What Happened on January 12, 1959

Historical Events

Music History

Berry Gordy Jr.'s Tamla Records (later Motown) begins operating in Detroit, Michigan

  • KOED TV channel 11 in Tulsa, Oklahoma (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Rediscovery of the Caves of Nerja in Malaga, Spain

Famous Birthdays

  • Blixa Bargeld, German singer and musician (Einst├╝rzende Neubauten; Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), born in West Berlin; West Germany
  • Lasana M. Sekou, Caribbean poet & author (The Salt Reaper), born in Aruba
  • Per Helmstad Gessle, Swedish pop singer (Roxette - "Must Have Been Love"), born in Halmstad, Sweden

Famous Deaths

  • Edvard Eriksen, Danish-Icelandic sculptor, dies at 82
1959 Highlights

About January 12, 1959

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 64 years and 19 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - The Platters
  • UK #1 Song: It's Only Make Believe - Conway Twitty