On This Day

What Happened in June 1959

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 Two-time defending champion Monterrey, Mexico is ruled ineligible to compete in Little League Baseball World Series for using players outside predetermined geographical area
  • Jun 1 Constitution of Tunisia promulgated (National Day)

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Jun 2 Allen Ginsberg writes his poem "Lysergic Acid", San Francisco

Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg
Beat Poet
Allen Ginsberg
  • Jun 3 1st US Air Force Academy graduation in Colorado Springs, Colorado

CommunicationHistoric Communication

Jun 3 US President Eisenhower routes Canadian premier Diefenbaker a message off the Moon

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
13th Prime Minister of Canada John Diefenbaker
13th Prime Minister of Canada
John Diefenbaker
  • Jun 3 Singapore adopts constitution
  • Jun 3 European Cup Final, Stuttgart: Real Madrid beats Stade de Reims, 2-0; 4th consecutive title for Los Blancos
  • Jun 5 Bob Dylan graduates from Hibbing High School in Minnesota

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Jun 5 The first independent government of the State of Singapore is sworn in with Lee Kuan Yew as Prime Minister

Founder of Modern Singapore Lee Kuan Yew
Founder of Modern Singapore
Lee Kuan Yew
  • Jun 7 KLX-AM in Oakland California changes call letters to KEWB (now KNEW)
  • Jun 8 1st official "missile mail" lands (Jacksonville, Florida)
  • Jun 8 X-15 makes 1st unpowered flight, from a B-52 at 11,500 m
  • Jun 9 1st ballistic missile sub launched (George Washington-Groton, Ct)
  • Jun 10 Rocky Colovito hits 4 consecutive HRs in 1 game
  • Jun 11 Saunders-Roe SR.N1, the first practical hovercraft, performs its first public flight

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 11 Postmaster General bans D H Lawrence's book, Lady Chatterley's Lover (overruled by US Court of Appeals in Mar 1960)


Sport awardUS Golf Open

Jun 11 Charlie Sifford becomes the 1st African American to play in a US Golf Open

  • Jun 12 SF Giants Mike McCormick no-hits Phillies, 3-0 in 5 inning game
  • Jun 13 "Sammy Kaye Show" last airs on ABC-TV
  • Jun 13 91st Belmont: Bill Shoemaker aboard Sword Dancer wins in 2:28.6
  • Jun 14 US Open Men's Golf, Winged Foot GC: Billy Casper wins first of his 2 Open titles, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Bob Rosburg
  • Jun 16 South African Apartheid government efforts to remove Black people from Cato Manor close to the Durban city center to newly established black township Kwa Mashu, on outskirts met with violent resistance

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jun 17 Eamon de Valera elected President of Ireland

President of Ireland Éamon de Valera
President of Ireland
Éamon de Valera
  • Jun 18 1st telecast transmitted from England to US
  • Jun 18 Governor of Louisiana Earl K. Long is committed to a state mental hospital; he responds by having the hospital's director fired and replaced with a crony who proceeds to proclaim him perfectly sane
  • Jun 18 New York City premiere of the film version of Kathryn Hulme's "The Nun's Story"
  • Jun 19 Senate rejects Ike's appointment of Lewis Strauss for Secetary of Commerce
  • Jun 22 "Along Came Jones" by Coasters peaks at #9

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Jun 22 "Class" the first hit by Chubby Checker peaks at #38 in the US

Singer and Dancer Chubby Checker
Singer and Dancer
Chubby Checker
  • Jun 22 Eddie Lubanski bowls 2 consecutive perfect games
  • Jun 22 Most Phillies strike out in a game (16 by Sandy Koufax)
  • Jun 22 Shunryu Suzuki completes his historical Japan to SF voyage
  • Jun 22 Vanguard SLV-6 launched for Earth orbit (failed)
  • Jun 23 Convicted Manhattan Project spy Klaus Fuchs is released after only nine years in prison and allowed to emigrate to Dresden, East Germany (where he resumed a scientific careerhistory of ultrasounds
  • Jun 23 A fire in a resort hotel in Stalheim, Norway kills 34 people

