What Happened on May 1, 1959

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events


Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Floyd Patterson KOs Englishman Brian London in 11, in his 4th World Heavyweight Boxing title defence

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight 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), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Paul Smith, rock saxophonist (Haircut 100)
  • Roger Chapman, English golfer (PGA Seniors 2012, US Seniors Open 2012), born in Nakuru, Kenya

Famous Deaths

  • Oscar Torp, Norwegian premier, dies