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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Caesars Little Pizza is founded by Mike Ilitch and his wife Marian Ilitch in Garden City, Michigan

Entrepreneur and Founder of Little Caesar's Pizza Mike Ilitch
Entrepreneur and Founder of Little Caesar's Pizza
Mike Ilitch

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
Actress
Raquel Welch

Famous Deaths

  • Renato Caccioppoli, Italian mathematician and pianist, takes his own life at 55
1959 Highlights

About May 8, 1959

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 62 years, 5 months and 5 days
Leap Year: No

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