What Happened in 1959 (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 300 of 546

  • May 6 Iceland gunboats shoot at British fishing vessels

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 7 "Roy Campanella Night" Largest baseball crowd (93,103 in LA Coliseum) sees Dodgers' Sandy Koufax beat Yankees 6-2 in exhibition

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
  • May 8 3-deck Nile excursion steamer springs a leak panicking passengers who capsized ship. 200 drown just yards from shore

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May 9 Dorothy Rigney, husband John, & Hank Greenberg resign from White Sox

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • May 10 Joyce Ziske wins LPGA Howard Johnson Golf Invitational
  • May 10 Soviet forces arrive in Afghanistan
  • May 10 Giants Jim Hearn allows 2 runs against Pirates, game is suspended, Hearn is released & charged with loss 2 months after his retirement
  • May 11 "Kookie, Kookie Lend Me Your Comb" by Byrnes & Connie Stevens hits #4
  • May 11 Rodgers & Barer's musical "Once upon a mattress" premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 11 Yankee catcher Yogi Berra's errorless streak of 148 games ends

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra

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May 12 "Nervous Set" opens at Henry Miller's Theater NYC for 23 performances

Author Henry Miller
Henry Miller
  • May 13 Kraft Music Hall with Milton Berle last airs on NBC-TV
  • May 15 100th anniversary of 1st college baseball game, between Amherst & Williams Teams reenact the original contest
  • May 15 12th Cannes Film Festival: "Black Orpheus" directed by Marcel Camus wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 16 84th Preakness: William Harmatz aboard Royal Orbit wins in 1:57
  • May 16 WTOM TV channel 4 in Cheboygan, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting

Sports record brokenGolf Record

May 17 Sam Snead sets PGA record for 36 holes at 122

Golfer Sam Snead
Sam Snead
  • May 18 "Castin' My Spell" by Johnny Otis Show hits #52
  • May 18 "Judy" by David Seville hits #86
  • May 18 "Russian Band Stand" by Spencer & Spencer hits #91
  • May 19 Jan de Quay becomes premier of Netherlands
  • May 19 The USS Triton, the first submarine with two nuclear reactors, is completed
  • May 20 Ford wins battle with Chrysler to call its new car "Falcon"
  • May 20 Japanese-Americans regain their citizenship
  • May 20 Shah of Persia visits Netherlands
  • May 20 Yanks sink to last place, 1st time since May 25, 1940
  • May 21 "Gypsy" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 702 performances
  • May 21 Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Children's Petting Farm opens
  • May 22 Benjamin O Davis Jr becomes 1st black major general in US Air Force
  • May 23 "Party with Comden & Green" closes at John Golden NYC after 44 performances
  • May 24 1st house with built-in bomb shelter exhibited (Pleasant Hills, Pa)
  • May 24 Empire Day renamed Commonwealth Day in Great Britain

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May 25 Khrushchev visits Angola

Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev
Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Nikita Khrushchev
  • May 25 US Supreme Courtt rules Louisiana prohibiting black-white boxing unconstitutional
  • May 26 Harvey Haddix pitches 12 perfect innings, loses in 13th
  • May 28 Congressional Committee of Astronautics meets Project 7 astronauts
  • May 28 Johnson & Bart's musical "Lock up your daughters" premieres in London
  • May 28 Monkeys Able & Baker zoom 300 mi (500 km) into space on Jupiter missile, became 1st animals retrieved from a space mission

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 29 Charles de Gaulle forms French government

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • May 30 "First Impressions" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 84 performances
  • May 30 "Nervous Set" closes at Henry Miller's Theater NYC after 23 performances
  • May 30 Iraq terminates milt assistance pact with US due to neutrality
  • May 30 President Luis Somoza Debayle ends emergency crisis in Nicaragua
  • May 30 Pres Stroessner disbands Paraguay's parliament
  • May 30 World's 1st hovercraft (SR-N1) tested at Cowes, England
  • May 30 The Auckland Harbour Bridge is officially opened in Auckland, New Zealand.
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Rodger Ward wins in 3:40:47.470 (218.641 km/h)
  • May 30 58th Men's French Championships: Nicola Pietrangeli beats Ian Vermaak (3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-1)
  • May 30 58th Women's French Championships: Christine Truman beats Zsuzsi Kormoczy (6-4, 7-5)
  • May 31 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Cavalier Golf Open
  • Jun 1 2-time champ Monterrey Mexico barred from 1959 Little League competition for using players outside predetermined geographical area
  • Jun 1 Constitution of Tunisia promulgated (National Day)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 2 Allen Ginsberg writes his poem "Lysergic Acid", SF

Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg
Beat Poet
Allen Ginsberg
  • Jun 3 1st US Air Force Academy graduation in Colorado Springs, Colorado

