1959 in History (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 303

  • Apr 25 St Lawrence Seaway linking Atlantic, Great Lakes opens to shipping
  • Apr 25 Then-bishop Karol Wojtyla's celebrates newly completed Nowa Huta, Poland's first ever Mass at midnight of Christmas morning
  • Apr 27 "Today" show goes abroard 1st time (Paris France)
  • Apr 27 Liu Sjau-chi elected president of China People's Republic
  • Apr 27 The last Canadian missionary leaves the People's Republic of China.
  • May 1 West Germany introduces 5 day work week
  • May 3 Tiger's Charlie Maxwell hits 4 consecutive HRs in a doubleheader
  • May 4 Pulitzer Prize awarded to Archibald Macleish (JB)
  • May 6 Iceland gunboats shoot at British fishing vessels
  • May 8 3-deck Nile excursion steamer springs a leak panicking passengers who capsized ship. 200 drown just yards from shore
  • May 10 Soviet forces arrive in Afghanistan
  • May 10 Giants Jim Hearn allows 2 runs against Pirates, game is suspended, Hearn is released & charged with loss 2 months after his retirement
  • May 19 Jan de Quay becomes premier of Netherlands
  • May 19 The USS Triton, the first submarine with two nuclear reactors, is completed
  • May 20 Ford wins battle with Chrysler to call its new car "Falcon"
  • May 20 Japanese-Americans regain their citizenship
  • May 20 Shah of Persia visits Netherlands
  • May 20 Yanks sink to last place, 1st time since May 25, 1940
  • May 21 Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Children's Petting Farm opens
  • May 22 Benjamin O Davis Jr becomes 1st black major general in US Air Force
  • May 24 1st house with built-in bomb shelter exhibited (Pleasant Hills, Pa)
  • May 24 Empire Day renamed Commonwealth Day in Great Britain

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May 25 Khrushchev visits Angola

Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev
Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Nikita Khrushchev
  • May 26 Harvey Haddix pitches 12 perfect innings, loses in 13th
  • May 28 Congressional Committee of Astronautics meets Project 7 astronauts
  • May 28 Monkeys Able & Baker zoom 300 mi (500 km) into space on Jupiter missile, became 1st animals retrieved from a space mission

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May 29 Charles de Gaulle forms French government

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • May 30 Iraq terminates milt assistance pact with US due to neutrality
  • May 30 President Luis Somoza Debayle ends emergency crisis in Nicaragua
  • May 30 Pres Stroessner disbands Paraguay's parliament
  • May 30 World's 1st hovercraft (SR-N1) tested at Cowes, England
  • May 30 The Auckland Harbour Bridge is officially opened in Auckland, New Zealand.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jul 24 US VP Nixon argues with Khrushchev, known as "Kitchen Debate"
  • 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
  • Aug 1 Pope John XXIII publishes encyclical Sacerdotii nostri primordia
  • Aug 2 Milwaukee Brave Bill Bruton hits 2 bases loaded triples
  • Aug 3 50 killed in uprising in Guinea-Bissau
  • Aug 3 AL beats NL 5-3 in 27th All Star Game (Dodger Stadium)
  • Aug 5 42.4 cm rainfall in Decatur Co, Iowa (state record)
  • Aug 7 Explorer 6 transmits 1st TV photo of Earth from space
  • Aug 7 The Lincoln Memorial design on the U.S. penny goes into circulation. It replaces the "sheaves of wheat" design
  • Aug 12 1st ship firing of a Polaris missile, Observation Island
  • Aug 12 Progressive Party under John Steytler forms in South Africa

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 101 - 140 of 140

  • Oct 6 Brian Higgins, American politician, Member of US House of Representatives
  • Oct 7 Lourdes Flores, Peruvian politician
  • Oct 7 Jean-Marc Fournier, French-Canadian politician
  • Oct 8 Carlos I Noriega, Lima Peru, astronaut (STS 84, sk 97)
  • Oct 9 Boris Nemtsov, Russian politician, born in Sochi, Soviet Union (assassinated 2015)
  • Oct 11 Bob Inglis, (Rep-R-South Carolina)
  • Oct 12 Abigail Kingsley Alling, executive (Biosphere 2), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 12 Anna Escobedo Cabral, 42nd Treasurer of the United States
  • Oct 15 Sarah Magaret Fergusson, [Fergie], Duchess of York, born in London, England
  • Oct 15 Emeril Lagasse, American chef
  • Oct 17 Ron Drummond, American writer
  • Oct 17 Mark Peel, Australian historian and academic
  • Oct 18 Kirby Chambliss, Aerobatic pilot and Red Bull Air Racer
  • Oct 18 Steve Swayne, Dartmouth Professor
  • Oct 22 Arto Salminen, Finnish writer (d. 2005)
  • Oct 26 Evo Morales, President of Bolivia
  • Oct 31 Neal Stephenson, American author
  • Nov 9 Nick Hamilton, American wrestling referee
  • Nov 11 Lee Haney, American bodybuilder

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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
  • 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

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Deaths in History

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