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August 1959 in History

Events in History


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Aug 1 Pope John XXIII publishes encyclical Sacerdotii nostri primordia

  • Aug 3 50 killed in uprising in Guinea-Bissau
  • Aug 5 42.4 cm rainfall in Decatur Co, Iowa (state record)
  • Aug 7 Explorer 6 transmits 1st TV photo of Earth from space
  • Aug 12 1st ship firing of a Polaris missile, Observation Island
  • Aug 12 Progressive Party under John Steytler forms in South Africa
  • Aug 13 US Military satellite Discoverer 5 launched (into polar orbit)
  • Aug 16 USSR introduces installment buying
  • Aug 17 7.1 quake strikes Yellowstone National Park
  • Aug 17 USSR & Iraq signs contract for building Iraqi nuclear reactor
  • Aug 18 Branch Rickey resigns as Pirates' CEO to be President of Continental League
  • Aug 19 Doctor X beats Wilber Snyder in Omaha, to become NWA wrestling champ
  • Aug 19 Honolulu seeks a franchise in Continental League
  • Aug 19 Satellite Discoverer 6 launched into polar orbit
  • Aug 20 Belgium shortens military conscription to 12 months
  • Aug 21 Hawaii becomes the 50th US state
  • Aug 24 England complete 5-0 series drubbing of India
  • Aug 24 Hiram L Fong sworn in as 1st Chinese-American senator while Daniel K Inouye sworn in as 1st Japanese-American Rep (Both from Hawaii)

Historic InventionMorris Mini-Minor

Aug 26 British Motor Corporation introduces the Morris Mini-Minor, designed by Alec Issigonis, it was only 10 ft long but seated 4 passengers
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The 1959 Mini
The 1959 Mini
  • Aug 31 Sandy Koufax breaks Dizzy Dean's NL mark of 18 strikeouts in a game

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 3 Koichi Tanaka, Japanese scientist (Nobel 2002), born in Toyama, Japan
  • Aug 4 John Gormley, Irish politician, Leader of the Green Party, Mayor of Dublin (1994-95), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Aug 4 Laurence Anholt, British children's author, born in London, England
  • Aug 8 Ronald Weigel, German DR speed walker (5 km indoor)
  • Aug 9 Michael Kors, American fashion designer and Project Runway judge, born in Long Island, New York
  • Aug 10 Mark Price, bass/vocals (All About Eve, Tin Huey-Contents Dislodged)
  • Aug 11 Yoshiaki Murakami, Japanese investor
  • Aug 15 Scott D Altman, American Naval officer and astronaut (sk: STS 90), born in Lincoln, Illinois
  • Aug 17 David Koresh, American cult leader (d. 1993)
  • Aug 17 Jonathan Franzen, American author
  • Aug 19 Susan Cummings, Monegasque-born American heiress and convicted murderer
  • Aug 22 Pia Gjellerup, Danish Social Democrat politician, born in Frederiksberg, Denmark
  • Aug 26 Kathryn P Hire, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut (sk: STS 90), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Aug 27 Juan Fernando Cobo, Colombian artist
  • Aug 27 Leila de Lima, Filipino lawyer, Senator, Chair of the Philippine Senate Electoral Reforms and People's Participation Committee, born in Iriga, Philippines
  • Aug 29 Chris Hadfield, Canadian astronaut (STS 74, sk: 99), born in Sarnia, Ontario

Deaths in History

  • Aug 5 Edgar Albert Guest, American poet and newspaperman, dies at 77
  • Aug 16 William "Bull" F Halsey, US vice-admiral (WW II Pacific), dies
  • Aug 19 Jacob Epstein, American-English sculptor (Adam, Jacob & the Angel), dies at 78
  • Aug 20 Alfred Kubin, Austrian writer and illustrator, dies at 82