Historical Events in 1959 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 400 of 530

Music History

May 12 "Nervous Set" opens at Henry Miller's Theater NYC for 23 performances

Television Finale

May 13 Kraft Music Hall with Milton Berle last airs on NBC-TV

  • May 15 100th anniversary of 1st college baseball game, between Amherst & Williams Teams reenact the original contest
  • May 15 12th Cannes Film Festival: "Black Orpheus" directed by Marcel Camus wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 16 84th Preakness: William Harmatz aboard Royal Orbit wins in 1:57
  • May 16 WTOM TV channel 4 in Cheboygan, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting

Golf Record

May 17 Sam Snead sets PGA record for 36 holes at 122

Sanctuary of Christ the King

May 17 Sanctuary of Christ the King inaugurated, a 28 meter (92 ft) high monument and shrine overlooking Lisbon, Portugal by sculptor Francisco Franco de Sousa

  • May 18 "Castin' My Spell" by The Johnny Otis Show hits #52
  • May 18 "Judy" by David Seville hits #86
  • May 18 "Russian Band Stand" by Spencer & Spencer hits #91
  • May 19 Jan de Quay becomes premier of Netherlands
  • May 19 The USS Triton, the first submarine with two nuclear reactors, is completed
  • May 20 Ford wins battle with Chrysler to call its new car "Falcon"
  • May 20 Japanese-Americans regain their citizenship

Historic Event

May 20 Shah of Persia Mohammad Reza Pahlavi visits Netherlands

  • May 20 Yanks sink to last place, 1st time since May 25, 1940
  • May 21 "Gypsy" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 702 performances
  • May 21 Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Children's Petting Farm opens (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • May 22 Benjamin O Davis Jr becomes 1st black major general in US Air Force
  • May 23 "Party with Comden & Green" closes at John Golden NYC after 44 performances
  • May 24 1st house with built-in bomb shelter exhibited (Pleasant Hills, Pennsylvania)
  • May 24 Empire Day renamed Commonwealth Day in Great Britain

Historic Event

May 25 Russian premier Nikita Khrushchev visits Angola

  • May 25 US Supreme Courtt rules Louisiana prohibiting black-white boxing unconstitutional
  • May 26 Harvey Haddix pitches 12 perfect innings, loses in 13th
  • May 28 Congressional Committee of Astronautics meets Project 7 astronauts
  • May 28 Johnson & Bart's musical "Lock Up Your Daughters" premieres in London
  • May 28 Monkeys Able & Baker zoom 300 miles (500 km) into space on Jupiter missile, become 1st animals retrieved from a space mission

Historic Event

May 29 Charles de Gaulle forms French government

  • May 29 Saunders-Roe SR.N1, the first practical hovercraft, performs its first engine run
  • May 30 "Nervous Set" closes at Henry Miller's Theater NYC after 23 performances
  • May 30 58th Men's French Championships: Nicola Pietrangeli beats Ian Vermaak (3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-1)
  • May 30 58th Women's French Championships: Christine Truman beats Zsuzsi Kormoczy (6-4, 7-5)

Musical Finale

May 30 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, closes at Alvin Theater, NYC, after 84 performances

  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Rodger Ward earns first of 2 career Indy 500 victories as a record 16 cars complete full 500 miles; for the first time all cars required to have roll bars
  • May 30 Iraq withdraws from the Baghdad Pact (Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Turkey, and the United Kingdom)
  • May 30 President Luis Somoza Debayle ends emergency crisis in Nicaragua
  • May 30 President Stroessner disbands Paraguay's parliament
  • May 30 The Auckland Harbour Bridge is officially opened in Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Jun 1 Constitution of Tunisia promulgated (National Day)
  • Jun 1 Two-time defending champion Monterrey, Mexico ruled ineligible to compete in Little League Baseball World Series for using players outside predetermined geographical area

