On This Day

What Happened on November 16, 1959

Historical Events

Music Premiere

"The Sound of Music" musical by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater, NYC; runs for 1443 performances

  • Boston business executive Billy Sullivan is awarded eighth and final franchise of developing American Football League (AFL); later branded Boston Patriots

Famous Birthdays

  • Bert Cameron, Spanish Town Jamaica, 4X400m relayer (Olympic silver 1988)
  • Corey Pavin, American golfer (US Open 1995; 15 PGA Tour titles), born in Oxnard, California
1959 Highlights

About November 16, 1959

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 62 years, 7 months and 11 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Mack The Knife - Bobby Darin
  • UK #1 Song: Travellin' Light - Cliff Richard & The Shadows