On This Day

What Happened on September 11, 1959

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

"Duke" Ellington wins Springarn Medal for his musical achievements

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • Baltimore starter Jerry Walker pitches all 16 innings as the Orioles edge the Chicago White Sox, 1-0 at Memorial Stadium
  • Congress passes a bill authorizing food stamps for poor Americans
  • Elroy Face's 22 game winning streak ends as Dodgers beat Pirates 5-4

Famous Birthdays

  • David Frost, South African golfer (10 PGA Tour titles; The Tradition 2013), born in Cape Town, RSA
  • Robert Wrenn, American golfer, sportscaster, course designer (ESPN), born in Richmond, Virginia

Famous Deaths

  • Paul Douglas, American actor (Adventure Theater, Clash by Night), dies from a heart attack at 52
1959 Highlights

About September 11, 1959

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 60 years, 10 months and 26 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Virgo