What Happened in August 1959

Historical Events


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Aug 1 Pope John XXIII publishes encyclical Sacerdotii nostri primordia

  • Aug 1 WAAY TV channel 31 in Huntsville, AL (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 2 PGA Championship, Minneapolis GC: Bob Rosburg wins by 1 stroke from Jerry Barber and Doug Sanders
  • Aug 2 Milwaukee Braves outfielder Bill Bruton hits 3 triples in 11-5 win v Cardinals, 2 of them bases loaded, first time in 20th Centiury
  • Aug 2 Future Hall of Fame 1st baseman Willie McCovey hits 1st of his 521 MLB home runs in Giants 5-3 win v Pirates
  • Aug 3 27th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-3 at Memorial Coliseum, LA
  • Aug 3 50 killed in uprising in Guinea-Bissau
  • Aug 3 AL beats NL 5-3 in Game 2 of All Star Baseball doubleheader (to boost player pension fund) at LA Memorial Coliseum
  • Aug 4 "Billy Barnes Revue" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 87 performances
  • Aug 5 42.4 cm rainfall in Decatur Co, Iowa (state record)
  • Aug 5 Chicago Cardinals (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL), 55-26 in a pre-season exhibition at CNE Stadium in Toronto
  • Aug 7 Explorer 6 transmits 1st TV photo of Earth from space
  • Aug 12 1st ship firing of a Polaris missile, Observation Island
  • Aug 12 Progressive Party under John Steytler forms in South Africa
  • Aug 13 US Military satellite Discoverer 5 launched (into polar orbit)
  • Aug 14 26th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Baltimore 29, All-Stars 0 (70,000)
  • Aug 14 AFL organized with NY, Dallas, LA, Minneapolis, Denver & Houston
  • Aug 16 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Seattle Golf Open
  • Aug 16 USSR introduces installment buying
  • Aug 17 7.1 quake strikes Yellowstone National Park
  • Aug 17 USSR & Iraq signs contract for building Iraqi nuclear reactor
  • Aug 18 Branch Rickey resigns as Pirates' CEO to be President of Continental League
  • Aug 19 Doctor X beats Wilber Snyder in Omaha, to become NWA wrestling champ
  • Aug 19 Honolulu seeks a franchise in Continental League
  • Aug 19 Satellite Discoverer 6 launched into polar orbit
  • Aug 20 Belgium shortens military conscription to 12 months
  • Aug 21 Hawaii becomes the 50th US state
  • Aug 22 Cincinnati Red Frank Robinson hits 3 consecutive HRs
  • Aug 23 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Spokane Golf Open
  • Aug 23 20th Venice Film Festival: "The Great War" directed by Mario Monicelli and "General della Rovere" directed by Roberto Rossellini jointly awarded Golden Lion
  • Aug 24 England complete 5-0 series drubbing of India
  • Aug 24 Hiram L Fong sworn in as 1st Chinese-American senator while Daniel K Inouye sworn in as 1st Japanese-American Rep (Both from Hawaii)
  • Aug 26 British Motor Corporation introduced the Morris Mini-Minor, designed by Alec Issigonis it was only 10 ft long but seated 4 passengers
  • Aug 31 48th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in New York (3-2)
  • Aug 31 Sandy Koufax breaks Dizzy Dean's NL mark of 18 strikeouts in a game

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Joe Elliott, English heavy metal vocalist (Def Leppard-Hysteria, Rock of Ages), born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire
  • Aug 1 Otomo Yoshihide, Japanese musician (Ground Zero), born in Yokohama, Japan
  • 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 2002), born in Toyama, Japan
  • 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, English singer (Dead or Alive, "Spin Me Round"), born in Bebington (d. 2016)
  • Aug 6 Grant Aleksander, actor (Guiding Light, All My Children), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Aug 6 Joyce Sims, rocker (All & All)
  • Aug 7 Ali Shah, cricketer (Zimbabwe all-rounder in two Tests 1992)
  • 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, American 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 interestRosanna Arquette

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 interestMagic Johnson

Aug 14 Earvin "Magic" Johnson, American NBA Forward (LA Lakers/Olympic gold 1992), 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, American Naval officer and astronaut (sk: STS 90), born in Lincoln, Illinois
  • 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, English tennis star, born in Nottingham, England
  • Aug 21 Bud Schultz, American tennis star, born in Meriden, Connecticut
  • Aug 21 Jim McMahon, NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Aug 21 Richard Zokol, Canadian Tour golfer (1982 BC Open), born in Kitimat, Canada
  • Aug 22 Denise Curry, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1984), born in Fort Benton, Montana
  • Aug 22 Juan Croucier, Cuban-born American heavy metal rocker (Ratt-Round & Round), born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
  • Aug 22 Pia Gjellerup, Danish Social Democrat politician, born in Frederiksberg, Denmark
  • 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 27 Leila de Lima, Filipino lawyer, Senator, Chair of the Philippine Senate Electoral Reforms and People's Participation Committee, born in Iriga, Philippines
  • Aug 28 Mary Murphy, American LPGA golfer (1990 US Women's Open-5th), born in Birmingham, Michigan

Person of interestChris Hadfield

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

Astronaut Chris Hadfield
Astronaut
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, Canadian musician (The DeFranco Family)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 2 Prospero Bisquertt, Chilean composer, dies at 78
  • Aug 5 Edgar Guest, US poet/newspaperman, dies at 77
  • Aug 6 Preston Sturges [Edmund Biden], American director and screenwriter (Sullivan's Travels), dies at 60
  • Aug 7 Armas Emmanuel Launis, composer, dies at 75
  • Aug 9 Emil FrantiĊĦek Burian, Czech author and composer, dies at 55
  • Aug 12 Mike O'Neill, Irish-born American baseball player (b. 1877)
  • Aug 13 Henri Garat, French actor (Valse royale, Congress Dances), dies at 57
  • Aug 15 Blind Willie McTell, American ragtime singer and guitarist (b. 1901)
  • Aug 16 Pedro Humberto Allende Saron, Chilean composer (Tonados), dies at 74
  • Aug 16 William "Bull" F Halsey, US vice-admiral (WW II Pacific), dies
  • Aug 16 Wanda Landowska, Polish-French harpsichordist (Musique Ancienne), dies at 80
  • Aug 19 Jacob Epstein, American-English sculptor (Adam, Jacob & the Angel), dies at 78
  • Aug 20 Alfred Kubin, Austrian writer and illustrator, dies at 82
  • Aug 28 Bohuslav Jan Martinu, Czech composer (Hry o Marti), dies at 68
  • Aug 31 Charles Delaney, American actor (Air Police, Lonesome Trail), dies at 67