Historic Event

Jun 2 Allen Ginsberg writes his poem "Lysergic Acid", San Francisco

  • Jun 3 1st US Air Force Academy graduation in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Jun 3 European Cup Final, Stuttgart: Real Madrid beats Stade de Reims, 2-0; 4th consecutive title for Los Blancos
  • Jun 3 Singapore adopts constitution

Historic Communication

Jun 3 US President Eisenhower routes Canadian premier Diefenbaker a message off the Moon

  • Jun 5 Bob Dylan graduates from Hibbing High School in Minnesota

Historic Event

Jun 5 The first independent government of the State of Singapore is sworn in with Lee Kuan Yew as Prime Minister

  • Jun 7 KLX-AM in Oakland California changes call letters to KEWB (now KNEW)
  • Jun 8 1st official "missile mail" lands (Jacksonville, Florida)
  • Jun 8 X-15 makes 1st unpowered flight, from a B-52 at 11,500 m
  • Jun 9 1st ballistic missile sub launched (George Washington-Groton, Ct)
  • Jun 10 Rocky Colovito hits 4 consecutive HRs in 1 game

US Golf Open

Jun 11 Charlie Sifford becomes the 1st African American to play in a US Golf Open

  • Jun 11 Postmaster General bans D H Lawrence's book, Lady Chatterley's Lover (overruled by US Court of Appeals in Mar 1960)
  • Jun 11 Saunders-Roe SR.N1, the first practical hovercraft, performs its first public flight
  • Jun 13 "Sammy Kaye Show" last airs on ABC-TV

Belmont Stakes

Jun 13 91st Belmont: Bill Shoemaker aboard Sword Dancer wins in 2:28.6

  • Jun 14 US Open Men's Golf, Winged Foot GC: Billy Casper wins first of his 2 Open titles, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Bob Rosburg
  • Jun 15 Galapagos Islands are made Ecuador's first national park, banning the capture of species [1]
  • Jun 16 South African Apartheid government efforts to remove Black people from Cato Manor close to the Durban city center to newly established black township Kwa Mashu, on outskirts met with violent resistance

Election of Interest

Jun 17 Eamon de Valera elected President of Ireland

  • Jun 18 1st telecast transmitted from England to US
  • Jun 18 Governor of Louisiana Earl K. Long is committed to a state mental hospital; he responds by having the hospital's director fired and replaced with a crony who proceeds to proclaim him perfectly sane
  • Jun 18 New York City premiere of the film version of Kathryn Hulme's "The Nun's Story"
  • Jun 19 Senate rejects Ike's appointment of Lewis Strauss for Secetary of Commerce
  • Jun 22 "Along Came Jones" by The Coasters peaks at #9

Music History

Jun 22 "Class" the first hit by Chubby Checker peaks at #38 in the US

  • Jun 22 Eddie Lubanski bowls 2 consecutive perfect games

Sports History

Jun 22 Most Phillies strike out in a game (16 by Sandy Koufax)

  • Jun 22 Shunryu Suzuki completes his historical Japan to SF voyage
  • Jun 22 Vanguard SLV-6 launched for Earth orbit (failed)
  • Jun 23 A fire in a resort hotel in Stalheim, Norway kills 34 people

Historic Event

Jun 23 Convicted Manhattan Project spy Klaus Fuchs is released after only nine years in prison and allowed to emigrate to Dresden, East Germany (where he resumed a scientific careerhistory of ultrasounds

  • Jun 26 9th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Cousins" wins Golden Bear

Boxing Title Fight

Jun 26 Ingemar Johansson TKOs Floyd Patterson in 3 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Jun 26 Queen Elizabeth & President Eisenhower open St Lawrence Seaway

Theatrical Finale

Jun 27 "West Side Story" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 734 performances

  • Jun 27 Players vote Henry Aaron unanimously for the All-Star Game

US Women's Golf Open

Jun 27 US Open Women's Golf, Churchill Valley CC: Mickey Wright successfully defends her Open title by 2 strokes from Louise Suggs

