The year 1962 was important for the US and included many notable events that affected pop culture, politics and business. This year opened with the creation of the US Navy Seals on Jan, 1. This was also the year of the 13-day Cuban missile crisis that began on Feb. 7, Marilyn Monroe's death on Aug. 5 and the first Wal-Mart that ever opened.
The Cuban missile crisis was considered a crisis in the eyes of US president John F. Kennedy because it could have sparked a nuclear war, endangering the safety of the entire world. According to JFKLibrary.org, the event resulted in his signing of the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty the following year, when he stated, "For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal."
The death of Marilyn Monroe, one of the biggest sex symbols in history, was a result of an overdose on sleeping pills, though there are conspiracies surrounding the incident. Some said that her death was involved in covering up her alleged romantic relations with the late President Kennedy himself.