What Happened in December 1959

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 12 nations sign treaty for scientific peaceful use of Antarctica
  • Dec 1 25th Heisman Trophy Award: Billy Cannon, LSU (HB)
  • Dec 1 The 1st color photograph of Earth received from outer space
  • Dec 2 Malpasset dam collapses destroying French Riviera town of Frejus
  • Dec 3 State of emergency in Cyprus ends
  • Dec 5 Intikhab Alam bowls Colin McDonald with 1st ball in Tests
  • Dec 7 "Saratoga" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 80 performances
  • Dec 8 Dom Mintoff demands independence for Malta

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Dec 8 President Eisenhower watches Pakistan v Aust Test Cricket at Karachi

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Dec 11 NY Yankees trade Marv Thronberry, Don Larsen, Hank Bauer and Norm Seibern for Roger Maris, Kent Hadley and Joe Deaestri

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Dec 11 Emilio G. Segrè publishes his discovery of the antiproton, a sub-atomic antiparticle for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1959

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Emilio G. Segrè
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Emilio G. Segrè
  • Dec 12 UN Committee on Peaceful Use of Outer Space is established
  • Dec 12 Jack Brabham becomes first Australian to win World Championship of Drivers; finishes 4th in season-ending US Grand Prix at Sebring to win title by 4 points from British driver Tony Brooks
  • Dec 13 Archbishop Makarios elected 1st president of Cyprus
  • Dec 14 Archbishop Makarios proclaimed president of Cyprus
  • Dec 14 J B Jordan in F-104C sets world altitude record, 31,513m

  • Dec 15 Everly Brothers record "Let It Be Me"
  • Dec 16 Snow falling in Lowarai Pass West Pakistan kills 48
  • Dec 17 "On The Beach" is 1st film to premiere on both sides of Iron Curtain

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Dec 18 Sammy Baugh named 1st coach of NY Titans (AFL)

American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh
  • Dec 19 1st Liberty Bowl game-Penn State beats Alabama 7-0
  • Dec 20 Jasu Patel takes 9-69, India v Australia at Kanpur
  • Dec 21 10th largest snowfall in NYC history (13.7")
  • Dec 21 Citizens of Deerfield Ill block building of interracial housing

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Dec 21 Tom Landry accepts coaching job with Dallas Cowboys (stays until 1988)

NFL Head Coach Tom Landry
NFL Head Coach
Tom Landry
  • Dec 22 Continental League awards its last franchise to Dallas-Fort Worth
  • Dec 22 NY Ranger goalie Marcel Paille wears a customized mask
  • Dec 25 A synagogue in Cologne Germany desecrated with swatstikas

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Dec 25 Richard Starkey (later better known as Ringo Starr) receives his first drum set

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • Dec 25 Sony brings transistor TV 8-301 to the market
  • Dec 27 Balt Colts beat NY Giants 31-16 in NFL championship game
  • Dec 29 Saul Levitt's "Andersonville Trial" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 30 George Washington, 1st ballistic missile sub commissioned

