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 Interest

Shah of Persia Mohammad Reza Pahlavi visits Netherlands

  • Yanks sink to last place, 1st time since May 25, 1940
1959 History

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
Born in 1959

Famous Deaths

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

About May 20, 1959

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 64 years and 13 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Kansas City - Wilbert Harrison
  • UK #1 Song: A Fool Such As I/I Need Your Love Tonight - Elvis Presley