Today in 1959
- Blossom Dearie, Ann-Margret, Bruno Kirby, Jay Leno and Saddam Hussein celebrated birthdays.
- Hugh Downs hosted the 181st episode of Concentration. It is not known how many clues got stuck while turning.
- Harry Truman delivered a lecture on “The Constitution” at Columbia. Somewhere in Wyoming, 18-year-old Dick Cheney chortled.
- Senator John F. Kennedy criticized a federal student-loan program that required loyalty oaths. “Few high school graduates today are members of the Communist Party,” he joked.
- Nelson Rockefeller was on the cover of Look magazine, in a story asking whether he could “knock off Nixon”. Another cover headline asked, “Does every American want to be a snob?”
- “Because of the special importance of petroleum reserves to hemisphere security,” President Eisenhower wrote to a fellow head of state, “officials of our two governments have, as you know, been discussing ways to assure, without prejudice to other oil-producing nations and without disruption of established trade patterns, the continued health and vigor of all hemisphere oil industries.” The letter was addressed to Rómulo Betancourt of Venezuela.
- The Canadian Supreme Court, in Lord’s Day Alliance v. Attorney-General of British Columbia, let stand a law that allowed the Vancouver Mounties to play baseball on Sundays.
- The Washington Senators beat the Kansas City Athletics, 8-3, in KC. Harmon Killebrew scored one run for the Senators.
- KLOE-TV began broadcasting in Goodland, Kansas. The first CBS program of the day was Captain Kangaroo. Contrary to legend, Frank Zappa was not the son of Mr. Greenjeans, although Mr. Greenjeans did play bass with Fred Waring. And Fred Waring did put up the money for the Waring Blender. Fred Waring and Kevin Bacon are both from Pennsylvania.
- God played a cruel trick on us.
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