What Happened in March 1959

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Archbishop Makarios returns to Cyprus after 3 years
  • Mar 1 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Golden Triangle Festival Golf Tournament
  • Mar 3 1st US probe to enter solar orbit, Pioneer 4, launched
  • Mar 3 British government arrests Hastings Banda of Nyasaland, ends emergency crisis
  • Mar 3 SF Giant's rename their stadium Candlestick Park
  • Mar 4 US Pioneer IV misses Moon & becomes 2nd (US 1st) artificial planet
  • Mar 5 Iran & US sign economic & military treaty
  • Mar 5 16th Golden Globes: The Defiant Ones, David Niven, & Susan Hayward win
  • Mar 6 11th Emmy Awards: Playhouse 90, Jack Benny Show, Raymond Burr win
  • Mar 6 Farthest radio signal heard (Pioneer IV, 400,000 miles)
  • Mar 7 "Bells Are Ringing" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 925 performances
  • Mar 7 1st aviator to fly a million miles (1.61 M km) in a jet (MC Garlow)
  • Mar 7 West Indies all out 76 v Pakistan at Dacca, Fazal Mahmood 6-34
  • Mar 7 6th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats North Carolina, 80-56
  • Mar 8 Groucho, Chico & Harpo's final TV appearance together
  • Mar 8 KUAT TV channel 6 in Tucson, AZ (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 8 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open
  • Mar 8 Pro-Egyptian coup fails in Mosul Iraq
  • Mar 9 "Juno" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Mar 9 1st known radar contact is made with Venus
  • Mar 9 Barbie, the popular toy doll make her debut. Estimated over a billion sold worldwide in over 150 countries.
  • Mar 10 Dorothy Comiskey Rigney, sells 54% of White Sox to Bill Veeck

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Mar 10 Tennessee Williams' "Sweet Bird of Youth" premieres in NYC

Playwright Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams
  • Mar 10 Uprising against Chinese occupation force in Lhasa Tibet
  • Mar 11 "Raisin in the Sun", 1st Broadway play by a black woman, opens
  • Mar 11 4th Eurovision Song Contest: Teddy Scholten for Netherlands wins singing "Een beetje" in Cannes
  • Mar 12 Dutch Liberal Party wins 2nd parliamentary elections
  • Mar 12 US House joins Senate approving Hawaii statehood
  • Mar 15 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • Mar 15 Richard Rogers' "No Strings" opens on Broadway
  • Mar 15 Robert Foster sets record by staying underwater 13 m 42.5 s
  • Mar 15 WILX TV channel 10 in Lansing, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 16 Iraq & USSR sign economic/technical treaty
  • Mar 17 Australia & USSR restore diplomatic relations

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Mar 18 Boston Celtic's Bill Sharman begins record of 56 straight free-throws

NBA Guard Bill Sharman
NBA Guard
Bill Sharman

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Mar 18 US President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs Hawaii statehood bill

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Mar 19 "1st Impressions" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 84 performances
  • Mar 21 "Juno" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • Mar 21 21st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: California beats W Va 71-70
  • Mar 21 113th Grand National: Michael Scudamore aboard Oxo wins
  • Mar 22 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Nehi Golf Tournament
  • Mar 24 Iraq withdraws from the Baghdad Pact
  • Mar 24 The Party of the African Federation (PFA) is launched by Léopold Sédar Senghor and Modibo Keita.
  • Mar 25 Bill White traded to St Louis for pitchers Sam Jones & Don Choate
  • Mar 25 French pres De Gaulle acknowledges Oder-Neisse boundary
  • Mar 26 Test debut for Mushtaq Mohammad v WI age 15 yrs 124 days
  • Mar 28 11 days after Tibet uprising, China dissolves Tibet's government & installs Panchen Lama
  • Mar 29 Wes Hall takes Pakistani cricket hat-trick at Lahore

Film release premierFilm Release

Mar 29 "Some Like It Hot", starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon, is released

  • Mar 30 WNED TV channel 17 in Buffalo, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting

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Mar 30 Dalai Lama flees China and is granted political asylum in India

14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso
14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 2 Andrew Farriss, Australia, rock keyboardist (Inxs-Kiss the Dirt)
  • Mar 2 Larry Stewart, Paducah KY, country singer (Restless Heart-Wheels)
  • Mar 2 Laura Hurlbut, LPGA golfer
  • Mar 3 Romeo Zondervan, Dutch soccer player (NAC)
  • Mar 4 Kelly Lynch, Golden Walley Minn, actress (Warm Summer Rain, Cocktail)
  • Mar 4 Rick Ardon, Australian news presenter
  • Mar 5 Vazgen Sargsyan, Armenian politician (d. 1999)
  • Mar 5 David Fury, American television writer and producer
  • Mar 6 Tom Arnold, Iowa, [Mr Roseanne Barr Arnold], actor (Tom, True Lies)
  • Mar 6 Saul Anuzis, American politician
  • Mar 7 Thomas Edward Lehman, Austin MN, PGA golfer (1994 Memorial Tournament)
  • Mar 7 Donna Murphy, American actress
  • Mar 8 Aidan Quinn, actor (Avalon, Desperately Seeking Susan, Mission)
  • Mar 9 Kato [Brian] Kaelin, actor (Beach Fever)/OJ roommate/witness
  • Mar 9 Lonny Price, actor (Muppets Take Manhattan), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 13 Dirk Wellham, cricketer (century on NSW debut & Australian debut )
  • Mar 13 Ronnie Rogers, guitarist (T'Pau-Heart & Soul)
  • Mar 13 Kathy Hilton, socialite-Hilton Hotels, mother of Nikki Hilton and Paris Hilton
  • Mar 14 Patrick Dupond, dancer (La Bayadere), born in Paris, France
  • Mar 14 Tamara Tunie, American actress
  • Mar 15 Eliot Teltscher, California, tennis player (US Davis Cup team)
  • Mar 15 Harold Baines, Easton MD, outfielder (Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers)
  • Mar 15 Renny Harlin, Finnish film director
  • Mar 15 Lisa Holton, American writer
  • Mar 16 Michael J Bloomfield, Major USAF/astronaut (STS 86), born in Flint, Michigan
  • Mar 16 Stan Thorn, singer (Shenandoah-Sunday in the South), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin

