On This Day

Historical Events in June 1959

  • Jun 1 Two-time defending champion Monterrey, Mexico ruled ineligible to compete in Little League Baseball World Series for using players outside predetermined geographical area
  • Jun 1 Constitution of Tunisia promulgated (National Day)

Historic Event

Jun 2 Allen Ginsberg writes his poem "Lysergic Acid", San Francisco

  • Jun 3 1st US Air Force Academy graduation in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Historic Communication

Jun 3 US President Eisenhower routes Canadian premier Diefenbaker a message off the Moon

  • Jun 3 Singapore adopts constitution
  • Jun 3 European Cup Final, Stuttgart: Real Madrid beats Stade de Reims, 2-0; 4th consecutive title for Los Blancos
  • Jun 5 Bob Dylan graduates from Hibbing High School in Minnesota

Historic Event

Jun 5 The first independent government of the State of Singapore is sworn in with Lee Kuan Yew as Prime Minister

  • Jun 7 KLX-AM in Oakland California changes call letters to KEWB (now KNEW)
  • Jun 8 1st official "missile mail" lands (Jacksonville, Florida)
  • Jun 8 X-15 makes 1st unpowered flight, from a B-52 at 11,500 m
  • Jun 9 1st ballistic missile sub launched (George Washington-Groton, Ct)
  • Jun 10 Rocky Colovito hits 4 consecutive HRs in 1 game
  • Jun 11 Saunders-Roe SR.N1, the first practical hovercraft, performs its first public flight

Historic Event

Jun 11 Postmaster General bans D H Lawrence's book, Lady Chatterley's Lover (overruled by US Court of Appeals in Mar 1960)

US Golf Open

Jun 11 Charlie Sifford becomes the 1st African American to play in a US Golf Open

  • Jun 13 "Sammy Kaye Show" last airs on ABC-TV

Sports History

Jun 13 91st Belmont: Bill Shoemaker aboard Sword Dancer wins in 2:28.6

  • Jun 14 US Open Men's Golf, Winged Foot GC: Billy Casper wins first of his 2 Open titles, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Bob Rosburg
  • Jun 16 South African Apartheid government efforts to remove Black people from Cato Manor close to the Durban city center to newly established black township Kwa Mashu, on outskirts met with violent resistance

Election of Interest

Jun 17 Eamon de Valera elected President of Ireland

  • Jun 18 1st telecast transmitted from England to US
  • Jun 18 Governor of Louisiana Earl K. Long is committed to a state mental hospital; he responds by having the hospital's director fired and replaced with a crony who proceeds to proclaim him perfectly sane
  • Jun 18 New York City premiere of the film version of Kathryn Hulme's "The Nun's Story"
  • Jun 19 Senate rejects Ike's appointment of Lewis Strauss for Secetary of Commerce
  • Jun 22 "Along Came Jones" by The Coasters peaks at #9

Music History

Jun 22 "Class" the first hit by Chubby Checker peaks at #38 in the US

  • Jun 22 Eddie Lubanski bowls 2 consecutive perfect games

Sports History

Jun 22 Most Phillies strike out in a game (16 by Sandy Koufax)

  • Jun 22 Shunryu Suzuki completes his historical Japan to SF voyage
  • Jun 22 Vanguard SLV-6 launched for Earth orbit (failed)
  • Jun 23 Convicted Manhattan Project spy Klaus Fuchs is released after only nine years in prison and allowed to emigrate to Dresden, East Germany (where he resumed a scientific careerhistory of ultrasounds
  • Jun 23 A fire in a resort hotel in Stalheim, Norway kills 34 people

Boxing Title Fight

Jun 26 Ingemar Johansson TKOs Floyd Patterson in 3 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Jun 26 Queen Elizabeth & President Eisenhower open St Lawrence Seaway
  • Jun 26 9th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Cousins" wins Golden Bear

Theatrical Finale

Jun 27 "West Side Story" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 734 performances

US Women's Golf Open

Jun 27 US Open Women's Golf, Churchill Valley CC: Mickey Wright successfully defends her Open title by 2 strokes from Louise Suggs

  • Jun 27 Players vote Henry Aaron unanimously for the All-Star Game
  • Jun 28 Phils Wally Post is only outfielder to throw out 2 runners in an inning twice (Losing to Giants 6-0)
  • Jun 28 Meldrim trestle disaster; freight train derails over Ogeechee River in Georgia causing IPG tanks to explode killing 23

Catholic Encyclical

Jun 29 Pope John XXIII publishes his 1st encyclical "On truth, unity, & peace, in charity"

  • Jun 30 During a game in Wrigley Field, 2 balls are in play at same time