What Happened in October 1959

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 1st World Series since 1948 not to feature a NY team (LA vs Chic)
  • Oct 2 Rod Serling's "Twilight Zone" premieres on CBS-TV
  • Oct 3 13th NHL All-Star Game: Montreal beat All-Stars 6-1 at Montreal
  • Oct 4 1st World Series game played west of St Louis (in LA)

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Oct 4 Cleveland Browns' Jim Brown makes club record 37 rushing attempts

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown
  • Oct 4 Dmitri Sjostakovitch 1st Cello concert premieres in Leningrad
  • Oct 4 LA Dodgers set World Series attendance record at 92,394
  • Oct 4 Netherlands beats Belgium 9-1
  • Oct 4 USSR Luna 3 sent back 1st photos of Moon's far side
  • Oct 6 Single game World Series attendence record set (92,706 in LA)
  • Oct 6 Soviet Luna 3, 1st successful photographic spacecraft, impacts Moon
  • Oct 7 "Happy Town" opens at 84th St Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Oct 7 Far side of Moon seen for the 1st time, courtesy of USSR's Luna 3 space probe

Film release premierFilm Release

Oct 7 "Pillow Talk" a film directed by Michael Gordon and starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson is first released

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day
  • Oct 8 "At the Drop of a Hat" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 216 performances
  • Oct 8 Conservatives win British general election
  • Oct 8 LA Dodgers beat Chicago White Sox, 4 games to 2 in 56th World Series

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Oct 9 Lee Harvey Oswald arrives in Southampton, England

Ex-soldier, drifter Lee Harvey Oswald
Ex-soldier, drifter
Lee Harvey Oswald
  • Oct 10 "Happy Town" closes at 84th St Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Oct 10 Lee Harvey Oswald signs guestbook in hotel Helsinki
  • Oct 10 Pan Am begins regular flights around the world
  • Oct 11 KTHI TV channel 11 in Fargo-Grand Forks, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 12 At the national congress of APRA in Peru a group of leftist radicals are expelled from the party. They will later form APRA Rebelde.
  • Oct 14 WMUB (now WPTO) TV channel 14 in Oxford, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 15 "Untouchables" premieres
  • Oct 15 KNDO TV channel 23 in Yakima, WA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 17 "Billy Barnes Revue" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 87 performances
  • Oct 17 Queen Elizabeth is fined $140 for withdrawing her race horse
  • Oct 17 Stinchcomb Memorial in Cleveland Metroparks' dedicated
  • Oct 19 Florence Henderson joins Today Show panel
  • Oct 19 William Gibson's "Miracle Worker" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 20 Clark Griffith of Senators says team will not move the franchise
  • Oct 20 WABG TV channel 6 in Greenwood-Greenville, MS (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Oct 21 Contra revolutionaries bomb Havana

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Oct 21 Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, opens (NYC)

  • Oct 21 Players Association approves 2 All-Star Games in 1960, to be held in KC & NY
  • Oct 22 Bob Merrill's musical "Take Me Along" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 448 performances
  • Oct 23 Chinese troops move into India, 17 die
  • Oct 24 US premier of D Sjostakovitch's 1st Cello concert
  • Oct 27 Rare Pacific hurricane kills 2,000 in Western Mexico
  • Oct 28 Buffalo Bills enter AFL
  • Oct 28 Jean Genet's "Les Negres" premieres in Paris
  • Oct 29 10 nation soccer league to play all games on NY Randalls Is, announced
  • Oct 31 Lee Harvey Oswald announces in Moscow he will never return to USA
  • Oct 31 USSR & Egypt sign contracts for building Aswan Dam

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Youssou N'dour, Senegalese singer (Shaking the tree)
  • Oct 3 Carmen Russo, Genoa Italy, Miss Teenage Italy (1972)
  • Oct 3 Frederick Stephen Couples, PGA golfer (1983 Kemper Open), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Oct 3 Jack Wagner, rocker/actor (General Hospital, Melrose Place)
  • Oct 3 Greg Proops, American actor and comedian

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Oct 3 Fred Couples, American golfer and Masters Champion (1992), born in Seattle, Washington

Golfer and Masters Champion Fred Couples
Golfer and Masters Champion
Fred Couples
  • Oct 4 Tony Meo, English billiards champion (snookers)
  • Oct 5 Troy Luccketta, rock drummer (Tesla-Psychotic Supper)
  • Oct 6 John Mackin, programmer
  • Oct 6 Robyn Maher, Australian basketball guard (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • Oct 6 Walter Ray Williams Jr, bowler (twice Player of the Year)
  • Oct 6 [Dennis Ray] "Oil Can" Boyd, baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • Oct 6 Brian Higgins, American politician, Member of US House of Representatives
  • Oct 7 Penny Graeber, Australian golfer (1990 6th Vic Open), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Oct 7 Dylan Baker, American character actor

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Oct 7 Simon Cowell, English recording executive and television producer (X-Factor, American Idol), born in London

