What Happened on January 22, 1959

Historical Events

Music Recording

Buddy Holly makes his last recordings in his NYC apartment, alone with an acoustic guitar; he tapes five songs including "Peggy Sue" and "Crying, Waiting, Hoping", which were embellished, overdubbed, and released posthumously by Coral Records

  • USAF concludes that less than 1% of UFOs are unknown objects

Famous Birthdays

  • Linda Blair, American actress (Exorcist, Chained Heat, Savage St), born in St Louis, Missouri
Born in 1959

Famous Deaths

  • A J Else Mauhs, German/Dutch actress (Hamlet, Nora), dies at 73
  • Elizabeth Moore, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1896, 1901, 03, 05), dies from congestive heart failure at 82
  • Mike Hawthorn, English auto racer (F1 world champion 1958), dies in road accident at 29

About January 22, 1959

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 64 years, 4 months and 14 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