was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1962th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 962nd year of the 2nd millennium, the 62nd year of the 20th century, and the 3 in the 1960s. The 1962 denomination for the year has been in use since the early Medieval period, when the Anno Domini (A.D.) calendar era became the common method in Europe for naming years.
January 11 - Mount Huascaran in Peru erupts; 4,000 people died.
March 18 - Agreement of the Algerian National Liberation Front (FLN) and France containing a promise from France to hold a referendum that will determine the fate of the Algerian nation.
July 1 - Rwanda and Burundi become independent following a UN resolution ending colonialism in the two countries.
July 5 - Algeria becomes independent after France agrees to sign the Treaty of Evian.
August 31 - Trinidad and Tobago becomes independent from Britain.
September 26 - The Kingdom of North Yemen is dissolved while it was still under the rule of Imam Muhamad Badr.
October 17 - French police kill 200 Algerians who at the time were demonstrating in Paris to demand peace talks to end the war in Algeria.
October 28 - End of the Cuban Missile Crisis on orders from Nikita Khruschev.
November 6 - Anti-Apartheid Resolution in Johannesburg, South Africa.
December 8 - The failed coup in Brunei by the Gurkha army led by Sheikh Azahari.
January 15 - Arafura Sea Event.
March 16 - Conception of Lekra Culture.
August 17 - The trial broadcast of Televisi Republik Indonesia (TVRI) broadcast a ceremony to commemorate the 17th anniversary of the Proclamation of Independence of the Republic of Indonesia from the Presidential Palace of the Republic of Indonesia, Gambir area, Central Jakarta.
The Asian Games IV in Jakarta officially opened in an opening ceremony.
TVRI broadcast a live broadcast of the opening ceremony of the Asian Games IV, marking the official broadcast of TVRI for the first time as the first television station in Indonesia.
September 4 - Riau Islamic University was founded.
September 5 - Execution of the death penalty for the Imam of the Islamic State of Indonesia, Sekarmadji Maridjan Kartosoewirjo in the Thousand Islands, Jakarta.
27 September - Mulawarman University was founded
Establishment of the Mandala Command for the liberation of West Irian.
Presidential Decree on the elimination of the dangers of war.
January 29 - Aa Gym, da'i
January 30 - Abdullah II of Jordan, King of Jordan
June 22 - Stephen Chow, Hong Kong actor
27 June - Tony Leung, Hong Kong actor
5 July - Amrozi, terrorist from Indonesia
July 15 - Tommy Suharto, son of Suharto
21 July - Medy Loekito, Indonesian poet
26 August - Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Indonesian economist
August 31 - Dee Bradley Baker, American actor, voice actor, singer, and comedian.
October 20 - Dave Wong, hong kong artist, singer, songwriter.
December 11 - Desi Anwar, news presenter on Metro TV and CNN Indonesia
January 15 - Yosaphat Sudarso
March 13 - Ayatollah Kashani
June 11 - Gatot Subroto
July 6 - William Faulkner
August 5 - Marilyn Monroe, American actress (b. 1926)
August 9 - Hermann Hesse
5 September - Sekarmadji Maridjan Kartosoewirjo (b. 1905)
October 7 - Ferdinand Lumbantobing
October 17 - Mohammad Yamin
October 23 - Sukarjo Wiryopranoto
November 20 - Niels Bohr, Danish physicist (b. 1885)
November 28 - Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands (b. 1880)
National holidays in Indonesia
Indonesian national holidays for 1962: