What Happened in 1959

Significant Events

  • Jan 4 Luna 1 (Mechta) becomes 1st craft to leave Earth's gravity
  • Feb 16 Fidel Castro becomes the 16th Prime Minister of Cuba after overthrowing Fulgencio Batista
  • Mar 30 Dalai Lama flees China and is granted political asylum in India
  • May 4 First Grammy Awards: Perry Como & Ella Fitzgerald win
  • Aug 21 Hawaii becomes the 50th US state
  • Aug 26 British Motor Corporation introduced the Morris Mini-Minor, designed by Alec Issigonis it was only 10 ft long but seated 4 passengers
  • Sep 12 Luna 2 launched by USSR; 1st spacecraft to impact on the Moon
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Did You Know?

Barbie makes her debut at the American Toy Fair in New York. Over a billion have been sold worldwide since.

On March 9, 1959


World Leaders in 1959

Famous People in 1959

Would You Believe?

Jacques Plante becomes the first goaltender to wear a mask during a National Hockey League game

On November 1, 1959

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 26 President of Cuba Raúl Castro (27) weds revolutionary Vilma Espín (28) in Santiago de Cuba
  • Apr 1 American sci-fi writer "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Philip K Dick marries 3rd wife Anne Williams Rubinstein
  • Apr 10 Japan's Crown Prince Akihito marries commoner Michiko Shoda
  • May 8 Actress Raquel Welch (18) weds high school sweetheart James Welch
  • May 12 Actress Elizabeth Taylor's (27) marries for the 4th time to entertainer Eddie Fisher (30)

Famous Divorces

  • Jul 2 MLB baseball player Ernie Banks (28) divorces Mollye Louise after 6 years of marriage
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