1959

Perched on the cusp of the 1960s, the year 1959 saw the US living under the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower. The leaders of the world presided over a worldwide population of roughly 3 billion.

1959

The most popular name for little boys was Michael. On the other hand, if you had a girl, you were far more likely to choose the name Mary. Included amongst those bundles of joy were the world’s greatest linebacker, Lawrence Taylor; rapper and star, Flavor Flav, former Prime Minster of Canada, Stephen Harper; English actor, Hugh Laurie; and comedian, Weird Al Yankovic. While we may have gained Dr. House, we lost Cecil DeMille, Buddy Holly, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Lou Costello.

The most common book club selections happened to be Knowles’ A Separate Peace, Heinlein’s Star Ship Troopers, and Buroughs’ Naked Lunch. In the cinemas of the world, Ben-Hur, Some Like it Hot, and Sleeping Beauty saw a sharp rise in popularity. Read on to find out how this year helped set the foundation for the American flag, the modern work week, and forever changed our view of the world.

These twelve-months saw the sale of the first Barbie Doll, the launch of the first weather satellite, the first showing of The Twilight Zone, and the first colored picture of Earth as seen from outer space. In addition, the inventors of the world gave us our first look at both the pacemaker and the microchip.

Cuba witnessed a change in leadership as rebel Fidel Castro’s forces chased off ex-dictator Batista. France saw the beginnings of the 5th republic with the inauguration of Charles de Gaulle. While Cyprus was finally granted its independence, Singapore swore in its first prime minister. A huge step was taken towards world peace in 1959. Even if he may have been irritated to be denied access to Disneyland, Russia’s President, Nikita Khruschev agreed to reopen diplomatic relationships with the US. Meanwhile, with the addition of Hawaii and Alaska, the number of US states swelled from 48 to the current 50. Lastly, determining working norms for some time to come, West Germany became the first country to introduce a five-day work week.

If you’re smiling listening to Rebecca Black’s Friday as you get ready to leave the office, you should consider slinging some thanks at the year that made it all possible: 1959.

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Movies

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Some Like It Hot

Some Like It Hot

Directed by: Billy Wilder

Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft

Country: United States of America

The World of Apu

The World of Apu

Directed by: Satyajit Ray

Starring: Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore, Alok Chakravarty, Swapan Mukherjee

Country: United States of America

North by Northwest

North by Northwest

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Starring: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis

Country: United States of America

The 400 Blows

The 400 Blows

Directed by: François Truffaut

Starring: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Albert Rémy, Claire Maurier, Guy Decomble

Country: United States of America

Anatomy of a Murder

Anatomy of a Murder

Directed by: Otto Preminger

Starring: James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, Arthur O'Connell

Country: United States of America

Books

Which were the most popular books released in 1959 ?
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Folk Medicine by Deforest Clinton Jarvis

Folk Medicine

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In an essential work for any sufferer of the debilitating illness, the best-selling author of Folk Medicine focuses his extraordinary talents on providing natural and effective remedies for

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."

Mine Enemy Grows Older by Alexander King

Mine Enemy Grows Older

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Mine Enemy Grows Older

The Ugly American by William J. Lederer and Eugene Burdick

The Ugly American

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The multi-million-copy bestseller that coined the phrase for tragic American blunders abroad. In the episode that lends the book its title, the "ugly American" is Homer Atkins, a plain and plain-spoken man, who has been sent by the U.S.

Dear And Glorious Physician by Taylor Caldwell

Dear And Glorious Physician

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The world-famous novel about the triumphant story of St. Luke. Man of science, and Gospel writer. Today St. Luke is known as the author of the third Gospel of the New Testament, but two thousand years ago he was Lucanus, …

Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1959 in the USA ?

Top #10 male names
  1. Michael
  2. David
  3. James
  4. John
  5. Robert
  6. Mark
  7. William
  8. Richard
  9. Thomas
  10. Steven
Top #10 female names
  1. Mary
  2. Susan
  3. Linda
  4. Karen
  5. Donna
  6. Patricia
  7. Debra
  8. Cynthia
  9. Deborah
  10. Lisa
history

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 1959?


