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Dwight Morrow High School Class of 1959 - 1959 in Review


We Had A Busy Year
January 1959

Saturday 03:
Alaska is admitted as the 49th U.S. state.

Sunday 04:
Luna 1 becomes the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Moon.

Wednesday 07:
The United States recognizes the new Cuban government of Fidel Castro

Thursday 08:
Michel Debré becomes Prime Minister of France

Thursday 29:
Sleeping Beauty, the last animated feature produced by Walt Disney to be based upon a fairy tale, was first released.

February 1959

Tuesday 03:
The Day The Music Died: A plane crash kills rock-and-roll performers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper.

Friday 06:
At Cape Canaveral, Florida, the first successful test firing of a Titan intercontinental ballistic missile is accomplished.

Thursday 19:
The United Kingdom grants Cyprus its independence, which is then on formally proclaimed on August 16, 1960.

Friday 20:
The Avro Arrow programme to design and manufacture supersonic jet fighters in Canada is cancelled by the Diefenbaker government amid much political debate.

Sunday 22:
Lee Petty wins the first Daytona 500.

March 1959

Sunday 08:
Last television appearance of The Marx Brothers, in The Incredible Jewel Robbery

Monday 09:
The Barbie doll debuts.
Wednesday

March 11 Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, becomes the first drama written by a black woman to be produced on Broadway.

Saturday 14:
J.R.D.A.C.I. founded at a congress in Treichville, Côte d'Ivoire.

Tuesday 17:
Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, flees Tibet and travels to India.

Wednesday 18:
American President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a bill into law allowing for Hawaiian statehood, which would become official on August 21.

April 1959

Thursday 09:
Mercury program: NASA announces the selection of the United States' first seven astronauts which the news media quickly dub the 'Mercury Seven'.

Saturday 25:
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.

May 1959

Monday 04:
The first Grammy Award was held  in the Grand Ballroom of the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Monday 18:
Launching of the National Liberation Committee of Côte d'Ivoire in Conakry, Guinea.

June 1959

Monday 08:
The USS Barbero and United States Postal Service attempt the delivery of mail via Missile Mail.

Sunday 14:
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.

Wednesday
July 15 Billie Holiday, singer, died.

Tuesday 23:
A fire in a resort hotel in Stalheim, Norway kills 34 people.

Thursday 25:
Eamon de Valera is elected the third President of Ireland.

Friday 26:
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.

July 1959

Wednesday 01:
The Party of the African Federation (PFA) holds its constitutive conference.

Saturday 04:
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.

Tuesday 07:
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.

Monday 20:
Elias Tsirimokos becomes Prime Minister of Greece.

Friday 24:
At the opening of the American National Exhibition in Moscow, US vice-president Richard Nixon and Nikita Khrushchev have a 'kitchen debate.'

Friday
July 24 Pumpsie Green makes the Boston Red Sox the last major league team to allow blacks a place on their squad.

August 1959

Friday 07:
Explorer program: The United States launches Explorer 6 from the Atlantic Missile Range in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Friday 21:
President Eisenhower signs an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th state of the union.

September 1959

Saturday 12:
Bonanza premiers. First regularly-scheduled TV program presented in color. Bonanza will run for 14 years.

Monday 14:
The Soviet probe Luna 2 crashes onto the Moon, becoming the first man-made object to reach it.

Tuesday 15:
Nikita Khrushchev becomes the first Soviet leader to visit the United States.

Saturday 19:
Nikita Khrushchev is barred from visiting Disneyland.

Friday 25:
Solomon Bandaranaike, prime minister of Sri Lanka is assassinated by a Buddhist monk, Talduwe Somarama, and dies the next day.

October 1959

Friday 02:
The Twilight Zone pilot premieres.

Wednesday 07:
Far side of the Moon seen for first time, compliments of U.S.S.R.'s Luna 3.

Wednesday 21:
US President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order transferring Wernher von Braun and other German scientists from the United States Army to NASA.

November 1959

Monday 02:
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.

Wednesday
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.

Sunday 15:
Four members of the Herbert Clutter Family murdered at their farm outside Holcomb, Kansas.

Wednesday 18:
William Wyler's film Ben-Hur premieres at Loew's Theater in New York City.

Thursday 19:
Ford Motor Company announces the discontinuation of the unpopular Edsel.

December 1959

Tuesday 01:
Cold War: Antarctic Treaty signed , which sets aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve and bans military activity on that continent.

Saturday
December 5 Mary Francis Winston Newton (1869 - 1959) first American woman to
receive a Ph.D. in mathematics from a european university.

Sunday 13:
Archbishop Makarios becomes the first President of Cyprus

Monday 14:
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.


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