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)
  • 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)

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

  • Herbie Collins, Australian cricket all-rounder and captain (19 Tests, 1,352 runs @ 45.06, 4 x 100s), dies at 71
1959 Highlights

About May 28, 1959

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 62 years, 3 months and 27 days
Leap Year: No

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