On This Day

What Happened on February 3, 1959

Historical Events

Plane Crash

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

  • 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

Buddy Holly

Buddy Holly [Charles Holley], American rock and roll musician and songwriter ("Peggy Sue"; "That'll Be the Day"; "Words Of Love"), dies in a plane crash at 22 [1]

  • 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
1959 Highlights

About February 3, 1959

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 63 years, 4 months and 24 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Stagger Lee - Lloyd Price
  • UK #1 Song: One Night/I Got Stung - Elvis Presley