  • Jun 28 Meldrim trestle disaster; freight train derails over Ogeechee River in Georgia causing IPG tanks to explode killing 23
  • Jun 28 Phils Wally Post is only outfielder to throw out 2 runners in an inning twice (Losing to Giants 6-0)

Catholic Encyclical

Jun 29 Pope John XXIII publishes his 1st encyclical "On truth, unity, & peace, in charity"

  • Jun 30 During a game in Wrigley Field, 2 balls are in play at same time
  • Jul 1 Heinrich Lubke elected President of West Germany
  • Jul 1 Israeli Knesset agrees to weapon sales to West Germany
  • Jul 1 The Party of the African Federation (PFA) holds its constitutive conference.
  • Jul 1 World Refugee Year begins
  • Jul 1 WVTV TV channel 18 in Milwaukee, WI (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 3 1st exhibition of Karen, the bongo antelope, at Cleveland Zoo opens (Cleveland, Ohio)

British Golf Open

Jul 3 British Open Men's Golf, Muirfield: 23 year old South African Gary Player wins the first of his 9 major titles, 2 strokes clear of runners-up Fred Bullock and Flory Van Donck

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 3 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American-based Peruvian Alex Olmedo wins his only Wimbledon title beating Rod Laver of Australia 6-4, 6-3, 6-4

  • Jul 4 America's new 49-star flag honoring Alaska statehood unfurled
  • Jul 4 Cayman Islands separated from Jamaica, made a crown colony
  • Jul 4 Island Records founded in Jamaica

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 4 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maria Bueno of Brazil wins her first of 3 Wimbledon singles titles beating Darlene Hard 6-4, 6-3

Historic Event

Jul 5 Ben-Gurion's Israeli government resigns

  • Jul 5 Indonesia restores constitution
  • Jul 5 Jack Gelber's "Connection" premieres in NYC

LPGA Championship

Jul 6 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Sheraton Hotel CC: Betsy Rawls wins her second title in the event by 1 stroke from Patty Berg

  • Jul 6 Saar becomes part of German Federal Republic
  • Jul 6 WENH TV channel 11 in Durham, NH (PBS) begins broadcasting

Sports History

Jul 7 26th MLB All Star Game, Forbes Field, Pittsburgh: Willy Mays triples to score Hank Aaron as NL wins 5-4

  • Jul 12 NBC uses cameras to show catchers signals during Yankee-Red Sox game
  • Jul 14 USS Long Beach, first nuclear powered cruiser launched at Quincy, Massachusetts
  • Jul 15 The US steel strike of 1959 begins, leading to significant importation of foreign steel for the first time in United States history.

Film Premiere

Jul 17 "North by Northwest" directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint premieres in Los Angeles

  • Jul 17 2,000 ft long by 1,300 foot wide section of ridge falls into Madis

Scientific Discovery

Jul 17 Paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey discovers partial skull of a new species of early human ancestor, Zinjanthropus boisei or 'Zinj' (now called Paranthropus boisei) lived in Africa almost 2 million years ago

  • Jul 17 River Canyon extending man-made Lake Hebgen by 5 miles. (Montana)
  • Jul 17 Tibet abolishes serfdom

Film Premiere

Jul 18 "The Nun's Story" based on the novel by Kathryn Hulme, starring Audrey Hepburn premieres in Los Angeles

  • Jul 18 46th Tour de France won by Federico Bahamontes of Spain
  • Jul 18 William 'Bill' Wright becomes the 1st African American to win a major golf tournament (U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships)
  • Jul 21 1st nuclear powered merchant ship, NS Savannah, named, Camden NJ
  • Jul 21 Red Sox are last team to use a black player (Pumpsie Green)

Music History

Jul 22 Benjamin Britten's "Missa Brevis" in D premieres

The Worst Movie Ever

Jul 22 Ed Wood's cult classic "Plan 9 From Outer Space", called one of the worse films ever, premieres

