What Happened on December 12, 1959

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • Jack Brabham becomes first Australian to win World Championship of Drivers; finishes 4th in season-ending US Grand Prix at Sebring to win title by 4 points from British driver Tony Brooks
  • UN Committee on Peaceful Use of Outer Space is established

Famous Birthdays

  • Belouis Some, rock musician (Neville Keighley-Some People)
  • Krishnammachari Srikkanth, cricketer (big-hitting Indian opener)
  • Scott D Vangen, Granite Falls MN, astronaut

Famous Deaths

  • Russell Simpson, American actor (San Francisco, Abraham Lincoln), dies at 82