What Happened on February 3, 1959

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

"The Day the Music Died" plane crash kills musicians Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, J. P. Richardson and pilot near Clear Lake Iowa.

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
Buddy Holly
  • American Airlines Electra crashes in NY's East River, killing 65

Famous Birthdays

  • Loi Tolhurst, rocker (Cure-Hell's Kitchen)
  • Molly Killingbeck, Jamaica, 4X400m relayer (Olympic silver 1984)
  • Thomas Calabro, American actor (Michael Mancini-Melrose Place), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Yasuharu Konishi, Japanese musician (Pizzicato Five)

Famous Deaths


Person of interestBuddy Holly

Buddy Holly, American rock and roll musician (That'll be the Day), dies in a plane crash at 22

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
Buddy Holly
  • Ritchie Valens, American rock vocalist (Donna, La Bamba), dies in plane crash at 17
  • The Big Bopper [Jiles Perry Richardson], American musician, dies in plane crash at 28