On This Day

What Happened on April 13, 1959

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • USAF launches Discoverer II into polar orbit
  • Vanguard SLV-5 launched for Earth orbit (failed)
  • Vatican edict forbids Roman Catholics from voting for communists

Famous Deaths

  • Eduard van Beinum, Dutch musician and conductor, dies at 57
  • Rigardus "Rijn" Rijnhout, Giant of Rotterdam (2.375m), dies at 38