Historical Events on July 17th, 1959

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

Film release premierFilm Premier

"North by Northwest" directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint premieres in Los Angeles

  • 2,000 ft long by 1,300 foot wide section of ridge falls into Madis

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • River Canyon extending man-made Lake Hebgen by 5 miles. (Montana)
  • Tibet abolishes serfdom