilian ship, embarks on its maiden voyage

Top 7 most famous people born in August 1962

Aug 4 Roger Clemens a retired American pitcher who played 24 seasons in Major League Baseball for four teams. Clemens was one of the most dominant pitchers in major league history, tallying 354 wins, a 3.12 earned run average , and 4,672 strikeouts, the third-most all time. An 11-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion, he won seven Cy Young Awards during his career, the most of any pitcher in history. Clemens was known for his fierce competitive nature and hard-throwing pitching style, which he used to intimidate batters. He is nicknamed "The Rocket"
Aug 5 Patrick Ewing a Jamaican-American retired Hall of Fame basketball player. He played most of his career with the NBA's New York Knicks as their starting center and played briefly with the Seattle SuperSonics and Orlando Magic. He is currently the associate head coach of the Charlotte Hornets, working under Steve Clifford
Aug 18 Felipe Calderón a Mexican politician who served as President of Mexico from December 1, 2006 to November 30, 2012. He is a member of the Partido Acción Nacional , one of the three major Mexican political parties
Aug 25 Taslima Nasrin a Bangladeshi author and former physician who has lived in exile since 1994. From a literary profile as a poet in the late 1980s, she rose to global fame by the end of the 20th century owing to her essays and novels with feminist views and criticism of Religion
Aug 28 David Fincher an American director and producer. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director for films The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Social Network. For The Social Network, he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Director and the BAFTA Award for Best Direction. His most recent film is an adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel Gone Girl
Aug 30 Alexander Litvinenko a fugitive officer of the Russian FSB secret service who specialised in tackling organised crime. In November 1998, Litvinenko and several other FSB officers publicly accused their superiors of ordering the assassination of the Russian tycoon and oligarch Boris Berezovsky. Litvinenko was arrested the following March on charges of exceeding the authority of his position. He was acquitted in November 1999 but re-arrested before the charges were again dismissed in 2000. He fled with his family to London and was granted asylum in the United Kingdom, where he worked as a journalist, writer and consultant for the British intelligence services
Aug 31 Dee Bradley Baker an American voice-over artist and television host who provides voices for a number of popular cartoon characters, including Klaus Heissler in American Dad!, Waddles in Gravity Falls and Perry the Platypus in Phineas and Ferb. In live-action appearances, he was the announcer and the talking idol statue Olmec for the Legends of the Hidden Temple kids game show, and a co-host for several seasons of the Shop 'til You Drop game show. He has voiced characters in many Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon shows, including Dad in Cow and Chicken, Appa and Momo in Avatar: The Last Airbender; numerous aliens in the Ben 10 series; Numbuh 4 in Codename: Kids Next Door; Tarrlok, Naga and Pabu in The Legend of Korra; and the Clone Troopers in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. His voice-over work in video games includes Halo, Gears of War, Viewtiful Joe and Spore. In 2014, he provided the voices of Dopey in The 7D and Fish in the feature film The Boxtrolls

Top 7 most famous people died in August 1962

Aug 1 Gordon Bennett (general) best remembered for his role in the Fall of Singapore in the Pacific War when in early 1942, as commander of the 8th Division, he escaped while his men became prisoners of the Japanese. After this, Bennett's military career waned and although he rose to command a corps, he never commanded troops in battle again. In 1945, his escape caused controversy and resulted in a Royal Commission, which found that he had been unjustified in relinquishing his command
Aug 5 Marilyn Monroe an American actress, model, and singer, who became a major sex symbol, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s.
Aug 9 Hermann Hesse a German born, Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game, each of which explores an individual's search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature
Aug 15 Lei Feng a soldier of the People's Liberation Army of China. After his death, Lei was characterised as a selfless and modest person who was devoted to the Communist Party, Chairman Mao Zedong, and the people of China. In 1963, he became the subject of a nationwide posthumous propaganda campaign, "Follow the examples of Comrade Lei Feng". Lei was portrayed as a model citizen, and the masses were encouraged to emulate his selflessness, modesty, and devotion to Mao. After Mao's death, Lei Feng remained a cultural icon representing earnestness and service; his name entered daily speech and his imagery appeared on t-shirts and memorabilia
Aug 17 Killing of Peter Fechter a German bricklayer from Berlin in what became East Germany in 1945. He was 18 when he became one of the first victims of the Berlin Wall's border guards while trying to cross over to what was then West Berlin
Aug 26 Vilhjalmur Stefansson a Canadian Arctic explorer and ethnologist.
Aug 28 Edmond Privat a Francophone Swiss Esperantist. A historian, university professor, author, journalist and peace activist, he was a graduate of the University of Geneva and a lecturer for the World Peace Foundation. His collective works consist of original dramas, poems, stories, textbooks and books about the Esperanto movement