What Happened on August 1, 1959

Historical Events

Catholic 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
Born in 1959

Famous Deaths

  • Jean Behra, French Formula One driver, dies in a car race at 38

About August 1, 1959

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 63 years and 8 months
Leap Year: No

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

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