April 1959 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 4 Mali Federation founded, consisting of Senegal & French Sudan (dissolved 1960)
  • Apr 7 Oklahoma ends prohibition, after 51 years
  • Apr 7 Radar 1st bounced off Sun, Stanford Calif
  • Apr 9 NASA names 1st 7 astronauts for Project Mercury
  • Apr 11 Dutch prince Bernhard visits Lockheed factory
  • 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.

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Apr 15 Fidel Castro begins US goodwill tour

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro

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Apr 15 US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles resigns

US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles
US Secretary of State
John Foster Dulles
  • Apr 16 Datu Abdul Rozak inaugurated as premier of Malaysia federation
  • Apr 19 Uprising in La Paz Bolivia, fails
  • Apr 21 Alf Dean using a rod & reel hooks a 2,664lb, 16' 10" great white shark off the coast of Ceduna, Australia
  • Apr 23 1st heliport in Britain opens in London
  • Apr 25 St Lawrence Seaway linking Atlantic and the Great Lakes opens to shipping

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Apr 25 Then-bishop Karol Wojtyla's (future Pope John Paul II) celebrates newly completed Nowa Huta, Poland's first ever Mass at midnight of Christmas morning

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Apr 27 "Today" show goes abroard 1st time (Paris France)

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

Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong
  • Apr 27 The last Canadian missionary leaves the People's Republic of China.

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 6 Dianne Brill, Tampa, fashion designer/party girl (Queen of the Night)
  • Apr 10 Yvan Loubier, Canadian politician and one of founders of the Bloc Québécois, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Apr 16 Scott McKinsey, American television director, born in California
  • Apr 21 Tim Jacobus, American artist (Goosebumps)
  • Apr 24 Yvonne Cagle, American astronaut and physician, born in West Point, New York
  • Apr 24 Malcolm Oastler, Australian engineer (Jaguar Racing), born in Sydney, Australia

Person of interestStephen Harper

Apr 30 Stephen Harper, 22nd Prime Minister of Canada (2006-15), born in Toronto, Ontario

22nd Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper
22nd Prime Minister of Canada
Stephen Harper
  • Apr 30 W. Thomas Smith, Jr, American author and columnist

Weddings in History

  • Apr 1 American sci-fi writer "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Philip K Dick marries 3rd wife Anne Williams Rubinstein
  • Apr 10 Japan's Crown Prince Akihito marries commoner Michiko Shoda

Deaths in History

  • Apr 8 Gustave Charlier, Belgian literature historian, dies

Person of interestFrank Lloyd Wright

Apr 9 Frank Lloyd Wright, American architect (Guggenheim) recognized as "the greatest American architect of all time", dies at 89

  • Apr 13 Rigardus "Rijn" Rijnhout, Giant of Rotterdam (2.375m), dies at 38
  • Apr 27 Gordon Armstrong, inventor (baby incubator), dies