Historical Events in April 1959

  • Apr 4 France beats Wales, 11-3 at Stade Colombes to win the Five Nations Rugby Championship outright for the first time
  • Apr 4 Mali Federation founded, consisting of Senegal & French Sudan (dissolved 1960)

US Masters Golf

Apr 5 23rd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Art Wall Jr wins by 1 stroke from Cary Middlecoff for his only PGA Tour major victory

  • Apr 7 Oklahoma ends prohibition, after 51 years
  • Apr 7 Radar 1st bounced off Sun, Stanford Calif
  • Apr 9 13th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics sweep Minnesota Lakers in 4 games, first of Boston Celtics record 8 straight titles
  • Apr 9 Baltimore Orioles pull their 2nd triple play (3-6-3 vs Washington Senators)

NBA Record

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

  • Apr 9 NASA names 1st 7 astronauts for Project Mercury
  • Apr 10 Chicago White Sox second baseman Nellie Fox gets a MLB Opening Day record tying 5 hits in 7 at-bats in a 14-inning, 9–7 win in Detroit

Sports History

Apr 11 Dodger pitcher Don Drysdale hits his 2nd Opening Day HR

  • Apr 11 Dutch Prince Bernhard visits Lockheed factory
  • Apr 11 Yip Harburg, Fred Saidy, and Harold Arlen's musical "Jamaica", starring Lena Horne, closes at Imperial Theater, NYC, after 558 performances
  • 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

Historic Event

Apr 15 US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles resigns

  • 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 Phils' Dave Philley gets a major league record 9th straight pinch hit
  • Apr 18 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Montreal Canadiens' 4th straight title; beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-3 for a 4-1 series win
  • 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
  • Apr 22 Chicago White Sox beat KC Athletics 20-6, in 1 inning Sox score 11 runs on 1 hit, 10 walks, & 3 errors

Baseball Record

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

  • Apr 23 "Destry Rides Again" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 472 performances
  • Apr 23 1st heliport in Britain opens in London
  • Apr 24 Netherland 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
  • Apr 27 "Today" show goes abroard 1st time (Paris France)

Historic Event

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

  • Apr 27 The last Canadian missionary leaves the People's Republic of China.
  • Apr 28 6th National Film Awards (India): "Sagar Sangamey" wins the Golden Lotus
  • 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