CommunicationHistoric Communication

Jun 3 US President Eisenhower routes Canadian premier Diefenbaker a message off the Moon

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
13th Prime Minister of Canada John Diefenbaker
13th Prime Minister of Canada
John Diefenbaker
  • Jun 3 Singapore adopts constitution
  • Jun 3 4th European Cup: Real Madrid beats Stade Reims 2-0 at Stuttgart
  • Jun 5 Bob Dylan graduates from Hibbing High School in Minnesota

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Jun 5 The first independent government of the State of Singapore is sworn in with Lee Kuan Yew as Prime Minister

Founder of Modern Singapore Lee Kuan Yew
Founder of Modern Singapore
Lee Kuan Yew
  • Jun 7 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament
  • Jun 7 KLX-AM in Oakland California changes call letters to KEWB (now KNEW)
  • Jun 8 1st official "missile mail" lands (Jacksonville, Fla)
  • Jun 8 X-15 makes 1st unpowered flight, from a B-52 at 11,500 m
  • Jun 9 1st ballistic missile sub launched (George Washington-Groton, Ct)
  • Jun 10 Rocky Colovito hits 4 consecutive HRs in 1 game
  • Jun 11 Postmaster General bans D H Lawrence's book, Lady Chatterley's Lover (overruled by US Court of Appeals in Mar 1960)

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Jun 11 Charlie Sifford becomes the 1st African American to play in a US Golf Open

  • Jun 12 SF Giants Mike McCormick no-hits Phillies, 3-0 in 5 inning game
  • Jun 13 "Sammy Kaye Show" last airs on ABC-TV
  • Jun 13 59th US Golf Open: Billy Casper shoots a 282 at Winged Foot GC NY
  • Jun 13 91st Belmont: Bill Shoemaker aboard Sword Dancer wins in 2:28.6
  • Jun 14 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA American Women's Golf Open
  • Jun 16 In South Africa, Apartheid government efforts to remove Black people from Cato Manor close to the Durban city center to Kwa Mashu, a newly established black township on the outskirts, is met with violent resistance.
  • Jun 17 Eamon de Valera elected President of Ireland
  • Jun 18 1st telecast transmitted from England to US
  • Jun 18 Governor of Louisiana Earl K. Long is committed to a state mental hospital; he responds by having the hospital's director fired and replaced with a crony who proceeds to proclaim him perfectly sane.
  • Jun 18 New York City premiere of the film version of Kathryn Hulme's "The Nun's Story"
  • Jun 19 Senate rejects Ike's appointment of Lewis Strauss for Secetary of Commerce
  • Jun 22 "Along Came Jones" by Coasters peaks at #9
  • Jun 22 "Class" by Chubby Checker peaks at #38
  • Jun 22 Eddie Lubanski bowls 2 consecutive perfect games
  • Jun 22 Most Phillies strike out in a game (16 by Sandy Koufax)
  • Jun 22 Shunryu Suzuki completes his historical Japan to SF voyage
  • Jun 22 Vanguard SLV-6 launched for Earth orbit (failed)
  • Jun 23 Convicted Manhattan Project spy Klaus Fuchs is released after only nine years in prison and allowed to emigrate to Dresden, East Germany (where he resumed a scientific career).
  • Jun 23 A fire in a resort hotel in Stalheim, Norway kills 34 people.

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 26 Ingemar Johansson TKOs Floyd Patterson in 3 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • Jun 26 Queen Elizabeth & President Eisenhower open St Lawrence Seaway
  • Jun 26 9th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Cousins" wins Golden Bear
  • Jun 27 "West Side Story" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 734 performances

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 27 14th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Mickey Wright

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • Jun 27 Players vote Henry Aaron unanimously for the All-Star Game
  • Jun 28 Phils Wally Post is only outfielder to throw out 2 runners in an inning twice (Losing to Giants 6-0)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 29 Pope John XXIII 1st encyclical "On truth, unity, & peace, in charity"

  • Jun 30 During a game in Wrigley Field, 2 balls were in play at same time
  • 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.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 701

  • Apr 17 Stephen Singleton, Sheffield, rocker (ABC)
  • Apr 17 Teri Austin, actress (Terminal Choice, Knots Landing), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 17 Sean Bean, English actor (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, A Game of Thrones)
  • Apr 18 Jim Eisenreich, St Cloud MN, outfielder (Philadelphia Phillies, Fla Marlins)
  • Apr 20 Clint Howard, actor (Gentle Ben), born in Burbank, California

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 21 Robert Smith, Sussex, English rock guitarist and vocalist (Cure-Hell's Kitchen), born in Blackpool, England

