Historical Events in 1959

Events 1 - 200 of 545

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Jan 1st Cuban Dictator Fulgencio Batista flees Cuba for the Dominican Republic

Cuban President and Dictator Fulgencio Batista
Cuban President and Dictator
Fulgencio Batista
  • Jan 1st Chad becomes autonomous republic in French Community
  • Jan 1st Rohan Kanhai completes 256 v India at Calcutta
  • Jan 1st 45th Rose Bowl: #2 Iowa beats #16 California, 38-12
  • Jan 1st 25th Sugar Bowl: #1 LSU beats #12 Clemson, 7-0
  • Jan 1st 25th Orange Bowl: #5 Oklahoma beats #9 Syracuse, 21-6
  • Jan 2nd USSR launches Mechta (Luna 1) for 1st lunar fly-by, 1st solar orbit
  • Jan 3rd Alaska admitted as 49th US state
  • Jan 4th Luna 1 (Mechta) becomes 1st craft to leave Earth's gravity
  • Jan 5th "Bozo the Clown" live children's show premieres on TV

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Jan 5th Buddy Holly releases his last record "It Doesn't Matter"; he was killed in a plane crash 29 days later

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly

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Jan 7th US recognizes Fidel Castro's Cuban government

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro

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Jan 7th American gangster Meyer Lansky flees Cuba for the Bahamas due to the Cuban Revolution and rise of Fidel Castro

Mobster Meyer Lansky
Meyer Lansky

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Jan 8th Charles de Gaulle inaugurated as president of France's 5th Republic

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle

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Jan 9th "Rawhide" with Clint Eastwood premieres on CBS TV

Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood
  • Jan 9th Dam across Tera River collapses after heavy winter rains, 135 die
  • Jan 9th Pat O'Connor beats Dick Hutton in St Louis, to become NWA champ
  • Jan 11th Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Theodore Roethke
  • Jan 11th Hanif Mohammad completes 499 runs for Karachi, then 1st class cricket world record
  • Jan 11th Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Mayfair Golf Open
  • Jan 11th NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 28-21
  • Jan 12th KOED TV channel 11 in Tulsa, OK (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 12th Rediscovery of the Caves of Nerja in Spain
  • Jan 13th French President Charles de Gaulle grants amnesty to 130 Algerians sentenced to death
  • Jan 13th King Boudouin promises Belgian Congo independence
  • Jan 17th "Say, Darling" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 332 performances
  • Jan 18th Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
  • Jan 20th Dmitri Shostakovitch's Moscow-Tsjerjomoesjki premieres in Moscow
  • Jan 22nd USAF concludes that less than 1% of UFOs are unknown objects
  • Jan 23rd 9th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 124-108 at Detroit
  • Jan 24th "Party with Comden & Green" closes at John Golden NYC after 38 performances
  • Jan 24th Dmitri Shostakovitch's comedy "Cheryomushk" premieres in Moscow
  • Jan 24th WHCT TV channel 18 in Hartford, CT (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 25th 1st transcontinental commercial jet flight (American) (LA to NY for $301)

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Jan 25th Pope John XXIII proclaims 2nd Vatican council

  • Jan 26th Italy government of Fanfani resigns
  • Jan 26th KOKH TV channel 25 in Oklahoma City, OK (IND/PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 26th 47th Women's Australian Championships: Mary Carter Reitano beats Renee Schuurman Haygarth (6-2, 6-3)
  • Jan 26th 47th Men's Australian Championships: Alex Olmedo beats Neale Fraser (6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3)
  • Jan 28th Soviet Union wins 62-37 for 1st international basketball loss by US
  • Jan 29th Walt Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" released
  • Jan 29th 'The Great Smog' hits London, many die of chest and lung-related illnesses
  • Jan 30th Australia 1-200 1st day 4th Test v England, Adelaide Oval
  • Jan 30th Paul Hindemith's symphony "Pittsburgh" premieres
  • Jan 30th MS Hans Hedtoft sinks, 95 die
  • Jan 31st Joe Cronin signs 7 year pact to become head of AL
  • Feb 1st Swiss men vote against voting rights for women
  • Feb 1st Texas Instruments requests patent of IC (Integrated Circuit)
  • Feb 1st US female Figure Skating championship won by Carol Heiss
  • Feb 1st US male Figure Skating championship won by David Jenkins
  • Feb 1st WVUE TV channel 8 in New Orleans, LA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 1st Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Havana Golf Tournament
  • Feb 1st Zack Wheat unanimously elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • Feb 2nd Buddy Holly's last performance

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Feb 2nd Vince Lombardi signs a 5 year contract to coach Green Bay Packers

