1959 in History – What happened in year 1959

✅ Published on April 9th, 2009 in 20th Century in History

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.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1959 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
01 januaryCuban 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 januaryAlaska is admitted as the 49th U.S. state.
30 januaryOn the return leg of her maiden voyage, the 'unsinkable' Danish ocean liner Hans Hedtoft struck an iceberg and sank with all hands lost.
03 februaryAmerican 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 februaryThe Soviet R-7 Semyorka, the world's first intercontinental ballistic missile, became fully operational.
17 februaryVanguard 2, the first weather satellite, was launched to measure cloud cover distribution.
20 februaryThe Canadian government under Prime Minister John Diefenbaker Cancelled then Avro CF-105 Arrow interceptor aircraft program amid much political debate.
09 marchBarbie, the world's best-selling doll, debuted at the AmericanInternational Toy Fair in New York City.
10 marchAn 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.
09 aprilNASA announced the selection of the Mercury Seven, the first astronauts in Project Mercury.
10 aprilCrown Prince Akihito, the future Emperor of Japan, weddedMichiko, the first commoner to marry into the Japanese Imperial Family.
04 mayEvent of the First annual Grammy awards was held on May 4, 1959 in Los Angeles and New York to honor reputed musical personalities for their performance in 1958.
04 mayThe inaugural Grammy Awards ceremony was held, recognizing outstanding achievement in the American music industry.
30 mayThe Auckland Harbour Bridge, joining St Marys Bay in Aucklandwith Northcote in the former North Shore City, New Zealand, wasofficially opened.
26 juneIngemar Johansson became the only Swedish world champion ofheavyweight boxing by defeating American Floyd Patterson at YankeeStadium.
15 julyFive hundred thousand American steelworkers went on strike,closing nearly every steel mill in the country.
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.
07 augustExplorer 6 was sent into orbit expected to capture The First satellite photographs of earth by an unmanned US spacecraft. Later in September, NASA released the Photograph to the world press. It was Mexico that Explore 6 captured, as it went westward over the earth at a speed of 20,000 miles an hour.
17 augustKind of Blue by Miles Davis, one of the best selling and mostcritically acclaimed jazz recordings of all time, was released.
21 augustHawaii becomes the 50th state in the United States.
30 augustThe title of National Hero of Indonesia was first given, to thewriter-cum-politician Abdul Muis.
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.
04 septemberThe U.S. Congress has passed the ‘Labor Reform Act’. The legislation moved to check the power of the nation's largest and most influential labor unions.
14 septemberThe First Man Made Object Luna 2 crash lands on the Moon becoming the first man -made object to reach the Moon in what many are calling the space race between the worlds two superpowers of the United States and the Soviet Union.
16 septemberHaloid Xerox introduced the Xerox 914, the first modernphotocopier, invented by American physicist Chester Carlson.
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.
21 octoberThe Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, designed by Americanarchitect Frank Lloyd Wright, opened in New York City.
26 octoberIn a first, photographs of the far side of the moon have been captured on Earth using a Soviet satellite that has been transmitting radio signals back to Earth.
02 novemberThe first section of the M1 motorway, the first of it's kind in the UK, is opened between Watford and Crick/Rugby along with the motorway's two spurs the ( M10 motorway to St Albans ) and ( M45 motorway Coventry )
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.

Famous birthdays in the year 1959:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 DecemberWally Lewis / Rugby Player / Australia
02 DecemberKelefa Diallo / General / Papua New Guinea
05 MaySteve Stevens / Writer / United States of America
05 JulyMarc Cohn / Writer / United States of America
11 MayMartha Quinn / Television Host / United States of America
14 MaySteve Hogarth / Writer / United Kingdom
14 JuneMarcus Miller / Composer / United States of America
15 January Pete Trewavas / Writer / United Kingdom
16 January Lisa Milroy / Painter / Canada
16 January Sade / Writer / United Kingdom
17 JulyPola Uddin / Politician / United Kingdom
19 NovemberAllison Janney / Actress / United States of America
19 AugustRicky Pierce / Basketball Player / United States of America
21 February José María Cano / Singer / Spain
24 AprilPaula Yates / Author / Australia
25 AugustLane Smith / Author / United States of America
28 January Dave Sharp / Guitarist / United Kingdom
29 AugustTimothy Shriver / Business Man / United States of America
30 January Jody Watley / Writer / United States of America
31 MayAndrea de Cesaris / Racing Car Driver / Italy

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1959:

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