June 1959 in History

Events in History

  • Jun 1 2-time champ Monterrey Mexico barred from 1959 Little League competition for using players outside predetermined geographical area
  • Jun 1 Constitution of Tunisia promulgated (National Day)

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Jun 2 Allen Ginsberg writes his poem "Lysergic Acid", SF

Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg
Beat Poet
Allen Ginsberg
  • Jun 3 1st US Air Force Academy graduation in Colorado Springs, Colorado

CommunicationHistoric Communication

Jun 3 US President Eisenhower routes Canadian premier Diefenbaker a message off the Moon

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
13th Prime Minister of Canada John Diefenbaker
13th Prime Minister of Canada
John Diefenbaker
  • Jun 3 Singapore adopts constitution
  • Jun 5 Bob Dylan graduates from Hibbing High School in Minnesota

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Jun 5 The first independent government of the State of Singapore is sworn in with Lee Kuan Yew as Prime Minister

Founder of Modern Singapore Lee Kuan Yew
Founder of Modern Singapore
Lee Kuan Yew
  • Jun 7 KLX-AM in Oakland California changes call letters to KEWB (now KNEW)
  • Jun 8 1st official "missile mail" lands (Jacksonville, Fla)
  • Jun 8 X-15 makes 1st unpowered flight, from a B-52 at 11,500 m
  • Jun 9 1st ballistic missile sub launched (George Washington-Groton, Ct)
  • Jun 10 Rocky Colovito hits 4 consecutive HRs in 1 game
  • Jun 11 Postmaster General bans D H Lawrence's book, Lady Chatterley's Lover (overruled by US Court of Appeals in Mar 1960)
  • Jun 16 In South Africa, Apartheid government efforts to remove Black people from Cato Manor close to the Durban city center to Kwa Mashu, a newly established black township on the outskirts, is met with violent resistance.
  • Jun 17 Eamon de Valera elected President of Ireland
  • Jun 18 1st telecast transmitted from England to US
  • Jun 18 Governor of Louisiana Earl K. Long is committed to a state mental hospital; he responds by having the hospital's director fired and replaced with a crony who proceeds to proclaim him perfectly sane.
  • Jun 19 Senate rejects Ike's appointment of Lewis Strauss for Secetary of Commerce
  • Jun 22 "Along Came Jones" by Coasters peaks at #9
  • Jun 22 Eddie Lubanski bowls 2 consecutive perfect games
  • Jun 22 Shunryu Suzuki completes his historical Japan to SF voyage
  • Jun 22 Vanguard SLV-6 launched for Earth orbit (failed)
  • Jun 23 Convicted Manhattan Project spy Klaus Fuchs is released after only nine years in prison and allowed to emigrate to Dresden, East Germany (where he resumed a scientific career).
  • Jun 23 A fire in a resort hotel in Stalheim, Norway kills 34 people.
  • Jun 26 Queen Elizabeth & President Eisenhower open St Lawrence Seaway
  • Jun 26 9th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Cousins" wins Golden Bear
  • Jun 27 Players vote Henry Aaron unanimously for the All-Star Game

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Jun 29 Pope John XXIII 1st encyclical "On truth, unity, & peace, in charity"

  • Jun 30 During a game in Wrigley Field, 2 balls were in play at same time

Birthdays in History

  • Jun 4 Lord Rayleigh, agri-businessman (Lord Rayleigh Farms)
  • Jun 6 Georgios Voulgarakis, Greek politician
  • Jun 7 Mike Pence, American politician (R), Governor of Indiana (2013-) and Donald Trump's running mate, born in Columbus, Indiana
  • Jun 9 Christian Wulff, German politician, currently prime minister of Lower Saxony.
  • Jun 10 Eliot Spitzer, American politician (Governor of New York 2007-8), born in the Bronx, New York
  • Jun 10 Carlo Ancelotti, A.C. Milan coach
  • Jun 12 Jervis Johnson, Games Designer for Games Workshop, Nottingham
  • Jun 13 Steve Georganas, Australian politician
  • Jun 19 Kimberley Leston, journalist
  • Jun 27 Dan Jurgens, American comic book writer
  • Jun 29 Larry Parham, 4th victim of NYC's Zodiac killer (1st to die)

Deaths in History

  • Jun 1 Sax Rohmer, English author (b. 1883)
  • Jun 4 Charles Vidor, director (Gilda, Farewell to Arms), dies at 58
  • Jun 10 Zoltán Meskó, Hungarian Nazi (b. 1883)
  • Jun 17 Abdul Mouse, Indonesian nationalist foreman/author, dies at about 68
  • Jun 20 Hitoshi Ashida, Japanese politician, dies at 71
  • Jun 22 Hermann Brill, German politician (b. 1895)
  • Jun 24 Lou Bandy, Dutch revue-artist (Life Ain't Bad), commits suicide at 69
  • Jun 25 Charles Starkweather, spree killer (b. 1938)
  • Jun 29 A Cecil Snyder, Chief Justice of Puerto Rico, dies at 51
  • Jun 30 José Vasconcelos, Mexican writer and politician (b. 1882)