What Happened on January 1, 1962

The Beatles? 'They have no future in show business'

Historical Events

  • 28th Orange Bowl: #4 LSU beats #7 Colorado, 25-7
  • 28th Sugar Bowl: #1 Alabama beats #9 Arkansas, 10-3`
  • 48th Rose Bowl: #6 Minnesota beats #16 UCLA, 21-3
  • Beatles' Decca Records audition is unsuccessful - they are told “guitar groups are on the way out..."
  • Rwanda granted internal self-government by Belgium
  • United States Navy SEALs established.
  • Western Samoa gains independence from New Zealand Susuga Malietoa Tanumafili II becomes co-chief of Western Samoa
1962 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Ari Up [Forster], German punk rock singer (The Slits - "In the Beginning There Was Rhythm"), born in Munich, West Germany (d. 2010)
  • Pierce Holt, American NFL defensive lineman (Pro Bowl, All-Pro selection 1992; San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons), born in Marlin, Texas
  • Ravshanbek Aliyev, Kirgiz, cosmonaut
Born in 1962

Famous Deaths

  • Diego Martínez Barrio, Spanish president (1939), dies at 76

About January 1, 1962

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 61 years, 8 months and 23 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Capricorn

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: The Lion Sleeps Tonight - The Tokens
  • UK #1 Song: Moon River - Danny Williams