What Happened in 1959 (Part 4)

Historical Events

Events 301 - 400 of 546

  • 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
  • Aug 1 New Continental baseball league formed

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 1 Pope John XXIII publishes encyclical Sacerdotii nostri primordia

  • Aug 1 WAAY TV channel 31 in Huntsville, AL (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 2 41st PGA Championship: Bob Rosburg shoots a 277 at Minneapolis GC
  • Aug 2 Milwaukee Brave Bill Bruton hits 2 bases loaded triples
  • Aug 2 SF Giants 1st baseman Willie McCovey hits 1st of his 521 HRs
  • Aug 3 27th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-3 at Memorial Coliseum, LA
  • Aug 3 50 killed in uprising in Guinea-Bissau
  • Aug 3 AL beats NL 5-3 in 27th All Star Game (Dodger Stadium)
  • Aug 4 "Billy Barnes Revue" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 87 performances
  • Aug 5 42.4 cm rainfall in Decatur Co, Iowa (state record)
  • Aug 5 Chicago Cardinals (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 55-26 in Toronto
  • Aug 7 Explorer 6 transmits 1st TV photo of Earth from space
  • Aug 7 The Lincoln Memorial design on the U.S. penny goes into circulation. It replaces the "sheaves of wheat" design
  • Aug 12 1st ship firing of a Polaris missile, Observation Island
  • Aug 12 Progressive Party under John Steytler forms in South Africa
  • Aug 13 US Military satellite Discoverer 5 launched (into polar orbit)
  • Aug 14 26th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Baltimore 29, All-Stars 0 (70,000)
  • Aug 14 AFL organized with NY, Dallas, LA, Minneapolis, Denver & Houston
  • Aug 16 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Seattle Golf Open
  • Aug 16 USSR introduces installment buying
  • Aug 17 7.1 quake strikes Yellowstone National Park
  • Aug 17 USSR & Iraq signs contract for building Iraqi nuclear reactor
  • Aug 18 Branch Rickey resigns as Pirates' CEO to be President of Continental League
  • Aug 19 Doctor X beats Wilber Snyder in Omaha, to become NWA wrestling champ
  • Aug 19 Honolulu seeks a franchise in Continental League
  • Aug 19 Satellite Discoverer 6 launched into polar orbit
  • Aug 20 Belgium shortens military conscription to 12 months
  • Aug 21 Hawaii becomes 50th US state
  • Aug 22 Cincinnati Red Frank Robinson hits 3 consecutive HRs
  • Aug 23 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Spokane Golf Open
  • Aug 23 20th Venice Film Festival: "The Great War" directed by Mario Monicelli and "General della Rovere" directed by Roberto Rossellini jointly awarded Golden Lion
  • Aug 24 England complete 5-0 series drubbing of India
  • Aug 24 Hiram L Fong sworn in as 1st Chinese-American senator while Daniel K Inouye sworn in as 1st Japanese-American Rep (Both from Hawaii)
  • Aug 26 British Motor Corporation introduced the Morris Mini-Minor, designed by Alec Issigonis it was only 10 ft long but seated 4 passengers
  • Aug 31 48th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in New York (3-2)
  • Aug 31 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Waterloo Golf Open
  • Aug 31 Sandy Koufax breaks Dizzy Dean's NL mark of 18 strikeouts in a game

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)
  • Sep 13 73rd U.S. Women's National Championship: Maria Bueno beats Christine Truman Janes (6-1, 6-4)
  • 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
  • Sep 15 Soviet Premier Khrushchev arrives in US to begin a 13-day visit

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 701

  • Jun 4 Lord Rayleigh, agri-businessman (Lord Rayleigh Farms)
  • Jun 4 Paul Taylor, rocker (Winger-17)
  • Jun 4 Rod Connop, CFL corner (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Jun 5 Michael Winans, gospel singer (Winans)
  • Jun 6 Amanda Pays, actress (Max Headroom, Off Limits), born in London, England
  • Jun 6 Georgios Voulgarakis, Greek politician
  • Jun 6 Jimmy Jam, American record producer
  • Jun 6 Colin Quinn, American comedian
  • Jun 6 David Schultz, American wrestler (d. 1996)
  • Jun 7 Mike Pence, American politician (R), Governor of Indiana (2013-) and Donald Trump's running mate, born in Columbus, Indiana
  • Jun 9 Peter Fowler, Hornsby NSW, Australian golfer
  • Jun 9 Christian Wulff, German politician, currently prime minister of Lower Saxony.
  • Jun 10 Timothy Van Patten, American actor (White Shadow, Master), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 10 Eliot Spitzer, American politician (Governor of New York 2007-8), born in the Bronx, New York
  • Jun 10 Carlo Ancelotti, A.C. Milan coach

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 11 Hugh Laurie, English actor (Strapless, Dr Gregory House-House), born in Oxford, England

  • Jun 12 Jalal-ud-din, cricketer (Pakistani paceman, ODI hat-trick v Aust 1982)
  • Jun 12 Jenilee Harrison, actress (Cindy-3's Company, Dallas), born in Glendale, California
  • Jun 12 Kenneth D Herdigein, Suriname/Dutch actor (Say A)
  • Jun 12 Scott Thompson, comedian (Kids in the Hall, Larry Sanders Show)
  • Jun 12 Steve Bauer, St Catharines Ontario, cyclist (Olympics-silver-84, 96)
  • Jun 12 John Linnell, American musician (They Might Be Giants)
  • Jun 12 Jervis Johnson, Games Designer for Games Workshop, Nottingham
  • Jun 13 Steve Georganas, Australian politician
  • Jun 15 Eileen Davidson, Artesia California, actress (Kristen-Days of our Life)
  • Jun 16 The Ultimate Warrior [James Brian Hellwig], professional wrestler, born in Crawfordsville, Indiana (d. 2014)
  • Jun 19 Kimberley Leston, journalist
  • Jun 19 Mark DeBarge, rock vocalist (DeBarge-Who's Johnny), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • Jun 21 Kathy Mattea, country singer (Love at the Five & Dime)
  • Jun 21 Tom Chambers, NBA forward, center (Seattle SuperSonics, Phoenix Suns)
  • Jun 22 Wayne Federman, American comedian
  • Jun 22 Nicola Sirkis, French singer and lyricist (Indochine)
  • Jun 23 Danny Sharp, Canadian Tour golfer (1986 Quinte Festival), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • Jun 24 Andy McClusky, rocker (Orchestal Manoeveres in the Dark-Electricity)
  • Jun 24 Rob Delahaye, soccer player (MVV)
  • Jun 25 Jari Puikkonen, Finnish ski jumper, Winter Olympics medalist
  • Jun 25 Paris Themmen, American actor
  • Jun 26 Mark McKinney, Canadian actor
  • Jun 27 Lorrie Morgan, Nashville Tn, country singer (Out of Your Shoes)
  • Jun 27 Dan Jurgens, American comic book writer
  • Jun 29 Edward F Humenik, PGA golfer (1994 Kmart Greater-2nd), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jun 29 Larry Parham, 4th victim of NYC's Zodiac killer (1st to die)
  • Jun 30 Gina Goldberg, playmate (May, 1981)
  • Jun 30 Michel Dion, Canadian Rifle shooter (Olympics-24-92, 96), born in Quebec City, Québec
  • Jun 30 Stephanie Farwig, golfer (1994 LPGA Corning Classic-2nd), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Jun 30 Vincent D'Onofrio, American actor
  • 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
  • Aug 1 Joe Elliott, English heavy metal vocalist (Def Leppard-Hysteria, Rock of Ages), born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire

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Famous Deaths

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