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 26 Ingemar Johansson TKOs Floyd Patterson in 3 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • Jun 26 Queen Elizabeth & President Eisenhower open St Lawrence Seaway
  • Jun 26 9th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Cousins" wins Golden Bear
  • Jun 27 "West Side Story" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 734 performances

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

Jun 27 US Open Women's Golf, Churchill Valley CC: Mickey Wright successfully defends her Open title by 2 strokes from Louise Suggs

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • Jun 27 Players vote Henry Aaron unanimously for the All-Star Game
  • Jun 28 Phils Wally Post is only outfielder to throw out 2 runners in an inning twice (Losing to Giants 6-0)
  • Jun 28 Meldrim trestle disaster; freight train derails over Ogeechee River in Georgia causing IPG tanks to explode killing 23

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Jun 29 Pope John XXIII 1st encyclical "On truth, unity, & peace, in charity"

  • Jun 30 During a game in Wrigley Field, 2 balls were in play at same time

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Alan "Wild"er, English rock vocalist/music (Depeche Mode-Wild!)
  • Jun 1 Martin Brundle, British auto racer (World Sportscar C'ship 1988; 24 Hours of Le Mans 1990) and F1 television commentator (ITV, BBC), born in King's Lynn, England
  • Jun 2 Charlie Huddy, Oshawa, NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres)
  • Jun 2 Lydia Lunch, American singer/poetess (Teenage Jesus, Jerks)
  • Jun 3 Sam Mills, NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers), (d. 2005)
  • Jun 4 Lord Rayleigh, agri-businessman (Lord Rayleigh Farms)
  • Jun 4 Paul Taylor, American rocker (Winger-17), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jun 4 Rod Connop, Canadian CFL corner (Edmonton Eskimos), born in North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jun 4 Anil Ambani, Indian businessman (Reliance Group), born in Bombay, Maharashtra State, India
  • Jun 5 Michael Winans, gospel singer (Winans)
  • Jun 6 Amanda Pays, English actress (Max Headroom, Off Limits), born in London, England
  • Jun 6 Georgios Voulgarakis, Greek politician
  • Jun 6 Jimmy Jam, American record producer
  • Jun 6 Colin Quinn, American comedian
  • Jun 6 David Schultz, American wrestler (d. 1996)
  • Jun 6 Josie Lawrence, British comedian and actress (Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Eastenders, Humans), born in Staffordshire, England

Person of interestMike Pence

Jun 7 Mike Pence, 48th Vice President of the United States (Republican: 2017-) and Governor of Indiana (2013-16), born in Columbus, Indiana

48th Vice President of the United States Mike Pence
48th Vice President of the United States
Mike Pence
  • Jun 9 Christian Wulff, German politician, prime minister of Lower Saxony (2003-10) and President of Germany (2010-12), born in Osnabrück, West Germany
  • Jun 10 Timothy Van Patten, American actor (White Shadow, Master), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 10 Eliot Spitzer, American politician (Governor of New York 2007-8), born in the Bronx, New York
  • Jun 10 Carlo Ancelotti, A.C. Milan coach

Person of interestHugh Laurie

Jun 11 Hugh Laurie, English actor (Strapless, Dr Gregory House-House), born in Oxford, England

