What Happened on February 20, 1959

Historical Events

Music Concert

Jimi Hendrix (16), rock and roll guitarist, plays his first gig in the Temple De Hirsch synagogue basement, Seattle; fired from the band after the 1st set due to "wild" playing

Historic Event

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


Famous Birthdays

  • Bill Gullickson, American MLB baseball pitcher, 1979-94 (Montreal Expos, Detroit Tigers, and 2 other teams), born in Marshall, Minnesota
  • Scott Brayton, American auto racer (4 x top 10 finishes Indianapolis 500; 2 x pole), born in Coldwater, Michigan (d. 1996)

Famous Deaths

  • Laurence Housman, English author and playwright (Victoria Regina), dies at 93
  • Ray McDonald, American stage and screen tap dancer, dies choking on food at 38
1959 Highlights

About February 20, 1959

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 63 years, 11 months and 10 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Stagger Lee - Lloyd Price
  • UK #1 Song: As I Love You - Shirley Bassey