On This Day

What Happened on February 1, 1959

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • Outfielder Zack Wheat, a Brooklyn Robins favourite of the 1910s and 1920s, is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame; Wheat hits .317 over 19-year career, and bats .300 or better 14 times

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Senior PGA Championship Men's Golf, PGA National GC: Willie Goggin, using a borrowed set of woods, wins by 1 stroke ahead of Leland Gibson, Paul Runyan and Denny Shute

Golfer Denny Shute
Denny Shute
  • Swiss men vote against voting rights for women
  • Texas Instruments requests patent of IC (Integrated Circuit)
  • US female Figure Skating championship won by Carol Heiss
  • US male Figure Skating championship won by David Jenkins
  • WVUE TV channel 8 in New Orleans, LA (ABC) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Mike Horan, American NFL punter (NY Giants), born in Orange, California
  • Wade Wilson, American NFL quarterback (Dallas Cowboys), born in Greenville, Texas
  • Wade Wilson, American NFL quarterback, coach (Minnesota Vikings), born in Greenville, Texas (d. 2019)

Famous Deaths

  • Madame Sul-Te-Wan [Nellie Crawford], American actress (The Birth of a Nation, Uncle Tom's Cabin), dies of a stroke at 85