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Billy Childish, English painter, writer and musician
  • Dec 1 Rick Leventhal, American broadcast journalist
  • Dec 1 Wally Lewis, Australian rugby league footballer
  • Dec 2 Greg Barton, kayaker (Olympics 2 gold-88)
  • Dec 2 Patty Jordan, LPGA golfer (1988 Mitsubishi Motors Ocean), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Dec 3 Kathy Jordan, Bryn Mawr PA, tennis player (US Opens Doubles 1981)
  • Dec 3 Eamonn Holmes, Northern Irish TV presenter
  • Dec 4 Susan W Krebs, American politician
  • Dec 4 Paul McGrath, Irish footballer (Aston Villa, Sheffield United), born in Ealing, England
  • Dec 5 Nikki Gianulias, American ten-pin bowler (LPBT Rookie of Year 1979), born in Vallejo, California
  • Dec 5 Shirley Furlong, American LPGA golfer (1988 Lady Keystone Open), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Dec 5 Connie Needham Newton, American actress (Eight is Enough, Fame), born in Anaheim, California
  • Dec 6 Satoru Iwata, President and CEO of Nintendo (Nintendo DS and Wii), born in Sapporo, Hokkaido (d. 2015)
  • Dec 7 Salim Yousuf, cricketer (Pakistani wicket-keeper in 32 Tests 1986-90)
  • Dec 8 Marty Raybon, American singer (Shenandoah-Sunday in the South), born in Sanford, Florida
  • Dec 8 Paul Rutherford, vocalist (Frankie Goes to Hollywood-Relax)
  • Dec 8 Jim Yong Kim, South Korean-American physician, anthropologist and President of the World Bank, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Dec 10 Burke Moses, American actor (Sean Baxter-As the World Turns), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 10 Mark Aguirre, NBA forward (Detroit Pistons)
  • Dec 11 David Iwasaki-Smith, Australian golfer, born in Warragul, Victoria
  • Dec 11 Jean-Louis Lamarre, La Prairie Que, golfer (Quebec PGA-1982, 85)
  • Dec 11 Tina Gayle, Frankfurt GFR, Cowboy cheerleader/actress (Kathy-Chips)
  • Dec 11 Lisa Gastineau, American reality show star
  • Dec 12 Belouis Some, rock musician (Neville Keighley-Some People)
  • Dec 12 Krishnammachari Srikkanth, cricketer (big-hitting Indian opener)
  • Dec 12 Scott D Vangen, Granite Falls MN, astronaut
  • Dec 13 John Whitaker, actor (Family Affair, Snowball Expr), born in Van Nuys, California
  • Dec 13 Marianne Gravatte, playmate of year (Oct, 1982), born in Hollywood, California
  • Dec 13 Jim Barrell, American professional wrestler
  • Dec 14 Franco Iglesia, Cuba, spanish singer
  • Dec 14 Jorge Vaca, Mexican boxer
  • Dec 15 Greg Matthews, cricketer (NSW & Aust off-spin all rounder Yeah yeah)
  • Dec 15 Heidi Bohay, Somerset NJ, actress (Megan-Hotel)
  • Dec 15 Rashid Khan, cricketer (4 Tests for Pakistan 1982-85)
  • Dec 16 Alison La Placa, NJ, actress (Duet, Catherine-John Larroquette Show)
  • Dec 16 Steven Irvine, rock drummer (Lloyd Cole & The Commotions)
  • Dec 17 Michelle Mackall, LPGA golfer (1995 Friendly's-32nd), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 17 Tammie Green, American golfer (du Maurier Classic 1989), born in Somerset Ohio
  • Dec 17 Robert "Bob" Stinson, American rock guitarist (The Replacements), born in Waconia, Minnesota (d. 1995)
  • Dec 18 Barrie Chase, actress (Mardi Gras, Cape Fear)
  • Dec 19 Edward Metgod, Dutch soccer goalie (Haarlem, Sparta)
  • Dec 19 Kathryn "Furu" Carpenter, Marshall Mich, fencer-epee (Olympics 1996)
  • Dec 20 David Lutz, NFL guard/tackle (Detroit Lions)
  • Dec 20 Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz, Prime Minister of Poland
  • Dec 21 Florence Griffith Joyner, American sprinter (3 x Olympic gold 1988), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1998)
  • Dec 22 Bernd Schuster, German footballer, born in Augsburg, Germany
  • Dec 23 Geoff Willis, British engineer
  • Dec 24 Keith Deller, British darts player
  • Dec 24 Anil Kapoor, Indian producer and actor (Slumdog Millionaire, Taal, Maulana Jutt, Tezaab, Beta), born in Bombay, India

