Historical Events in July 1959

  • Jul 1 Heinrich Lubke elected president of West Germany
  • Jul 1 Israeli Knesset agrees to weapon sales to West Germany
  • Jul 1 WVTV TV channel 18 in Milwaukee, WI (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 1 World Refugee Year begins
  • Jul 1 The Party of the African Federation (PFA) holds its constitutive conference.
  • Jul 2 "Plan 9 From Outer Space", one of the worse films ever, premieres

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 3 73rd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Alex Olmedo beats Rod Laver (6-4 6-3 6-4)

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 3 88th British Golf Open: Gary Player shoots a 284 at Muirfield Gullane

Golfer Gary Player
Gary Player

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 4 66th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maria Bueno beats Darlene Hard (6-4 6-3)

Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno
Tennis Player Darlene Hard
Tennis Player
Darlene Hard
  • Jul 4 America's new 49-star flag honoring Alaska statehood unfurled
  • Jul 4 Cayman Islands separated from Jamaica, made a crown colony
  • Jul 4 Island Records founded in Jamaica
  • Jul 5 Ben-Gurion's Israeli government resigns
  • Jul 5 Indonesia restores constitution
  • Jul 5 Jack Gelber's "Connection" premieres in NYC

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 6 5th LPGA Championship won by Betsy Rawls

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • Jul 6 Saar becomes part of German Federal Republic
  • Jul 6 WENH TV channel 11 in Durham, NH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 7 26th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-4 at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh
  • Jul 9 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Hoosier Golf Open
  • Jul 9 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Hoosier Celebrity Golf Tournament
  • Jul 12 NBC uses cameras to show catchers signals during ankee-Red Sox game
  • Jul 14 USS Long Beach, first nuclear powered cruiser launched at Quincy, Mass
  • Jul 15 The US steel strike of 1959 begins, leading to significant importation of foreign steel for the first time in United States history.
  • Jul 17 2,000 ft long by 1,300 foot wide section of ridge falls into Madis
  • Jul 17 Tibet abolishes serfdom
  • Jul 17 River Canyon extending man-made Lake Hebgen by 5 miles. (Montana)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 17 Paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey discovers the partial skull of a new species of early human ancestor, Zinjanthropus boisei or 'Zinj' (now called Paranthropus boisei) that lived in Africa almost 2 million years ago

Paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey
Mary Leakey

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jul 17 "North by Northwest" directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint premieres in Los Angeles

  • Jul 18 African American William 'Bill' Wright is the 1st coloured person to win a major golf tournament (U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships)
  • Jul 18 Los Angeles premiere of the film version of Kathryn Hulme's "The Nun's Story"
  • Jul 18 46th Tour de France won by Federico Bahamontes of Spain
  • Jul 19 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Machine International Golf Open Alliance
  • Jul 21 1st nuclear powered merchant ship, NS Savannah, named, Camden NJ
  • Jul 21 Red Sox are last team to use a black player (Pumpsie Green)
  • Jul 22 Benjamin Britten's "Missa Brevis" in D premieres
  • Jul 22 Natural gas found at Slochteren, Groningen, Netherlands

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 23 VP Richard Nixon begins visit on USSR

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Jul 24 500,000th Dutch TV set registered

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 24 US VP Nixon argues with Khrushchev, known as "Kitchen Debate"

Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev
Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Nikita Khrushchev
  • Jul 25 SR-N1 hovercraft crosses the English Channel from Calais to Dover in just over 2 hours.
  • Jul 26 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • Jul 27 Abbas Ali Baig scores 112 for India v England on debut
  • Jul 27 William Shea announces plans to have a baseball team in NYC in 1961
  • Jul 28 United Kingdom starts using postal codes
  • Jul 28 Hawaii's 1st US election sends 1st Asian-Americans to Congress
  • Jul 29 First United States Congress elections in Hawaii as a state of the Union.
  • Jul 30 In his major league debut, SF Giant Willie McCovey goes 4-for-4
  • Jul 31 1st exhibit of bongos at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo opens