1959 in History (Part 3)

Events in History

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  • Aug 20 Belgium shortens military conscription to 12 months
  • Aug 21 Hawaii becomes the 50th US state
  • 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)

Historic InventionMorris Mini-Minor

Aug 26 British Motor Corporation introduced the Morris Mini-Minor, designed by Alec Issigonis it was only 10 ft long but seated 4 passengers
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  • Aug 31 Sandy Koufax breaks Dizzy Dean's NL mark of 18 strikeouts in a game

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Sep 2 US President Eisenhower arrives in Paris

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 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 Congress passes a bill authorizing food stamps for poor Americans
  • Sep 12 Janos Kádár becomes premier of Hungary
  • Sep 12 Luna 2 launched by USSR; 1st spacecraft to impact on the Moon
  • 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

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Sep 15 Soviet Premier Khrushchev arrives in US to begin a 13-day visit

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev

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Sep 16 French President Charles de Gaulle recognizes Algerian right of self determination

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle

  • 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 21 600 Indian Dutch emigrate to US
  • Sep 23 Australia's first passenger roll on/roll off diesel ferry, the MS Princess of Tasmania makes her maiden voyage across Bass Strait
  • Sep 26 Typhoon Vera, hits Japanese island of Honshu, causing the deaths of 4,580 people with 658 missing
  • Sep 27 Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev concludes his US visit

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

Playwright Edward Albee
Playwright
Edward Albee
  • Sep 28 Explorer VI reveals an intense radiation belt around Earth
  • Sep 29 Little Anthony & the Imperials record "Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop"
  • Sep 29 Sultan of Brunei promulgates a constitution
  • Oct 4 USSR Luna 3 sent back 1st photos of Moon's far side
  • Oct 6 Soviet Luna 3, 1st successful photographic spacecraft, impacts Moon
  • Oct 8 Conservatives win British general election

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Oct 9 Lee Harvey Oswald arrives in Southampton, England

Former Soldier and Assassin Lee Harvey Oswald
Former Soldier and Assassin
Lee Harvey Oswald
  • Oct 10 Lee Harvey Oswald signs guestbook in hotel Helsinki
  • Oct 10 Pan Am begins regular flights around the world
  • Oct 12 At the national congress of APRA in Peru a group of leftist radicals are expelled from the party. They will later form APRA Rebelde.
  • Oct 15 "Untouchables" premieres
  • Oct 17 Queen Elizabeth is fined $140 for withdrawing her race horse
  • Oct 17 Stinchcomb Memorial in Cleveland Metroparks' dedicated
  • Oct 19 Florence Henderson joins Today Show panel
  • Oct 19 William Gibson's "Miracle Worker" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 20 Clark Griffith of Senators says team will not move the franchise

  • Oct 21 Contra revolutionaries bomb Havana

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Oct 21 Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, opens in New York

  • Oct 21 Players Association approves 2 All-Star Games in 1960, to be held in KC & NY
  • Oct 23 Chinese troops move into India, 17 die
  • Oct 27 Rare Pacific hurricane kills 2,000 in Western Mexico
  • Oct 28 Jean Genet's "Les Negres" premieres in Paris

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Oct 29 "Asterix" is first published in the French magazine "Pilote" by Rene Goscinny, illustrated by Albert Uderzo

Author and Cartoonist René Goscinny
Author and Cartoonist
René Goscinny
Cartoonist Albert Uderzo
Cartoonist
Albert Uderzo
  • Oct 31 Lee Harvey Oswald announces in Moscow he will never return to USA
  • Oct 31 USSR & Egypt sign contracts for building Aswan Dam
  • 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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

First Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion
First Israeli Prime Minister
David Ben-Gurion
  • Nov 8 Tunisian president Habib Bourguiba's Nes Destour party wins every seat
  • Nov 11 1st episode of "Rocky & His Friends" airs
  • Nov 11 Seals Stadium in San Francisco, demolished
  • Nov 13 The Academy of St Martin in the Fields' first professional concert takes place in London
  • Nov 14 Kilauea's most spectacular eruption (in Hawaii)

MurderMurder 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 Giants slugger Willie McCovey wins NL Rookie of Year
  • 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

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Nov 28 Pope John XXIII publishes encyclical Princeps Pastorum

  • Dec 1 12 nations sign treaty for scientific peaceful use of Antarctica
  • Dec 1 The 1st color photograph of Earth received from outer space
  • Dec 2 Malpasset dam collapses destroying French Riviera town of Frejus
  • Dec 3 State of emergency in Cyprus ends
  • Dec 5 Intikhab Alam bowls Colin McDonald with 1st ball in Tests
  • Dec 8 Dom Mintoff demands independence for Malta

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Dec 11 Emilio G. Segrè publishes his discovery of the antiproton, a sub-atomic antiparticle for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1959

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Emilio G. Segrè
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Emilio G. Segrè
  • Dec 12 UN Committee on Peaceful Use of Outer Space is established
  • Dec 13 Archbishop Makarios elected 1st president of Cyprus
  • Dec 14 Archbishop Makarios proclaimed president of Cyprus
  • Dec 14 J B Jordan in F-104C sets world altitude record, 31,513m
  • Dec 15 Everly Brothers record "Let It Be Me"
  • Dec 16 Snow falling in Lowarai Pass West Pakistan kills 48
  • Dec 17 "On The Beach" is 1st film to premiere on both sides of Iron Curtain
  • Dec 19 1st Liberty Bowl game-Penn State beats Alabama 7-0
  • Dec 20 Jasu Patel takes 9-69, India v Australia at Kanpur
  • Dec 21 10th largest snowfall in NYC history (13.7")
  • Dec 21 Citizens of Deerfield Ill block building of interracial housing
  • Dec 22 Continental League awards its last franchise to Dallas-Fort Worth
  • Dec 25 A synagogue in Cologne Germany desecrated with swatstikas

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Dec 25 Richard Starkey (later better known as Ringo Starr) receives his first drum set

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • Dec 25 Sony brings transistor TV 8-301 to the market
  • Dec 29 Saul Levitt's "Andersonville Trial" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 30 George Washington, 1st ballistic missile sub commissioned

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