What Happened in July 1959

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 Heinrich Lubke elected president of West Germany
  • Jul 1 Israeli Knesset agrees to weapon sales to West Germany
  • Jul 1 WVTV TV channel 18 in Milwaukee, WI (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 1 World Refugee Year begins
  • Jul 1 The Party of the African Federation (PFA) holds its constitutive conference.
  • Jul 2 "Plan 9 From Outer Space", one of the worse films ever, premieres

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 3 73rd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Alex Olmedo beats Rod Laver (6-4 6-3 6-4)

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 3 88th British Golf Open: Gary Player shoots a 284 at Muirfield Gullane

Golfer Gary Player
Gary Player

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 4 66th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maria Bueno beats Darlene Hard (6-4 6-3)

Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno
Tennis Player Darlene Hard
Tennis Player
Darlene Hard
  • Jul 4 America's new 49-star flag honoring Alaska statehood unfurled
  • Jul 4 Cayman Islands separated from Jamaica, made a crown colony
  • Jul 4 Island Records founded in Jamaica
  • Jul 5 Ben-Gurion's Israeli government resigns
  • Jul 5 Indonesia restores constitution
  • Jul 5 Jack Gelber's "Connection" premieres in NYC

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 6 5th LPGA Championship won by Betsy Rawls

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • Jul 6 Saar becomes part of German Federal Republic
  • Jul 6 WENH TV channel 11 in Durham, NH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 7 26th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-4 at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh
  • Jul 9 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Hoosier Golf Open
  • Jul 9 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Hoosier Celebrity Golf Tournament
  • Jul 12 NBC uses cameras to show catchers signals during ankee-Red Sox game
  • Jul 14 USS Long Beach, first nuclear powered cruiser launched at Quincy, Mass
  • Jul 15 The US steel strike of 1959 begins, leading to significant importation of foreign steel for the first time in United States history.
  • Jul 17 2,000 ft long by 1,300 foot wide section of ridge falls into Madis
  • Jul 17 Tibet abolishes serfdom
  • Jul 17 River Canyon extending man-made Lake Hebgen by 5 miles. (Montana)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 17 Paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey discovers the partial skull of a new species of early human ancestor, Zinjanthropus boisei or 'Zinj' (now called Paranthropus boisei) that lived in Africa almost 2 million years ago

Paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey
Mary Leakey

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jul 17 "North by Northwest" directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint premieres in Los Angeles

  • Jul 18 African American William 'Bill' Wright is the 1st coloured person to win a major golf tournament (U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships)
  • Jul 18 Los Angeles premiere of the film version of Kathryn Hulme's "The Nun's Story"
  • Jul 18 46th Tour de France won by Federico Bahamontes of Spain
  • Jul 19 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Machine International Golf Open Alliance
  • Jul 21 1st nuclear powered merchant ship, NS Savannah, named, Camden NJ
  • Jul 21 Red Sox are last team to use a black player (Pumpsie Green)
  • Jul 22 Benjamin Britten's "Missa Brevis" in D premieres
  • Jul 22 Natural gas found at Slochteren, Groningen, Netherlands

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 23 VP Richard Nixon begins visit on USSR

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Jul 24 500,000th Dutch TV set registered

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 24 US VP Nixon argues with Khrushchev, known as "Kitchen Debate"

Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev
Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Nikita Khrushchev
  • Jul 25 SR-N1 hovercraft crosses the English Channel from Calais to Dover in just over 2 hours.
  • Jul 26 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • Jul 27 Abbas Ali Baig scores 112 for India v England on debut
  • Jul 27 William Shea announces plans to have a baseball team in NYC in 1961
  • Jul 28 United Kingdom starts using postal codes
  • Jul 28 Hawaii's 1st US election sends 1st Asian-Americans to Congress
  • Jul 29 First United States Congress elections in Hawaii as a state of the Union.
  • Jul 30 In his major league debut, SF Giant Willie McCovey goes 4-for-4
  • Jul 31 1st exhibit of bongos at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo opens

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Anne Smith, tennis star, born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jul 2 Eduardo Bengoechea, Argentina, tennis star
  • Jul 2 Hoogie Drexler, jockey
  • Jul 2 Wendy B Lawrence, astronaut (STS 67, 86, sk:91), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Jul 3 Andreas Wisniewski, Berlin German FR, actor (Living Daylights)
  • Jul 3 Stephen Pearcy, heavy metal vocalist (RATT-Round & Round), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 3 Stoyan Deltchev, Bulgaria, horizontal bar gymnist (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • Jul 4 Bill McCorvey, singer (Pirates of Miss-Fred Jake), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Jul 4 Victoria Abril, [Victoria Rojas], actress (Libertarias), born in Madrid, Spain
  • Jul 5 Marc Cohn, singer (Walking in Memphis)
  • Jul 5 Patricia Pease Jeffers, NC, actress (Kimberly-Days of our Life)
  • Jul 5 Tim Shaw, cricketer (South African ODI slow lefty 1991)
  • Jul 5 Veronica Guerin, journalist
  • Jul 6 John Keeble, rock drummer (Spandau Ballet-True), born in London, England
  • Jul 6 Tahir Naqqash, cricketer (Pakistani pace-bowler in 15 Tests 1982-85)
  • Jul 7 Jessica Hahn, evangelist rape victim/model (playboy)/actress
  • Jul 7 Billy Campbell [William Oliver], Charlottesville, Virginia, American actor (Once and Again, Dracula)
  • Jul 7 Ben Linder, American engineer (d. 1987)
  • Jul 8 Robert Knepper, American actor
  • Jul 9 Jim Kerr, rock vocalist (Simple Minds), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Jul 9 Kevin Nash, American professional wrestler
  • Jul 9 Clive Stafford Smith, British human-rights lawyer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 11 Richie Sambora, American guitarist (Bon Jovi) and boyfriend of Cher and Heather Locklear, born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey

