On This Day

What Happened on February 20, 1959

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Bill Gullickson, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • 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, dancer, dies of barbituate overdose at 38
1959 Highlights

About February 20, 1959

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 61 years, 5 months and 17 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Pisces