What Happened on September 14, 1959

Historical Events

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Hans Richter, German soccer forward (15 caps GDR; FC Karl-Marx-Stadt, 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig), born in Olbernhau, Germany (d. 2023)
  • Mary Crosby, American actress (Kristin-Dallas, Ice Pirates), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Morten Harket, Norwegian rocker (Aha - "Take On Me"), born in Kongsberg, Norway
Born in 1959

Famous Deaths

  • Wayne Morris, American actor and decorated WWII pilot (Paths of Glory, The Bushwackers), dies from a heart attack at 45

About September 14, 1959

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 63 years, 8 months and 17 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Sleep Walk - Santo & Johnny
  • UK #1 Song: Only Sixteen - Craig Douglas