On This Day

What Happened on August 1, 1959

Historical Events

BeatificationCatholic Encyclical

Pope John XXIII publishes encyclical Sacerdotii nostri primordia

  • WAAY TV channel 31 in Huntsville, AL (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Joe Elliott, English heavy metal vocalist (Def Leppard - "Hysteria"; "Rock of Ages"), born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire
  • Otomo Yoshihide, Japanese musician (Ground Zero), born in Yokohama, Japan
1959 Highlights

About August 1, 1959

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 62 years, 1 month and 17 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Leo