What Happened on February 7, 1959

Historical Events

  • American pilots Bob Timm and John Cook break recently set airplane flight endurance record, exceeding 1550 hours (64 days, 22 hours, and 19 minutes), landing "The Hacienda", their modified Cessna 172 where they started, in Las Vegas, Nevada [1]

Event of Interest

Fidel Castro proclaims new Cuban constitution

  • Mark Charlap and Norman Gimbel's musical "Whoop-Up", starring Julienne Marie and Sylvia Syms, closes at Shubert Theater, NYC, after 56 performances
1959 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Brian Travers, British rock saxophonist (UB40 - "Red, Red Wine"), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2021)
  • Sammy Lee, English footballer (Liverpool), born in Liverpool, England
Born in 1959

Famous Deaths

  • Daniel François Malan, Prime Minister of South Africa (1948-54) who began the implementation of apartheid, dies at 84
  • Guitar Slim [Eddie Jones], American blues guitarist (The Things That I Used to Do), dies at 32
  • Napoleon "Nap" Lajoie, American Baseball HOF second baseman (Triple Crown 1901; AL batting champion 1901–04, 10; Philadelphia A's, Cleveland Naps), dies at 84

About February 7, 1959

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 64 years, 4 months and 1 day
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