What Happened on June 23, 1959

Historical Events

  • A fire in a resort hotel in Stalheim, Norway kills 34 people

Event of Interest

Convicted Manhattan Project spy Klaus Fuchs is released after only nine years in prison and allowed to emigrate to Dresden, East Germany (where he resumed a scientific careerhistory of ultrasounds

Famous Deaths

  • Boris Vian, French writer and musician (b. 1920)
  • Jean Gallon, French composer, dies at 80

About June 23, 1959

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 63 years, 11 months and 12 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Cancer

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: The Battle Of New Orleans - Johnny Horton
  • UK #1 Song: Roulette - Russ Conway