On This Day

What Happened on February 12, 1959

Historical Events

  • The Lincoln Memorial design on the U.S. penny goes into circulation. It replaces the "sheaves of wheat" design

Famous Birthdays

  • Nancy Remy, reporter (NYC's Shadow Traffic)
  • Omar Hakim, US drummer and composer (Dire Straits, Weather Report), born in NYC, New York
  • Sigrid Thornton, Australian actress (Amelia Lawson-Guns of Paradise), born in Canberra, Australia

Famous Deaths

  • George Antheil, American pianist, avant garde composer (Airplane Sonata; Ballet Mécanique), and inventor, dies at 58
1959 Highlights

About February 12, 1959

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 62 years, 9 months and 15 days
Leap Year: No

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