April 1959 calendar

April 1959

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in April 1959.
The US president was Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Harold Macmillan (Conservative), Pope John XXIII was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on April 1959: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of April 1959?


  • 01 Apr 1959 Iakovos is enthroned as Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America.
  • 05 Apr 1959 23rd Golf Masters Championship: Art Wall Jr wins, shooting a 284.
  • 06 Apr 1959 31st Academy Awards: Gigi, Susan Hayward, and David Niven win.
  • 07 Apr 1959 Oklahoma ends alcohol prohibition, after 51 years.
  • 08 Apr 1959 A team of computer manufacturers, users, and university people led by Grace Hopper meets to discuss the creation of a new programming language that would be called COBOL.
  • 09 Apr 1959 Bill Sharman hits an NBA record 56 consecutive foul shots.
  • 10 Apr 1959 Japanese Prince Akihito marries Shōda Michiko.
  • 11 Apr 1959 Jamaica closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 558 performances
  • 12 Apr 1959 France Observator reports torture practice by French army in Algeria
  • 13 Apr 1959 Vanguard SLV-5 launched for Earth orbit (failed).
  • 14 Apr 1959 KDIN TV channel 11 in Des Moines, IA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 15 Apr 1959 Fidel Castro begins US goodwill tour.
  • 16 Apr 1959 Party with Comden & Green opens at John Golden NYC for 44 performances
  • 19 Apr 1959 Uprising in La Paz, Bolivia, fails.
  • 20 Apr 1959 63rd Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:22:42.
  • 21 Apr 1959 1211-kg great white shark becomes largest fish ever caught on a rod
  • 22 Apr 1959 Chicago White Sox beat Kansas City Athletics 20-6, in one inning Sox score 11 runs on one hit, ten walks, and three errors.
  • 23 Apr 1959 Destry Rides Again opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 472 performances
  • 24 Apr 1959 Netherlands Dance Theater opens (Rudi of Dantzig & Cut Flier)
  • 25 Apr 1959 St. Lawrence Seaway linking Atlantic, Great Lakes opens to shipping
  • 26 Apr 1959 Cuba invades Panam�.
  • 27 Apr 1959 Today show goes abroard 1st time (Paris France)
  • 28 Apr 1959 KLOE TV channel 10 in Goodland, KS (CBS) begins broadcasting
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in April 1959?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Venus
  2. - Come Softly To Me
  3. - (Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I
  4. - Charlie Brown
  5. - It's Just A Matter Of Time

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - As I Love You
  2. - Side Saddle
  3. - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
  4. - It Doesn't Matter Anymore
  5. - A Pub With No Beer


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in April 1959?

The Watch That Ends The Night by Hugh MacLennan

The Watch That Ends The Night


George and Catherine Stewart share the burden of Catherine Stewart's heart disease. This could lead to her death at any moment.

Nautilus 90 North by William R. Anderson

Nautilus 90 North


The first transpolar submarine journey from the Pacific Ocean into the Atlantic was commanded by the commander of the Nautilus. He relates the tension and excitement of the journey to the North Pole.

The Coming Of The New Deal by Arthur Meier Schlesinger Jr.

The Coming Of The New Deal


This book, Volume 2, in Schlesinger’s Age of Roosevelt series, describes Roosevelt's first turbulent years in the White House.

The Fig Tree by Aubrey Menen

The Fig Tree


This is a humorous description of the efforts of a scientist using chemical processes to transform a fig tree in to the tree of life. The church is soon shaken by scandal when the figs are discovered to be an …

Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart

Nine Coaches Waiting


In this haunting suspense novel, a governess at a French chateau discovers a plot to end her young pupil's life.