On This Day

What Happened on May 30, 1959

Historical Events

  • "First Impressions" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 84 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

"Nervous Set" closes at Henry Miller's Theater NYC after 23 performances

Author Henry Miller
Henry Miller
  • 58th Men's French Championships: Nicola Pietrangeli beats Ian Vermaak (3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-1)
  • 58th Women's French Championships: Christine Truman beats Zsuzsi Kormoczy (6-4, 7-5)
  • Indianapolis 500: Rodger Ward earns first of 2 career Indy 500 victories as a record 16 cars complete full 500 miles; for the first time all cars required to have roll bars
  • Iraq withdraws from the Baghdad Pact (Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Turkey, and the United Kingdom)
  • President Luis Somoza Debayle ends emergency crisis in Nicaragua
  • President Stroessner disbands Paraguay's parliament
  • The Auckland Harbour Bridge is officially opened in Auckland, New Zealand.

Famous Birthdays

  • Claudia Alexander, Canadian-born American NASA Scientist (led Galileo mission to Jupiter), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2015)
  • Frank Vanhecke, Belgian politician, born in Bruges, Belgium

Famous Deaths

  • Thomas Carl Whitmer, American composer, dies at 85
1959 Highlights

About May 30, 1959

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 62 years, 2 months and 2 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Gemini