April 1959 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 4 Fed of Mali, consisting of Senegal & French Sudan (dissolved 1960)
  • Apr 7 Oklahoma ends prohibition, after 51 years
  • Apr 7 Radar 1st bounced off Sun, Stanford Calif
  • Apr 9 NASA names 1st 7 astronauts for Project Mercury
  • Apr 11 Dutch prince Bernhard visits Lockheed factory
  • Apr 12 13th Tony Awards: J B & Redhead win
  • 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

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 Datu Abdul Rozak inaugurated as premier of Malaysia federation
  • Apr 19 Uprising in La Paz Bolivia, fails
  • 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
  • Apr 23 1st heliport in Britain opens in London
  • 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 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.

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 6 Dianne Brill, Tampa, fashion designer/party girl (Queen of the Night)
  • Apr 10 Yvan Loubier, Quebec politician
  • Apr 16 Scott McKinsey, American television director
  • Apr 21 Tim Jacobus, American artist (Goosebumps)
  • Apr 24 Yvonne D Cagle, West Point NY, MD/astronaut
  • Apr 24 Malcolm Oastler, Australian engineer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 30 Stephen Harper, 22nd Prime Minister of Canada (2006-15), born in Toronto, Ontario

22nd Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper
22nd Prime Minister of Canada
Stephen Harper
  • Apr 30 W. Thomas Smith, Jr, American author and columnist

Weddings in History

  • Apr 1 American science fiction writer "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Philip K Dick marries 3rd wife Anne Williams Rubinstein
  • Apr 10 Japan's Crown Prince Akihito marries commoner Michiko Shoda

Deaths in History

  • Apr 8 Gustave Charlier, Belgian literature historian, dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 9 Frank Lloyd Wright, US architect (Guggenheim Museum NY), dies at 89

  • Apr 12 James Gleason, dies at 76
  • Apr 13 Rigardus "Rijn" Rijnhout, Giant of Rotterdam (2.375m), dies at 38
  • Apr 16 Charles Halton, dies at 83
  • Apr 27 Gordon Armstrong, inventor (baby incubator), dies