On This Day

What Happened on May 8, 1959

Historical Events

  • 3-deck Nile excursion steamer springs a leak panicking passengers who capsized ship. 200 drown just yards from shore

Famous Birthdays

  • Ronnie Lott, College and Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive back (10-time NFL Pro Bowl; Super Bowl 1981, 84, 88-89; SF 49ers), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Famous Weddings

LoveWedding of Interest

Actress Raquel Welch (18) weds high school sweetheart James Welch

Actress Raquel Welch
Raquel Welch

Famous Deaths

  • Renato Caccioppoli, Italian mathematician/pianist, suicide at 55
1959 Highlights

About May 8, 1959

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 61 years, 6 months and 16 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Taurus