On This Day

What Happened on January 13, 1962

Historical Events

  • "Do Re Mi" closes at St James Theater NYC after 400 performances

Music ReleaseThe Twist Dance Craze

Chubby Checker's song "The Twist", credited with starting the Twist dance craze, goes to #1 in the charts two years after first reaching number one spot

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Young people in Berlin taking part in the Twist dance craze, 1964
Young people in Berlin taking part in the Twist dance craze, 1964
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain scores 73 points in Warriors' 135-117 win over Chicago Packers; at the time, most points scored in NBA regulation game, and remains tied for 3rd-highest total

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain

Famous Birthdays

  • Brett Maxie, NFL safety (Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers)
  • Kevin Mitchell, American baseball outfielder (NL MVP 1989; MLB All Star 1989, 90; SF Giants), born in San Diego, California
  • Trace Adkins, American country singer (Ladies Love Country Boys, You're Gonna Miss This), born in Sarepta, Louisiana

Famous Deaths

  • Ernie Kovacs, American comedian (The Ernie Kovacs Show), dies in a car crash at 42
1962 Highlights

About January 13, 1962

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 58 years, 10 months and 20 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Capricorn