Historical Events in December 1959

  • Dec 1 12 nations sign treaty for scientific peaceful use of Antarctica
  • Dec 1 25th Heisman Trophy Award: Billy Cannon, LSU (HB)
  • Dec 1 The 1st color photograph of Earth received from outer space
  • Dec 2 Malpasset dam collapses destroying French Riviera town of Frejus
  • Dec 3 State of emergency in Cyprus ends
  • Dec 5 Intikhab Alam bowls Colin McDonald with 1st ball in Tests
  • Dec 7 "Saratoga" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 80 performances
  • Dec 8 Dom Mintoff demands independence for Malta

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Dec 8 President Eisenhower watches Pakistan v Aust Test Cricket at Karachi

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Dec 11 NY Yankees trade Marv Thronberry, Don Larsen, Hank Bauer and Norm Seibern for Roger Maris, Kent Hadley and Joe Deaestri

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris

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Dec 11 Emilio G. Segrè publishes his discovery of the antiproton, a sub-atomic antiparticle for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1959

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Emilio G. Segrè
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Emilio G. Segrè
  • Dec 12 UN Committee on Peaceful Use of Outer Space is established
  • Dec 12 10th Formula One WDC: Jack Brabham wins by four points
  • Dec 13 Archbishop Makarios elected 1st president of Cyprus
  • Dec 14 Archbishop Makarios proclaimed president of Cyprus
  • Dec 14 J B Jordan in F-104C sets world altitude record, 31,513m
  • Dec 15 Everly Brothers record "Let It Be Me"
  • Dec 16 Snow falling in Lowarai Pass West Pakistan kills 48
  • Dec 17 "On The Beach" is 1st film to premiere on both sides of Iron Curtain

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Dec 18 Sammy Baugh named 1st coach of NY Titans (AFL)

American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh
  • Dec 19 1st Liberty Bowl game-Penn State beats Alabama 7-0
  • Dec 20 Jasu Patel takes 9-69, India v Australia at Kanpur
  • Dec 21 10th largest snowfall in NYC history (13.7")
  • Dec 21 Citizens of Deerfield Ill block building of interracial housing

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Dec 21 Tom Landry accepts coaching job with Dallas Cowboys (stays until 1988)

NFL Head Coach Tom Landry
NFL Head Coach
Tom Landry
  • Dec 22 Continental League awards its last franchise to Dallas-Fort Worth
  • Dec 22 NY Ranger goalie Marcel Paille wears a customized mask
  • Dec 25 A synagogue in Cologne Germany desecrated with swatstikas

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Dec 25 Richard Starkey (later better known as Ringo Starr) receives his first drum set

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • Dec 25 Sony brings transistor TV 8-301 to the market
  • Dec 27 Balt Colts beat NY Giants 31-16 in NFL championship game
  • Dec 29 Saul Levitt's "Andersonville Trial" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 30 George Washington, 1st ballistic missile sub commissioned