On This Day

What Happened on February 1, 1959

Historical Events

  • Heiss sisters go 1-2 in US women's Figure Skating C'ships; defending champion Carol wins from Nancy; David Jenkins wins his third straight men's title
  • Outfielder Zack Wheat, a Brooklyn Robins favourite of the 1910s and 1920s, is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame; Wheat hit .317 over 19-year career, and batted .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
Golfer
Denny Shute
  • Swiss men vote against voting rights for women
  • Texas Instruments requests patent of IC (Integrated Circuit)
  • WVUE TV channel 8 in New Orleans, LA (ABC) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Mike Horan, American NFL punter (Pro Bowl 1988; All-Pro 1988, Denver Broncos; Super Bowl 1999, St. Louis Rams), born in Orange, California
  • Wade Wilson, American NFL quarterback (Super Bowl 1995, Dallas Cowboys; Pro Bowl 1988, Minnesota Vikings), born in Greenville, Texas

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
  • William Hoppe, American carom billiards player (51 world titles 1906-52), dies at 71
1959 Highlights

About February 1, 1959

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 61 years, 9 months and 28 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Aquarius