What Happened in 1959 (Part 5)

Historical Events

Events 401 - 500 of 546

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 19 Nikita Khrushchev is denied access to Disneyland

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 1 Jacques Plante becomes the first goaltender to wear a mask during a NHL game

NHL Goalie Jacques Plante
NHL Goalie
Jacques Plante
  • Nov 1 Jim Brown scores 5 TDs in Cleveland Browns 38-31 win over Balt
  • Nov 1 Patrice Lumumba arrested in Belgian Congo
  • Nov 1 WOV-AM in NYC changes call letters to WADO
  • Nov 2 "Girls against the Boys" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Nov 2 Charles Van Doren confesses that TV quiz show "21" was fixed
  • Nov 2 The first section of the M1 motorway, the first inter-urban motorway in the United Kingdom, is opened between the present junctions 5 and 18, along with the M10 motorway and M45 motorway

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 3 David Ben-Gurion's Mapai party wins Israeli parliamentary election

First Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion
First Israeli Prime Minister
David Ben-Gurion

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 4 Ernie Banks, Cubs shortstop, wins 2nd consecutive NL MVP

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • Nov 5 AFL announced with 8 teams
  • Nov 7 13th Ryder Cup: US wins 8½-3½ at Eldorado Golf Club (Indian Wells, California)
  • Nov 7 16th College Football Crab Bowl Classic: Navy beats Maryland 22-14 in Baltimore
  • Nov 8 KJTV (now KGET) TV channel 17 in Bakersfield, CA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Nov 8 Tunisian president Habib Bourguiba's Nes Destour party wins every seat
  • Nov 10 Corinne Rottschaeffer of the Netherlands elected Miss World
  • Nov 11 1st episode of "Rocky & His Friends" airs
  • Nov 11 Seals Stadium in San Francisco, demolished
  • Nov 12 White Sox 2B Nellie Fox wins AL's MVP
  • Nov 14 "Girls against the Boys" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • Nov 14 Kilauea's most spectacular eruption (in Hawaii)

MurderMurder of Interest

Nov 15 Richard "Dick" Hickock and Perry Smith murder four members of the Clutter Family at their farm outside Holcomb, Kansas (subject of Truman Capote book In Cold Blood).

  • Nov 15 Cleveland Browns' halfback Bobby Mitchell sets club record for longest run from scrimmage (90-yards), beat Wash 31-17
  • Nov 16 "Sound of Music" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 1443 performances
  • Nov 17 De Beers firm of South Africa announces synthetic diamond
  • Nov 17 Giants slugger Willie McCovey wins NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 17 William Shea shows proposed NYC stadium with transparent roof
  • Nov 18 Wash Senator Bob Allison wins AL Rookie of Year

Film release premierFilm Premier

Nov 18 "Ben-Hur" directed by William Wyler and starring Charlton Heston premieres in New York City (Best Picture 1960)

  • Nov 19 "Rocky & His Friends" debuts on ABC
  • Nov 19 Ford Motors cancels its poorly received Edsel model
  • Nov 20 UN adopts Universal Declaration of Children's Rights

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 401 - 500 of 701

  • Aug 1 Otomo Yoshihide, Japanese musician
  • Aug 2 Britt Helfer, Clearfield Utah, actress (Lily-Loving, Alley Cat)
  • Aug 2 Victoria Jackson, comedian and actress (Casual Sex, Saturday Night Live), born in Miami, Florida
  • Aug 3 Martin Atkins, English drummer (Nine Inch Nails), born in Coventry
  • Aug 3 Koichi Tanaka, Japanese scientist, Nobel laureate
  • Aug 4 Deedee Lasker, LPGA golfer
  • Aug 4 John Gormley, Irish politician
  • Aug 4 Laurence Anholt, British children's author, born in London, England
  • Aug 5 Pete Burns, rocker (Dead or Alive-Spin Me Round)
  • Aug 6 Grant Aleksander, Balt Md, actor (Guiding Light, All My Children)
  • Aug 6 Joyce Sims, rocker (All & All)
  • Aug 7 Ali Shah, cricketer (Zimbabwe all-rounder in two Tests 1992)
  • Aug 8 Rikki Rockett, rocker (Poison-Every Rose Has a Thorn)
  • Aug 8 Ronald Weigel, German DR speed walker (5 km indoor)
  • Aug 9 Diane Williams, Hahn AFB Ger, singer (Girls Next Door-Don't Be Cruel)
  • Aug 9 Kurtis Blow, rapper (Krushgroove-The Breaks), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 9 Michael Kors, American fashion designer and Project Runway judge, born in Long Island, New York
  • Aug 10 Mark Price, bass/vocals (All About Eve, Tin Huey-Contents Dislodged)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 10 Rosanna Arquette, actress (Desperately Seeking Susan, After Hours), born in NYC, New York

