Dwight Morrow High School Class of 1959 - 1959 in Review
We Had A Busy Year
Alaska is admitted as the 49th U.S. state.
Luna 1 becomes the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Moon.
The United States recognizes the new Cuban government of Fidel Castro
Michel Debré becomes Prime Minister of France
Sleeping Beauty, the last animated feature produced by Walt Disney to be based upon a fairy tale, was first released.
The Day The Music Died: A plane crash kills rock-and-roll performers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper.
At Cape Canaveral, Florida, the first successful test firing of a Titan intercontinental ballistic missile is accomplished.
The United Kingdom grants Cyprus its independence, which is then on formally proclaimed on August 16, 1960.
The Avro Arrow programme to design and manufacture supersonic jet fighters in Canada is cancelled by the Diefenbaker government amid much political debate.
Lee Petty wins the first Daytona 500.
Last television appearance of The Marx Brothers, in The Incredible Jewel Robbery
The Barbie doll debuts.
March 11 Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, becomes the first drama written by a black woman to be produced on Broadway.
J.R.D.A.C.I. founded at a congress in Treichville, Côte d'Ivoire.
Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, flees Tibet and travels to India.
American President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a bill into law allowing for Hawaiian statehood, which would become official on August 21.
Mercury program: NASA announces the selection of the United States' first seven astronauts which the news media quickly dub the 'Mercury Seven'.
David Carr, a 25-year-old Briton, enters Royal Manchester Infirmary in England. His death later that year was in 1990 attributed to AIDS by a director at the infirmary, Gerald Corbitt; a 1995 by Corbitt cowrote an update noting that the virus was from 1990.
The first Grammy Award was held in the Grand Ballroom of the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Launching of the National Liberation Committee of Côte d'Ivoire in Conakry, Guinea.
The USS Barbero and United States Postal Service attempt the delivery of mail via Missile Mail.
1959 - A group of left-leaning Dominican exiles in Cuba landed in the Dominican Republic with the intent of assassinating Trujillo. They would later be known as the J14 or 'Catorce de Junio' (14th of June) group.
July 15 Billie Holiday, singer, died.
A fire in a resort hotel in Stalheim, Norway kills 34 people.
Eamon de Valera is elected the third President of Ireland.
The Saint Lawrence Seaway opens, opening North America's Great Lakes to ocean-going ships.
Friday June 26 After Virginia legislature repeals its compulsory school attendance laws, Prince Edward County closes it schools on June 26 to avoid desegregation.
The Party of the African Federation (PFA) holds its constitutive conference.
With the admission of Alaska as the 49th U.S. state earlier in the year, the 49-star flag of the United States debuts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
14:28 UT Venus occults the star Regulus. This rare event was used to determine the diameter of Venus and the structure of the Venusian atmosphere.
Elias Tsirimokos becomes Prime Minister of Greece.
At the opening of the American National Exhibition in Moscow, US vice-president Richard Nixon and Nikita Khrushchev have a 'kitchen debate.'
July 24 Pumpsie Green makes the Boston Red Sox the last major league team to allow blacks a place on their squad.
Explorer program: The United States launches Explorer 6 from the Atlantic Missile Range in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
President Eisenhower signs an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th state of the union.
Bonanza premiers. First regularly-scheduled TV program presented in color. Bonanza will run for 14 years.
The Soviet probe Luna 2 crashes onto the Moon, becoming the first man-made object to reach it.
Nikita Khrushchev becomes the first Soviet leader to visit the United States.
Nikita Khrushchev is barred from visiting Disneyland.
Solomon Bandaranaike, prime minister of Sri Lanka is assassinated by a Buddhist monk, Talduwe Somarama, and dies the next day.
The Twilight Zone pilot premieres.
Far side of the Moon seen for first time, compliments of U.S.S.R.'s Luna 3.
US President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order transferring Wernher von Braun and other German scientists from the United States Army to NASA.
Ice Hockey: After being struck in the face with a puck, goalkeeper Jacques Plante returns to play wearing a protective mask for the first time in professional play.
November 4 Charles Van Doren, who won $129,000 on the NBC-TV quiz show '21,' admitted to the House Subcommittee on Legislative Oversight in Washington November 2 that he had been given questions and answers in advance when he appeared on the program in 1956.
Four members of the Herbert Clutter Family murdered at their farm outside Holcomb, Kansas.
William Wyler's film Ben-Hur premieres at Loew's Theater in New York City.
Ford Motor Company announces the discontinuation of the unpopular Edsel.
Cold War: Antarctic Treaty signed , which sets aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve and bans military activity on that continent.
December 5 Mary Francis Winston Newton (1869 - 1959) first American woman to
receive a Ph.D. in mathematics from a european university.
Archbishop Makarios becomes the first President of Cyprus
Motown record label is founded in Detroit, Michigan.
Other noteworthy events in 1959 without a date:
Wilt Chamberlain leads the National Basketball Association in scoring.
Magnetic ink character recognition developed to process checks.
Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments builds an integrated circuit.
Rocky and Bullwinkle, Dennis the Menace, Twilight Zone, Untouchables.
Bruno Sammartino made his professional wrestling debut.
James Michener, Hawaii, mixes truth and fiction across the centuries.U.S. rules D.H. Larence novel, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, not obscene.