On This Day

What Happened on January 28, 1959

Historical Events

  • Soviet Union wins 62-37 for 1st international basketball loss by US

Famous Birthdays

  • Bill Ware III, American jazz vibraphonist (The Jazz Passengers), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • Burkhard Dallwitz, German-Australian film and television score composer (The Truman Show) born in Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, Germany
  • Dave Sharp, British rock guitarist (The Alarm - "Rain In the Summertime"; "68 Guns"), born in Salford, Lancashire, England
  • Frank Darabont, American filmmaker
  • Randi Rhodes, Nova M Radio personality

Famous Deaths

  • Joseph Sprinzak, Speaker of Israel Knesset (1949-59), dies at 73
  • Viktor Josef Keldorfer, Austrian composer, dies at 85
1959 Highlights

About January 28, 1959

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 63 years, 3 months and 23 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