  • Aug 10 Florent Vollant, Innu-Canadian musician (Kashtin)
  • Aug 11 Linda Rhys Vaughn, Grossmont Ca, playmate (Apr, 1982)
  • Aug 11 Yoshiaki Murakami, Japanese investor
  • Aug 11 Gustavo Cerati, Argentinian musician (Soda Stereo)
  • Aug 12 Lynette Woodard, Wichita Ks, (Olympic-gold-1984, Harlem Globetrotter)
  • Aug 13 Bruce French, cricketer (England wicketkeeper in 16 Tests 1986-88)
  • Aug 13 Danny Bonaduce, actor (Danny-Partridge Family)/Chicago DJ (WLUP)
  • Aug 13 Mark Nevin, rocker (Fairground Attraction-Find My Love)
  • Aug 13 Tom Niedenfuer, American baseball player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 14 Earvin "Magic" Johnson, American NBA Forward (LA Lakers/Olympic-gold-92), born in Lansing, Michigan

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • Aug 14 Frank Brickowski, NBA forward/center (Seattle Supersonics)
  • Aug 14 Marcia Gay Harden, American actress
  • Aug 15 Scott D Altman, Lincoln Ill, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut (sk: STS 90)
  • Aug 16 Marc Sergeant, Belgian cyclist
  • Aug 17 David Koresh, American cult leader (d. 1993)
  • Aug 17 Jonathan Franzen, American author
  • Aug 18 Tom Prichard, American wrestler
  • Aug 19 Ricky Pierce, NBA guard/forward (Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Aug 19 Steve Grimmett, heavy metal rocker
  • Aug 19 Susan Cummings, Monegasque-born American heiress and convicted murderer
  • Aug 20 Missie McGeorge, Pueblo CO, LPGA golfer (1994 PING-Cellular One)
  • Aug 20 Richard DeStasio, horse trainer
  • Aug 21 Anne Hobbs, England, tennis star
  • Aug 21 Bud Schultz, Meriden Conn, tennis star
  • Aug 21 Jim McMahon, NFL QB (Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Aug 21 Richard Zokol, Kitimat BC, Canadian Tour golfer (1982 BC Open)
  • Aug 22 Denise Curry, Daivs California, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1984)
  • Aug 22 Juan Croucier, heavy metal rocker (Ratt-Round & Round)
  • Aug 22 Pia Gjellerup, Danish politician
  • Aug 23 George Kalovelonis, Greek tennis player
  • Aug 24 Adrian Kuiper, cricketer (South African all-rounder)
  • Aug 24 Michel Valke, Dutch soccer player (Sparta, Dordrecht '90)
  • Aug 26 Jim Rutledge, Canadian golfer (1995 Indian Open), born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • Aug 26 Joanne Gail Abbott, executive (MTV)
  • Aug 26 Kathryn P Hire, Mobile Alabama, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut (sk: STS 90)
  • Aug 27 Gerhard Berger, formula-1 racer (Italian Grand Prix-1988)
  • Aug 27 Juan Fernando Cobo, Colombian artist
  • Aug 28 Mary Murphy, LPGA golfer (1990 US Women's Open-5th), born in Birmingham, Michigan

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 29 Chris Hadfield, Canadian astronaut (STS 74, sk: 99), born in Sarnia, Ontario

Astronaut Chris Hadfield
Chris Hadfield
  • Aug 29 Eddi Reader, rocker (Fairground Attraction-Find My Love)
  • Aug 29 Ernesto Rodrigues, Portuguese composer
  • Aug 29 Akkineni Nagarjuna, Indian Telugu actor
  • Aug 29 Timothy Perry Shriver, member of the Kennedy Family
  • Aug 29 Rebecca De Mornay, Santa Rose Cal, actress (Hand that Rocks Cradle)
  • Aug 30 Mark 'Jacko' Jackson, Australian rules footballer and actor
  • Aug 31 Rachel Dennison, actress (Doralee Rhodes-9 to 5), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Aug 31 Tony DeFranco, rocker (DeFranco Family)
  • 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

Famous Weddings

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Famous Divorces

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Famous Deaths

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