1962 in the United Kingdom
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23 February – Twelve European countries form the European Space Agency.
6 June – The Beatles play their first session at Abbey Road Studios.
11 July – Live television broadcast from the USA to Britain for the first time, via the Telstar satellite and Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station.
12 July – The Rolling Stones make their debut at London's Marquee Club, Number 165 Oxford Street, opening for Long John Baldry.18 August – The Beatles play their first live engagement with the line-up of John, Paul, George and Ringo, at Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight.
23 August – John Lennon secretly marries Cynthia Powell.
Dr No, the first James Bond film, is released, with 32-year-old Edinburgh-born Sean Connery playing the lead, a British Secret Service agent.
The Beatles' first single in their own right, Love Me Do, is released by Parlophone.
9 October – Uganda gains its independence.
17 October – The Beatles make their first televised appearance on People and Places.