January 1959 in History

Events in History


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Jan 1 Cuban Dictator Fulgencio Batista flees Cuba for the Dominican Republic

Cuban President and Dictator Fulgencio Batista
Cuban President and Dictator
Fulgencio Batista
  • Jan 1 Chad becomes autonomous republic in French Community
  • Jan 1 Rohan Kanhai completes 256 v India at Calcutta
  • Jan 2 USSR launches Mechta (Luna 1) for 1st lunar fly-by, 1st solar orbit
  • Jan 3 Alaska admitted as 49th US state
  • Jan 4 Luna 1 (Mechta) becomes 1st craft to leave Earth's gravity
  • Jan 5 "Bozo the Clown" live children's show premieres on TV

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Jan 7 US recognizes Fidel Castro's Cuban government

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro

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Jan 7 American gangster Meyer Lansky flees Cuba for the Bahamas due to the Cuban Revolution and rise of Fidel Castro

Mobster Meyer Lansky
Mobster
Meyer Lansky

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Jan 8 Charles de Gaulle inaugurated as president of France's 5th Republic

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • Jan 9 Dam across Tera River in Northwestern Spain collapses after heavy winter rains, killing 135
  • Jan 9 Pat O'Connor beats Dick Hutton in St Louis, to become NWA champ
  • Jan 11 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Theodore Roethke
  • Jan 12 Rediscovery of the Caves of Nerja in Spain
  • Jan 13 French President Charles de Gaulle grants amnesty to 130 Algerians sentenced to death
  • Jan 13 King Boudouin promises Belgian Congo independence
  • Jan 20 Dmitri Shostakovitch's Moscow-Tsjerjomoesjki premieres in Moscow
  • Jan 22 USAF concludes that less than 1% of UFOs are unknown objects
  • Jan 25 1st transcontinental commercial jet flight (American) (LA to NY for $301)

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Jan 25 Pope John XXIII proclaims 2nd Vatican council

  • Jan 26 Italy government of Fanfani resigns
  • Jan 29 Walt Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" released
  • Jan 29 'The Great Smog' hits London, many die of chest and lung-related illnesses
  • Jan 30 Australia 1-200 1st day 4th Test v England, Adelaide Oval
  • Jan 30 MS Hans Hedtoft sinks, 95 die
  • Jan 31 Joe Cronin signs 7 year pact to become head of AL

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 Abdul Ahad Mohmand, Afghanistan, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-6)
  • Jan 1 Azali Assoumani, Comorian president
  • Jan 4 Yoshitomo Nara, Japanese pop artist
  • Jan 6 John Singleton, director (Boyz n The Hood), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 9 Rigoberta Menchú, Nobel Peace Prize laureate
  • Jan 12 Lasana M. Sekou, Saint Martin, Caribbean, poet/author (The Salt Reaper
  • Jan 15 Pavle Kozjek, Slovenian climber (d. 2008)
  • Jan 16 Juanita Bynum, American televangelist
  • Jan 24 David Mills, American author
  • Jan 27 Göran Hägglund, Swedish politician
  • Jan 27 Keith Olbermann, American news presenter
  • Jan 28 Randi Rhodes, Nova M Radio personality

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 26 President of Cuba Raúl Castro (27) weds revolutionary Vilma Espín (28) in Santiago de Cuba

President of Cuba Raúl Castro
President of Cuba
Raúl Castro

Deaths in History

  • Jan 11 Mohammed Zakaria Ghonein, discoverer of 6,000 yr old pyramid, dies
  • Jan 28 Joseph Sprinzak, Speaker of Israel Knesset (1949-59), dies at 73