On This Day

What Happened on January 26, 1962

Historical Events


Music ReleaseThe Twist Dance Craze

Bishop Burke of Buffalo Catholic dioceses declares Chubby Checker's "The Twist" to be impure and bans it from all Catholic schools

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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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  • Canadian Marine Service renamed Coast Guard
  • David Diamond's 7th Symphony, premieres in Philadelphia
  • US launches Ranger 3, misses Moon by 22,000-mi (37,000-km)

Famous Birthdays

  • Oscar Ruggeri, Argentine footballer, born in Cordoba, Argentina
  • Roshan Guneratne, Sri Lankan cricketer (wicketless in only Test SL v Aust 1983), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka (d. 2005)
  • Tim May, Australian cricketer (Australian off-spinner 1987-95), born in North Adelaide, Australia
  • Tom Keifer, American rock guitarist & vocalist (Cinderella-Heartbreak Station), born in Springfield, Pennsylvania

Famous Deaths


Person of interestCharles "Lucky" Luciano

Charles "Lucky" Luciano, NYC Mafia gangster, dies of a heart attack at 65

  • Fran Lhotka, Czech composer, dies at 78
1962 Highlights

About January 26, 1962

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 58 years, 9 months and 29 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Aquarius