On This Day

What Happened on February 17, 1959

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

Famous Deaths

  • Kathryn Adams, American silent film actress, dies at 65
  • Tim Mara, American founder and administrator (NFL NY Giants), dies at 59
1959 Highlights

About February 17, 1959

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 62 years, 9 months and 11 days
Leap Year: No

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