Person of interestLee Daniels

Dec 24 Lee Daniels, American director ("Precious", "Empire"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Director Lee Daniels
Lee Daniels
  • Dec 25 Chris Spice, Australian field hockey coach (Olympics 1996)
  • Dec 25 Michael P Anderson, Plattsburgh NY, major USAF/astronaut (STS 89)
  • Dec 25 Missy Cleveland, playmate (April, 1979), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Dec 25 Ton Lokhoff, Dutch soccer player (NAC)
  • Dec 26 Lesley Tomlinson, Derbyshire England, cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • Dec 26 Koji Morimoto, Japanese animated film director
  • Dec 27 Andre Tippett, NFL linebacker (New England Patriots)
  • Dec 27 Mary Holland, WPVA volleyballer, born in San Diego, California
  • Dec 27 Gerina Dunwich, American author
  • Dec 28 Everson Walls, NFL cornerback (Dallas Cowboys, NY Giants)
  • Dec 28 Ana Torroja, Spanish singer (Mecano)
  • Dec 28 Phil Abrams, American actor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 29 Paula Poundstone, comedienne (Emmy Awards)
  • Dec 29 Ritsuko Okazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter (Kanashii Jiyū / Koi ga, Kiete Yuku), born in Hashima Island, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan (d. 2004)
  • Dec 30 Tracey Ullman, Slough England, singer/actress (Tracey Ullman Show)
  • Dec 30 Josée Verner, French Canadian politician
  • Dec 31 Bebe Neuwirth, American actress (Lilith in Cheers, Damn Yankees), born in Princeton New Jersey
  • Dec 31 Paul Westerberg, singer (The Replacements)
  • Dec 31 Val Kilmer, actor (Top Secret, Top Gun, Willow), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 31 Phill Kline, American politician
  • Dec 31 Baron Waqa, Nauruan politician and musician
  • Dec 31 Alfie Anido, Filipino actor (d. 1981)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 21 Shah of Persia Mohammed Reza Pahlavi marries Farah Pahlavi Diba

Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Last Shah of Iran
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 26 NFL coach John Madden (23) weds Virginia Fields

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 4 Rosetta Duncan, (Duncan Sisters), dies in an auto accident at 58
  • Dec 5 K. S. Duleepsinhji, English-Indian cricketer (12 Tests for England, 995 runs), dies at 54
  • Dec 6 Len Doyle, actor (Harrington-Mr District Attorney), dies at 66
  • Dec 7 Charlie Hall, English comedic actor (Tit for Tat, A Chump at Oxford), dies at 60
  • Dec 9 Walter Compton, news anchor (DuMont Evening News), dies at 47
  • Dec 10 Charles Jones, cricket batsman (WI in 4 Tests 1930-35, 63 runs), dies
  • Dec 10 Henri Vidal, French actor (Fabiola), dies of a heart attack at 40
  • Dec 11 Jim Bottomley, American baseball player, dies at 59
  • Dec 12 Russell Simpson, American actor (San Francisco, Abraham Lincoln), dies at 82
  • Dec 14 Lizzy Ansingh, Dutch painter (Cast Off), dies at 84
  • Dec 18 Dorothy L Sayers, writer, dies at 66
  • Dec 19 Walter Williams, claimed to be last survivor of Civil War, dies at 117
  • Dec 21 Rosanjin, Japanese calligrapher, restaurateur and ceramicist (b. 1883)
  • Dec 22 Gilda Gray, actress (Piccadilly), dies of heart attack at 60
  • Dec 23 Edward FLW Halifax, English viscount/viceroy of India, dies at 78
  • Dec 23 Lester Lonergan Jr, actor (Growing Paynes), dies at 65
  • Dec 23 Lord Irwin, ambassador to US (1940-46), dies at 78
  • Dec 23 Edward Frederick Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax and British ambassador to US (1940-46), dies at 78
  • Dec 27 Alfonso Reyes, Mexican poet/historian/diplomat, dies at 70

Person of interestAnte Pavelić

Dec 28 Ante Pavelić, Croatian leader of Nazi Germany puppet Independent State of Croatia, dies from wounds received in an attempted assassination two years earlier at 70

Croatian Fascist Leader Ante Pavelić
Croatian Fascist Leader
Ante Pavelić
  • Dec 29 Robin Humphrey Milford, composer, dies at 56
  • Dec 30 Maria Baers, Flemish social worker and founder of the Christian Workers' Women's Movement (KAV), dies at 76