What Happened on July 3, 1959

Historical Events

  • 1st exhibition of Karen, the bongo antelope, at Cleveland Zoo opens (Cleveland, Ohio)

British Golf Open

British Open Men's Golf, Muirfield: 23 year old South African Gary Player wins the first of his 9 major titles, 2 strokes clear of runners-up Fred Bullock and Flory Van Donck

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American-based Peruvian Alex Olmedo wins his only Wimbledon title beating Rod Laver of Australia 6-4, 6-3, 6-4


Famous Birthdays

  • Andreas Wisniewski, German actor (The Living Daylights), born in Berlin
  • Stephen Pearcy, American heavy metal vocalist (RATT - "Round & Round"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Stoyan Deltchev, Bulgarian gymnast (Olympic gold horizontal bar 1980), born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
1959 Highlights

About July 3, 1959

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 63 years, 7 months and 3 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: The Battle Of New Orleans - Johnny Horton
  • UK #1 Song: Dream Lover - Bobby Darin