Historical Events in April 1959

  • Apr 4 Fed of Mali, consisting of Senegal & French Sudan (dissolved 1960)
  • Apr 5 23rd Masters Golf Tournament: Art Wall Jr wins, shooting a 284
  • Apr 6 31st Academy Awards: "Gigi", Susan Hayward & David Niven win
  • Apr 7 Oklahoma ends prohibition, after 51 years
  • Apr 7 Radar 1st bounced off Sun, Stanford Calif
  • Apr 9 Balt Orioles pull their 2nd triple play (3-6-3 vs Wash Senators)

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Apr 9 Bill Sharman hits a NBA record 56 consecutive foul shot

NBA Guard Bill Sharman
NBA Guard
Bill Sharman
  • Apr 9 NASA names 1st 7 astronauts for Project Mercury
  • Apr 9 13th NBA Championship: Bost Celtics sweep Minn Lakers in 4 games Boston Celtics wins 8th straight title
  • Apr 11 "Jamaica" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 558 performances
  • Apr 11 Dodger pitcher Don Drysdale hits his 2nd Opening Day HR
  • Apr 11 Dutch prince Bernhard visits Lockheed factory
  • Apr 12 13th Tony Awards: J B & Redhead win
  • Apr 12 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • Apr 12 France Observator reports torture practice by French army in Algeria
  • Apr 13 USAF launches Discoverer II into polar orbit
  • Apr 13 Vanguard SLV-5 launched for Earth orbit (failed)
  • Apr 13 Vatican edict forbids Roman Catholics from voting for communists
  • Apr 14 (Robert) Taft Memorial Bell Tower dedicated in Washington DC
  • Apr 14 KDIN TV channel 11 in Des Moines, IA (PBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 15 Fidel Castro begins US goodwill tour

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Apr 15 US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles resigns
  • Apr 16 "Party with Comden & Green" opens at John Golden NYC for 44 performances
  • Apr 16 Datu Abdul Rozak inaugurated as premier of Malaysia federation
  • Apr 16 NY Yankees unveil their 1st message scoreboard
  • Apr 16 Phils' Dave Philley gets a major league record 9th straight pinch hit
  • Apr 18 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 1
  • Apr 19 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
  • Apr 19 Uprising in La Paz Bolivia, fails
  • Apr 20 63rd Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:22:42
  • Apr 21 1211-kg great white shark becomes largest fish ever caught on a rod
  • Apr 21 Alf Dean using a rod & reel hooks a 2,664lb, 16' 10" white shark

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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