Events

  • 01 Jan Highway 91 in Nevada is officially renamed Las Vegas Boulevard.
  • 02 Jan USSR launches Mechta (Luna 1) for 1st lunar fly-by, 1st solar orbit
  • 03 Jan Alaska is admitted as the 49th U.S. State.
  • 04 Jan Luna 1 becomes the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Moon.
  • 07 Jan The United States recognizes the new Cuban government of Fidel Castro.
  • 08 Jan Charles De Gaulle is inaugurated as the first president of the French Fifth Republic.
  • 09 Jan Rawhide with Clint Eastwood premieres on CBS TV
  • 11 Jan Hanif Mohammad completes 499 for Karachi, then 1st class world record
  • 12 Jan KOED TV channel 11 in Tulsa, OK (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 13 Jan De Gaulle grants amnesty to 130 to Algerian death row convicts
  • 17 Jan Say, Darling closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 332 performances
  • 18 Jan Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open.
  • 20 Jan The first flight of the Vickers Vanguard.
  • 22 Jan US Air Force concludes less than 1 percent of UFOs are unknown objects.
  • 24 Jan Party with Comden & Green closes at John Golden NYC after 38 performances
  • 25 Jan First transcontinental commercial jet flight (American Airlines) (Los Angeles to New York for US$301).
  • 26 Jan KOKH TV channel 25 in Oklahoma City, OK (IND / PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 28 Jan Soviet Union wins 62-37 for first international basketball loss by US.
  • 29 Jan Buena Vista premieres Disney's animated feature film Sleeping Beauty at the Fox Wilshire Theater in Los Angeles, California. The film is based on Charles Perrault's version of the story of Sleeping Beauty.
  • 30 Jan Australia 1-200 first day fourth Test versus England, Adelaide Oval.
  • 31 Jan Joe Cronin signs seven-year pact to become head of American League.
  • 01 Feb Texas Instruments requests patent of IC (Integrated Circuit)
  • 02 Feb Vince Lombardi signs a five-year contract to coach the Green Bay Packers.
  • 03 Feb American Airlines' Electra crashes in New York's East River, killing 65.
  • 04 Feb Israel begins exporting copper ore.
  • 05 Feb Redhead opens at 46th St. Theater NYC for 455 performances
  • 06 Feb 1st successful test-fire of Titan ICBM
  • 07 Feb Whoop-Up closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • 09 Feb The R-7 Semyorka, the first intercontinental ballistic missile, becomes operational at Plesetsk, USSR.
  • 10 Feb Dutch Princess Wilhelmina publishes Lonely, but not alone
  • 11 Feb The Federation of Arab Emirates of the South, which will later become South Yemen, is created as a protectorate of the United Kingdom.
  • 12 Feb The US Mint releases the 1959 Lincoln Memorial cent to circulation.
  • 13 Feb Barbie doll goes on sale
  • 14 Feb US$3.6 million heroin seizure in New York City, New York.
  • 15 Feb Louise Suggs wins LPGA Saint Petersburg Golf Tournament.
  • 17 Feb First weather satellite launched, Vanguard 2, 9.8kg.
  • 19 Feb Britain, Turkey and Greece sign agreement granting Cyprus independence.
  • 20 Feb The Canadian Government cancels the CF-105 Arrow project.
  • 22 Feb Lee Petty wins the first Daytona 500.
  • 23 Feb KVIE TV channel 6 in Sacramento-Stockton, CA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 27 Feb Chicago Cards trade running back Ollie Matson to LA Rams for 9 players
  • 28 Feb Goldilocks closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 161 performances
  • 01 Mar Archbishop Makarios returns to Cyprus after three years.
  • 03 Mar 1st US probe to enter solar orbit, Pioneer 4, launched
  • 05 Mar Iran and US sign economic and military treaty.
  • 06 Mar 11st Emmy Awards: Playhouse 90, Jack Benny Show, Raymond Burr
  • 07 Mar Bells Are Ringing closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 925 performances
  • 08 Mar KUAT TV channel 6 in Tucson, AZ (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 09 Mar Juno opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • 10 Mar Uprising against Chinese occupation force in Lhasa Tibet
  • 11 Mar Raisin in the Sun, 1st Broadway play by a black woman, opens
  • 12 Mar US House joins Senate approving Hawaii statehood.
  • 15 Mar WILX TV channel 10 in Lansing, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 16 Mar Iraq and the USSR sign economic / technical treaty
  • 17 Mar Australia and the USSR restore diplomatic relations
  • 19 Mar 1st Impressions opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 84 performances
  • 21 Mar Juno closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • 22 Mar Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Nehi Golf Tournament.
