What Happened in February 1959

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 Swiss men vote against voting rights for women
  • Feb 1 Texas Instruments requests patent of IC (Integrated Circuit)
  • Feb 1 US female Figure Skating championship won by Carol Heiss
  • Feb 1 US male Figure Skating championship won by David Jenkins
  • Feb 1 WVUE TV channel 8 in New Orleans, LA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 1 Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Havana Golf Tournament
  • Feb 1 Zack Wheat unanimously elected to baseball Hall of Fame

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Feb 2 Buddy Holly's last performance

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly

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Feb 2 Vince Lombardi signs a 5 year contract to coach Green Bay Packers

  • Feb 3 American Airlines Electra crashes in NY's East River, killing 65
  • Feb 3 "The Day the Music Died" plane crash kills musicians Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, J. P. Richardson and pilot near Clear Lake Iowa.
  • Feb 4 Israel begins exporting copper ore
  • Feb 5 "Redhead" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 455 performances
  • Feb 5 Australia regain the Ashes with a 10 wicket victory at Adelaide
  • Feb 6 1st successful test-fire of Titan ICBM

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Feb 6 Fidel Castro is interviewed by Edward R Murrow

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Feb 7 "Whoop-Up" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • Feb 7 Castro proclaims new Cuban constitution
  • Feb 7 Cessna lands in Las Vegas after 65 d without landing (refuels in air)
  • Feb 7 Dorothy Rigney sells White Sox to Bill Veeck for a reported $27M
  • Feb 9 Coasters's "Charlie Brown" peaks at #2
  • Feb 10 Dutch Princess Wilhelmina publishes "Lonely, but not alone"
  • Feb 10 Tornado in St Louis kills 19 & injures 265
  • Feb 11 Vinoo Mankad ends his final Test Cricket (v WI at Delhi)
  • Feb 13 Barbie doll goes on sale
  • Feb 13 Miro Cardon, premier of Cuba, resigns
  • Feb 14 $3.6 million heroin seizure in NYC
  • Feb 15 Antonio Segni forms Italian government
  • Feb 15 Louise Suggs wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Tournament
  • Feb 16 Fidel Castro names himself Cuba's premier after overthrowing Batista
  • Feb 16 Leonard Spigelgass' "Majority of One" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 17 1st weather satellite launched, Vanguard 2, 9.8 kg
  • Feb 19 Britain, Turkey & Greece sign agreement granting Cyprus independence
  • Feb 19 Gabon adopts its constitution
  • Feb 19 USAF rocket-powered rail sled attains Mach 4.1 (4970 kph), NM

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Feb 20 The Avro Arrow program to design and manufacture supersonic jet fighters in Canada is cancelled by the Diefenbaker government amid much political debate.

13th Prime Minister of Canada John Diefenbaker
13th Prime Minister of Canada
John Diefenbaker
  • Feb 22 1st Daytona 500: Lee Petty wins (135.521 MPH)
  • Feb 23 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Lake Worth Golf Open
  • Feb 23 KVIE TV channel 6 in Sacramento-Stockton, CA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 27 Chicago Cards trade running back Ollie Matson to LA Rams for 9 players

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Feb 27 Boston Celtic Bob Cousy sets NBA record with 28 assists Boston Celtics score 173 points against Minneapolis Lakers

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy
  • Feb 28 "Goldilocks" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 161 performances
  • Feb 28 Ice Dance Championship at Colo Springs USA won by Denny & Jones of GRB
  • Feb 28 Ice Pairs Championship at Colorado Springs won by Wagner & Paul of CAN
  • Feb 28 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Colo Spr won by Carol Heiss USA
  • Feb 28 Launch of Discoverer 1 (WTR)-1st polar orbit
  • Feb 28 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Colo Spr won by David Jenkins USA
  • Feb 28 NFL trade, Chicago Cards trade Ollie Matson to LA Rams for 9 players

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Anthony LaPlagia, actor (Criminal Justice, Betsy's Wedding)
  • Feb 1 Carolyn Hill, LPGA golfer (1994 McCall's Classic), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Feb 1 Mike Horan, NFL punter (NY Giants)
  • Feb 1 Wade Wilson, NFL quarterback (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Feb 3 Loi Tolhurst, rocker (Cure-Hell's Kitchen)
  • Feb 3 Molly Killingbeck, Jamaica, 4X400m relayer (Olympic-silver-1984)
  • Feb 3 Thomas Calabro, American actor (Michael Mancini-Melrose Place), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 3 Yasuharu Konishi, Japanese musician (Pizzicato Five)

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Feb 4 Lawrence Taylor, Williamsburg Virginia, NFL's greatest linebacker (NY Giants)