Musician Robert Smith
Robert Smith
  • Apr 21 Jerry Only, American musician (The Misfits)
  • Apr 21 Michael Timmins, Canadian musician (Cowboy Junkies)
  • Apr 21 Tim Jacobus, American artist (Goosebumps)
  • Apr 22 Nicky Le Roux, South Africa, LPGA golfer (1994 Atlanta Champ-15th)
  • Apr 22 Ranjan Madugalle, cricketer (pioneer of Sri Lanka's Test teams)
  • Apr 22 Ryan Stiles, actor (Lewis-Drew Carey Show), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Apr 23 Terri Luckhurst, LPGA golfer
  • Apr 24 Yvonne D Cagle, West Point NY, MD/astronaut
  • Apr 24 Malcolm Oastler, Australian engineer
  • Apr 25 Billy Rankin, rocker, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Apr 25 Tony Phillips, MLB player (Oakland Athletics), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2016)
  • Apr 25 Dominique Blanc, French actress
  • Apr 26 Ann O'Neill, Toowoomba QLD, golfer (1989 Downs District Champ)
  • Apr 26 John Corabi, American Musician
  • Apr 27 Marco Pirroni, rock guitarist (Adam & The Ants), born in London, England
  • Apr 27 Sheena Easton, [Shirley Orr], singer (Sugar Walls), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Apr 27 Louis Lortie, French Canadian concert pianist
  • Apr 30 Kamaran Abdalla, Iraq/Engl/Neth actor (Goede Tijden Selechte Tijden)
  • Apr 30 Lauren Howe, LPGA golfer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 30 Paul Gross, Canadian actor (Constable Benton Fraser - Due South), director, and writer (Passchendaele), born in Calgary, Alberta

Actor and Director Paul Gross
Actor and Director
Paul Gross

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 30 Stephen Harper, 22nd Prime Minister of Canada (2006-15), born in Toronto, Ontario

