On This Day

What Happened on September 11, 1959

Day of the Week: Friday

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
  • Congress passes a bill authorizing food stamps for poor Americans
  • Elroy Face's 22 game win streak ends as Dodgers beat Pirates 5-4
  • Oriole Jerry Walker pitches 16 inn beating White Sox 1-0

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