On This Day

Historical Events in September 1959

Historic Event

Sep 2 US President Eisenhower arrives in Paris

  • Sep 5 Wash Senator Jim Lemon is 7th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (3rd)
  • Sep 8 The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) is established.

Music History

Sep 11 Composer and band leader Duke Ellington wins NAACP's Springarn Medal for his musical achievements

  • Sep 11 Congress passes a bill authorizing food stamps for poor Americans
  • Sep 11 Elroy Face's 22 game winning streak ends as Dodgers beat Pirates 5-4
  • Sep 11 Baltimore starter Jerry Walker pitches all 16 innings as the Orioles edge the Chicago White Sox, 1-0 at Memorial Stadium
  • Sep 12 "Bonanza" premieres on NBC-TV
  • Sep 12 Janos Kádár becomes premier of Hungary
  • Sep 12 Luna 2 launched by USSR; 1st spacecraft to impact on the Moon
  • Sep 13 USSR's Luna 2 becomes 1st probe to contact another celestial body
  • Sep 13 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Australian Neale Fraser wins first of 2 straight US singles titles; beats Alex Olmedo of Peru 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 13 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Maria Bueno of Brazil wins her first of 4 US singles crowns; beats England's Christine Truman 6-1, 6-4

  • Sep 14 Soviet Union's Luna-2 is 1st spacecraft to land on the Moon
  • Sep 14 WQEX TV channel 16 in Pittsburgh, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting

Historic Event

Sep 15 Soviet Premier Khrushchev arrives in US to begin a 13-day visit

Historic Event

Sep 16 French President Charles de Gaulle recognizes Algerian right of self determination

  • Sep 17 59th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Jack Nicklaus
  • Sep 17 Transit 1A, 1st navigational satellite launched; failed to orbit
  • Sep 17 Typhoon kills 2,000 in Japan & Korea
  • Sep 18 Vanguard 3 launched into Earth orbit
  • Sep 19 Nikita Khrushchev is denied access to Disneyland
  • Sep 21 600 Indian Dutch emigrate to US
  • Sep 22 Chicago White Sox clinch AL pennant
  • Sep 23 Australia's first passenger roll on/roll off diesel ferry, the MS Princess of Tasmania makes her maiden voyage across Bass Strait

Film Release

Sep 25 Hammer horror film "The Mummy" starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing is first released in the UK

Sports History

Sep 26 Milwaukee Braves Warren Spahn becomes winningest NL lefty

  • Sep 26 SF Giants Sam Jones 2nd no-hitter, beats St Louis Cards, 4-0
  • Sep 26 Typhoon Vera, hits Japanese island of Honshu, causing the deaths of 4,580 people with 658 missing
  • Sep 27 Braves & Dodgers finish in a tie (86-68)
  • Sep 27 Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev concludes his US visit
  • Sep 28 "Hennesey" debuts on CBS-TV

Theater Premiere

Sep 28 Edward Franklin Albee's play "Zoo Story" premieres in Berlin

  • Sep 28 Explorer VI reveals an intense radiation belt around Earth
  • Sep 29 "Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis" debuts on CBS-TV
  • Sep 29 "Philip Marlowe" debuts on ABC-TV
  • Sep 29 Dodgers win game 2 of playoff, 6-5, & take NL pennant
  • Sep 29 Little Anthony & the Imperials record "Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop"
  • Sep 29 Sultan of Brunei promulgates a constitution