What Happened in September 1959

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 2 US President Eisenhower arrives in Paris

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Sep 5 Wash Senator Jim Lemon is 7th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (3rd)
  • Sep 6 Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA Cosmopolitan Golf Open
  • Sep 8 The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) is established.
  • Sep 11 "Duke" Ellington wins Springarn Medal for his musical achievements
  • Sep 11 Congress passes a bill authorizing food stamps for poor Americans
  • Sep 11 Elroy Face's 22 game win streak ends as Dodgers beat Pirates 5-4
  • Sep 11 Oriole Jerry Walker pitches 16 inn beating White Sox 1-0
  • Sep 12 "Bonanza" premieres on NBC-TV
  • Sep 12 Janos Kádár becomes premier of Hungary
  • Sep 12 Luna 2 launched by USSR; 1st spacecraft to impact on the Moon
  • Sep 13 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Memphis Golf Open
  • Sep 13 USSR's Luna 2 becomes 1st probe to contact another celestial body
  • Sep 13 79th U.S. Men's National Championship: Neale Fraser beats Alex Olmedo (6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4)

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 13 73rd U.S. Women's National Championship: Maria Bueno beats Christine Truman Janes (6-1, 6-4)

Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno
  • Sep 14 Soviet Union's Luna-2 is 1st spacecraft to land on the Moon
  • Sep 14 WQEX TV channel 16 in Pittsburgh, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 15 Soviet Premier Khrushchev arrives in US to begin a 13-day visit

Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev
Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Nikita Khrushchev

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 16 French President Charles de Gaulle recognizes Algerian right of self determination

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Sep 17 59th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Jack Nicklaus

  • Sep 17 Transit 1A, 1st navigational satellite launched; failed to orbit
  • Sep 17 Typhoon kills 2,000 in Japan & Korea
  • Sep 18 Vanguard 3 launched into Earth orbit
  • Sep 19 Nikita Khrushchev is denied access to Disneyland
  • Sep 20 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Links Golf Invitation Open
  • Sep 21 600 Indian Dutch emigrate to US
  • Sep 22 Chicago White Sox clinch AL pennant
  • Sep 23 1959 The M/S Princess of Tasmania Australia's first passenger RO/RO diesel ferry makes maiden voyage across Bass Strait.
  • Sep 26 Milwaukee Braves Warren Spahn becomes winningest NL lefty
  • Sep 26 SF Giants Sam Jones 2nd no-hitter, beats St Louis Cards, 4-0
  • Sep 26 Typhoon Vera, hits Japanese island of Honshu, causing the deaths of 4,580 people with 658 missing
  • Sep 27 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Opie Turner Golf Open
  • Sep 27 Braves & Dodgers finish in a tie (86-68)
  • Sep 27 Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev concludes his US visit
  • Sep 28 "Hennesey" debuts on CBS-TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 28 Edward Franklin Albee's "Zoo Story" premieres in Berlin

Playwright Edward Albee
Edward Albee
  • Sep 28 Explorer VI reveals an intense radiation belt around Earth
  • Sep 29 "Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis" debuts on CBS-TV
  • Sep 29 "Philip Marlowe" debuts on ABC-TV
  • Sep 29 Dodgers win game 2 of playoff, 6-5, & take NL pennant
  • Sep 29 Little Anthony & the Imperials record "Shimmy Shimmy Koko Bop"
  • Sep 29 Sultan of Brunei promulgates a constitution

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Keith Allen Clearwater, PGA golfer (1987 Colonial Natl), born in Long Beach, California
  • Sep 1 Kenny Mayne, American sports journalist
  • Sep 2 Esther Oosterbeek, Dutch singer (Dolly Dots)
  • Sep 2 Guy Laliberté, founder of Cirque du Soleil
  • Sep 3 Merritt Butrick, American actor (d. 1989)
  • Sep 4 Armin Kogler, Austria, skier (2-time winner of jumping World Cup)
  • Sep 4 William Kennedy Smith, Kennedy accused of rape in Florida (1991)
  • Sep 4 Kevin Harrington, Australian actor
  • Sep 5 Tom Pernice Jr, Nike golfer (1989 Centel Classic-4th), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Sep 7 Jermaine Stewart, rocker
  • Sep 8 Daler Nazarov, Tajik composer and actor
  • Sep 9 Eric Serra, French composer
  • Sep 10 Peter Nelson, American actor
  • Sep 11 David Laurence Frost, Cape Town South Africa, PGA golfer (1988 Southern Open)
  • Sep 11 Robert Wrenn, Nike golfer (1987 Buick Open), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Sep 12 Cindy Rarick, Glenwood MN, LPGA golfer (1991 Northgate Computer)
  • Sep 14 Mary Crosby, actress (Kristin-Dallas, Ice Pirates), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 14 Morten Harket, Konigsberg Norway, rocker (Aha-Take on Me)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 16 Tim Raines, American baseball player (Montreal Expos), born in Sanford, Florida

