On This Day

What Happened on October 7, 1959

Historical Events

  • "Happy Town" opens at 84th St Theater NYC for 5 performances

Film release premierFilm Release

"Pillow Talk" film directed by Michael Gordon and starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson is first released

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day

Historic DiscoveryFar Side of the Moon Revealed

Far side of Moon seen for the 1st time, courtesy of USSR's Luna 3 space probe

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The first ever photo of the far side of the Moon, taken by the Soviet spacecraft Luna 3
The first ever photo of the far side of the Moon, taken by the Soviet spacecraft Luna 3
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Famous Birthdays

  • Dylan Baker, American character actor, born in Syracuse, New York
  • Jean-Marc Fournier, French-Canadian politician, born in Ch√Ęteauguay, Canada
  • Lourdes Flores, Peruvian politician, born in Lima, Peru

Person of interestSimon Cowell

Simon Cowell, English recording executive and television producer (X-Factor, American Idol), born in London, England

Recording Executive Simon Cowell
Recording Executive
Simon Cowell

Famous Deaths

  • Mario Lanza [Alfredo Arnold Cocozza], Italian-American actor and singer (Great Caruso, Toast of New Orleans), dies of a heart attack at 38
1959 Highlights

About October 7, 1959

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 61 years and 20 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Libra