Recording Executive Simon Cowell
Recording Executive
Simon Cowell
  • Oct 7 Lourdes Flores, Peruvian politician
  • Oct 7 Jean-Marc Fournier, French-Canadian politician
  • Oct 8 Carlos I Noriega, Lima Peru, astronaut (STS 84, sk 97)
  • Oct 8 Gavin Friday, [Fionan Hanvey], Irish singer (Virgin Prunes)
  • Oct 8 Mike Morgan, Tulare CA, pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • Oct 8 Tony Eason, football quarterback (New England Patriots)
  • Oct 8 Nick Bakay, American actor
  • Oct 9 Mike Singletary, NFL middle linebacker (Chicago Bears)
  • Oct 9 Boris Nemtsov, Russian politician, born in Sochi, Soviet Union (assassinated 2015)
  • Oct 10 Chris Lowe, English rock keyboardist (Pet Shop Boys-It's a Sin)
  • Oct 10 Kirsty MacColl, English singer (d. 2000)
  • Oct 10 Bradley Whitford, American actor
  • Oct 11 Bob Inglis, (Rep-R-South Carolina)
  • Oct 11 Michiel Schapers, Netherlands, tennis star
  • Oct 12 Abigail Kingsley Alling, executive (Biosphere 2), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 12 Anna Escobedo Cabral, 42nd Treasurer of the United States
  • Oct 13 Marie Osmond, Ogden Ut, singer/actress (Paper Roses, Goin' Coconuts)
  • Oct 14 A J Pero, drummer (Twisted Sister-Not Gonna Take It), born in Staten Island, New York
  • Oct 15 Sarah Magaret Fergusson, [Fergie], Duchess of York, born in London, England
  • Oct 15 Emeril Lagasse, American chef
  • Oct 15 Todd Solondz, American film director
  • Oct 16 Gary Kemp, rock guitarist (Spandau Ballet-True), born in London, England
  • Oct 16 Erkki-Sven Tüür, Estonian composer
  • Oct 17 Dolph Lundgren, actor (Rocky 4, Masters of Universe) [or Nov 3]
  • Oct 17 Ron Drummond, American writer
  • Oct 17 Mark Peel, Australian historian and academic
  • Oct 17 Richard Roeper, American film critic
  • Oct 17 Russell Gilbert, Australian comedian
  • Oct 18 Kirby Chambliss, Aerobatic pilot and Red Bull Air Racer
  • Oct 18 Milčo Mančevski, Macedonian film director and screenwriter
  • Oct 18 John Nord, former American pro wrestler
  • Oct 18 Steve Swayne, Dartmouth Professor
  • Oct 20 Janice McCaffrey, Etobicoke Ontario, 10k walker (Olympics-25-92, 96)
  • Oct 20 Razor Ramon, [Scott Hall], wrestler (WWF/WCW/NWA/Florida/AWA/KC)
  • Oct 21 George Bell, Dom Rep, outfielder (Blue Jays, 1987 AL MVP)
  • Oct 21 Tony Ganios, American Actor
  • Oct 21 Ken Watanabe, Japanese actor
  • Oct 22 Todd Graff, actor (Five Corners, Dominic & Eugene), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 22 Arto Salminen, Finnish writer (d. 2005)
  • Oct 22 Marc Shaiman, American composer

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Oct 23 Weird Al Yankovic [Alfred Matthew], American parody singer (Eat It, UHF, Naked Gun), born in Downey, California

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • Oct 23 Sam Raimi, actor (Indian Summer, Thou Shalt Not Kill Except)
  • Oct 26 Evo Morales, President of Bolivia
  • Oct 26 François Chau, Cambodian actor
  • Oct 26 Brian Bovell, British actor
  • Oct 28 Neville Henry, rocker (Blow Monkeys-Wicked Ways)
  • Oct 29 Finola Hughes, actress (Anna-General Hospital, Staying Alive), born in London, England
  • Oct 29 Jesse Barfield, Ill, outfielder (Blue Jays, Yankees, 1986 HR leader)

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Oct 29 Mike Gartner, NHL right wing (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Ottawa, Ontario

NHL Star Mike Gartner
NHL Star
Mike Gartner
  • Oct 29 Tamar Baruch, actress (Small Truth, Q & Q)
  • Oct 31 Ann Henricksson, tennis star, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Oct 31 Neal Stephenson, American author

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 3 William Bishop, actor (Steve-It's a Great Life), dies at 42
  • Oct 6 Bernard Berenson, American art historian (b. 1865)
  • Oct 7 Mario Lanza, opera singer, dies at 38 of a heart attack
  • Oct 7 PM Kassem of Iraq, assassinated
  • Oct 10 Friedrich, Prince of Liechtenstein, dies
  • Oct 11 Bert Bell, NFL hall of famer, dies at 64
  • Oct 12 Arnoldt Bronnen, writer, dies at 63
  • Oct 13 K Rudolf Mengelberg, Dutch composer (Concert Amsterdam), dies at 67
  • Oct 14 Errol Flynn, Australian-born US actor (Captain Blood), dies of a heart attack at 50
  • Oct 15 Lipót Fejér, Hungarian mathematician (b. 1880)

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Oct 16 George Marshall, US army general, dies at 78

Military Leader George Marshall
Military Leader
George Marshall
  • Oct 18 Boughera El Ouafi, Algerian athlete (b. 1898)
  • Oct 19 Boughera El Quafi, marathoner (Olympic-gold-1928), shot to death at 60
  • Oct 19 Stanley Bate, composer, dies at 45
  • Oct 20 Werner Krauss, actor (Joyless Street), dies at 75
  • Oct 23 Gerda Lundequist, Swedish actress (b. 1871)
  • Oct 25 Bob Murphy, TV host (RFD America), dies at 42
  • Oct 28 Abe Waddington, cricketer (Yorks left-arm quick, Test avg 119), dies
  • Oct 28 Egon Kornauth, composer, dies at 68
  • Oct 28 Camilo Cienfuegos, Cuban revolutionary (b. 1932)
  • Oct 30 Blonde Dolly, [Sybille A J Niemans], society prostitute, dies at 33
  • Oct 31 Jean Cabannes, French physicist (b. 1885)