October 1959 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 4 Dmitri Sjostakovitch 1st Cello concert premieres in Leningrad
  • Oct 4 Netherlands beats Belgium 9-1
  • Oct 4 USSR Luna 3 sent back 1st photos of Moon's far side
  • Oct 6 Soviet Luna 3, 1st successful photographic spacecraft, impacts Moon
  • Oct 7 Far side of Moon seen for the 1st time, courtesy of USSR's Luna 3 space probe
  • Oct 8 Conservatives win British general election

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Oct 9 Lee Harvey Oswald arrives in Southampton, England

Ex-soldier, drifter Lee Harvey Oswald
Ex-soldier, drifter
Lee Harvey Oswald
  • Oct 10 Lee Harvey Oswald signs guestbook in hotel Helsinki
  • Oct 10 Pan Am begins regular flights around the world
  • 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 15 "Untouchables" premieres
  • 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 21 Contra revolutionaries bomb Havana

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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 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 Jean Genet's "Les Negres" premieres in Paris
  • Oct 31 Lee Harvey Oswald announces in Moscow he will never return to USA
  • Oct 31 USSR & Egypt sign contracts for building Aswan Dam

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 3 Carmen Russo, Genoa Italy, Miss Teenage Italy (1972)
  • Oct 4 Tony Meo, English billiards champion (snookers)
  • Oct 6 John Mackin, programmer
  • Oct 6 Walter Ray Williams Jr, bowler (twice Player of the Year)
  • Oct 6 Brian Higgins, American politician, Member of US House of Representatives
  • Oct 7 Lourdes Flores, Peruvian politician
  • Oct 7 Jean-Marc Fournier, French-Canadian politician
  • Oct 8 Carlos I Noriega, Lima Peru, astronaut (STS 84, sk 97)
  • Oct 9 Boris Nemtsov, Russian politician, born in Sochi, Soviet Union (assassinated 2015)
  • Oct 11 Bob Inglis, (Rep-R-South Carolina)
  • Oct 12 Abigail Kingsley Alling, American executive (Biosphere 2), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 12 Anna Escobedo Cabral, 42nd Treasurer of the United States
  • Oct 15 Sarah Magaret Fergusson, [Fergie], Duchess of York, born in London, England
  • Oct 15 Emeril Lagasse, American chef
  • Oct 17 Ron Drummond, American writer
  • Oct 17 Mark Peel, Australian historian and academic
  • Oct 18 Kirby Chambliss, Aerobatic pilot and Red Bull Air Racer
  • Oct 18 Steve Swayne, Dartmouth Professor
  • Oct 22 Arto Salminen, Finnish writer (d. 2005)
  • Oct 26 Evo Morales, President of Bolivia
  • Oct 31 Neal Stephenson, American author

Deaths in History

  • Oct 6 Bernard Berenson, American art historian (b. 1865)
  • Oct 7 PM Kassem of Iraq, assassinated
  • Oct 10 Friedrich, Prince of Liechtenstein, dies
  • Oct 12 Arnoldt Bronnen, writer, dies at 63
  • Oct 15 Lipót Fejér, Hungarian mathematician (b. 1880)

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Oct 16 George Marshall, US army general, dies at 78

Military Leader George Marshall
Military Leader
George Marshall
  • Oct 28 Camilo Cienfuegos, Cuban revolutionary (b. 1932)
  • Oct 30 Blonde Dolly, [Sybille A J Niemans], society prostitute, dies at 33
  • Oct 31 Jean Cabannes, French physicist (b. 1885)