On This Day

What Happened on September 17, 1959

Historical Events

Sport awardGolf 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

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? 61 years, 10 months and 6 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Virgo