  • Jul 22 Natural gas found at Slochteren, Groningen, Netherlands

Historic Event

Jul 23 US Vice President Richard Nixon begins visit to the USSR

  • Jul 24 500,000th Dutch TV set registered
  • Jul 25 SR-N1 hovercraft crosses the English Channel from Calais to Dover in just over 2 hours.
  • Jul 26 Chicago White Sox Larry Doby plays final MLB game; retires in 1962 after playing for the Chunichi Dragons in Japan
  • Jul 27 Abbas Ali Baig scores 112 for India v England on debut
  • Jul 27 William Shea announces plans to have a baseball team in NYC in 1961
  • Jul 28 Hawaii's 1st US election sends 1st Asian-Americans to Congress
  • Jul 28 United Kingdom starts using postal codes
  • Jul 29 First United States Congress elections in Hawaii as a state of the Union

Sports History

Jul 30 In his MLB debut, SF Giants future Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman Willie McCovey goes 4-for-4 in a 7-2 win over Philadelphia Phillies at Seal Stadium

Music History

Jul 31 Cliff Richard and the Shadows have their 1st British No. 1 single with "Living' Doll" (biggest British single of 1959)

  • Aug 1 Pope John XXIII publishes encyclical Sacerdotii nostri primordia
  • Aug 1 WAAY TV channel 31 in Huntsville, AL (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 2 Future Hall of Fame 1st baseman Willie McCovey hits 1st of his 521 MLB home runs in SF Giants 5-3 win v Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Aug 2 Milwaukee Braves outfielder Bill Bruton hits 3 triples in 11-5 win v St. Louis Cardinals; 2 of them bases loaded, first time in 20th Century
  • Aug 2 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Minneapolis GC: Bob Rosburg wins by 1 stroke from Jerry Barber and Doug Sanders
  • Aug 3 27th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-3 at Memorial Coliseum, LA
  • Aug 3 50 killed in uprising in Guinea-Bissau
  • Aug 3 AL beats NL 5-3 in Game 2 of All Star Baseball doubleheader (to boost player pension fund) at LA Memorial Coliseum
  • Aug 4 "Billy Barnes Revue" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 87 performances
  • Aug 5 42.4 cm rainfall in Decatur Co, Iowa (state record)
  • Aug 5 Chicago Cardinals (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL), 55-26 in a pre-season exhibition at CNE Stadium in Toronto
  • Aug 7 Explorer 6 transmits 1st TV photo of Earth from space
  • Aug 12 1st ship firing of a Polaris missile, Observation Island
  • Aug 12 Progressive Party under John Steytler forms in South Africa
  • Aug 13 US Military satellite Discoverer 5 launches into polar orbit
  • Aug 14 26th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Baltimore 29, All-Stars 0 (70,000)
  • Aug 14 First (American Football League) meeting is held in Chicago; charter memberships handed to Dallas, NY, Houston, Denver, LA and Minneapolis-Saint Paul; 'AFL' named following week
  • Aug 16 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Ranier G&CC: Betsy Rawls wins her second WO by 6 strokes from JoAnne Gunderson and Patty Berg
  • Aug 16 USSR introduces installment buying
  • Aug 17 7.1 quake strikes Yellowstone National Park
  • Aug 17 USSR & Iraq signs contract for building Iraqi nuclear reactor

Sports History

Aug 18 Branch Rickey resigns as Pirates' CEO to be President of Continental League

  • Aug 19 Honolulu seeks a franchise in Continental League
  • Aug 19 Satellite Discoverer 6 launched into polar orbit
  • Aug 20 Belgium shortens military conscription to 12 months
  • Aug 21 Hawaii becomes the 50th US state
  • Aug 22 American Football League officially named at a meeting in Dallas, Texas; charter members Dallas, NY, Houston, Denver, LA and Minneapolis-Saint Paul

Baseball Record

Aug 22 Cincinnati Reds future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Frank Robinson hits 3 consecutive HRs (6 RBIs) in 11-4 win over St. Louis Cardinals at Crosley Field

