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Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in May 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 May 1959: find out below

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1959?


Events

  • 01 May 1959 White Sox Early Wynn beats Red Sox 1-0 on his own HR
  • 02 May 1959 85th Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker aboard Tomy Lee wins in 2:02.2.
  • 03 May 1959 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Land of the Sky Golf Tournament.
  • 04 May 1959 First Grammy Awards: Perry Como and Ella Fitzgerald win.
  • 06 May 1959 Iceland gunboats shoot at British fishing ships.
  • 09 May 1959 Dorothy Rigney, husband John, and Hank Greenberg resign from Chicago White Sox.
  • 10 May 1959 Soviet forces arrive in Afghanistan.
  • 11 May 1959 Kookie, Kookie Lend Me Your Comb by Byrnes and Connie Stevens hits #4
  • 13 May 1959 Kraft Music Hall with Milton Berle, last airs on NBC-TV
  • 15 May 1959 100th anniversary of first college baseball game, between Amherst and Williams; Teams re-enact the original contest.
  • 16 May 1959 WTOM TV channel 4 in Cheboygan, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 17 May 1959 Sam Snead sets PGA record for 36 holes at 122.
  • 18 May 1959 Judy by David Seville hits #86
  • 19 May 1959 Jan de Quay becomes Premier of the Netherlands
  • 20 May 1959 Shah of Persia visits Netherlands
  • 21 May 1959 Gypsy opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 702 performances
  • 22 May 1959 Benjamin O Davis Jr becomes 1st black General Major in USAF
  • 23 May 1959 Party with Comden & Green closes at John Golden NYC after 44 performances
  • 24 May 1959 Empire Day renamed Commonwealth Day in England.
  • 25 May 1959 Khrushchev visits Angola
  • 26 May 1959 Harvey Haddix pitches 12 perfect innings, loses in 13th.
  • 28 May 1959 Monkeys Able and Baker zoom 300 miles (500 km) into space on Jupiter missile, became first animals retrieved from a space mission.
  • 29 May 1959 Charles de Gaulle forms French Government.
  • 30 May 1959 First Impressions closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 84 performances
  • 31 May 1959 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Cavalier Golf Open.

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Movies

Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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Pulp Fiction

Pulp Fiction

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Starring: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis

Country: United States of America

Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

Starring: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest

Country: United States of America

Alien

Alien

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright

Country: United States of America

Once Upon a Time in America

Once Upon a Time in America

Directed by: Sergio Leone

Starring: Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Treat Williams

Country: United States of America

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Alison Doody, Denholm Elliott

Country: United States of America

Books

Which were the most popular books released in May 1959?
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Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart

Nine Coaches Waiting

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A governess in a French ch√Ęteau encounters an apparent plot against her young charge's life in this unforgettably haunting and beautifully written suspense novel.

The Watch That Ends The Night by Hugh MacLennan

The Watch That Ends The Night

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George and Catherine Stewart share not only the burden of Catherine's heart disease, which could cause her death at any time, but the memory of Jerome Martell, her first husband and

The American High School Today by James B. Conant

The American High School Today

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American High School Today (Carnegie Series in American Education)

Nautilus 90 North by William R. Anderson

Nautilus 90 North

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The commander of the first transpolar submarine voyage from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic relates the excitement and tension of the journey as the Nautilus approached the North Pole

The Status Seekers by Vance Packard

The Status Seekers

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"An explosive exploration of class behavior in America and the hidden barriers that affect you, your community, and your future."