  • 24 Mar Iraq withdraws from the Baghdad Pact.
  • 25 Mar Bill White traded to Saint Louis Cardinals for pitchers Sam Jones and Don Choate.
  • 26 Mar Test debut for Mushtaq Mohammad versus West Indies age 15 years 124 days.
  • 28 Mar The State Council of the People's Republic of China dissolves the Government of Tibet.
  • 29 Mar Some Like it Hot with Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon premieres
  • 30 Mar WNED TV channel 17 in Buffalo, New York (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 31 Mar Dalai Lama fled China and was granted political asylum in India
  • 01 Apr Iakovos is enthroned as Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America.
  • 05 Apr 23rd Golf Masters Championship: Art Wall Jr wins, shooting a 284.
  • 06 Apr 31st Academy Awards: Gigi, Susan Hayward, and David Niven win.
  • 07 Apr Oklahoma ends alcohol prohibition, after 51 years.
  • 08 Apr 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 Bill Sharman hits an NBA record 56 consecutive foul shots.
  • 10 Apr Japanese Prince Akihito marries Shōda Michiko.
  • 11 Apr Jamaica closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 558 performances
  • 12 Apr France Observator reports torture practice by French army in Algeria
  • 13 Apr Vanguard SLV-5 launched for Earth orbit (failed).
  • 14 Apr KDIN TV channel 11 in Des Moines, IA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 15 Apr Fidel Castro begins US goodwill tour.
  • 16 Apr Party with Comden & Green opens at John Golden NYC for 44 performances
  • 19 Apr Uprising in La Paz, Bolivia, fails.
  • 20 Apr 63rd Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:22:42.
  • 21 Apr 1211-kg great white shark becomes largest fish ever caught on a rod
  • 22 Apr 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 Destry Rides Again opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 472 performances
  • 24 Apr Netherlands Dance Theater opens (Rudi of Dantzig & Cut Flier)
  • 25 Apr St. Lawrence Seaway linking Atlantic, Great Lakes opens to shipping
  • 26 Apr Cuba invades Panam�.
  • 27 Apr Today show goes abroard 1st time (Paris France)
  • 28 Apr KLOE TV channel 10 in Goodland, KS (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 01 May White Sox Early Wynn beats Red Sox 1-0 on his own HR
  • 02 May 85th Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker aboard Tomy Lee wins in 2:02.2.
  • 03 May Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Land of the Sky Golf Tournament.
  • 04 May First Grammy Awards: Perry Como and Ella Fitzgerald win.
  • 06 May Iceland gunboats shoot at British fishing ships.
  • 09 May Dorothy Rigney, husband John, and Hank Greenberg resign from Chicago White Sox.
  • 10 May Soviet forces arrive in Afghanistan.
  • 11 May Kookie, Kookie Lend Me Your Comb by Byrnes and Connie Stevens hits #4
  • 13 May Kraft Music Hall with Milton Berle, last airs on NBC-TV
  • 15 May 100th anniversary of first college baseball game, between Amherst and Williams; Teams re-enact the original contest.
  • 16 May WTOM TV channel 4 in Cheboygan, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 17 May Sam Snead sets PGA record for 36 holes at 122.
  • 18 May Judy by David Seville hits #86
  • 19 May Jan de Quay becomes Premier of the Netherlands
  • 20 May Shah of Persia visits Netherlands
  • 21 May Gypsy opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 702 performances
  • 22 May Benjamin O Davis Jr becomes 1st black General Major in USAF
  • 23 May Party with Comden & Green closes at John Golden NYC after 44 performances
  • 24 May Empire Day renamed Commonwealth Day in England.
  • 25 May Khrushchev visits Angola
  • 26 May Harvey Haddix pitches 12 perfect innings, loses in 13th.
  • 28 May Monkeys Able and Baker zoom 300 miles (500 km) into space on Jupiter missile, became first animals retrieved from a space mission.
  • 29 May Charles de Gaulle forms French Government.
  • 30 May First Impressions closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 84 performances
  • 31 May Mickey Wright wins LPGA Cavalier Golf Open.
  • 01 Jun 2-time champ Monterrey Mexico barred from 1959 Little League competition for using players outside predetermined geographical area
  • 02 Jun Allen Ginsberg writes his poem Lysergic Acid, San Francisco
  • 03 Jun 1st class graduates from Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 05 Jun Bob Dylan graduates Hibbing HS in Minnesota
  • 07 Jun Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament
