On This Day

What Happened on May 1, 1959

Historical Events


Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Floyd Patterson scores 11th round KO of Englishman Brian London in Indianapolis; his 4th World Heavyweight Boxing title defence

Boxing Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxing Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • West Germany introduces 5 day work week

Famous Birthdays

  • Eddie Johnson, American basketball guard/forward (NBA Sixth Man of the Year 1989; Phoenix Suns, Seattle SuperSonics), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Paul Smith, rock saxophonist (Haircut 100)
  • Roger Chapman, English golfer (Senior PGA 2012, US Seniors Open 2012), born in Nakuru, Kenya

Famous Deaths

  • Oscar Torp, Norwegian premier, dies
1959 Highlights

About May 1, 1959

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 61 years, 6 months and 27 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Taurus