On This Day

February 1959 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 Swiss men vote against voting rights for women
  • Feb 1 Texas Instruments requests patent of IC (Integrated Circuit)
  • Feb 1 Heiss sisters go 1-2 in US women's Figure Skating C'ships; defending champion Carol wins from Nancy; David Jenkins wins his third straight men's title
  • Feb 3 American Airlines Electra crashes in NY's East River, killing 65
  • Feb 4 Israel begins exporting copper ore
  • Feb 6 1st successful test-fire of Titan ICBM

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Feb 6 Fidel Castro is interviewed by Edward R Murrow

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Feb 7 Fidel Castro proclaims new Cuban constitution
  • Feb 7 Cessna lands in Las Vegas after 65 d without landing (refuels in air)
  • Feb 10 Dutch Princess Wilhelmina publishes "Lonely, but not alone"
  • Feb 10 Tornado in St Louis kills 19 & injures 265
  • Feb 12 The Lincoln Memorial design on the U.S. penny goes into circulation. It replaces the "sheaves of wheat" design
  • Feb 13 Miro Cardon, premier of Cuba, resigns
  • Feb 14 $3.6 million heroin seizure in NYC
  • Feb 15 Antonio Segni forms Italian government
  • Feb 16 Fidel Castro becomes the 16th Prime Minister of Cuba after overthrowing Fulgencio Batista
  • Feb 16 Leonard Spigelgass' "Majority of One" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 17 1st weather satellite launched, Vanguard 2, 9.8 kg
  • Feb 19 Britain, Turkey & Greece sign agreement granting Cyprus independence
  • Feb 19 Gabon adopts its constitution
  • Feb 19 USAF rocket-powered rail sled attains Mach 4.1 (4970 kph), NM

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Feb 20 The Avro Arrow program to design and manufacture supersonic jet fighters in Canada is cancelled by the Diefenbaker government amid much political debate.

13th Prime Minister of Canada John Diefenbaker
13th Prime Minister of Canada
John Diefenbaker
  • Feb 28 Ice Pairs Championship at Colorado Springs won by Barbara Wagner and Robert Paul of Canada, their 3rd title
  • Feb 28 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Colorado Springs won by Carol Heiss USA
  • Feb 28 Launch of Discoverer 1 (WTR)-1st polar orbit
  • Feb 28 Men's World Figure Skating Championship in Colorado Springs won by David Jenkins USA

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 4 Zenani Mandela, daughter of Nelson & Winnie Mandela
  • Feb 5 Jennifer Granholm, Canadian-American politician, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Feb 8 Mauricio Macri, Argentine politician and President of Argentina (2015-present), born in Tandil, Buenos Aires
  • Feb 10 Lisa McPherson, former Scientologist (d. 1995)
  • Feb 12 Nancy Remy, reporter (NYC's Shadow Traffic)
  • Feb 17 Aryeh Deri, Israeli rabbi and politician
  • Feb 22 Jiří Čunek, Czech politician, born in Zlín, Czechia
  • Feb 28 Sydney P Mufamadi, South African leader (SACP)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 7 Daniel François Malan, Prime Minister of South Africa (1948-54) who began the implementation of apartheid, dies at 84
  • Feb 8 William J "Wild Bill" Donovan, Office Strategic Services, dies at 76
  • Feb 15 Owen Willans Richardson, British physicist (Nobel 1928), dies at 69
  • Feb 20 Laurence Housman, English author and playwright (Victoria Regina), dies at 93
  • Feb 26 Princess Alexandra, 2nd Duchess of Fife, granddaughter of King Edward VII and great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, dies at 67
  • Feb 28 Maxwell Anderson, American dramatist (Key Largo, Bath Seed), dies at 70