Historical Events in March 1959

  • Mar 1 Archbishop Makarios returns to Cyprus after 3 years
  • Mar 2 Ceremony to mark the start of construction of the Sydney Opera House at Bennelong Point, Sydney
  • Mar 3 1st US probe to enter solar orbit, Pioneer 4, launched
  • Mar 3 British government arrests Hastings Banda of Nyasaland, ends emergency crisis
  • Mar 3 San Francisco Giants rename their stadium Candlestick Park
  • Mar 3 The Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts opens in Yerevan, Armenia, with a collection of over 23,000 manuscripts [1]
  • Mar 4 US Pioneer IV misses Moon & becomes 2nd (US 1st) artificial planet
  • Mar 5 Iran & US sign economic & military treaty

Emmy Awards

Mar 6 11th Emmy Awards: Playhouse 90, Jack Benny Show, Raymond Burr win

  • Mar 6 Farthest radio signal heard (Pioneer IV, 400,000 miles)
  • Mar 7 "Bells Are Ringing" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 925 performances
  • Mar 7 1st aviator to fly a million miles (1.61 M km) in a jet (MC Garlow)
  • Mar 7 6th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats North Carolina, 80-56

Sports History

Mar 7 West Indies all out 76 v Pakistan at Dacca, Fazal Mahmood 6-34

  • Mar 8 Groucho, Chico & Harpo Marx's final TV appearance together
  • Mar 8 KUAT TV channel 6 in Tucson, AZ (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 8 Pro-Egyptian coup fails in Mosul Iraq
  • Mar 9 "Juno" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Mar 9 1st known radar contact is made with Venus
  • Mar 9 Barbie makes her debut at the American Toy Fair in New York. Over a billion have been sold worldwide since.
  • Mar 9 The Coasters' single "Charlie Brown" peaks at #2 on the Billboard Top 100

Sports History

Mar 10 Dorothy Comiskey Rigney, sells her 54% share of MLB Chicago White Sox to Bill Veeck, for a reported $27M

Historic Event

Mar 10 Tennessee Williams' "Sweet Bird of Youth" premieres in NYC

  • Mar 10 Tibetan uprising against Chinese occupation force in Lhasa, Tibet
  • Mar 11 4th Eurovision Song Contest: Teddy Scholten for Netherlands wins singing "Een beetje" in Cannes

Theater Premiere

Mar 11 Lorraine Hansberry's stage drama "A Raisin in the Sun", 1st Broadway play by a black woman, starring Ruby Dee and Sidney Poitier, opens at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, NYC; later transfers to the Belasco Theatre; runs for 530 performances

  • Mar 12 Dutch Liberal Party wins 2nd parliamentary elections
  • Mar 12 US House joins Senate approving Hawaii statehood
  • Mar 15 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Louise Suggs wins her 4th Titleholders title by 1 stroke from Betsy Rawls
  • Mar 15 Richard Rogers' "No Strings" opens on Broadway
  • Mar 15 Robert Foster sets record by staying underwater 13 m 42.5 s
  • Mar 15 WILX TV channel 10 in Lansing, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 16 Iraq & USSR sign economic and technical treaty
  • Mar 17 Australia & USSR restore diplomatic relations

NBA Record

Mar 18 Boston Celtic's Bill Sharman begins record of 56 straight free-throws

Historic Event

Mar 18 US President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs Hawaii statehood bill

Music Premiere

Mar 19 George Weiss, Bo Goldman, and Glenn Paxton musical "First Impressions", adapted from Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice", starring Polly Bergen; Farley Granger, and Hermione Gingold, opens at Alvin Theater, NYC; runs for 84 performances

  • Mar 21 "Juno" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • Mar 21 113th Grand National: Michael Scudamore wins aboard 8/1 second favourite Oxo; only 4 of 32 starters finish the race

Sports History

Mar 21 21st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: California beats West Virginia, 71-70; WV future Hall of Fame point guard Jerry West is named MOP

  • Mar 24 Iraq withdraws from the Baghdad Pact

Historic Event

Mar 24 The Party of the African Federation (PFA) is launched by Léopold Sédar Senghor and Modibo Keita.

  • Mar 25 Bill White traded to St Louis for pitchers Sam Jones & Don Choate
  • Mar 25 French President De Gaulle acknowledges Oder-Neisse boundary
  • Mar 26 Test debut for Pakistani cricketer Mushtaq Mohammad v West Indies, aged 15 years
  • Mar 28 11 days after Tibet uprising, China dissolves Tibet's government & installs Panchen Lama

Film Release

Mar 29 "Some Like It Hot", directed by Billy Wilder and starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon, is released in NYC

  • Mar 29 Wes Hall takes Pakistani cricket hat-trick at Lahore

Historic Event

Mar 30 Dalai Lama flees China and is granted political asylum in India

  • Mar 30 WNED TV channel 17 in Buffalo, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting