On This Day

What Happened on May 5, 1962

Historical Events

Music release#1 in the Charts

"West Side Story" soundtrack album goes #1 & stays #1 for 54 weeks which is more than 20 weeks longer than any other album

Singer, Dancer and Actress Rita Moreno
Singer, Dancer and Actress
Rita Moreno
Choreographer, Director and Theater Producer Jerome Robbins
Choreographer, Director and Theater Producer
Jerome Robbins
  • 88th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack aboard Decidedly wins in 2:00.4

Famous Birthdays

  • Gary Daly, British new wave rock keyboardist, singer, and songwriter (China Crisis - "Wishful Thinking"), born in Liverpool, England
  • Jenifer McKitrick, American songwriter ("Mine, Mine, Mine"), born in Defiance, Ohio
  • Kevin Mooney, British rock bassist (Adam & The Ants - "Ant Music"; "Goody Two Shoes"), born in Greenwich, London, England

Famous Deaths

  • Ernest Tyldesley, English cricketer (990 runs in 14 Tests for England), dies at 73
1962 Highlights

About May 5, 1962

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 59 years, 5 months and 13 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Taurus