On This Day

What Happened on February 22, 1959

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • Inaugural Daytona 500: Lee Petty and Johnny Beauchamp cross finish line side by side; Beauchamp declared unofficial winner; ruling overturned after 3 days by NASCAR founder Bill France Sr

Famous Birthdays

  • Jiří Čunek, Czech politician, born in Zlín, Czechia
  • Kyle MacLachlan, American actor (Blue Velvet, Dune, Twin Peaks), born in Yakima, Washington
  • Susan Benjamin, American actress (Tracy-Accidental Family), born in San Marino, California

Famous Deaths

  • Helen Parrish, American actress (Hour Glass, Three Smart Girls Grow Up), dies of cancer at 35