1962 was a year in the 20th century.
- Timeline 1:
- Wednesday, August 1: Doc Brown and his dog, Copernicus slept in Doc's fireproof garage.
- Tuesday, October 16: The Cuban Missile Crisis, the standoff between the United States and the Soviet Union over ballistic missiles deployed in Cuba, began.
- Wednesday, October 24: Colonel Lomax and the retired Lieutenant General Leslie Groves went to Doc Brown's mansion to offer Emmett Brown a large sum of money to invent a time machine, in order to prevent it from ever happening. Needing money to complete his experiments, Doc agreed.
- Thursday, October 25: Doc had regrets, coupled with worries about ushering in an arms race through time, in the same way he helped usher in the nuclear arms race through his participation in the Manhattan Project. He used his prototype temporal field capacitor to send a letter through time to himself since he knew that it lacked a means to prevent overheating due to the overload of flux energy. He sent it to the beginning of August, when he knew he and his dog were safe in the fireproof lab in his garage.
- Timeline 2:
- Wednesday, August 1: Doc's mansion burned down.
- Wednesday, October 24: Upon seeing the charred remains of the mansion, Lomax and Groves came and left, without ever talking to Doc, when Goldie Wilson informed them that most people in Hill Valley viewed him as an insurance thief.
- Sunday, October 28: The Cuban Missile Crisis resolved itself, but Groves and Lomax were determined to find someone to build a time machine since the crisis nearly got out of hand.
- Unknown dates:
- Doc was awarded insurance money after the result of the investigation into the fire that burned down his family mansion was ruled inconclusive. He used the money to fund his experiments, including the improved temporal field generator Mk II.
- Lomax and Groves went to another scientist, Marcus Irving, letting him believe that he was their first choice for the project. Irving agreed to the project, and spent the next 24 years working on time travel.
Behind the scenes
- Tuesday, February 20: Dwayne McDuffie (Writer of Harvey Comics' Back to the Future comic book) is born in Detroit, Michigan, US.
- Tuesday, October 16: Michael Peter Balzary, also known as Flea (who played Douglas J. Needles) is born.
- Thursday, October 25: Darlene Vogel (Leslie "Spike" O'Malley) is born in Modesto, California.
- Back to the Future (Event in newspaper in Doc's garage)
- Back to the Future: The Game
- Back to the Future: The Game - Episode 1: It's About Time (Event in newspaper in Edna Strickland's apartment)
- Back to the Future (IDW Publishing)