December 1959 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 12 nations sign treaty for scientific peaceful use of Antarctica
  • 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 8 Dom Mintoff demands independence for Malta

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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 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
  • 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
  • Dec 22 Continental League awards its last franchise to Dallas-Fort Worth
  • 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 29 Saul Levitt's "Andersonville Trial" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 30 George Washington, 1st ballistic missile sub commissioned

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 1 Rick Leventhal, American broadcast journalist
  • Dec 4 Susan W Krebs, American politician
  • Dec 5 Nikki Gianulias, Vallejo California, bowler (LPBT Rookie of Year 1979)
  • Dec 6 Satoru Iwata, President and CEO of Nintendo (Nintendo DS and Wii), born in Sapporo, Hokkaido (d. 2015)
  • Dec 11 Lisa Gastineau, American reality show star
  • Dec 12 Scott D Vangen, Granite Falls MN, astronaut
  • Dec 20 Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz, Prime Minister of Poland
  • Dec 23 Geoff Willis, British engineer
  • Dec 24 Keith Deller, British darts player
  • Dec 25 Michael P Anderson, Plattsburgh NY, major USAF/astronaut (STS 89)
  • Dec 27 Gerina Dunwich, American author
  • Dec 29 Paula Poundstone, comedienne (Emmy Awards)
  • Dec 30 Josée Verner, French Canadian politician
  • Dec 31 Phill Kline, American politician

Weddings in History

  • Dec 21 Shah of Persia marries Farah Diba

Deaths in History

  • Dec 4 Rosetta Duncan, (Duncan Sisters), dies in an auto accident at 58
  • Dec 9 Walter Compton, news anchor (DuMont Evening News), dies at 47
  • Dec 14 Maria EG "Lizzy" Ansingh, Dutch painter (Cast Off), dies at 84
  • Dec 18 Dorothy L Sayers, writer, dies at 66
  • Dec 19 Walter Williams, claimed to be last survivor of Civil War, dies at 117
  • Dec 21 Rosanjin, Japanese calligrapher, restaurateur and ceramicist (b. 1883)
  • Dec 23 Edward FLW Halifax, English viscount/viceroy of India, dies at 78
  • Dec 23 Lord Irwin, ambassador to US (1940-46), dies at 78
  • Dec 27 Alfonso Reyes, Mexican poet/historian/diplomat, dies at 70
  • Dec 28 Ante Pavelić, leader of Nazi Germany puppet Independent State of Croatia (b. 1889)
  • Dec 30 Maria Baers, Flemish social female worker/senator, dies at 76