On This Day

What Happened on April 2, 1959

Famous Birthdays

  • Brian Goodell, American swimmer (Olympic gold 400m WR 3:51.93, 1500m WR 15:02.40 1976), born in Stockton, California
  • Dean Townson, American country music bassist (Pirates of Mississippi - "Feed Jake"), born in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Ezzaki Badou, Moroccan soccer goalkeeper (76 caps; Mallorca) and manager (Morocco), born in Sidi Kacem, Morocco
  • Gelindo Bordin, Italian athlete (Olympic gold marathon 1988), born in Vicenza, Italy
  • Juha Kankkunen, Finnish rally driver (World rally champion 1986, 87, 91, 93; Dakar Rally [cars] 1988; Race of Champions 1988, 91), born in Laukaa, Finland
  • Ken Macleay, Australian cricket fast bowler (16 ODIs, 15 wickets; Western Australia), born in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, England
  • Yves Lavandier, French film writer and director, born in France

Famous Deaths

  • Benjamin Christensen, Danish actor (Barnet, Mockery) and film director (Häxan), dies at 79
1959 Highlights

About April 2, 1959

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 63 years, 4 months and 5 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Venus - Frankie Avalon
  • UK #1 Song: Side Saddle - Russ Conway