On This Day

What Happened on March 8, 1959

Historical Events

  • Groucho, Chico & Harpo Marx's final TV appearance together
  • KUAT TV channel 6 in Tucson, AZ (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Pro-Egyptian coup fails in Mosul Iraq

Famous Birthdays

  • Aidan Quinn, American actor (Desperately Seeking Susan, Elementary), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • Lester Holt, American journalist and news anchor (NBC Nightly News, 2015-present), born in Hamilton Air Force Base, California

Famous Deaths

  • Abdel Wahab Shawwaf, Iraqi colonel/putschist, murdered
1959 Highlights

About March 8, 1959

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 62 years, 10 months and 15 days
Leap Year: No

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