On This Day

What Happened on October 1, 1962

Historical Events

  • "The Lucy Show" premieres on CBS

Contract of Interest

American singer Barbra Streisand signs her 1st recording contract (with Columbia)

Contract of Interest

Brian Epstein signs a contract to manage The Beatles through 1977

Historic Event

James Meredith becomes the 1st black student at the University of Mississippi

  • James Meredith enrolls for classes at University of Mississippi, desegregating the college

Television Debut

Johnny Carson hosts his 1st "The Tonight Show" on NBC; guests include Rudy Vallée, Tony Bennett, Mel Brooks and Joan Crawford

  • UN gives Netherlands control of New Guinea
  • US National Radio Astronomy Observatory installs a 300' (91m) radio telescope in Green Bank, West Virginia
  • WEDH TV channel 24 in Hartford, Connecticut (PBS) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Paul Walsh, English soccer forward (5 caps; Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Charlton), born in London, England
1962 Highlights

About October 1, 1962

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 59 years, 7 months and 25 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Sherry - The 4 Seasons
  • UK #1 Song: Telstar - Tornados