What Happened on January 9, 1959

Historical Events

Television Premiere

"Rawhide" with Clint Eastwood premieres on CBS TV

  • Dam across Tera River in Northwestern Spain collapses after heavy winter rains, killing 135
  • Pat O'Connor beats Dick Hutton in St Louis, to become NWA champ

Famous Birthdays

  • Cristi Minculescu, Romanian musician, born in Pitești, Romania
  • Mark Martin, American stock car racing driver, born in Batesville, Arkansas
  • Otis Nixon, American baseball outfielder (Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers), born in Evergreen, North Carolina
  • Rigoberta Menchú, K'iche' political activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate (1992), born in Chimel, Guatemala
1959 Highlights

About January 9, 1959

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 63 years, 10 months and 24 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: The Chipmunk Song - The Chipmunks With David Seville
  • UK #1 Song: It's Only Make Believe - Conway Twitty