What Happened on May 20, 1959

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • Ford wins battle with Chrysler to call its new car "Falcon"
  • Japanese-Americans regain their citizenship

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Shah of Persia Mohammed Reza Pahlavi visits Netherlands

Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Last Shah of Iran
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
  • Yanks sink to last place, 1st time since May 25, 1940

Famous Birthdays

  • Bronson Pinchot, American actor (Perfect Strangers, Beverly Hills Cop), born in NYC, New York
  • Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Native Hawaiian musician, entertainer and Hawaiian sovereignty advocate (Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World), born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 1997)
  • Peter Greene, American producer (After Midnight), born in Brooklyn, New York

Famous Deaths

  • Alfred Schutz, Austrian/US architect/philosopher, dies at 60