Historical Events in April 1959

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

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

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

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15th Fidel Castro begins US goodwill tour

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

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

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