Historical Events in October 1959

  • Oct 1 Chicago White Sox beat LA Dodgers, 11-0 in Game 1 of the Baseball World Series at Comiskey Park; White Sox first WS appearance since 1919 'Black Sox Scandal'; LA wins series 4-2
  • Oct 2 Rod Serling's anthology series "The Twilight Zone" premieres on CBS-TV

NHL All-Star Game

Oct 3 13th NHL All-Star Game, Montreal Forum, Montreal, QC: Montreal Canadiens beat All-Stars, 6-1

Music Concert

Oct 4 Dmitri Shostakovich's 1st Cello concert premieres in Leningrad

  • Oct 4 First Baseball World Series game played west of St Louis; LA Dodgers beat Chicago White Sox 3-1 in Game 3; record 92,394 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Sports History

Oct 4 Future Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown makes club record 37 rushing attempts in Cleveland Browns, 34-7 win at Chicago Cardinals

  • Oct 4 Netherlands equal best performance against neighbours Belgium; win, 9-1 in soccer friendly at De Kuip, Rotterdam; Piet van der Kuil & Faas Wilkes score 3 apiece
  • Oct 4 USSR Luna 3 sent back 1st photos of Moon's far side
  • Oct 6 Chicago White Sox beat LA Dodgers, 1-0 in Game 5 of Baseball World Series at LA Memorial Coliseum; World Series record attendance 92,706
  • Oct 6 Soviet Luna 3, 1st successful photographic spacecraft, impacts Moon
  • Oct 7 "Happy Town" opens at 84th St Theater NYC for 5 performances

Film Release

Oct 7 "Pillow Talk" film directed by Michael Gordon and starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson is first released

Far Side of the Moon Revealed

Oct 7 Far side of Moon seen for the 1st time, courtesy of USSR's Luna 3 space probe

  • Oct 8 "At the Drop of a Hat" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 216 performances
  • Oct 8 Baseball World Series: LA Dodgers beat Chicago White Sox, 9-3 at Comiskey Park to claim championship, 4 games to 2; MVP: Dodgers pitcher Larry Sherry

Election of Interest

Oct 8 Conservatives led by Harold Macmillan win the British general election

Historic Event

Oct 9 Lee Harvey Oswald arrives in Southampton, England

  • Oct 10 "Happy Town" closes at 84th St Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Oct 10 Lee Harvey Oswald signs guestbook in hotel Helsinki
  • Oct 10 Pan Am begins regular flights around the world
  • Oct 11 KTHI TV channel 11 in Fargo-Grand Forks, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 12 At the national congress of APRA in Peru a group of leftist radicals are expelled from the party. They will later form APRA Rebelde.
  • Oct 14 WMUB (now WPTO) TV channel 14 in Oxford, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 15 KNDO TV channel 23 in Yakima, WA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 15 TV series "The Untouchables" starring Robert Stack premieres in the US
  • Oct 17 "Billy Barnes Revue" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 87 performances

Historic Event

Oct 17 Queen Elizabeth II is fined $140 for withdrawing her race horse

  • Oct 17 Stinchcomb Memorial in Cleveland Metroparks' dedicated
  • Oct 19 Florence Henderson joins Today Show panel
  • Oct 19 William Gibson's "Miracle Worker" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 20 Clark Griffith of Senators says team will not move the franchise
  • Oct 20 WABG TV channel 6 in Greenwood-Greenville, MS (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Oct 21 Contra revolutionaries bomb Havana

Historic Event

Oct 21 Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, opens in New York

  • Oct 21 Players Association approves 2 All-Star Games in 1960, to be held in KC & NY
  • Oct 22 Bob Merrill's musical "Take Me Along" opens at Shubert Theater, NYC; runs for 448 performances
  • Oct 23 Chinese troops move into India, 17 die
  • Oct 24 US premiere of Dmitri Shostakovich's 1st Cello concert
  • Oct 27 Rare Pacific hurricane kills 2,000 in Western Mexico
  • Oct 28 American Football League awards Buffalo Bills franchise to Ralph C Wilson

Historic Event

Oct 28 Jean Genet's "Les Negres" premieres in Paris

Historic Publication

Oct 29 "Asterix" is first published in the French magazine "Pilote" by Rene Goscinny, illustrated by Albert Uderzo

  • Oct 29 10 nation soccer league to play all games on NY Randalls Is, announced
  • Oct 31 Lee Harvey Oswald announces in Moscow he will never return to USA
  • Oct 31 USSR & Egypt sign contracts for building Aswan Dam