On This Day

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

Famous Birthdays

  • John Morgan, British etiquette expert (d. 2000)
  • Leon "The Bop" Klaasse, rock drummer/singer (The Pilgrims-Red)
  • Steve Strange [Steven Harrington], Welsh pop singer (Visage) and nightclub host, born in Newbridge, Caerphily (d. 2015)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Muppeteer and Filmmaker Jim Henson
Muppeteer and Filmmaker
Jim Henson

Famous Deaths

  • Bert Collins, cricketer (19 Tests for Aust 1920-26), dies
1959 Highlights

About May 28, 1959

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 61 years, 4 months and 24 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Gemini