July 1959 in History

Events in History

  • Jul 1 Heinrich Lubke elected president of West Germany
  • Jul 1 Israeli Knesset agrees to weapon sales to West Germany
  • Jul 1 World Refugee Year begins
  • Jul 1 The Party of the African Federation (PFA) holds its constitutive conference.
  • 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
  • Jul 6 Saar becomes part of German Federal Republic
  • 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)

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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
  • Jul 21 1st nuclear powered merchant ship, NS Savannah, named, Camden NJ
  • Jul 22 Benjamin Britten's "Missa Brevis" in D premieres
  • Jul 22 Natural gas found at Slochteren, Groningen, Netherlands

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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

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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 27 Abbas Ali Baig scores 112 for India v England on debut
  • 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 31 1st exhibit of bongos at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo opens

Birthdays in History

  • Jul 2 Wendy B Lawrence, astronaut (STS 67, 86, sk:91), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Jul 5 Veronica Guerin, journalist
  • Jul 7 Ben Linder, American engineer (d. 1987)
  • Jul 9 Clive Stafford Smith, British human-rights lawyer
  • Jul 12 Rolonda Watts, talk show hostess (Rolanda)
  • Jul 13 Danitra Vance, comedienne (SNL, Little Man Tate, Limit Up)
  • Jul 14 Susana Martinez, American politician (Governor of New Mexico) 1st female Hispanic US governor, born in El Paso, Texas
  • Jul 16 Doug Herzog, American television executive
  • Jul 17 Janet Lynn Kavandi, Springfield Mo, PhD/astronaut (sk:STS 91)
  • Jul 26 Rick Bragg, American writer
  • Jul 29 Ruud Janssen, Dutch writer and artist

Weddings in History

  • Jul 2 Belgian Albert, Prince of Li├Ęge marries Dona Paola, Princess Ruffo di Calabria in Brussels

Deaths in History

  • Jul 6 George Grosz, German cartoonist/painter (Ecce Homo), dies at 65
  • Jul 8 Dale Buisand & Chester Ovnand, 1st Americans killed in Vietnam War
  • Jul 14 Grock, [Adrien Wettach], Swiss clown/circus director, dies at 79
  • Jul 15 Peter A Egge, Norwegian writer (The Dream), dies
  • Jul 15 Vance Palmer, Australian author (b. 1885)
  • Jul 17 Henri Pourrat, French writer (Le chasseur de la nuit), dies
  • Jul 17 Eugene Meyer, American businessman and newspaper publisher (b. 1875)
  • Jul 20 Harry Fox II, dies at 77
  • Jul 25 Isaac Halevi Herzog, chief rabbi of Israel (1936-59), dies at 71
  • Jul 26 Manuel Altolaguirre, Spanish poet/publisher (Amor), dies at 54