On This Day

What Happened on January 21, 1959

Famous Birthdays

  • Alex McLeish, Scottish footballer and manager

Famous Deaths

  • Carl Switzer, American actor (Our Gang, Beginner's Luck, General Spanky), shot by an acquaintance at 31

Person of interestCecil B. DeMille

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

Filmmaker and Director Cecil B. DeMille
Filmmaker and Director
Cecil B. DeMille
  • Lamar Stringfield, American composer, dies at 61
1959 Highlights

About January 21, 1959

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 62 years, 6 months and 14 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Aquarius