22nd Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper
22nd Prime Minister of Canada
Stephen Harper
  • Apr 30 W. Thomas Smith, Jr, American author and columnist
  • May 1 Eddie Johnson, NBA guard/forward (Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers)
  • May 1 Paul Smith, rock saxophonist (Haircut 100)
  • May 2 Alan Best, Canadian animation director and producer
  • May 3 Ben Elton, Catford, London, English actor and comedian (Blackadder Back & Forth, Friday Night Live)
  • May 3 David Ball, English rock keyboardist (Soft Cell), born in Blackpool, Lancashire
  • May 3 Uma Bharati, Indian politician
  • May 4 Randy Travis, Marshville NC, country singer (Diggin' Up Bones)
  • May 4 Robert Raymond Tway, PGA golfer (1986 Shearson), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • May 4 Rohn Stark, NFL punter (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • May 4 Scott Armstrong, American professional wrestling referee
  • May 5 Ian McCullough, rock vocalist (Echo & Bunnymen-Heaven Up Here)
  • May 5 Brian Phelps, American disk jockey and actor
  • May 6 Charles Hendry, Cuckfield Sussex, British Conservative Party politician
  • May 6 Eric D Fingerhut, (Rep-D-Ohio)
  • May 6 Kate Collins, actress (Natalie Hunter-All My Children), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 6 Scott Hood, Canadian Tour golfer (1989 Montana Open-2nd), born in Seattle, Washington
  • May 7 Michael E. Knight, actor (All My Children), born in Princeton New Jersey
  • May 7 Robin L Freeman, PGA golfer (1993 Northern Telecom-3rd), born in Saint Charles, Missouri
  • May 7 Tamara E Jernigan, Chattoonaga, PhD/astro (STS 40, 52, 67, 80)
  • May 7 Barbara Yung Mei-ling, Hong Kong actress (d. 1985)
  • May 8 Ronnie Lott, Albuquerque, NM, NFL defensive back (SF 49er)
  • May 9 Andrew Jones, cricketer (highly consistent for NZ at 1st drop)
  • May 9 Asantha De Mel, cricketer (pioneering Sri Lankan Test opening bowler)
  • May 10 Dan Schayes, NBA center/forward (Miami Heat, Orlando Magic)
  • May 11 Martha Quinn, MTV VJ (Tracey-Bradys), born in Albany, New York
  • May 12 Dave Christian, Minn, NHL right wing (Wash Caps, Olympic-gold-1980)
  • May 12 Ving Rhames, American actor
  • May 13 Robert Earnshaw, racehorse trainer
  • May 14 Connie Brighton, playmate (Sept, 1982), born in Wichita Falls, Texas
  • May 14 Mike Quick, NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • May 14 Patrick Bruel, Algerian/French actor/rock vocalist (Coup of Sirocco)
  • May 15 Andrew Eldritch, rocker (Sisters of Mercy-Walk Away, Black Planet)
  • May 15 Kaokor Galaxy, Thai boxer
  • May 16 Bob Patterson, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • May 16 Mare Winningham, Phoenix Az, actress (St Elmo's Fire, Turner & Hooch)
  • May 16 Ty Armstrong, Waxahachie TX, Nike golfer (1993 Anheuser-Busch-19th)
  • May 17 Paul Di'anno, rocker (Iron Maiden Chingford, London V Early Vocalist
  • May 17 Jim Nantz, American broadcaster
  • May 18 Graham Dilley, cricketer (England wicket-taker of 80's)
  • May 19 Nicole Brown Simpson, ex-wife of O.J. Simpson (murdered), born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1994)
  • May 20 Bronson Pinchot, actor (Perfect Strangers, Beverly Hills Cop), born in NYC, New York
  • May 20 Peter Greene, American producer (After Midnight), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 20 Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, American singer (d. 1997)
  • May 21 Nick Cassavetes, American actor and director (The Notebook), born in New York City
  • May 21 Brisn Lenihan, Jnr, Irish politician and minister, born in Dublin (d. 2011)
  • May 22 Ed Fry, actor (Larry-As the World Turns, Adam Cory-Another World)
  • May 22 [Steven] Morrissey, British rock vocalist (The Smiths), born in Davyhulme, Lancashire
  • May 23 Linden Ashby, actor (Mortal Kombat)
  • May 23 Marcella Mesker, Netherlands, tennis star
  • May 24 George Glanos, horse trainer
  • May 25 Cathryn Harrison, actress (Old Woman in Black Moon), born in London, England
  • May 25 Manolis Kefalogiannis, Greek politician
  • May 25 Julian Clary, British television personality
  • May 26 Brian Peaker, rower (Olympics-96), born in London, Ontario
  • May 26 Nancy White-Brophy, Montague PEI, LPGA golfer (1994 McCall's-25th)
  • May 26 Wayne Hussey, rocker (Mission-Lover for Life)
  • May 26 Steve Hanley, English musician (The Fall, Tom Hingley and the Lovers)
  • May 26 Ole Bornedal, Danish film director, actor and producer
  • May 28 Leon "The Bop" Klaasse, rock drummer/singer (The Pilgrims-Red)
  • May 28 John Morgan, British etiquette expert (d. 2000)
  • May 28 Steve Strange [Steven Harrington], Welsh pop singer (Visage) and nightclub host, born in Newbridge, Caerphily (d. 2015)
  • May 29 Mel Gaynor, rock drummer (Simple Minds-Water Front), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • May 29 Rupert Everett, British actor (Princess Daisy, Another Country)
  • May 29 Tamayo Otsuki, actress (Mrs Yamagami-Davis Rules)
  • May 30 Frank Vanhecke, Belgian politician
  • May 30 Claudia Alexander, Canadian-born American NASA Scientist (led Galileo mission to Jupiter), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2015)
  • Jun 1 Alan "Wild"er, English rock vocalist/music (Depeche Mode-Wild!)
  • Jun 1 Martin Brundle, British race car driver and F1 television commentator
  • Jun 2 Charlie Huddy, Oshawa, NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres)
  • Jun 2 Lydia Lunch, US singer/poetess (Teenage Jesus, Jerks)
  • Jun 3 Sam Mills, NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers), (d. 2005)
  • Jun 3 Tom Arnold, former husband of Rosanne Barr/actor (True Lies, Stupids)

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Famous Divorces

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 201 - 215 of 215

  • Dec 10 Henri Vidal, French actor (Fabiola), dies of a heart attack at 40
  • Dec 11 Jim Bottomley, American baseball player (b. 1900)
  • Dec 12 Russell Simpson, actor (Abraham Lincoln), dies at 79
  • Dec 14 Maria EG "Lizzy" Ansingh, Dutch painter (Cast Off), dies at 84
  • Dec 18 Dorothy L Sayers, writer, dies at 66
  • Dec 19 Walter Williams, claimed to be last survivor of Civil War, dies at 117
  • Dec 21 Rosanjin, Japanese calligrapher, restaurateur and ceramicist (b. 1883)
  • Dec 22 Gilda Gray, actress (Piccadilly), dies of heart attack at 60
  • Dec 23 Edward FLW Halifax, English viscount/viceroy of India, dies at 78
  • Dec 23 Lester Lonergan Jr, actor (Growing Paynes), dies at 65
  • Dec 23 Lord Irwin, ambassador to US (1940-46), dies at 78
  • Dec 27 Alfonso Reyes, Mexican poet/historian/diplomat, dies at 70
  • Dec 28 Ante Pavelić, leader of Nazi Germany puppet Independent State of Croatia (b. 1889)
  • Dec 29 Robin Humphrey Milford, composer, dies at 56
  • Dec 30 Maria Baers, Flemish social female worker/senator, dies at 76