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines
  • Sep 17 Hank Ilesic, Edmonton, CFL punter, place kicker (Edmonton, Toronto)
  • Sep 18 Ryne Sandberg, infielder (Chicago Cubs), born in Spokane, Washington
  • Sep 18 Ian Arkwright, English footballer
  • Sep 18 Mark Romanek, American filmmaker
  • Sep 20 Lesley Thompson, rower (Olympics-gold-92, 96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Sep 21 Corrinne Drewery, rocker (Swing Out Sister-Swing Out)
  • Sep 21 David Coulier, actor (Joey Gladstone-Full House), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Sep 22 Greg Bruckner, Inglewood CA, Nike golfer (1992 New England Classic)
  • Sep 22 Pope Michael, American anti-pope
  • Sep 23 Heather Drew, LPGA golfer (1987 Henredon Classic-5th), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Sep 23 Jason Alexander, [Greenspan], actor (George-Seinfeld), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Sep 24 Steve Whitmire, American voice actor
  • Sep 25 Andy Waller, cricketer (big-hitting Zimbabwe batsman-1992 World Cup)
  • Sep 26 Rich Gedman, American baseball player
  • Sep 27 Beth Heiden, 3000m speed skater (Olympic-bronze-1980), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Sep 28 Angela Groothuizen, Dutch singer (Dolly Dots)
  • Sep 28 Billy Montana, Country/Western performer (No Yesterday, Angelia)
  • Sep 28 Todd Worrell, Arcadia CA, pitcher (LA Dodgers)
  • Sep 28 Ron Fellows, Canadian race car driver
  • Sep 28 Steve Hytner, American actor
  • Sep 29 Leslie Graves, Silver City, New Mexico, American actress (Brenda-Capitol, Death Wish 2)
  • Sep 30 Basia Trzetrzelevska, Poland, jazz singer (Time & Life)
  • Sep 30 Hans Werdekker, Dutch soccer player (Ajax, RKC/Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Sep 30 Kim Bauer, LPGA golfer (1993 Minn LPGA Classic-30th), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Sep 30 Ettore Messina, Italian basketball coach

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 5 Motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel (20) weds Linda Joan Bork

Motorcycle Daredevil Evel Knievel
Motorcycle Daredevil
Evel Knievel
  • Sep 25 Cosmopolitan founder Helen Gurley Brown (37) weds theater producer David Brown (43)

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 6 Edmund Gwenn, actor (Them, Java Head, Miracle on 34th St), dies at 83
  • Sep 6 Kay Kendall, British actress (Genevieve), dies of leukemia at 32
  • Sep 7 Maurice Duplessis, Québec Prime Minister (b. 1890)
  • Sep 9 Max d' Ollone, composer, dies at 84
  • Sep 9 O'Neil Gordon Collie Smith, WI cricket all-rounder, dies in car crash
  • Sep 11 Paul Douglas, actor (Adventure Theater), dies at 52
  • Sep 13 Gilbert Adrian, costume designer, dies of heart attack at 56
  • Sep 14 Wayne Morris, actor (Kid Galahad), dies of heart attack at 45
  • Sep 17 Bert Leysen, Belgian TV director, dies at 39
  • Sep 20 Olin Howlin, actor (Swifty-Circus Boy), dies at 63
  • Sep 22 Benjamin Peret, French writer/poet (Le grand jeu), dies at 60
  • Sep 22 Jane Winton, actress (Hell's Angel, Patsy, Don Juan), dies at 53
  • Sep 22 Josef Matthias Hauer, composer, dies at 76
  • Sep 25 Ennio Porrino, composer, dies at 49
  • Sep 25 Helen Broderick, comedienne/actress (Swing Time, Top Hat), dies
  • Sep 25 S W R D Bandaranaike, Ceylon's PM, assassinated by a Buddhist monk
  • Sep 26 Solomon Bandaranaike, PM of Ceylon (1956-59), assassinated at 60
  • Sep 28 Gerard Hoffnung, German-born British artist/humorist/musician, dies at 34
  • Sep 28 Rudolf Caracciola, German race car driver (b. 1901)
  • Sep 29 Bruce Bairnsfather, cartoonist, dies
  • Sep 29 Harold Huber, actor (I Cover Times Square), dies at 49
  • Sep 30 John H Kliegl, developer of Klieg light, dies at 89
  • Sep 30 Taylor Holmes, actor (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), dies at 81
  • Sep 30 Ross Granville Harrison, American Biologist and Zoologist (organ transplant pioneer), dies at 89