On This Day

What Happened on September 12, 1959

Historical Events

  • "Bonanza" premieres on NBC-TV
  • Janos Kádár becomes premier of Hungary
  • Luna 2 launched by USSR; 1st spacecraft to impact on the Moon

Famous Birthdays

  • Cindy Rarick, American golfer (5 LPGA Tour titles), born in Glenwood, Minnesota
  • Peter Anthony Togni, Canadian pianist, organist, composer (Responsio), and radio broadcaster, born in Pembroke, Ontario
1959 Highlights

About September 12, 1959

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 62 years, 8 months and 8 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: The Three Bells - The Browns
  • UK #1 Song: Only Sixteen - Craig Douglas