On This Day

What Happened on January 26, 1962

Day of the Week: Friday

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
  • 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
  • Roshan Guneratne, cricketer (wicketless in only Test SL v Aust 1983)
  • Tim May, cricketer (Australian off-spinner 1987-95)
  • Tom Keifer, rock guitarist/vocalist (Cinderella-Heartbreak Station)

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