What Happened in April 1959

Historical Events

  • Apr 4 Mali Federation founded, consisting of Senegal & French Sudan (dissolved 1960)
  • Apr 5 23rd Masters Golf, Augusta: Art Wall Jr wins by 1 from Cary Middlecoff for his only PGA Tour major victory

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Apr 6 31st Academy Awards: "Gigi", Susan Hayward & David Niven win

  • Apr 7 Oklahoma ends prohibition, after 51 years
  • Apr 7 Radar 1st bounced off Sun, Stanford Calif
  • Apr 9 Balt Orioles pull their 2nd triple play (3-6-3 vs Washington Senators)

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Apr 9 Bill Sharman hits a NBA record 56 consecutive foul shot

NBA Guard Bill Sharman
NBA Guard
Bill Sharman
  • Apr 9 NASA names 1st 7 astronauts for Project Mercury
  • Apr 9 13th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics sweep Minnesota Lakers in 4 games, first of Boston Celtics record 8 straight titles
  • Apr 11 "Jamaica" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 558 performances
  • Apr 11 Dodger pitcher Don Drysdale hits his 2nd Opening Day HR
  • Apr 11 Dutch prince Bernhard visits Lockheed factory
  • Apr 12 13th Tony Awards: J B & Redhead win
  • Apr 12 France Observator reports torture practice by French army in Algeria
  • Apr 13 USAF launches Discoverer II into polar orbit
  • Apr 13 Vanguard SLV-5 launched for Earth orbit (failed)

  • Apr 13 Vatican edict forbids Roman Catholics from voting for communists
  • Apr 14 (Robert) Taft Memorial Bell Tower dedicated in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 14 KDIN TV channel 11 in Des Moines, IA (PBS) begins broadcasting

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Apr 15 Fidel Castro begins US goodwill tour

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro

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Apr 15 US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles resigns

US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles
US Secretary of State
John Foster Dulles
  • Apr 16 "Party with Comden & Green" opens at John Golden NYC for 44 performances
  • Apr 16 Datu Abdul Rozak inaugurated as premier of Malaysia federation
  • Apr 16 NY Yankees unveil their 1st message scoreboard
  • Apr 16 Phils' Dave Philley gets a major league record 9th straight pinch hit
  • Apr 18 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 1
  • Apr 19 Uprising in La Paz Bolivia, fails
  • Apr 20 63rd Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:22:42
  • Apr 21 Alf Dean using a rod & reel hooks a 2,664lb, 16' 10" great white shark off the coast of Ceduna, Australia

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Apr 22 Yankee Whitey Ford strikes-out 15, beating Senators, 1-0 in 14 innings

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • Apr 22 Chicago White Sox beat KC Athletics 20-6, in 1 inning Sox score 11 runs on 1 hit, 10 walks, & 3 errors
  • Apr 23 "Destry Rides Again" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 472 performances
  • Apr 23 1st heliport in Britain opens in London
  • Apr 24 Neth Dance Theater opens (Rudi of Dantzig & Cut Flier)
  • Apr 24 WICD TV channel 15 in Champaign, IL (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 25 St Lawrence Seaway linking Atlantic and the Great Lakes opens to shipping

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Apr 25 Then-bishop Karol Wojtyla's (future Pope John Paul II) celebrates newly completed Nowa Huta, Poland's first ever Mass at midnight of Christmas morning

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Apr 27 "Today" show goes abroard 1st time (Paris France)

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Apr 27 Mao Zedong resigns as Chairman of the PRC after the disastrous failure of the Great Leap Forward

Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong
  • Apr 27 The last Canadian missionary leaves the People's Republic of China.
  • Apr 28 KLOE TV channel 10 in Goodland, KS (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 28 KPLR TV channel 11 in Saint Louis, MO (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 28 6th National Film Awards (India): "Sagar Sangamey" wins the Golden Lotus

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 2 Adrian Meagher, Australian baseball pitching coach (Olympics 1996), born in Lismore, New South Wales, Australia
  • Apr 2 Brian Goodell, American 400m/1500m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-2 gold-1976), born in Stockton, California
  • Apr 2 Carmen Ayala-Troncoso, American 5K runner, born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 2 Dean Townson, American singer (Pirates of Miss-Fred Jake), born in St Petersburg, Florida
  • Apr 2 Gelindo Bordin, Italian athlete (Olympic gold marathon 1988), born in Vicenza, Italy
  • Apr 2 Ken Macleay, English-born Australian cricketer (at Bedford-on-Avon Aussie ODI medium pacer), born in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, England
  • Apr 2 Badou Zaki, Morrocan footballer and manager, born in Sidi Kacem, Morocco
  • Apr 2 Juha Kankkunen, Finnish race car driver, born in Laukaa, Finland
  • Apr 2 Yves Lavandier, French film writer and director, born in France
  • Apr 3 David Hyde Pierce, American actor (Niles Crane-Fraiser), born in Saratoga Springs, New York
  • Apr 6 Dianne Brill, Tampa, fashion designer/party girl (Queen of the Night)
  • Apr 8 Franklyn Stephenson, cricketer (great all-rounder)
  • Apr 8 Martin Weston, English cricketer
  • Apr 9 Dave Innis, Bartlesville Oklahoma, country singer (Restless Heart-Wheels)
  • Apr 10 Brian Setzer, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Stray Cats), born in Massapequa Park, New York
  • Apr 10 Yvan Loubier, Canadian politician and one of founders of the Bloc Québécois, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Apr 10 Babyface [Kenneth Edmonds], American Grammy Award winning R&B singer, songwriter and record producer, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Apr 12 Elissa Leeds, American actress (Cissy-Dorothy), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 13 Vicki Witt Lansing MI, playmate (Aug, 1978)