  • Feb 3rd American Airlines Electra crashes in NY's East River, killing 65
  • Feb 3rd "The Day the Music Died" plane crash kills musicians Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, J. P. Richardson and pilot near Clear Lake Iowa.
  • Feb 4th Israel begins exporting copper ore
  • Feb 5th "Redhead" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 455 performances
  • Feb 5th Australia regain the Ashes with a 10 wicket victory at Adelaide
  • Feb 6th 1st successful test-fire of Titan ICBM
  • Feb 6th Fidel Castro is interviewed by Edward R Murrow
  • Feb 7th "Whoop-Up" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • Feb 7th Castro proclaims new Cuban constitution
  • Feb 7th Cessna lands in Las Vegas after 65 d without landing (refuels in air)
  • Feb 7th Dorothy Rigney sells White Sox to Bill Veeck for a reported $27M
  • Feb 9th Coasters's "Charlie Brown" peaks at #2
  • Feb 10th Dutch Princess Wilhelmina publishes "Lonely, but not alone"
  • Feb 10th Tornado in St Louis kills 19 & injures 265
  • Feb 11th Vinoo Mankad ends his final Test Cricket (v WI at Delhi)
  • Feb 13th Barbie doll goes on sale
  • Feb 13th Miro Cardon, premier of Cuba, resigns
  • Feb 14th $3.6 million heroin seizure in NYC
  • Feb 15th Antonio Segni forms Italian government
  • Feb 15th Louise Suggs wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Tournament
  • Feb 16th Fidel Castro names himself Cuba's premier after overthrowing Batista
  • Feb 16th Leonard Spigelgass' "Majority of One" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 17th 1st weather satellite launched, Vanguard 2, 9.8 kg
  • Feb 19th Britain, Turkey & Greece sign agreement granting Cyprus independence
  • Feb 19th Gabon adopts its constitution
  • Feb 19th USAF rocket-powered rail sled attains Mach 4.1 (4970 kph), NM

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Feb 20th The Avro Arrow program to design and manufacture supersonic jet fighters in Canada is cancelled by the Diefenbaker government amid much political debate.

13th Prime Minister of Canada John Diefenbaker
13th Prime Minister of Canada
John Diefenbaker
  • Feb 22nd 1st Daytona 500: Lee Petty wins (135.521 MPH)
  • Feb 23rd Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Lake Worth Golf Open
  • Feb 23rd KVIE TV channel 6 in Sacramento-Stockton, CA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 27th Chicago Cards trade running back Ollie Matson to LA Rams for 9 players

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Feb 27th Boston Celtic Bob Cousy sets NBA record with 28 assists Boston Celtics score 173 points against Minneapolis Lakers

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy
  • Feb 28th "Goldilocks" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 161 performances
  • Feb 28th Ice Dance Championship at Colo Springs USA won by Denny & Jones of GRB
  • Feb 28th Ice Pairs Championship at Colorado Springs won by Wagner & Paul of CAN
  • Feb 28th Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Colo Spr won by Carol Heiss USA
  • Feb 28th Launch of Discoverer 1 (WTR)-1st polar orbit
  • Feb 28th Men's Figure Skating Championship in Colo Spr won by David Jenkins USA
  • Feb 28th NFL trade, Chicago Cards trade Ollie Matson to LA Rams for 9 players
  • Mar 1st Archbishop Makarios returns to Cyprus after 3 years
  • Mar 1st Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Golden Triangle Festival Golf Tournament
  • Mar 3rd 1st US probe to enter solar orbit, Pioneer 4, launched
  • Mar 3rd British government arrests Hastings Banda of Nyasaland, ends emergency crisis
  • Mar 3rd SF Giant's rename their stadium Candlestick Park
  • Mar 4th US Pioneer IV misses Moon & becomes 2nd (US 1st) artificial planet
  • Mar 5th Iran & US sign economic & military treaty
  • Mar 5th 16th Golden Globes: The Defiant Ones, David Niven, & Susan Hayward win
  • Mar 6th 11th Emmy Awards: Playhouse 90, Jack Benny Show, Raymond Burr win
  • Mar 6th Farthest radio signal heard (Pioneer IV, 400,000 miles)
  • Mar 7th "Bells Are Ringing" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 925 performances
  • Mar 7th 1st aviator to fly a million miles (1.61 M km) in a jet (MC Garlow)
  • Mar 7th West Indies all out 76 v Pakistan at Dacca, Fazal Mahmood 6-34
  • Mar 7th 6th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats North Carolina, 80-56
  • Mar 8th Groucho, Chico & Harpo's final TV appearance together
  • Mar 8th KUAT TV channel 6 in Tucson, AZ (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 8th Mickey Wright wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open
  • Mar 8th Pro-Egyptian coup fails in Mosul Iraq
  • Mar 9th "Juno" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Mar 9th 1st known radar contact is made with Venus
  • Mar 9th Barbie, the popular toy doll make her debut. It is estimated that over a billion Barbie dolls have been sold worldwide in over 150 countries.
  • Mar 10th Dorothy Comiskey Rigney, sells 54% of White Sox to Bill Veeck

