1959 in History – What happened in year 1959

In history, year 1959 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1959.

Know what happened in 1959:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
01 January Cuban President Fulgencio Batista fled to the Dominican Republic as forces under Fidel Castro took control of Havana, marking the end of the Cuban Revolution.
09 FebruaryThe Soviet R-7 Semyorka, the world's first intercontinental ballistic missile, became fully operational.
17 AugustKind of Blue by Miles Davis, one of the best selling and mostcritically acclaimed jazz recordings of all time, was released.
24 July Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and U.S. Vice PresidentRichard Nixon held an impromptu debate at the opening of the AmericanNational Exhibition at Sokolniki Park in Moscow.
30 January On the return leg of her maiden voyage, the 'unsinkable' Danish ocean liner Hans Hedtoft struck an iceberg and sank with all hands lost.
30 MayThe Auckland Harbour Bridge, joining St Marys Bay in Aucklandwith Northcote in the former North Shore City, New Zealand, wasofficially opened.
03 DecemberThe current flag of Singapore was adopted, six months afterSingapore became self-governing within the British Empire.
16 SeptemberHaloid Xerox introduced the Xerox 914, the first modernphotocopier, invented by American physicist Chester Carlson.
30 AugustThe title of National Hero of Indonesia was first given, to thewriter-cum-politician Abdul Muis.
15 JulyFive hundred thousand American steelworkers went on strike,closing nearly every steel mill in the country.
08 JuneThe U.S. Navy submarine USS Barbero fired a Regulus cruisemissile (example pictured), equipped with US Post Office Departmentcontainers, in an attempt to deliver mail via rocket.
04 MayThe inaugural Grammy Awards ceremony was held, recognizingoutstanding achievement in the American music industry.
09 AprilNASA announced the selection of the Mercury Seven (pictured),the first astronauts in Project Mercury.
10 March An anti-Chinese uprising erupted in Lhasa, the capital ofTibet, as about 300,000 Tibetans surrounded the Potala Palace to preventthe 14th Dalai Lama from leaving or being removed by the ChinesePeople's Liberation Army.
20 FebruaryThe Canadian government under Prime Minister John Diefenbakercancelled the Avro CF-105 Arrow interceptor aircraft program amid muchpolitical debate.
01 DecemberTwelve countries signed the Antarctic Treaty, the first armscontrol agreement established during the Cold War, banning military activity in the Antarctic and setting the continent aside as a scientific preserve.
01 January Cuban President Fulgencio Batista fled to the Dominican Republic as forces under Fidel Castro took control of Havana, marking the end of the Cuban Revolution.
03 February American rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. 'The Big Bopper' Richardson were killed when their plane crashed shortly after taking off from Mason City Municipal Airport inIowa.
09 MarchBarbie, the world's best-selling doll, debuted at the AmericanInternational Toy Fair in New York City.
10 AprilCrown Prince Akihito, the future Emperor of Japan, weddedMichiko, the first commoner to marry into the Japanese Imperial Family.
15 NovemberTwo men murdered a family in Holcomb, Kansas, US; the eventsbecame the subject of Truman Capote's non-fiction novel In Cold Blood, apioneering work of the true crime genre.
16 NovemberThe Sound of Music, a musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein basedon The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, opened on Broadway at theLunt-Fontanne Theatre.
26 SeptemberJapan was struck by Typhoon Vera, the strongest and deadliesttyphoon on record to make landfall on the country with US$600 million indamages and over 4,000 deaths.
31 AugustA parcel bomb sent by Ngô Ðình Nhu, younger brother andchief adviser of South Vietnamese President Ngô Ðình Di?m, failedto kill Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia.
21 OctoberThe Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, designed by Americanarchitect Frank Lloyd Wright, opened in New York City.
30 AugustThe title of National Hero of Indonesia was first given, therecipient being the writer-cum-politician Abdul Muis.
24 JulySoviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and U.S. Vice PresidentRichard Nixon held an impromptu debate at the opening of the AmericanNational Exhibition at Sokolniki Park in Moscow.
26 JuneIngemar Johansson became the only Swedish world champion ofheavyweight boxing by defeating American Floyd Patterson at YankeeStadium.
01 JanuaryCuban President Fulgencio Batista fled to the DominicanRepublic as forces under Fidel Castro (pictured with Che Guevara) tookcontrol of Havana, marking the end of the Cuban Revolution.
30 januaryOn the return leg of her maiden voyage, the 'unsinkable' Danish ocean liner Hans Hedtoft struck an iceberg and sank with all 95 passengers and crew lost.


List of famous birthdays in the year 1959:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
02 AprilDavid Frankel / Producer / United States of America
09 SeptemberTom Foley / Baseball Player / United States of America
09 SeptemberÉric Serra / Composer / France
10 MayDanny Schayes / Basketball Player / United States of America
10 OctoberKirsty MacColl / Writer / United Kingdom
13 February Gaston Gingras / Ice Hockey Player / Canada
14 MayHeather Wheeler / Politician / United Kingdom
16 March Jens Stoltenberg / Politician / Norway
16 March Flavor Flav / Actor / United States of America
20 DecemberGeorge Coupland / Scientist / Scotland
21 OctoberKevin Sheedy / Footballer / Ireland
21 AugustAnne Hobbs / Tennis Player / United Kingdom
22 AprilTerry Francona / Baseball Player / United States of America
23 SeptemberElizabeth Peña / Actress / United States of America
24 OctoberShawn Moody / Politician / United States of America
24 OctoberGunnar Bakke / Politician / Norway
24 OctoberAnnette Vilhelmsen / Educator / Denmark
27 February Johnny Van Zant / Writer / United States of America
28 January Dave Sharp / Guitarist / United Kingdom
28 January Frank Darabont / Producer / United States of America

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1959:

YearName / Profession / Country
15 AugustMalini Parthasarathy / Director / India
22 MayMahbuba Mufti / Politician / India
02 MayUma Bharti / Politician / India
06 January Kapil Dev / Cricketer / India
05 MarchShivraj Singh Chauhan / Politician / India
02 January Kirti Azad / Politician / India
02 DecemberBoman Irani / Actor / India
22 MayMehbooba Mufti / Politician / India
06 JanuaryKapil Dev / Player / India
21 DecemberKrishnamachari Srikkanth / Cricketer / India
16 DecemberH. D. Kumaraswamy / Politician / India
06 NovemberPuneet Issar / Actor / India
15 JulyRamesh Pokhriyal Nishank / Politician / India
06 AugustRajendra Singh / Environmentalist / India
03 MayUma Bharti / Politician / India
25 DecemberRamdas Athawale / Politician / India
17 JulyZarina Wahab / Actress / India
29 JulySanjay Dutt / Actor / India
04 AprilGuddi Maruti / Actress / India
NA NANaina Sudhir Balsavar / Actress / India

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