What Happened on January 13, 1962

Day of the Week: Saturday

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

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 (NY Met, SF Giants, Cincinnati Reds)

Famous Deaths

  • Ernie Kovacs, comedian (Ernie Kovacs Show), dies in a car crash at 42
  • Ernie Kovacs, comedian, dies in a car crash in West LA, at 42