On This Day January 1
1962 – From the “Ooops” file: The Beatles audition for London record company Decca on the same day as Brian Poole & the Tremeloes. Decca tells The Beatles, “guitar groups are on their way out,” and signs the Tremeloes.
2000 – “Smooth,” by Santana featuring Rob Thomas, kicks off two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It goes on to capture three Grammy Awards: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.
1942 – The United Nations is created when U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill issue a declaration, signed by representatives of 26 countries, vowing to form an international postwar peacekeeping organization.