On This Day

What Happened on August 19, 1959

Historical Events

  • Doctor X beats Wilber Snyder in Omaha, to become NWA wrestling champ
  • Honolulu seeks a franchise in Continental League
  • Satellite Discoverer 6 launched into polar orbit

Famous Birthdays

  • Ricky Pierce, NBA guard/forward (Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Steve Grimmett, British heavy metal singer (Grim Reaper), born in Swindon, England
  • Susan Cummings, Monegasque-born American heiress and convicted murderer

Famous Deaths


Person of interestClaude Grahame-White

Claude Grahame-White, English aviation pioneer who was the 1st to make a night flight, dies at 79

Aviation Pioneer Claude Grahame-White
Aviation Pioneer
Claude Grahame-White
  • Jacob Epstein, American-English sculptor (Adam, Jacob & the Angel), dies at 78
1959 Highlights

About August 19, 1959

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 61 years, 2 months and 8 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Leo