  • Jun 12 Jalal-ud-din, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani paceman, ODI hat-trick v Aust 1982), born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • Jun 12 Jenilee Harrison, American actress (Cindy-3's Company, Dallas), born in Glendale, California
  • Jun 12 Kenneth Herdigein, Surinamese-Dutch actor (Say A), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • Jun 12 Scott Thompson, Canadian comedian (The Kids in the Hall, Larry Sanders Show), born in North Bay, Ontario, Canada
  • Jun 12 Steve Bauer, Canadian road racer cyclist (Olympic silver 84, 96), born in St. Catharines, Canada
  • Jun 12 John Linnell, American musician (They Might Be Giants), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 12 Jervis Johnson, Games Designer for Games Workshop, Nottingham, born in London
  • Jun 13 Steve Georganas, Australian politician (MP for Adelaide), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • Jun 15 Eileen Davidson, Artesia California, actress (Kristen-Days of our Life)
  • Jun 16 The Ultimate Warrior [James Brian Hellwig], professional wrestler, born in Crawfordsville, Indiana (d. 2014)
  • Jun 19 Kimberley Leston, journalist
  • Jun 19 Mark DeBarge, rock vocalist (DeBarge-Who's Johnny), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • Jun 21 Kathy Mattea, country singer (Love at the Five & Dime)
  • Jun 21 Tom Chambers, NBA forward, center (Seattle SuperSonics, Phoenix Suns)
  • Jun 22 Wayne Federman, American comedian
  • Jun 22 Nicola Sirkis, French singer and lyricist (Indochine)
  • Jun 24 Andy McClusky, rocker (Orchestal Manoeveres in the Dark-Electricity)
  • Jun 24 Rob Delahaye, soccer player (MVV)
  • Jun 25 Jari Puikkonen, Finnish ski jumper (Winter Olympics medalist), born in Lahti, Finland
  • Jun 25 Paris Themmen, American actor (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory - Mike Teevee), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jun 26 Mark McKinney, Canadian comedian and actor (The Kids in the Hall), born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Jun 27 Lorrie Morgan, American country singer (Out of Your Shoes), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Jun 27 Dan Jurgens, American comic book writer (The Death of Superman), born in Ortonville, Minnesota
  • Jun 27 Khadja Nin, Burundian singer (Sambolera), born in Burundi

Person of interestJanusz Kamiński

Jun 27 Janusz Kamiński, Polish cinematographer (Schindler's List), born in Ziębice, Poland

Cinematographer Janusz Kamiński
Cinematographer
Janusz Kamiński
  • Jun 29 Larry Parham, 4th victim of NYC's Zodiac killer (1st to die)
  • Jun 30 Michel Dion, Canadian Rifle shooter (Olympics 24-92, 96), born in Quebec City, Québec
  • Jun 30 Vincent D'Onofrio, American actor (Full Metal Jacket), born in NYC, New York

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 1 Sax Rohmer [Arthur Henry Sarsfield Ward], English author (Dr Fu Manchu novels), (b. 1883)
  • Jun 2 Max Rousié, French rugby footballer, dies in a car crash at 46
  • Jun 3 Ole Windingstad, composer, dies at 73
  • Jun 4 Charles Vidor, Hungarian director (Gilda, Farewell to Arms), dies at 58
  • Jun 10 Zoltán Meskó, Hungarian Nazi (b. 1883)

Person of interestGeorge Reeves

Jun 16 George Reeves, actor (Superman, Gone with the Wind), commits suicide by shooting himself in the head at 45

  • Jun 17 Abdul Mouse, Indonesian nationalist foreman/author, dies at about 68
  • Jun 18 Ethel Barrymore [Blythe], American actress (None but the Lonely Heart), dies at 79
  • Jun 20 Hitoshi Ashida, Japanese politician, dies at 71
  • Jun 22 Hermann Brill, German politician (b. 1895)
  • Jun 23 Jean Gallon, French composer, dies at 80
  • Jun 23 Boris Vian, French writer and musician (b. 1920)
  • Jun 24 Lou Bandy [Lodewijk Ferdinand Dieben], Dutch revue-artist (Life Ain't Bad), commits suicide at 69
  • Jun 25 Charles Starkweather, spree killer (b. 1938)
  • Jun 26 Audley Miller, cricketer (Test for England 1896), dies
  • Jun 29 A. Cecil Snyder, American lawyer and Chief Justice of Puerto Rico, dies at 51
  • Jun 30 Lazare Saminsky, Russian-American composer, dies at 76
  • Jun 30 José Vasconcelos, Mexican writer and politician (b. 1882)