On This Day

September 1959 in History

Events in History

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.
  • Sep 11 Congress passes a bill authorizing food stamps for poor Americans
  • 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 14 Soviet Union's Luna-2 is 1st spacecraft to land on the Moon

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 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 21 600 Indian Dutch emigrate to US
  • Sep 23 Australia's first passenger roll on/roll off diesel ferry, the MS Princess of Tasmania makes her maiden voyage across Bass Strait
  • Sep 26 Typhoon Vera, hits Japanese island of Honshu, causing the deaths of 4,580 people with 658 missing
  • Sep 27 Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev concludes his US visit

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 Little Anthony & the Imperials record "Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop"
  • Sep 29 Sultan of Brunei promulgates a constitution

Birthdays in History

  • Sep 2 Guy Laliberté, founder of Cirque du Soleil
  • Sep 4 Armin Kogler, Austrian skier (2-time winner of jumping World Cup), born in Schwaz, Austria
  • Sep 4 William Kennedy Smith, American physician and member of the Kennedy family (accused of rape in Florida, 1991), born in Brighton, Massachusetts
  • Sep 13 Ralph Northam, American politician, Governor of Virginia (2018-), born in Nassawadox, Virginia
  • Sep 22 David Bawden [Pope Michael], American anti-pope, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Sep 24 Theo Paphitis, Cypriot-born British businessman (Dragon's Den, Millwall Football Club), born in Limassol, Cyprus

Weddings in History

Evel Knievel

Sep 5 Motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel (20) weds Linda Joan Bork

  • Sep 25 Cosmopolitan founder Helen Gurley Brown (37) weds theater producer David Brown (43)

Deaths in History

  • Sep 7 Maurice Duplessis, 16th Premier of Quebec, dies at 69
  • Sep 13 Gilbert Adrian, costume designer, dies of heart attack at 56
  • Sep 17 Bert Leysen, Belgian TV director (Belgian National TV), dies at 39
  • Sep 22 Benjamin Peret, French writer and poet (Le grand jeu), dies at 60
  • Sep 22 Edmund Ironside, 1st Baron Ironside, British fieldmarshal, dies at 79
  • Sep 26 S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, 4th Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (1956-59), assassinated by a Buddhist monk at 60
  • Sep 29 Bruce Bairnsfather, British cartoonist (Old Bill), dies at 72
  • Sep 30 John H Kliegl, developer of Klieg light, dies at 89
  • Sep 30 Ross Granville Harrison, American Biologist and Zoologist (organ transplant pioneer), dies at 89