What Happened on September 17, 1959

Historical Events

Golf Tournament

59th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Jack Nicklaus

  • Transit 1A, 1st navigational satellite launched; failed to orbit
  • Typhoon kills 2,000 in Japan & Korea

Famous Birthdays

  • Hank Ilesic, Canadian CFL punter and place kicker (Edmonton, Toronto), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • Will Gregory, British keyboardist, sax player, producer (Goldfrapp), and composer (Piccard in Space), born in Bristol, England

Famous Deaths

  • Bert Leysen, Belgian TV director (Belgian National TV), dies at 39
1959 Highlights

About September 17, 1959

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 63 years, 2 months and 21 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