What Happened on April 13, 1959

Historical Events

  • USAF launches Discoverer II into polar orbit
  • Vanguard SLV-5 launched for Earth orbit (failed)
  • Vatican edict forbids Roman Catholics from voting for communists

Famous Deaths

  • Eduard van Beinum, Dutch musician & conductor, dies at 58
  • Rigardus "Rijn" Rijnhout, Giant of Rotterdam (2.375m), dies at 38
1959 Highlights

About April 13, 1959

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 63 years, 5 months and 11 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Aries

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Come Softly To Me - The Fleetwoods
  • UK #1 Song: Side Saddle - Russ Conway