On This Day

What Happened in September 1959

Historical Events

Historic Event

Sep 2 US President Eisenhower arrives in Paris

  • Sep 5 Wash Senator Jim Lemon is 7th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (3rd)
  • Sep 8 The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) is established.

Music History

Sep 11 Composer and band leader Duke Ellington wins NAACP's Springarn Medal for his musical achievements

  • Sep 11 Congress passes a bill authorizing food stamps for poor Americans
  • Sep 11 Elroy Face's 22 game winning streak ends as Dodgers beat Pirates 5-4
  • Sep 11 Baltimore starter Jerry Walker pitches all 16 innings as the Orioles edge the Chicago White Sox, 1-0 at Memorial Stadium
  • Sep 12 "Bonanza" premieres on NBC-TV
  • Sep 12 Janos Kádár becomes premier of Hungary
  • Sep 12 Luna 2 launched by USSR; 1st spacecraft to impact on the Moon
  • Sep 13 USSR's Luna 2 becomes 1st probe to contact another celestial body
  • Sep 13 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Australian Neale Fraser wins first of 2 straight US singles titles; beats Alex Olmedo of Peru 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 13 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Maria Bueno of Brazil wins her first of 4 US singles crowns; beats England's Christine Truman 6-1, 6-4

  • Sep 14 Soviet Union's Luna-2 is 1st spacecraft to land on the Moon
  • Sep 14 WQEX TV channel 16 in Pittsburgh, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting

Historic Event

Sep 15 Soviet Premier Khrushchev arrives in US to begin a 13-day visit

Historic Event

Sep 16 French President Charles de Gaulle recognizes Algerian right of self determination

  • Sep 17 59th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Jack Nicklaus
  • Sep 17 Transit 1A, 1st navigational satellite launched; failed to orbit
  • Sep 17 Typhoon kills 2,000 in Japan & Korea
  • Sep 18 Vanguard 3 launched into Earth orbit
  • Sep 19 Nikita Khrushchev is denied access to Disneyland
  • Sep 21 600 Indian Dutch emigrate to US
  • Sep 22 Chicago White Sox clinch AL pennant
  • Sep 23 Australia's first passenger roll on/roll off diesel ferry, the MS Princess of Tasmania makes her maiden voyage across Bass Strait

Film Release

Sep 25 Hammer horror film "The Mummy" starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing is first released in the UK

Sports History

Sep 26 Milwaukee Braves Warren Spahn becomes winningest NL lefty

  • Sep 26 SF Giants Sam Jones 2nd no-hitter, beats St Louis Cards, 4-0
  • Sep 26 Typhoon Vera, hits Japanese island of Honshu, causing the deaths of 4,580 people with 658 missing
  • Sep 27 Braves & Dodgers finish in a tie (86-68)
  • Sep 27 Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev concludes his US visit
  • Sep 28 "Hennesey" debuts on CBS-TV

Theater Premiere

Sep 28 Edward Franklin Albee's play "Zoo Story" premieres in Berlin

  • Sep 28 Explorer VI reveals an intense radiation belt around Earth
  • Sep 29 "Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis" debuts on CBS-TV
  • Sep 29 "Philip Marlowe" debuts on ABC-TV
  • Sep 29 Dodgers win game 2 of playoff, 6-5, & take NL pennant
  • Sep 29 Little Anthony & the Imperials record "Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop"
  • Sep 29 Sultan of Brunei promulgates a constitution

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Kenny Mayne, American sports journalist, broadcaster (ESPN), born in Kent, Washington
  • Sep 2 Esther Oosterbeek, Dutch singer (Dolly Dots)
  • Sep 2 Guy Laliberté, founder of Cirque du Soleil
  • Sep 3 Merritt Butrick, American actor (Square Pegs), born in Gainesville, Florida (d. 1989)
  • Sep 4 Armin Kogler, Austrian skier (2-time winner of jumping World Cup), born in Schwaz, Austria
  • Sep 4 William Kennedy Smith, American physician and member of the Kennedy family (accused of rape in Florida, 1991), born in Brighton, Massachusetts
  • Sep 4 Kevin Harrington, Australian actor, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Sep 5 Tom Pernice Jr., American golfer (2 PGA Tour, 6 Champions Tour titles), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Sep 6 David Tickle, British audio engineer and record producer (Split Enz; Four Non-Blondes), born in Guildford, Surrey, England
  • Sep 7 Jermaine Stewart, American R&B singer ("We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off"), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1997)
  • Sep 8 Daler Nazarov, Tajik composer and actor, born in Stalinabad, Tajik SSR
  • Sep 8 [David] Sara Davis Buechner, American-Canadian concert pianist, music editor, and educator (Temple University), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Sep 9 Éric Serra, French musician and composer, born in Saint-Mandé, France
  • Sep 11 David Frost, South African golfer (10 PGA Tour titles; The Tradition 2013), born in Cape Town, RSA
  • Sep 11 Robert Wrenn, American golfer, sportscaster, course designer (ESPN), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Sep 12 Cindy Rarick, American golfer (5 LPGA Tour titles), born in Glenwood, Minnesota
  • Sep 12 Peter Anthony Togni, Canadian pianist, organist, composer (Responsio), and radio broadcaster, born in Pembroke, Ontario
  • Sep 13 Ralph Northam, American politician, Governor of Virginia (2018-), born in Nassawadox, Virginia
  • Sep 14 Mary Crosby, American actress (Kristin-Dallas, Ice Pirates), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 14 Morten Harket, Norwegian rocker (Aha - "Take On Me"), born in Kongsberg, Norway

Tim Raines

Sep 16 Tim Raines, American baseball player (Montreal Expos), born in Sanford, Florida

