On This Day

What Happened on May 16, 1959

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • 84th Preakness: William Harmatz aboard Royal Orbit wins in 1:57
  • WTOM TV channel 4 in Cheboygan, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Bob Patterson, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Mare Winningham, actress (St Elmo's Fire, Turner & Hooch), born in Phoenix, Arizona

Famous Deaths

  • Elisha Scott, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1894)
  • Joe Cook, Stage comedian, dies at 69