What Happened on January 21, 1959

Famous Birthdays

  • Alex McLeish, Scottish footballer and manager

Famous Deaths

  • Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer, American actor (Our Gang; Beginner's Luck; General Spanky), shot by an acquaintance during a financial dispute at 31

Cecil B. DeMilleCecil B. DeMille (1881-1959)

American filmmaker (The Ten Commandments, Samson and Delilah), dies of heart failure at 77

  • Lamar Stringfield, American composer, dies at 61
1959 Highlights

About January 21, 1959

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 64 years and 18 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - The Platters
  • UK #1 Song: The Days The Rains Came - Jane Morgan