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1962 saw Brian Epstein sign on as manager of The Beatles. So significant was Epstein in the group's success, that he became known as The Fifth Beatle.
The new BBC TV series Z Cars began in 1962, hailed as the first realistic police soap opera.
Accrington Stanley became the first Football League side to resign mid-season. The club's Peel Park ground rapidly became derelict.
The Ford Cortina first appeared on UK roads this year, shortly to become the staple family car for many years.
In August, John Lennon married Cynthia Powell in a registry office ceremony, Liverpool
Mick Jagger, Keith Richard and Brian Jones formed The Rolling Stones in this year
Scottish actor Sean Connery is signed up to play the role of James Bond in the first film featuring the British spy, a franchise which still flourishes today.