Hall of Fame American Football Player Lawrence Taylor
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Lawrence Taylor
  • Feb 4 Zenani Mandela, daughter of Nelson & Winnie Mandela
  • Feb 5 Glenn Dubis, US 3x40 rifle (Olympics-1984, 88, 96), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Feb 5 Jennifer Granholm American Politician
  • Feb 6 Ken Nelson, English record producer
  • Feb 7 Brian Travers, rock saxophonist (UB40-Red Wine)
  • Feb 7 Sammy Lee, British soccer player
  • Feb 8 Heinz Gunthardt, Switzerland, tennis star
  • Feb 8 Irina Kalinina, USSR, springboard diver (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • Feb 8 Pamela Jean Bryant,playmate (April, 1978), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Feb 8 Mauricio Macri, Argentine politician (President of Argentina 2015-), born in Tandil, Buenos Aires
  • Feb 10 Tonga, [Uliuli Fifita], wrestler (WCW/WAR/WWF, Ming, Haku, Islanders)
  • Feb 10 Lisa McPherson, Former Scientologist (d. 1995)
  • Feb 11 Corinne Shigemoto, US judo coach (Olympics-96)
  • Feb 12 Nancy Remy, reporter (NYC's Shadow Traffic)
  • Feb 12 Omar Hakim, drummer (Dire Straits, Weather Report)
  • Feb 12 Sigrid Thornton, Australia, actress (Amelia Lawson-Guns of Paradise)
  • Feb 13 Gaston Gingras, National Hockey League defenceman
  • Feb 13 Gord Hampson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Feb 14 Renée Fleming, American soprano
  • Feb 15 Ali Campbell, British reggae vocalist/guitarist (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • Feb 15 Guy De Alwis, cricket wicket-keeper (Sri Lankan mid 80s)
  • Feb 15 Joe Hesketh, US baseball player (Boston Red Sox)
  • Feb 15 Hugo Savinovich, Ecuadorian wrestler

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Feb 16 John McEnroe, Wiesbaden, Germany, American tennis great (US Open 1979-81, 84 Wimb 1981, 83, 84)

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
  • Feb 16 Kelly Tripuka, Glenn Ridge NJ, NBA forward (Det Pistons, Utah Jazz)
  • Feb 17 Ambrose "Rowdy" Gaines, US, 100m swimmer (Olympic-gold-1984)
  • Feb 17 Daniel Ray "Danny" Ainge, basketball & football star
  • Feb 17 Richard Karn, actor (Al-Home Improvement), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Feb 17 Rowdy Gaines, US swimmer (Olympics-3 gold-1984)
  • Feb 17 Aryeh Deri, Israeli rabbi and politician

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Feb 19 Roger Goodell, Jamestown New York, American NFL Commissioner

Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL) Roger Goodell
Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL)
Roger Goodell
  • Feb 20 Bill Gullickson, US baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • Feb 20 Joel Rifkind, NY serial killer
  • Feb 20 Scott Evans Brayton, racing car driver
  • Feb 21 José María Cano, Spanish musician
  • Feb 22 Kyle MacLachlan, American actor (Blue Velvet, Dune, Twin Peaks), born in Yakima, Washington
  • Feb 22 Susan Benjamin, actress (Tracy-Accidental Family)
  • Feb 22 Jiří Čunek, Czech politician
  • Feb 23 John Arthur Wilson, Ceres CA, PGA golfer (1994 Anheuser-Busch-4th)
  • Feb 24 Beth Broderick, Falmouth KY, actress (Aunt Zelda-Sabrina)
  • Feb 24 Michael Roy Whitney, cricket (great NSW & Aussie lefty quick 1981-92)
  • Feb 25 Mike Peters, rocker (Alarm-In the Summertime)
  • Feb 25 Carl Marotte, Canadian actor
  • Feb 26 Rolando Blackman, American basketball player
  • Feb 27 Johnny Van Zant, American singer (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
  • Feb 28 Sydney P Mufamadi, South African leader (SACP)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Madame Sul-To-Wan, [Conley], actress (Birth of a Nation), dies at 85
  • Feb 2 Frank DeCaires, cricketer (WI bat v Eng 1930, 3 Tests 232 runs), dies
  • Feb 3 Big Bopper, rocker, dies in plane crash at 28

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Feb 3 Buddy Holly, rock and roll musician (That'll be the Day), dies in a plane crash at 22

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly
  • Feb 3 Richie Valens, rock vocalist (Donna), killed in plane crash at 17
  • Feb 4 Una O'Connor, actress (Banjo, Invisible Man), dies at 78
  • Feb 5 Gwili Andre, actress (No Other Woman, Roar of the Dragon), dies
  • Feb 7 Daniel François Malan, Prime Minister of South Africa (1948-54) who began the implementation of apartheid, dies at 84
  • Feb 7 Napoleon Lajorie, baseball player, dies at 83
  • Feb 7 Guitar Slim [Eddie Jones], American blues guitarist (The Things That I Used to Do) dies at 32
  • Feb 8 William J "Wild Bill" Donovan, Office Strategic Services, dies at 76
  • Feb 11 Marshall Teague, American race car driver (b. 1922)
  • Feb 13 William L Axt, composer, dies at 70
  • Feb 14 Baby Dodds, American jazz drummer (b. 1898)
  • Feb 15 Owen W Richardson, English physicist (Nobel 1928), dies at 69
  • Feb 17 Kathryn Adams, actress (Meet the Chump, 5th Avenue Girl), dies
  • Feb 17 Tim Mara, co-founder of NFL's NY Giants, dies
  • Feb 18 Alfred Alessandrescu, composer, dies at 65
  • Feb 18 Eric Zeisl, Austrian American composer, dies at 53
  • Feb 18 Jaroslav Kvapil, composer, dies at 66
  • Feb 20 Ray McDonald, dancer, dies of barbituate overdose at 38
  • Feb 22 Helen Parrish, actress (Hour Glass), dies of cancer at 36
  • Feb 28 Maxwell Anderson, US dramatist (Key Largo, Bath Seed), dies at 70