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Mar 16 Flavor Flav, American rapper and reality TV star, born in Roosevelt, New York

Rapper & TV star Flavor Flav
Rapper & TV star
Flavor Flav
  • Mar 16 Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway
  • Mar 17 Brian Douglas Jones, tornado class sailor (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Mar 17 Danny Ainge, NBA coach (Phoenix Suns)
  • Mar 17 Mike Lindup, British rock keyboardist/singer (Level 42-Hot Water)
  • Mar 17 Terry Hall (Specials, Fun Boy 3)
  • Mar 17 Paul Black, American rock singer
  • Mar 17 Christian Clemenson, American actor
  • Mar 18 Irene Cara, Bronx actress/singer (Fame, DC Cab, Certain Fury), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 18 Luc Besson, French producer, writer, and director
  • Mar 19 Shelley Burch, actress (One Life to Live, Identity Crisis), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • Mar 19 Terry Hall, rocker (Colourfield-Animal Liberation)
  • Mar 20 Dale Reid, Ladybank Scotland, LPGA golfer (European Solheim Cup team)
  • Mar 20 Richard Drummie, rocker (Go West-Call Me, Don't Look Down)
  • Mar 20 Steve McFadden, British actor
  • Mar 20 Sting, American professional wrestler
  • Mar 21 Sarah Jane Morris, English Singer
  • Mar 21 Nobuo Uematsu, Japanese composer
  • Mar 22 Matthew Modine, Loma Linda Cal, actor (Full Metal Jacket)
  • Mar 22 Carlton Cuse, Mexican-born American TV writer and executive
  • Mar 22 Avraham Fried, Orthodox Jewish Musician
  • Mar 23 Catherine Keener, American actress
  • Mar 23 Epic Soundtracks, English musician (Swell Maps, Crime and the City Solution, These Immortal Souls) (d. 1997)
  • Mar 23 Philippe Volter, Belgian actor (d. 2005)
  • Mar 24 Renaldo Nehemiah, US, hurdler (110m at 12.93)/NFLer (SF 49ers)
  • Mar 25 Vince Guerra, American jockey, born in Tucson
  • Mar 26 David Delong, Portland Ore, Canadian Tour golfer (1988 BC Open)
  • Mar 26 Chris Hansen, American reporter and correspondent
  • Mar 28 Petra Delhees, Jauch Switzertand, tennis star
  • Mar 28 Todd Curtis, actor (Capitol, Skip-Young & Restless)
  • Mar 29 Brad McCrimmon, Dodsland, NHL defenseman (Hartford Whalers)
  • Mar 29 Barry Blanchard, Canadian mountaineer
  • Mar 29 Perry Farrell, American musician, (Jane's Addiction, Porno For Pyros)
  • Mar 30 Daniel Seifried, Canadia Tour golfer (1981 Thunder Bay), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • Mar 30 Peter Ellis, convicted child abuser
  • Mar 30 Sabine Meyer, German clarinetist
  • Mar 31 Ali McMordie, Irish bassist (Stiff Little Fingers)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 2 Eric Blore, actor (Abie's Irish Rose, Love Happy), dies at 70

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Mar 3 Lou Costello, comedian/actor (Abbott & Costello), dies at 52

Comedian and Actor Lou Costello
Comedian and Actor
Lou Costello
  • Mar 4 Maxey Long, American athlete (b. 1878)
  • Mar 6 Fred Stone, actor (Hideaway, Westerner), dies at 85
  • Mar 7 Arthur C Pigou, English economist (Economics of Welfare), dies
  • Mar 7 Hinsdale Smith, developer of roll-down auto windows, dies at 88
  • Mar 8 Abdel Wahab Shawwaf, Iraqi colonel/putschist, murdered
  • Mar 11 Haydn Wood, English composer, dies at 76
  • Mar 15 Lester Young, American musician (b. 1909)
  • Mar 16 John Sailling, last documented Civil War vet, dies at 111
  • Mar 17 Raffaele d' Alessandro, composer, dies on 48th birthday
  • Mar 25 Billy Mayerl, composer, dies at 56
  • Mar 26 Raymond T Chandler, US detective writer (Long Goodbye), dies at 71
  • Mar 27 Grant Withers, actor (Oklahoma Annie), suicide with sleeping pills at 54
  • Mar 28 James Neblett, cricketer (one Test WI v England 1935), dies
  • Mar 29 Barthelemy Boganda, Central African Republic's 1st president, dies
  • Mar 29 Sara Wennerberg-Reuter, composer, dies at 84
  • Mar 30 Daniil Andreev, Russian writer and mystic (b. 1906)
  • Mar 30 Riccardo Zanella, president of Free State of Fiume (b. 1875)
  • Mar 31 Peter Suhrkamp, German publisher (Suhrkamp Verlag), dies at 68