Historical Events in March 1959

  • Mar 1 Archbishop Makarios returns to Cyprus after 3 years
  • Mar 1 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Golden Triangle Festival Golf Tournament
  • Mar 3 1st US probe to enter solar orbit, Pioneer 4, launched
  • Mar 3 British government arrests Hastings Banda of Nyasaland, ends emergency crisis
  • Mar 3 SF Giant's rename their stadium Candlestick Park
  • Mar 4 US Pioneer IV misses Moon & becomes 2nd (US 1st) artificial planet
  • Mar 5 Iran & US sign economic & military treaty
  • Mar 5 16th Golden Globes: The Defiant Ones, David Niven, & Susan Hayward win
  • Mar 6 11th Emmy Awards: Playhouse 90, Jack Benny Show, Raymond Burr win
  • Mar 6 Farthest radio signal heard (Pioneer IV, 400,000 miles)
  • Mar 7 "Bells Are Ringing" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 925 performances
  • Mar 7 1st aviator to fly a million miles (1.61 M km) in a jet (MC Garlow)
  • Mar 7 West Indies all out 76 v Pakistan at Dacca, Fazal Mahmood 6-34
  • Mar 7 6th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats North Carolina, 80-56
  • Mar 8 Groucho, Chico & Harpo's final TV appearance together
  • Mar 8 KUAT TV channel 6 in Tucson, AZ (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 8 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open
  • Mar 8 Pro-Egyptian coup fails in Mosul Iraq
  • Mar 9 "Juno" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Mar 9 1st known radar contact is made with Venus
  • Mar 9 Barbie, the popular toy doll make her debut. Estimated over a billion sold worldwide in over 150 countries.
  • Mar 10 Dorothy Comiskey Rigney, sells 54% of White Sox to Bill Veeck

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

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

Sports record brokenNBA Record

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

Film release premierFilm Release

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

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

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

14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso
14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso