On This Day

What Happened on August 17, 1959

Historical Events

  • 7.1 quake strikes Yellowstone National Park
  • USSR & Iraq signs contract for building Iraqi nuclear reactor

Famous Birthdays

  • David Koresh, American cult leader (Branch Davidians sect), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1993)
  • Jonathan Franzen, American author (The Corrections), born in Western Springs, Illinois
1959 Highlights

About August 17, 1959

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 62 years and 2 months
Leap Year: No

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