On This Day

What Happened in 1959

Important Events in 1959

  • Jan 4 Luna 1 (Mechta) becomes 1st craft to leave Earth's gravity
  • Feb 16 Fidel Castro becomes the 16th Prime Minister of Cuba after overthrowing Fulgencio Batista
  • Mar 30 Dalai Lama flees China and is granted political asylum in India
  • Aug 21 Hawaii becomes the 50th US state
  • Aug 26 British Motor Corporation introduces the Morris Mini-Minor, designed by Alec Issigonis, it was only 10 ft long but seated 4 passengers
  • Sep 12 Luna 2 launched by USSR; 1st spacecraft to impact on the Moon

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1959 in Film & TV

1959 in Music

  • Feb 3 "The Day the Music Died" plane crash kills musicians Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, J. P. Richardson and pilot near Clear Lake, Iowa
  • May 4 First Grammy Awards: Perry Como & Ella Fitzgerald win
  • Jul 31 Cliff Richard and the Shadows have their 1st British No. 1 single with "Living' Doll" (biggest British single of 1959)
  • Nov 16 "The Sound of Music" musical by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater, NYC, for 1443 performances

1959 in Sport

  • Apr 9 13th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics sweep Minnesota Lakers in 4 games, first of Boston Celtics record 8 straight titles

Do you know this fact about today?Did You Know?

Far side of Moon seen for the 1st time, courtesy of USSR's Luna 3 space probe

On October 7, 1959


Famous People in 1959

World Leaders in 1959

Would you believe this fact about today?Would You Believe?

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

On June 18, 1959

Famous Weddings in 1959

  • Jan 26 President of Cuba Raúl Castro (27) weds revolutionary Vilma Espín (28) in Santiago de Cuba
  • Apr 1 American sci-fi writer "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Philip K Dick marries 3rd wife Anne Williams Rubinstein
  • Apr 10 Japan's Crown Prince Akihito marries commoner Michiko Shoda

Famous Divorces in 1959


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