Historical Events in January 1959

  • Jan 1 25th Orange Bowl: #5 Oklahoma beats #9 Syracuse, 21-6
  • Jan 1 25th Sugar Bowl: #1 LSU beats #12 Clemson, 7-0
  • Jan 1 45th Rose Bowl: #2 Iowa beats #16 California, 38-12
  • Jan 1 Chad becomes autonomous republic in French Community

Historic Event

Jan 1 Cuban Dictator Fulgencio Batista flees Cuba for the Dominican Republic

  • Jan 1 Rohan Kanhai completes 256 v India at Calcutta
  • Jan 2 USSR launches Mechta (Luna 1) for 1st lunar fly-by, 1st solar orbit
  • Jan 3 Alaska admitted as 49th US state
  • Jan 4 Luna 1 (Mechta) becomes 1st craft to leave Earth's gravity
  • Jan 5 "Bozo the Clown" live children's show premieres on TV

Plane Crash

Jan 5 Buddy Holly releases his last record "It Doesn't Matter"; he was killed in a plane crash 29 days later

Historic Event

Jan 7 American gangster Meyer Lansky flees Cuba for the Bahamas due to the Cuban Revolution and rise of Fidel Castro

Historic Event

Jan 7 US recognizes Fidel Castro's Cuban government

Historic Event

Jan 8 Charles de Gaulle inaugurated as president of France's 5th Republic

Television Premiere

Jan 9 "Rawhide" with Clint Eastwood premieres on CBS TV

  • Jan 9 Dam across Tera River in Northwestern Spain collapses after heavy winter rains, killing 135
  • Jan 9 Pat O'Connor beats Dick Hutton in St Louis, to become NWA champ
  • Jan 11 9th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Eastern Conference beats Western Conference, 28-21; MVPs: Frank Gifford, NY Giants, HB; Doug Atkins, Chicago Bears, DE
  • Jan 11 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Theodore Roethke
  • Jan 11 Pakistani cricket batsman Hanif Mohammad smashes 499 for Karachi v Bahawalpur, then 1st class world record

Music History

Jan 12 American record company Motown is founded by Berry Gordy Jr. as Tamla Records

  • Jan 12 KOED TV channel 11 in Tulsa, OK (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 12 Rediscovery of the Caves of Nerja in Spain
  • Jan 13 French President Charles de Gaulle grants amnesty to 130 Algerians sentenced to death
  • Jan 13 King Boudouin promises Belgian Congo independence
  • Jan 17 "Say, Darling" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 332 performances

Music History

Jan 20 Dmitri Shostakovich's Moscow-Tsjerjomoesjki premieres in Moscow

  • Jan 22 USAF concludes that less than 1% of UFOs are unknown objects

NBA All-Star Game

Jan 23 9th NBA All-Star Game, Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Mi: West beats East, 124-108; MVPs: Elgin Baylor, Minneapolis Lakers, F; Bob Pettit, St. Louis Hawks, C; first co-winners of MVP award

  • Jan 24 "Party with Comden & Green" closes at John Golden NYC after 38 performances
  • Jan 24 Dmitri Shostakovich's comedy "Cheryomushk" premieres in Moscow
  • Jan 24 WHCT TV channel 18 in Hartford, CT (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 25 1st transcontinental commercial jet flight (American) (LA to NY for $301)

Historic Event

Jan 25 Pope John XXIII proclaims 2nd Vatican council

  • Jan 26 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: American based Peruvian Alex Olmedo wins his first Grand Slam event; beats Neale Fraser of Australia 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
  • Jan 26 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Mary Carter Reitano wins her 2nd home singles title; beats Renee Schuurman of South Africa 6-2, 6-3
  • Jan 26 Italy government of Fanfani resigns
  • Jan 26 KOKH TV channel 25 in Oklahoma City, OK (IND/PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 28 Soviet Union wins 62-37 for 1st international basketball loss by US
  • Jan 29 Smog pollution with readings higher than the 1952 'Great Smog of London' hits London, with many suffering chest and lung-related illnesses
  • Jan 29 Walt Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" released
  • Jan 30 Australia 1-200 1st day 4th Test v England, Adelaide Oval
  • Jan 30 Danish ocean liner MS Hans Hedtoft sinks on maiden voyage after striking an iceberg off the coast of Greenland;, 95 die

Music Premiere

Jan 30 Paul Hindemith's symphony "Pittsburgh" premieres

Treaty of Interest

Jan 31 Former star MLB shortstop and manager Joe Cronin signs 7 year pact to become American League President