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

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

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Mar 18th 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 18th 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 19th "1st Impressions" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 84 performances
  • Mar 21st "Juno" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • Mar 21st 21st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: California beats W Va 71-70
  • Mar 21st 113th Grand National: Michael Scudamore aboard Oxo wins
  • Mar 22nd Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Nehi Golf Tournament
  • Mar 24th Iraq withdraws from the Baghdad Pact
  • Mar 24th The Party of the African Federation (PFA) is launched by Léopold Sédar Senghor and Modibo Keita.
  • Mar 25th Bill White traded to St Louis for pitchers Sam Jones & Don Choate
  • Mar 25th French pres De Gaulle acknowledges Oder-Neisse boundary
  • Mar 26th Test debut for Mushtaq Mohammad v WI age 15 yrs 124 days
  • Mar 28th 11 days after Tibet uprising, China dissolves Tibet's government & installs Panchen Lama
  • Mar 29th Wes Hall takes Pakistani cricket hat-trick at Lahore

Film release premierFilm Release

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

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

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

14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso
14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso
  • Apr 4th Fed of Mali, consisting of Senegal & French Sudan (dissolved 1960)
  • Apr 5th 23rd Masters Golf Tournament: Art Wall Jr wins, shooting a 284
  • Apr 6th 31st Academy Awards: "Gigi", Susan Hayward & David Niven win
  • Apr 7th Oklahoma ends prohibition, after 51 years
  • Apr 7th Radar 1st bounced off Sun, Stanford Calif
  • Apr 9th Balt Orioles pull their 2nd triple play (3-6-3 vs Wash Senators)
  • Apr 9th Bill Sharman hits a NBA record 56 consecutive foul shot
  • Apr 9th NASA names 1st 7 astronauts for Project Mercury
  • Apr 9th 13th NBA Championship: Bost Celtics sweep Minn Lakers in 4 games Boston Celtics wins 8th straight title
  • Apr 11th "Jamaica" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 558 performances
  • Apr 11th Dodger pitcher Don Drysdale hits his 2nd Opening Day HR
  • Apr 11th Dutch prince Bernhard visits Lockheed factory
  • Apr 12th 13th Tony Awards: J B & Redhead win
  • Apr 12th Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • Apr 12th France Observator reports torture practice by French army in Algeria
  • Apr 13th USAF launches Discoverer II into polar orbit
  • Apr 13th Vanguard SLV-5 launched for Earth orbit (failed)
  • Apr 13th Vatican edict forbids Roman Catholics from voting for communists
  • Apr 14th (Robert) Taft Memorial Bell Tower dedicated in Washington DC
  • Apr 14th KDIN TV channel 11 in Des Moines, IA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 15th Fidel Castro begins US goodwill tour
  • Apr 15th US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles resigns
  • Apr 16th "Party with Comden & Green" opens at John Golden NYC for 44 performances
  • Apr 16th Datu Abdul Rozak inaugurated as premier of Malaysia federation
  • Apr 16th NY Yankees unveil their 1st message scoreboard
  • Apr 16th Phils' Dave Philley gets a major league record 9th straight pinch hit
  • Apr 18th Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 1
  • Apr 19th Louise Suggs wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
  • Apr 19th Uprising in La Paz Bolivia, fails
  • Apr 20th 63rd Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:22:42
  • Apr 21st 1211-kg great white shark becomes largest fish ever caught on a rod
  • Apr 21st Alf Dean using a rod & reel hooks a 2,664lb, 16' 10" white shark

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Apr 22nd Yankee Whitey Ford strikes-out 15, beating Senators, 1-0 in 14 innings

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • Apr 22nd Chicago White Sox beat KC Athletics 20-6, in 1 inning Sox score 11 runs on 1 hit, 10 walks, & 3 errors
  • Apr 23rd "Destry Rides Again" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 472 performances
  • Apr 23rd 1st heliport in Britain opens in London
  • Apr 24th Neth Dance Theater opens (Rudi of Dantzig & Cut Flier)
  • Apr 24th WICD TV channel 15 in Champaign, IL (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 25th St Lawrence Seaway linking Atlantic, Great Lakes opens to shipping
  • Apr 25th Then-bishop Karol Wojtyla's celebrates newly completed Nowa Huta, Poland's first ever Mass at midnight of Christmas morning
  • Apr 26th Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Betsy Rawls Golf Open
  • Apr 27th "Today" show goes abroard 1st time (Paris France)
  • Apr 27th Liu Sjau-chi elected president of China People's Republic
  • Apr 27th The last Canadian missionary leaves the People's Republic of China.
  • Apr 28th KLOE TV channel 10 in Goodland, KS (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 28th KPLR TV channel 11 in Saint Louis, MO (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 28th 6th National Film Awards (India): "Sagar Sangamey" wins the Golden Lotus

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 1st Floyd Patterson KOs Brian London in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • May 1st West Germany introduces 5 day work week
  • May 1st White Sox Early Wynn beats Red Sox 1-0 on his own HR
  • May 2nd 85th Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker aboard Tomy Lee wins in 2:02.2
  • May 3rd Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Land of the Sky Golf Tournament
  • May 3rd Tiger's Charlie Maxwell hits 4 consecutive HRs in a doubleheader

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 4th First Grammy Awards: Perry Como & Ella Fitzgerald win

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
  • May 4th Pulitzer Prize awarded to Archibald Macleish (JB)