On This Day

What Happened on February 17, 1959

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • 1st weather satellite launched, Vanguard 2, 9.8 kg

Famous Birthdays

  • Ambrose "Rowdy" Gaines, American 100m swimmer (3 Olympic golds 1984) and television commentator, born in Winter Haven, Florida
  • Aryeh Deri, Israeli rabbi and politician
  • Daniel Ray "Danny" Ainge, basketball & football star

Famous Deaths

  • Kathryn Adams, actress (Meet the Chump, 5th Avenue Girl), dies
  • Tim Mara, American founder and administrator (NFL NY Giants), dies at 59