On This Day

What Happened on December 12, 1959

Historical Events

  • Jack Brabham finishes 4th in season-ending US Grand Prix at Sebring to become first Australian F1 World Drivers Championship winner; takes title by 4 points from Briton Tony Brooks
  • UN Committee on Peaceful Use of Outer Space is established

Famous Birthdays

  • Belouis Some, British rock musician (Neville Keighley-Some People), born in England
  • Krishnamachari Srikkanth, Indian cricketer (big-hitting Indian opener), born in Madras, India
  • Scott D. Vangen, American astronaut, born in Granite Falls, Minnesota

Famous Deaths

  • Russell Simpson, American actor (San Francisco, Abraham Lincoln), dies at 82
1959 Highlights

About December 12, 1959

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 61 years, 9 months and 12 days
Leap Year: No

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