What Happened on September 17, 1959

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events


Sport awardGolf Tournament

59th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Jack Nicklaus

  • Transit 1A, 1st navigational satellite launched; failed to orbit
  • Typhoon kills 2,000 in Japan & Korea

Famous Birthdays

  • Hank Ilesic, Edmonton, CFL punter, place kicker (Edmonton, Toronto)

Famous Deaths

  • Bert Leysen, Belgian TV director, dies at 39