  • Sep 17 Hank Ilesic, Canadian CFL punter and place kicker (Edmonton, Toronto), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • Sep 17 Will Gregory, British keyboardist, sax player, producer (Goldfrapp), and composer (Piccard in Space), born in Bristol, England
  • Sep 18 Ryne Sandberg, American baseball infielder (Chicago Cubs), born in Spokane, Washington
  • Sep 18 Ian Arkwright, English footballer (Wolverhampton Wanderers), born in Shafton, Barnsley, England
  • Sep 18 Mark Romanek, American filmmaker (One Hour Photo), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 20 Lesley Thompson, Canadian rower (Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Sep 20 Al Goodah [Carlo Goedhart], Surinamese gospel, Caribbean, and pop vocalist, born in Paramiribo, Suriname
  • Sep 21 Corrinne Drewery, British singer-songwriter (Swing Out Sister - "Swing Out"), born in Nottingham, Engalnd
  • Sep 21 David Coulier, American actor (Joey Gladstone-Full House), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Sep 22 David Bawden [Pope Michael], American anti-pope, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Sep 23 Jason Alexander [Greenspan], American actor (George Costanza-Seinfeld), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Sep 23 D-Roc the Executioner [Dennis Miles], American heavy metal musician (Body Count), born in the US (d. 2004)
  • Sep 24 Steve Whitmire, American voice actor and puppeteer (Kermit the Frog 1990-2016), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Sep 24 Theo Paphitis, Cypriot-born British businessman (Dragon's Den, Millwall Football Club), born in Limassol, Cyprus
  • Sep 25 Andy Waller, Zimbabwean cricket batsman and coach (2 Tests, 39 ODIs), born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Sep 26 Rich Gedman, American baseball player, born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Sep 26 Virginia Astley, British experimental pop singer-songwriter, and keyboard player, born in Garston, England
  • Sep 27 Beth Heiden, American 3000m speed skater (Olympic bronze 1980), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Sep 28 Angela Groothuizen, Dutch singer (Dolly Dots)
  • Sep 28 Billy Montana, American country western performer (No Yesterday, Angelia)
  • Sep 28 Todd Worrell, American baseball pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Arcadia, California
  • Sep 28 Ron Fellows, Canadian race car driver
  • Sep 28 Steve Hytner, American actor
  • Sep 29 Leslie Graves, American actress (Brenda-Capitol, Death Wish 2), born in Silver City, New Mexico (d. 1995)
  • Sep 30 Basia [Barbara Stanisława Trzetrzelewska], Polish jazz and pop singer ('Time and Tide"), born in Jaworzno, Poland
  • Sep 30 Hans Werdekker, Dutch soccer player (Ajax, RKC/Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Sep 30 Ettore Messina, Italian basketball coach

Famous Weddings

Evel Knievel

Sep 5 Motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel (20) weds Linda Joan Bork

Rod Steiger

Sep 19 Academy award-winning actor Rod Steiger (34) weds stage and film actress Claire Bloom (28) in Los Angeles, California

  • Sep 25 Cosmopolitan founder Helen Gurley Brown (37) weds theater producer David Brown (43)

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 6 Edmund Gwenn, English actor (Miracle on 34th Street), dies at 81
  • Sep 6 Kay Kendall [Justine McCarthy], British actress (Genevieve, The Constant Husband, Les Girls), dies of leukaemia at 32
  • Sep 7 Maurice Duplessis, 16th Premier of Quebec, dies at 69
  • Sep 9 Max d'Ollone, French composer and writer (Le Ménestrel), dies at 84
  • Sep 9 O'Neil Gordon "Collie" Smith, West Indian cricket all-rounder (26 Tests, HS 168), dies in a car crash at 26
  • Sep 11 Paul Douglas, American actor (Adventure Theater; Clash by Night), dies from a heart attack at 52
  • Sep 13 Gilbert Adrian, costume designer, dies of heart attack at 56
  • Sep 14 Wayne Morris, American actor and decorated WWII pilot (Paths of Glory, The Bushwackers), dies from a heart attack at 45
  • Sep 17 Bert Leysen, Belgian TV director (Belgian National TV), dies at 39
  • Sep 20 Olin Howland, American actor (Gone With The Wind, Them!, Circus Boy), dies at 73
  • Sep 22 Benjamin Peret, French writer and poet (Le grand jeu), dies at 60
  • Sep 22 Jane Winton, American actress (Hell's Angel, Patsy, Don Juan), dies at 53
  • Sep 22 Josef Matthias Hauer, Austrian composer, dies at 76
  • Sep 22 Edmund Ironside, 1st Baron Ironside, British fieldmarshal, dies at 79
  • Sep 25 Ennio Porrino, Italian composer, dies at 49
  • Sep 25 Helen Broderick, American comedienne and actress (Swing Time, Top Hat), dies at 68
  • Sep 26 S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, 4th Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (1956-59), assassinated by a Buddhist monk at 60
  • Sep 28 Gerard Hoffnung, German-British artist, humorist and tuba player (Hoffnung Music Festival), dies at 34
  • Sep 28 Rudolf Caracciola, German race car driver (b. 1901)
  • Sep 28 Vincent Richards, American tennis player (US Pro C'ships 1927-28, 30, 33), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • Sep 29 Bruce Bairnsfather, British cartoonist (Old Bill), dies at 72
  • Sep 29 Harold Huber [Huberman], American radio, stage, a,d screen actor (I Cover Times Square), dies at 49
  • Sep 30 John H Kliegl, developer of Klieg light, dies at 89
  • Sep 30 Taylor Holmes, American actor (Sleeping Beauty, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), dies at 81
  • Sep 30 Ross Granville Harrison, American Biologist and Zoologist (organ transplant pioneer), dies at 89