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

Historic Event

Cuban Dictator Fulgencio Batista flees Cuba for the Dominican Republic

  • 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? 63 years, 11 months and 2 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: The Chipmunk Song - The Chipmunks With David Seville
  • UK #1 Song: It's Only Make Believe - Conway Twitty