On This Day

What Happened on August 16, 1959

Historical Events

Golf Tournament

LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Ranier G&CC: Betsy Rawls wins her second WO by 6 strokes from JoAnne Gunderson and Patty Berg

  • USSR introduces installment buying

Famous Birthdays

  • Marc Sergeant, Belgian cyclist

Famous Deaths

  • Pedro Humberto Allende Saron, Chilean composer (Tonados), dies at 74
  • Wanda Landowska, Polish-French harpsichordist (Musique Ancienne), dies at 80
  • William Halsey Jr., US vice-admiral (WW II Pacific), dies at 76
1959 Highlights

About August 16, 1959

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 62 years, 3 months and 10 days
Leap Year: No

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