What Happened on January 26, 1959

Historical Events

  • Australian Championships Men's Tennis: American based Peruvian Alex Olmedo wins his first Grand Slam event; beats Neale Fraser of Australia 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
  • Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Mary Carter Reitano wins her 2nd home singles title; beats Renee Schuurman of South Africa 6-2, 6-3
  • Italy government of Fanfani resigns
  • KOKH TV channel 25 in Oklahoma City, OK (IND/PBS) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkish film director (Winter Sleep), born in Istanbul, Turkey

Famous Weddings

Raúl Castro

President of Cuba Raúl Castro (27) weds revolutionary Vilma Espín (28) in Santiago de Cuba

1959 Highlights

About January 26, 1959

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 64 years and 8 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: One Night/I Got Stung - Elvis Presley