What Happened on May 28, 1959

Historical Events

  • Congressional Committee of Astronautics meets Project 7 astronauts
  • Johnson & Bart's musical "Lock Up Your Daughters" premieres in London
  • Monkeys Able & Baker zoom 300 miles (500 km) into space on Jupiter missile, become 1st animals retrieved from a space mission
1959 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Bernardine Evaristo, English writer ("Girl, Woman, Other" - 1st woman of Black heritage to win the Booker Prize), born in London, England
  • John Morgan, British etiquette expert (d. 2000)
  • Léon Klaassen, Dutch session and touring rock and jazz drummer (Powerplay; The Pilgrims; D'Wys), born in The Netherlands
  • Steve Strange [Harrington], Welsh pop singer (Visage) and nightclub host, born in Newbridge, Caerphily, Wales (d. 2015)
Born in 1959

Famous Weddings

Jim Henson

Muppeteer Jim Henson (22) weds Jane Nebel (24) in Salisbury, Maryland

Famous Deaths

  • Herbie Collins, Australian cricket all-rounder and captain (19 Tests, 1,352 runs @ 45.06, 4 x 100s), dies at 71

About May 28, 1959

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 63 years, 9 months and 24 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: The Battle Of New Orleans - Johnny Horton
  • UK #1 Song: A Fool Such As I/I Need Your Love Tonight - Elvis Presley