On This Day

Historical Events in February 1959

  • Feb 1 Swiss men vote against voting rights for women
  • Feb 1 Texas Instruments requests patent of IC (Integrated Circuit)
  • Feb 1 Heiss sisters go 1-2 in US women's Figure Skating C'ships; defending champion Carol wins from Nancy; David Jenkins wins his third straight men's title
  • Feb 1 WVUE TV channel 8 in New Orleans, LA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 1 Outfielder Zack Wheat, a Brooklyn Robins favourite of the 1910s and 1920s, is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame; Wheat hit .317 over 19-year career, and batted .300 or better 14 times

Golf Tournament

Feb 1 Senior PGA Championship Men's Golf, PGA National GC: Willie Goggin, using a borrowed set of woods, wins by 1 stroke ahead of Leland Gibson, Paul Runyan and Denny Shute

Music Concert

Feb 2 Buddy Holly's last performance at Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa [1]

Contract of Interest

Feb 2 Vince Lombardi signs a 5 year contract to coach NFL Green Bay Packers

  • Feb 3 American Airlines Electra crashes in NY's East River, killing 65
  • Feb 3 "The Day the Music Died" plane crash kills musicians Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, J. P. Richardson and pilot near Clear Lake, Iowa
  • Feb 4 Israel begins exporting copper ore
  • Feb 5 "Redhead" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 455 performances
  • Feb 5 Australia regain the Ashes with a 10 wicket victory at Adelaide
  • Feb 6 1st successful test-fire of Titan ICBM

Historic Event

Feb 6 Fidel Castro is interviewed by Edward R Murrow

  • Feb 7 "Whoop-Up" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • Feb 7 Fidel Castro proclaims new Cuban constitution
  • Feb 7 Cessna lands in Las Vegas after 65 d without landing (refuels in air)
  • Feb 10 Dutch Princess Wilhelmina publishes "Lonely, but not alone"
  • Feb 10 Tornado in St Louis kills 19 & injures 265
  • Feb 11 Vinoo Mankad ends his final Test Cricket (v WI at Delhi)
  • Feb 12 The Lincoln Memorial design on the U.S. penny goes into circulation. It replaces the "sheaves of wheat" design
  • Feb 13 Miro Cardon, premier of Cuba, resigns
  • Feb 14 $3.6 million heroin seizure in NYC

Historic Event

Feb 15 Antonio Segni forms Italian government

  • Feb 16 Fidel Castro becomes the 16th Prime Minister of Cuba after overthrowing Fulgencio Batista
  • Feb 16 Leonard Spigelgass' "Majority of One" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 17 1st weather satellite launched, Vanguard 2, 9.8 kg
  • Feb 19 Britain, Turkey & Greece sign agreement granting Cyprus independence
  • Feb 19 Gabon adopts its constitution
  • Feb 19 USAF rocket-powered rail sled attains Mach 4.1 (4970 kph), NM

Music Concert

Feb 20 Jimi Hendrix (16), rock and roll guitarist, plays his first gig in the Temple De Hirsch synagogue basement, Seattle; fired from the band after the 1st set due to "wild" playing

Historic Event

Feb 20 The Avro Arrow program to design and manufacture supersonic jet fighters in Canada is cancelled by the Diefenbaker government amid much political debate.

  • Feb 22 Inaugural Daytona 500: Lee Petty and Johnny Beauchamp cross finish line side by side; Beauchamp declared unofficial winner; ruling overturned after 3 days by NASCAR founder Bill France Sr
  • Feb 23 KVIE TV channel 6 in Sacramento-Stockton, CA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 27 Chicago Cards trade running back Ollie Matson to LA Rams for 9 players

NBA Record

Feb 27 Boston Celtic Bob Cousy sets NBA record with 28 assists Boston Celtics score 173 points against Minneapolis Lakers

  • Feb 28 "Goldilocks" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 161 performances
  • Feb 28 Ice Dance Championship at Colorado Springs USA won by Denny & Jones of Great Britain
  • Feb 28 Ice Pairs Championship at Colorado Springs won by Barbara Wagner and Robert Paul of Canada, their 3rd title
  • Feb 28 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Colorado Springs won by Carol Heiss USA
  • Feb 28 Launch of Discoverer 1 (WTR)-1st polar orbit
  • Feb 28 Men's World Figure Skating Championship in Colorado Springs won by David Jenkins USA
  • Feb 28 NFL trade, Chicago Cards trade Ollie Matson to LA Rams for 9 players