What Happened on May 1, 1959

Historical Events

Boxing Title Fight

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

  • 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
  • Phil Smith, British rock saxophonist (Haircut One Hundred - "Love Plus One"), born in Redbridge, Essex, England
  • Roger Chapman, English golfer (Senior PGA 2012, US Seniors Open 2012), born in Nakuru, Kenya
Born in 1959

Famous Deaths

  • Oscar Torp, Norwegian premier, dies

About May 1, 1959

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 64 years, 1 month and 7 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Come Softly To Me - The Fleetwoods
  • UK #1 Song: It Doesn't Matter Anymore - Buddy Holly