Jan 1, 1962 - Illinois is the first state to repeal its sodomy laws.
Jan. 19, 1962 - Yves Saint Laurent introduces his first collection for his newly opened House of Laurent.
Feb 25, 1962 - An acclaimed Judy Garland TV special with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin airs on CBS.
March 22, 1962 - Barbra Streisand makes her Broadway debut in I Can Get It For You Wholesale.
May 19, 1962 - Marilyn Monroe sings a sultry "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" to JFK at a fund raiser at Madison Square Garden.
June 25, 1962 – The U.S. Supreme Court rules that male physique magazines aren’t pornographic and can be sent through the mail.
Aug 5, 1962 - Marilyn Monroe dies from an overdose of sleeping pills at the age of 36.
Sept. 7, 1962 - 44-year-old Leonard Bernstein appears on the cover of Newsweek.
Sept. 27, 1962 - Silent Spring, marine biologist Rachel Carson's controversial and acclaimed book warning about the dire consequences of pesticide use, is published.
Oct 31, 1962 - Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, opens in theaters.
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