Rock guitarist Richie Sambora
Rock guitarist
Richie Sambora
  • Jul 11 Suzanne Vega, rock vocalist (My Name is Luka, Tom's Diner)
  • Jul 12 Judi Adams, Phoenix Az, archer (Olympics-1980, 96)
  • Jul 12 Rolonda Watts, talk show hostess (Rolanda)
  • Jul 13 Danitra Vance, comedienne (SNL, Little Man Tate, Limit Up)
  • Jul 14 Rodney Rash, horse trainer
  • Jul 14 Susana Martinez, American politician (Governor of New Mexico) 1st female Hispanic US governor, born in El Paso, Texas
  • Jul 15 Vincent Lindon, French actor
  • Jul 15 Shep Pettibone, American record producer
  • Jul 16 Gary Anderson, NFL kickerk (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Jul 16 Doug Herzog, American television executive
  • Jul 17 Janet Lynn Kavandi, Springfield Mo, PhD/astronaut (sk:STS 91)
  • Jul 18 Pauline Quirke, British actress
  • Jul 19 Terri Treas, KC Kansas, actress (Hannah-7 Brides for 7 Brothers)
  • Jul 20 Radney Foster, Del Rio Tx, singer (Foster & Lloyd-Crazy Over You)
  • Jul 21 Stuart Young-Black, Cheshire England, Canadian equestrian (Oly-96)
  • Jul 23 Nancy Savoca, American filmmaker
  • Jul 24 Brian Fogt, Nike golfer (1992 Ft Wayne Open-7th), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Jul 24 Edward Liddie, Union Ga, Judo fighter (Olympic-bronze-1984)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 26 Kevin Spacey, actor (Dad, Henry & June, Darrow), born in South Orange, New Jersey

  • Jul 26 Rick Bragg, American writer
  • Jul 27 David East, English cricketer, born in London
  • Jul 29 Brian James Claar, PGA golfer (1991 AT&T-2nd), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Jul 29 Gary Springer, actor (Bernice Bobs Her Hair), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 29 John Sykes, Irish hard rock guitarist (Thin Lizzy-Blue Murder)
  • Jul 29 Sanjay Dutt, Indian actor
  • Jul 29 Ruud Janssen, Dutch writer and artist
  • Jul 30 Petra Felke, German DR, javelin thrower (world record 1988)
  • Jul 31 Mike Bielecki, pitcher (Atlanta Braves), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jul 31 Peter Senior, Australian golfer, born in Singapore
  • Jul 31 Stanley Jordan, American jazz guitarist

Famous Weddings

  • Jul 2 Belgian Albert, Prince of Li├Ęge marries Dona Paola, Princess Ruffo di Calabria in Brussels

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 18 Actress Louise Fletcher (25) weds producer Jerry Bick (36)

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 2 MLB baseball player Ernie Banks (28) divorces Mollye Louise after 6 years of marriage

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 6 George Grosz, German cartoonist/painter (Ecce Homo), dies at 65
  • Jul 8 Dale Buisand & Chester Ovnand, 1st Americans killed in Vietnam War
  • Jul 11 C W L Parker, cricketer (3,776 1st-class wickets, 2nd best ever), dies
  • Jul 14 Grock, [Adrien Wettach], Swiss clown/circus director, dies at 79
  • Jul 15 Ernest Bloch, Swiss/US composer (Macbeth), dies at 78
  • Jul 15 Peter A Egge, Norwegian writer (The Dream), dies
  • Jul 15 Vance Palmer, Australian author (b. 1885)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 17 Billie Holiday, jazz singer, dies at Metropolitan Hospital in New York of cirrhosis of the liver at 44

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • Jul 17 Henri Pourrat, French writer (Le chasseur de la nuit), dies
  • Jul 17 Eugene Meyer, American businessman and newspaper publisher (b. 1875)
  • Jul 20 Harry Fox II, dies at 77
  • Jul 25 Isaac Halevi Herzog, chief rabbi of Israel (1936-59), dies at 71
  • Jul 26 Manuel Altolaguirre, Spanish poet/publisher (Amor), dies at 54