Venice Film Festival

Aug 23 20th Venice Film Festival: "The Great War" directed by Mario Monicelli and "General della Rovere" directed by Roberto Rossellini jointly awarded Golden Lion

  • Aug 24 England complete 5-0 series drubbing of India
  • Aug 24 Hiram L Fong sworn in as 1st Chinese-American senator while Daniel K Inouye sworn in as 1st Japanese-American Rep (Both from Hawaii)

Morris Mini-Minor

Aug 26 British Motor Corporation introduces the Morris Mini-Minor, designed by Alec Issigonis, it was only 10 ft long but seated 4 passengers

  • Aug 31 48th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in New York (3-2)
  • Aug 31 Sandy Koufax breaks Dizzy Dean's NL mark of 18 strikeouts in a game
  • Sep 2 US President Eisenhower arrives in Paris
  • Sep 5 Wash Senator Jim Lemon is 7th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (3rd)
  • Sep 8 The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) is established.
  • Sep 11 Baltimore starter Jerry Walker pitches all 16 innings as the Orioles edge the Chicago White Sox, 1-0 at Memorial Stadium

Music History

Sep 11 Composer and band leader Duke Ellington wins NAACP's Springarn Medal for his musical achievements

  • Sep 11 Congress passes a bill authorizing food stamps for poor Americans
  • Sep 11 Elroy Face's 22 game winning streak ends as Dodgers beat Pirates 5-4

Television Premiere

Sep 12 American western series "Bonanza" starring Lorne Greene, Dan Blocker, and Michael Landon premieres on NBC-TV

  • Sep 12 Janos Kádár becomes premier of Hungary
  • Sep 12 Luna 2 launched by USSR; 1st spacecraft to impact on the Moon
  • Sep 13 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Australian Neale Fraser wins first of 2 straight US singles titles; beats Alex Olmedo of Peru 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4
  • Sep 13 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Maria Bueno of Brazil wins her first of 4 US singles crowns; beats England's Christine Truman 6-1, 6-4
  • Sep 13 USSR's Luna 2 becomes 1st probe to contact another celestial body
  • Sep 14 Soviet Union's Luna-2 is 1st spacecraft to land on the Moon
  • Sep 14 WQEX TV channel 16 in Pittsburgh, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 15 Soviet Premier Khrushchev arrives in US to begin a 13-day visit
  • Sep 16 French President Charles de Gaulle recognizes Algerian right of self determination
  • Sep 17 59th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Jack Nicklaus
  • Sep 17 Transit 1A, 1st navigational satellite launched; failed to orbit
  • Sep 17 Typhoon kills 2,000 in Japan & Korea
  • Sep 18 Vanguard 3 launched into Earth orbit
  • Sep 19 Nikita Khrushchev is denied access to Disneyland
  • Sep 21 600 Indian Dutch emigrate to US
  • Sep 22 Chicago White Sox clinch AL pennant
  • Sep 23 Australia's first passenger roll on/roll off diesel ferry, the MS Princess of Tasmania makes her maiden voyage across Bass Strait

Film Release

Sep 25 Hammer horror film "The Mummy" starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing is first released in the UK

Sports History

Sep 26 Milwaukee Braves Warren Spahn becomes winningest NL lefty

  • Sep 26 SF Giants Sam Jones 2nd no-hitter, beats St Louis Cards, 4-0
  • Sep 26 Typhoon Vera, hits Japanese island of Honshu, causing the deaths of 4,580 people with 658 missing
  • Sep 27 Braves & Dodgers finish in a tie (86-68)
  • Sep 27 Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev concludes his US visit
  • Sep 28 "Hennesey" debuts on CBS-TV

Theater Premiere

Sep 28 Edward Franklin Albee's play "Zoo Story" premieres in Berlin

  • Sep 28 Explorer VI reveals an intense radiation belt around Earth