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
01 MayTony Wakeford / Writer / United Kingdom
05 MaySteve Stevens / Writer / United States of America
05 March Vazgen Sargsyan / Politician / United States of America
06 JuneDavid Schultz / Wrestler / United States of America
10 AugustFlorent Vollant / Singer / Canada
12 JuneScott Thompson / Actor / Canada
13 SeptemberTatyana Mitkova / Journalist / Russia
14 JulyAubrey McClendon / Business Man / United States of America
14 OctoberA. J. Pero / Drummer / United States of America
16 March Sebastian Currier / Educator / United States of America
16 AprilAlison Ramsay / Hockey Player / United Kingdom
18 AprilSusan Faludi / Author / United States of America
19 DecemberLisa Wilkinson / Journalist / Australia
19 January Jeff Pilson / Writer / United States of America
21 JuneTom Chambers / Basketball Player / United States of America
23 SeptemberMartin Page / Writer / United Kingdom
24 SeptemberSteve Whitmire / Puppeteer / United States of America
26 DecemberKōji Morimoto / Director / Japan
29 March Perry Farrell / Writer / United States of America
29 OctoberMike Gartner / Ice Hockey Player / Canada

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1959:

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

More years: 1909 | 1919 | 1929 | 1939 | 1949 | 1959 | 1969 | 1979 | 1989 | 1999 || 1559 | 1659 | 1759 | 1859 | 1959

0.00 avg. rating (0% score) - 0 votes

No Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.