  • 08 Jun First official "missile mail" lands (Jacksonville, Florida, USA).
  • 09 Jun The USS George Washington is launched. It is the first submarine to carry ballistic missiles.
  • 10 Jun Rocky Colovito hits four home runs in one game.
  • 11 Jun US Postmaster General bans D.H. Lawrence's book Lady Chatterley's Lover.
  • 12 Jun San Francisco Giants' Mike McCormick no-hits Philadelphia Phillies, 3-0 in five-inning game.
  • 13 Jun Sammy Kaye Show, last airs on ABC-TV
  • 14 Jun The Matterhorn Mountain with its Matterhorn Bobsleds ride opens in Fantasyland at Disneyland in California. It is the first thrill ride at Disneyland, and the first ride to use cylindrical rails and urethane wheels. The mountain is 147 feet high, 1/100th the height of the real Matterhorn mountain, and uses 2175 steel girders. Final cost of the attraction is US$1.5 million.
  • 17 Jun Eamon de Valera elected President of Ireland
  • 18 Jun First telecast transmitted from England to US.
  • 19 Jun US Senate rejects President Dwight Eisenhower's appointment of Lewis Strauss for Secretary of Commerce.
  • 20 Jun A rare June hurricane struck Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence killing 35.
  • 22 Jun Along Came Jones by Coasters peaks at #9
  • 23 Jun A fire in a resort hotel in Stalheim (Norway) kills 34 people.
  • 26 Jun Ingemar Johansson TKOs Floyd Patterson in 3 for heavywgt boxing title
  • 27 Jun West Side Story closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 734 performances
  • 28 Jun Phils Wally Post is only outfielder to throw out 2 runners in an inning twice (Losing to Giants 6-0)
  • 29 Jun Pope John XXIII 1st encyclical On truth, unity, and peace, in charity
  • 30 Jun During a game in Wrigley Field, two balls are in play at same time.
  • 01 Jul Israeli Knesset agrees to weapon sales to West-Germany
  • 02 Jul Plan 9 From Outer Space, one of the worse films ever, premieres
  • 03 Jul 73rd Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Alex Olmedo beats Rod Laver (64 63 64)
  • 04 Jul 66th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Maria Fraser beats Darlene Hard (64 63)
  • 05 Jul Indonesia restores constitution
  • 06 Jul 5th LPGA Championship won by Betsy Rawls
  • 07 Jul 26th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-4 at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh
  • 09 Jul Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Hoosier Golf Open
  • 12 Jul NBC uses cameras to show catchers signals during ankee-Red Sox game
  • 14 Jul 1st atomic powered cruiser, Long Beach - Quincy, Massachusetts
  • 15 Jul The steel strike of 1959 begins, leading to significant importation of foreign steel for the first time in United States history.
  • 17 Jul 2,000 ft long by 1,300 foot wide section of ridge falls into Madis
  • 18 Jul 1st black to win a major golf tournament (William Wright)
  • 19 Jul Mickey Wright wins LPGA Machine International Golf Open Alliance
  • 20 Jul The Organization for European Economic Cooperation admits Spain.
  • 21 Jul Red Sox are last team to use a black player (Pumpsie Green)
  • 22 Jul Earth gas found at Kolham (Slochteren) Groningen
  • 23 Jul VP Richard Nixon begins visit on USSR
  • 24 Jul 500,000th Dutch TV set registered
  • 25 Jul SR-N1 hovercraft crosses the English Channel from Calais to Dover in just over 2 hours.
  • 26 Jul Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • 27 Jul Abbas Ali Baig scores 112 for India vs. England on debut
  • 28 Jul Great-Britain starts using postal codes
  • 29 Jul First United States Congress elections in Hawaii as a state of the Union.
  • 30 Jul In his major league debut, SF Giant Willie McCovey goes 4-for-4
  • 31 Jul 1st exhibit of bongos at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo opens
  • 01 Aug Pope John XXIII publishes encyclical Sacerdotii nostri primordia
  • 02 Aug 41st PGA Championship: Bob Rosburg shoots a 277 at Minneapolis Golf Club
  • 03 Aug 27th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-3 at Memorial Coliseum, LA
  • 04 Aug Billy Barnes Revue opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 87 performances
  • 05 Aug 42.4 cm rainfall in Decatur Co, Iowa (state record)
  • 07 Aug Explorer 6 transmits first TV photo of Earth from space.
  • 08 Aug A flood in Taiwan kills 2,000.
  • 12 Aug Progressive Party under John Steytler forms in South Africa
  • 13 Aug Military satellite Discoverer 5 launched (into polar orbit)
  • 14 Aug 26th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Baltimore 29, All-Stars 0 (70,000)
  • 15 Aug Cyprus gains independence.
  • 16 Aug Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Seattle Golf Open
