On This Day

What Happened on May 20, 1959

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 Mohammad 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 singer, songwriter ("Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World"), and Hawaiian sovereignty advocate, born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 1997)
  • Peter Greene, American producer (After Midnight), born in Brooklyn, New York

Famous Deaths

  • Alfred Sch├╝tz, Austrian-American architect and philosopher, dies at 60
1959 Highlights

About May 20, 1959

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 62 years and 5 months
Leap Year: No

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