November 1959 in History

Events in History

  • Nov 1 Patrice Lumumba arrested in Belgian Congo
  • Nov 1 WOV-AM in NYC changes call letters to WADO
  • Nov 2 Charles Van Doren confesses that TV quiz show "21" was fixed
  • Nov 2 The first section of the M1 motorway, the first inter-urban motorway in the United Kingdom, is opened between the present junctions 5 and 18, along with the M10 motorway and M45 motorway

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 3 David Ben-Gurion's Mapai party wins Israeli parliamentary election

First Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion
First Israeli Prime Minister
David Ben-Gurion
  • Nov 8 Tunisian president Habib Bourguiba's Nes Destour party wins every seat
  • Nov 11 1st episode of "Rocky & His Friends" airs
  • Nov 11 Seals Stadium in San Francisco, demolished
  • Nov 14 Kilauea's most spectacular eruption (in Hawaii)

MurderMurder of Interest

Nov 15 Richard "Dick" Hickock and Perry Smith murder four members of the Clutter Family at their farm outside Holcomb, Kansas (subject of Truman Capote book In Cold Blood).

  • Nov 17 De Beers firm of South Africa announces synthetic diamond
  • Nov 17 Giants slugger Willie McCovey wins NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 17 William Shea shows proposed NYC stadium with transparent roof
  • Nov 18 Wash Senator Bob Allison wins AL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 19 Ford Motors cancels its poorly received Edsel model
  • Nov 20 UN adopts Universal Declaration of Children's Rights

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 21 Jack Benny (violin) & Richard Nixon (piano) play their famed duet

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 28 Pope John XXIII publishes encyclical Princeps Pastorum


Birthdays in History

  • Nov 9 Nick Hamilton, American wrestling referee
  • Nov 11 Lee Haney, American bodybuilder

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 14 Bryan Stevenson, American social justice activist and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, born in Milton, Delaware

Lawyer and Social Justice Activist Bryan Stevenson
Lawyer and Social Justice Activist
Bryan Stevenson
  • Nov 19 Jean-Francois Clervoy, Longeville France, astronaut (STS 66, 84)
  • Nov 20 James P. McGovern, American politician
  • Nov 25 Charles Kennedy, British politician (Liberal Democrat leader 1999-2006), born in Inverness, Scotland
  • Nov 28 R Glynn Holt, Plainveiw Texas, PhD/astronaut (STS 73 alt)
  • Nov 28 Stephen Roche, bicylist
  • Nov 30 Lorraine Kelly, British presenter and journalist

Deaths in History

  • Nov 1 Gershon Agron, mayor of Jerusalem, dies at 66

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 6 Jose P. Laurel, Philippine president, dies of heart attack at 68

3rd President of the Philippines José P. Laurel
3rd President of the Philippines
José P. Laurel
  • Nov 8 Frank Sherman Land, founder of DeMolay International (b. 1890)
  • Nov 19 Edward C Tolman, US psychologist (behaviorism), dies
  • Nov 19 Joseph Charbonneau, archbishop of Montreal (b. 1892)
  • Nov 24 Lyman Bryson, educator (UN Casebook), dies at 71
  • Nov 24 Yuri N Libedinski, Ukrainen writer (Commissioners), dies at 60
  • Nov 29 Hans Henny Jahnn, writer, dies at 64