Tuesday 30 January 1962
It was Tuesday, under the sign of Aquarius. The US president was John F. Kennedy (Democratic).
Famous people born on this day include King Abdullah and Abdullah.
In that special week of January people in US were listening to Peppermint Twist - Part 1 by Joey Dee & the Starliters.
In UK The Young Ones by Cliff Richard was in the top 5 hits.
Victim, directed by Basil Dearden, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1962
while Franny And Zooey by J.D. Salinger was one of the best selling books.
On TV people were watching Room for One More.
If you liked videogames you were probably playing Spacewar!.
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Which were the important events of 30 January 1962 ?
- King Abdullah: II of Jordan.
- Abdullah: Jordanian royal family, the Prince of Jordan and the eldest son of King Hussein and his second wife, Princess Muna, to whom he was married from 1961-72.
- Jean-Michel Jourdain: French criminal, sentenced on 27 October 2000 to life imprisonment (twenty-two years) for the abduction, kidnapping, rape and murder of four young women aged 16 to 20 years on the night of 11-12 February 1997.
- Mary Letourneau: American school teacher who became one of the biggest news figures of the year when she was found to be pregnant by her teen-age lover, a student.
- Abdullah II: Royalty.
- Manuel de Abreu: Brazilian physician and poet (d. 1962).
- UN General Assembly censures Portugal (because of Angola)
- US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
- An American Airlines Boeing 707 crashes on takeoff at New York International Airport, after a rudder malfunction causes an uncontrolled roll, resulting in the loss of control of the aircraft, with the loss of all life on board.
- The S. S. Kresge Company opens its first Kmart discount store in Garden City, Michigan.
- A military coup in Burma brings General Ne Win to power.
- Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points in a single NBA basketball game.
Which were the top hits in that special week of January 1962 ?
Top #10 songs in the USA
- Joey Dee & the Starliters - Peppermint Twist - Part 1
- Elvis Presley - Can't Help Falling In Love
- Chubby Checker - The Twist
- Sue Thompson - Norman
- Barbara George - I Know (You Don't Love Me No More)
- Dion - The Wanderer
- Duke Of Earl - Duke Of Earl (Gene Chandler)
- The Shirelles - Baby It's You
- Brenda Lee - Break It To Me Gently
- The Tokens - The Lion Sleeps Tonight
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