On This Day

What Happened on August 2, 1959

Historical Events

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Future Hall of Fame 1st baseman Willie McCovey hits 1st of his 521 MLB home runs in SF Giants 5-3 win v Pittsburgh Pirates

Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Willie McCovey
Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Willie McCovey
  • Milwaukee Braves outfielder Bill Bruton hits 3 triples in 11-5 win v St. Louis Cardinals; 2 of them bases loaded, first time in 20th Century
  • PGA Championship Men's Golf, Minneapolis GC: Bob Rosburg wins by 1 stroke from Jerry Barber and Doug Sanders

Famous Birthdays

  • Britt Helfer, American actress (Lily-Loving, Alley Cat), born in Clearfield, Utah
  • Victoria Jackson, comedian and actress (Casual Sex, Saturday Night Live), born in Miami, Florida

Famous Deaths

  • Prospero Bisquertt, Chilean composer, dies at 78
1959 Highlights

About August 2, 1959

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 62 years, 2 months and 19 days
Leap Year: No

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