On This Day

What Happened in June 1959

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 Two-time defending champion Monterrey, Mexico 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)

Historic Event

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

  • Jun 3 1st US Air Force Academy graduation in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Historic Communication

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

US Golf Open

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

  • Jun 13 "Sammy Kaye Show" last airs on ABC-TV

Belmont Stakes

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 15 Galapagos Islands are made Ecuador's first national park, banning the capture of species [1]
  • 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

Election of Interest

Jun 17 Eamon de Valera elected President of Ireland

  • 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 The Coasters peaks at #9

Music History

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

  • Jun 22 Eddie Lubanski bowls 2 consecutive perfect games

Sports History

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

Boxing Title Fight

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

  • Jun 26 Queen Elizabeth & President Eisenhower open St Lawrence Seaway
  • Jun 26 9th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Cousins" wins Golden Bear

Theatrical Finale

Jun 27 "West Side Story" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 734 performances

US 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

  • 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

Catholic Encyclical

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

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Alan Wilder, British rock vocalist and musician (Depeche Mode, 1982-85 - "People Are People"; Recoil), born in Hammersmith, London
  • 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 rock keyboardist (Winger - "Seventeen"; "Can't Get Enuff"), 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 4 John Bickerton, Canadian jazz pianist, and composer, born in Windsor, Ontario
  • Jun 5 Michael Winans, American gospel singer (Winans), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jun 6 Amanda Pays, English actress (Max Headroom, Off Limits), born in London, England
  • Jun 6 Georgios Voulgarakis, Greek politician
  • Jun 6 Jimmy Jam [James Harris], American songwriter and record producer (Janet Jackson), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 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

Mike Pence

Jun 7 Mike Pence, 48th Vice President of the United States (Republican: 2017-21) and Governor of Indiana (2013-16), born in Columbus, Indiana

  • 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 9 Benny Gantz, Israeli soldier, politician and Alternate Prime Minister of Israel (Blue and White: 2020-), born in Kfar Ahim, Israel
  • Jun 9 Gregg Bissonette, American session and touring drummer (David Lee Roth; Ringo's All-Starr Band), born in Detroit Michigan
  • 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, Italian soccer manager (UEFA Champions League x 4 - AC Milan, Real Madrid; Chelsea, PSG, Bayern Munich, Juventus) and midfielder (26 caps; Roma, AC Milan), born in Reggiolo, Italy

Hugh 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 - Constantinople), 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 14 Marcus Miller, American jazz and session bassist, record producer (Miles Davis; Luther Vandross; David Sanborn), and jazz and film score composer (Marshall), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 15 Eileen Davidson, Artesia California, actress (Kristen-Days of our Life)
  • Jun 16 The Ultimate Warrior [James Brian Hellwig], American professional wrestler, born in Crawfordsville, Indiana (d. 2014)
  • Jun 19 Kimberley Leston, British journalist (d. 1995)
  • Jun 19 Mark DeBarge, American rock vocalist (DeBarge - Who's Johnny), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • Jun 19 Anne Hidalgo, French Spanish politician, 1st female Mayor of Paris (2014-), born in San Fernando, Spain
  • Jun 21 Kathy Mattea, American country and bluegrass singer ("Love At The Five and Dime"; "Eighteen Wheels And A Dozen Roses"), born in South Charleston, West Virginia
  • Jun 21 Tom Chambers, American NBA player (Seattle SuperSonics, Phoenix Suns), born in Ogden, Utah
  • Jun 22 Wayne Federman, American comedian
  • Jun 22 Nicola Sirkis, French singer and lyricist (Indochine)
  • Jun 24 Andy McClusky, British electronic singer-songwriter, and bassist (Orchestal Manoeveres in the Dark - "Maid Of Orleans"; "(Forever) Live and Die"), born in Heswall, Wirral, England
  • Jun 24 Rob Delahaye, Dutch soccer player (MVV), born in IJzeren, Netherlands
  • 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

Janusz Kamiński

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

  • 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), dies at 76
  • Jun 2 Max Rousié, French rugby footballer, dies in a car crash at 46
  • Jun 3 Ole Windingstad, Norwegian conductor (Brooklyn's Scandinavian Symphony Orchestra, 1913-39), pianist and composer, dies after a heart attack at 73
  • Jun 4 Charles Vidor, Hungarian director (Gilda, Farewell to Arms), dies at 58
  • Jun 10 Zoltán Meskó, Hungarian Nazi (b. 1883)

George Reeves

Jun 16 George Reeves, American actor (Adventures of 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, American spree killer, executed by electric chair at 20
  • 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)