On This Day

What Happened on January 1, 1959

Historical Events

  • 25th Orange Bowl: #5 Oklahoma beats #9 Syracuse, 21-6
  • 25th Sugar Bowl: #1 LSU beats #12 Clemson, 7-0
  • 45th Rose Bowl: #2 Iowa beats #16 California, 38-12
  • Chad becomes autonomous republic in French Community

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Cuban Dictator Fulgencio Batista flees Cuba for the Dominican Republic

Cuban President and Dictator Fulgencio Batista
Cuban President and Dictator
Fulgencio Batista
  • Rohan Kanhai completes 256 v India at Calcutta

Famous Birthdays

  • Abdul Ahad Mohmand, Afghanistan, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-6)
  • Andy Andrews, American tennis player (Australian Open doubles 1982 runner-up), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Azali Assoumani, Comorian president (2016 - present), born in Mitsoudj√©, Comoros
  • Panagiotis Giannakis, Greek basketball guard and coach (EuroLeague champion 1996, Panathinaikos; FIBA European Selection 1980, 87, 90; Greek League Best Coach 2004, 06), born in Athens, Greece
1959 Highlights

About January 1, 1959

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 61 years, 6 months and 2 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Capricorn