Person of interestEmma Thompson

Apr 15 Emma Thompson, British actress (Henry V, Howards End, Oscar 1992), born in London, England

Actress Emma Thompson
Actress
Emma Thompson
  • Apr 15 Kevin Lowe, Lachute, NHL defenseman (NY Rangers)
  • Apr 15 Fruit Chan, Hong Kong film director
  • Apr 15 Thomas F. Wilson, American actor
  • Apr 16 Anne Kursinski, equestrian show jumper (Olympic silver 1996)
  • Apr 16 Scott McKinsey, American television director
  • Apr 17 Elizabeth Lindsey, actress (China Beach)
  • Apr 17 Stephen Singleton, Sheffield, rocker (ABC)
  • Apr 17 Teri Austin, Canadian actress (Terminal Choice, Knots Landing), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 17 Sean Bean, English actor (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, A Game of Thrones)
  • Apr 18 Jim Eisenreich, American MLB outfielder (Tourette syndrome, Florida Marlins WS 1997), born in St. Cloud, Minnesota
  • Apr 20 Clint Howard, American actor (Gentle Ben), born in Burbank, California

Person of interestRobert Smith

Apr 21 Robert Smith, Sussex, English rock guitarist and vocalist (Cure-Hell's Kitchen), born in Blackpool, England

Musician Robert Smith
Musician
Robert Smith
  • Apr 21 Jerry Only [Gerald Caiafa Jr], American musician (Misfits), born in Lodi, New Jersey
  • Apr 21 Michael Timmins, Canadian musician (Cowboy Junkies)
  • Apr 21 Tim Jacobus, American artist (Goosebumps)
  • Apr 22 Nicky Le Roux, South Africa, LPGA golfer (1994 Atlanta Champ-15th)
  • Apr 22 Ranjan Madugalle, cricketer (pioneer of Sri Lanka's Test teams)
  • Apr 22 Ryan Stiles, American actor (Lewis-Drew Carey Show), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Apr 23 Terri Luckhurst, LPGA golfer
  • Apr 23 George Kalovelonis, Greek tennis player, born in Athens, Greece
  • Apr 24 Yvonne Cagle, American astronaut and physician, born in West Point, New York
  • Apr 24 Malcolm Oastler, Australian engineer (Jaguar Racing), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Apr 25 Billy Rankin, rocker, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Apr 25 Tony Phillips, MLB player (Oakland Athletics), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2016)
  • Apr 25 Dominique Blanc, French actress
  • Apr 26 Ann O'Neill, Toowoomba QLD, golfer (1989 Downs District Champ)
  • Apr 26 John Corabi, American Musician
  • Apr 27 Marco Pirroni, rock guitarist (Adam & The Ants), born in London, England
  • Apr 27 Sheena Easton, [Shirley Orr], singer (Sugar Walls), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Apr 27 Louis Lortie, French-Canadian concert pianist, born in Montreal
  • Apr 30 Kamaran Abdalla, Iraq/Engl/Neth actor (Goede Tijden Selechte Tijden)
  • Apr 30 Lauren Howe, LPGA golfer

Person of interestPaul Gross

Apr 30 Paul Gross, Canadian actor (Constable Benton Fraser - Due South), director, and writer (Passchendaele), born in Calgary, Alberta

Actor and Director Paul Gross
Actor and Director
Paul Gross

Person of interestStephen Harper

Apr 30 Stephen Harper, 22nd Prime Minister of Canada (2006-15), born in Toronto, Ontario

22nd Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper
22nd Prime Minister of Canada
Stephen Harper
  • Apr 30 W. Thomas Smith, Jr, American author and columnist

Famous Weddings

  • 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 Deaths

  • Apr 2 Benjamin Christensen, Danish actor (Barnet, Mockery) and film director (Häxan), dies at 79
  • Apr 4 Stanley Snooke, cricketer (bro of S J, duck in South African Test), dies
  • Apr 8 Gustave Charlier, Belgian literature historian, dies

Person of interestFrank Lloyd Wright

Apr 9 Frank Lloyd Wright, American architect (Guggenheim) recognized as "the greatest American architect of all time", dies at 89

  • Apr 12 Ernest Willem Mulder, composer, dies at 60
  • Apr 12 James Gleason, American writer and actor (Bishop's Wife, Flying Fool), dies at 76
  • Apr 13 Eduard van Beinum, Dutch musician and conductor, dies at 57
  • Apr 13 Rigardus "Rijn" Rijnhout, Giant of Rotterdam (2.375m), dies at 38
  • Apr 16 Charles Halton, British stage actor (Dr Cyclops, Tugboat Annie Sails Again), dies at 83
  • Apr 18 Irving Cummings Sr, American silent screen actor and director (In Old Ariz), dies at 70
  • Apr 24 Jef van Hoof, Flemish composer, dies at 72
  • Apr 27 Gordon Armstrong, inventor (baby incubator), dies
  • Apr 30 Armand Marsick, Belgian composer, dies at 81