On This Day

November 1959 in History

Events in History

  • Nov 1 Patrice Lumumba arrested in Belgian Congo
  • Nov 1 WOV-AM in NYC changes call letters to WADO
  • Nov 2 Charles Van Doren confesses that TV quiz show "Twenty-One" was fixed
  • Nov 2 The first section of the M1 motorway, the first inter-urban motorway in the United Kingdom, is opened between the present junctions 5 and 18, along with the M10 motorway and M45 motorway

Election of Interest

Nov 3 David Ben-Gurion's Mapai party wins Israeli parliamentary election

  • Nov 8 Tunisian president Habib Bourguiba's Nes Destour party wins every seat
  • Nov 11 1st episode of Jay Ward's cartoon series "Rocky & His Friends", featuring Rocket J. ("Rocky") Squirrel and Bullwinkle J. Moose. airs on NBC
  • Nov 11 Seals Stadium, a minor league baseball park and temporary home of MLB Giants) in San Francisco, California demolished
  • Nov 14 Kilauea's most spectacular eruption (in Hawaii)

Murder of Interest

Nov 15 Richard "Dick" Hickock and Perry Smith murder four members of the Clutter Family at their farm outside Holcomb, Kansas (subject of Truman Capote book In Cold Blood)

  • Nov 17 De Beers firm of South Africa announces synthetic diamond
  • Nov 17 William Shea shows proposed NYC stadium with transparent roof
  • Nov 18 Wash Senator Bob Allison wins AL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 19 Ford Motors cancels its poorly received Edsel model
  • Nov 20 UN adopts Universal Declaration of Children's Rights

Catholic Encyclical

Nov 28 Pope John XXIII publishes encyclical Princeps Pastorum


Birthdays in History

  • Nov 9 Nick Hamilton, American wrestling referee, born in Lakeland, Florida
  • Nov 11 Lee Haney, American bodybuilder (8x Mr. Olympia), born in Fairburn, Georgia

Bryan Stevenson

Nov 14 Bryan Stevenson, American social justice activist and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, born in Milton, Delaware

  • Nov 19 Jean-Francois Clervoy, French engineer and astronaut (STS 66, 84), born in Longeville, France
  • Nov 20 James P. McGovern, American politician (Rep-D-Mass 1997-), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Nov 24 Alejandro Mayorkas, American lawyer, Secretary of Homeland Security (2021-), born in Havana, Cuba
  • Nov 25 Charles Kennedy, British politician (Liberal Democrat leader 1999-2006), born in Inverness, Scotland
  • Nov 28 R Glynn Holt, Plainveiw Texas, PhD/astronaut (STS 73 alt)
  • Nov 28 Stephen Roche, bicylist
  • Nov 29 Rahm Emanuel, American politician (Mayor of Chicago 2011-19; White House Chief of Staff 2009-10; U.S Representative from Illinois, 2003-09), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 30 Lorraine Kelly, British presenter and journalist

Deaths in History

  • Nov 1 Gershon Agron, mayor of Jerusalem, dies at 66
  • Nov 8 Frank Sherman Land, American founder of the Order of DeMolay, dies at 69
  • Nov 18 Aleksandr Yakovlevich Khinchin, Russian mathematician, dies at 65
  • Nov 19 Edward C. Tolman, American psychologist (behaviorism), dies at 73
  • Nov 19 Joseph Charbonneau, French Canadian Roman Catholic archbishop of Montreal, dies at 67
  • Nov 20 Alfonso López Pumarejo, 16th President of Colombia (Liberal: 1934-38 and 1942-46) and statesman (President of UN security council 1948), dies at 73
  • Nov 24 Lyman Bryson, educator (UN Casebook), dies at 71
  • Nov 24 Yuri Nikolayevich Libedinski, Ukrainen writer (Commissioners), dies at 60
  • Nov 29 Hans Henny Jahnn, German playwright, dies at 64