July 17, 1959 in History

Day of the Week: Friday

Events in History

  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Janet Lynn Kavandi, Springfield Mo, PhD/astronaut (sk:STS 91)

Deaths in History

  • Eugene Meyer, American businessman and newspaper publisher (b. 1875)
  • Henri Pourrat, French writer (Le chasseur de la nuit), dies