  • 17 Aug 7.1 quake strikes Yellowstone National Park
  • 19 Aug Doctor X beats Wilber Snyder in Omaha, to become NWA wrestling champ
  • 20 Aug Belgium shortens conscription to 12 months
  • 21 Aug President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th state of the union. Hawaii's admission is currently commemorated by Hawaii Admission Day
  • 22 Aug Cin Red Frank Robinson hits 3 consecutive HRs
  • 23 Aug Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Spokane Golf Open
  • 24 Aug England complete 5-0 series drubbing of India
  • 26 Aug The original Mini designed by Sir Alec Issigonis is launched.
  • 31 Aug 48th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in New York (3-2)
  • 02 Sep US President Eisenhower arrives in Paris
  • 06 Sep Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA Cosmopolitan Golf Open
  • 08 Sep The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) is established.
  • 11 Sep Duke Ellington wins Springarn Medal for his musical achievements
  • 12 Sep Luna 2 launched by USSR; 1st spacecraft to impact on Moon
  • 13 Sep 73rd US Womens Tennis: Maria Fraser beats Christine Truman (61 64)
  • 14 Sep WQEX TV channel 16 in Pittsburgh, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 15 Sep Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev arrives in US to begin a 13-day visit.
  • 16 Sep President De Gaulle recognizes Algerian right of self determination
  • 17 Sep 59th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Jack Nicklaus
  • 18 Sep Vanguard 3 is launched into orbit to measure local phenomena related to Earth's atmosphere.
  • 19 Sep Nikita Krushchev is denied access to Disneyland during visit to USA due to security concerns.
  • 20 Sep Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Links Golf Invitation Open
  • 21 Sep 600 Indian Dutch emigrate to US
  • 22 Sep Chicago White Sox clinch the American League pennant.
  • 23 Sep Iowa farmer and corn breeder Roswell Garst hosts Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev.
  • 25 Sep Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley (37) and David Brown (43) wed
  • 26 Sep Milwaukee Braves Warren Spahn becomes winningest NL lefty
  • 27 Sep Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Opie Turner Golf Open
  • 28 Sep Hennesey, debuts on CBS-TV
  • 29 Sep Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis, debuts on CBS-TV
  • 30 Sep Soviet Union leader Nikita Khrushchev meets Mao Zedong in Beijing.
  • 01 Oct 1st World Series since 1948 not to feature a New York team (LA vs. Chic)
  • 02 Oct The anthology series The Twilight Zone premieres on CBS television.
  • 03 Oct 13th NHL All-Star Game: Montreal beat All-Stars 6-1 at Montreal
  • 04 Oct 1st World Series game played west of St. Louis (in LA)
  • 06 Oct Soviet Luna 3, 1st successful photographic spacecraft, impacts Moon
  • 07 Oct Happy Town opens at 84th St. Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 08 Oct At the Drop of a Hat opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 216 performances
  • 09 Oct 1st phone call between auto and plane (Delaware)
  • 10 Oct Happy Town closes at 84th St. Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 11 Oct KTHI TV channel 11 in Fargo-Grand Forks, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 12 Oct At the national congress of APRA in Peru a group of leftist radicals are expelled from the party. They will later form APRA Rebelde.
  • 13 Oct In Hamlet, Indiana, USA a building is hit by a falling meteorite.
  • 14 Oct WMUB (now WPTO) TV channel 14 in Oxford, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 15 Oct Untouchables premieres
  • 17 Oct Billy Barnes Revue closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 87 performances
  • 19 Oct Florence Henderson joins Today Show panel
  • 20 Oct Clark Griffith of Senators says team will not move the franchise
  • 21 Oct Contra revolutionaries bomb Havana
  • 22 Oct Take Me Along opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 448 performances
  • 23 Oct Chinese troops move into India, 17 die
  • 26 Oct First photographs taken of the far side of the Moon, by Luna 3.
  • 27 Oct Rare Pacific hurricane kills 2,000 in Western Mexico.
  • 28 Oct Buffalo Bills enter the AFL.
  • 31 Oct Lee Harvey Oswald attempts to renounce his American citizenship at the US Embassy in Moscow, USSR.
  • 01 Nov Jim Brown scores 5 TDs in Cleveland Browns 38-31 win over Baltimore
  • 02 Nov Girls against the Boys opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • 04 Nov Ernie Banks, Chicago Cubs' shortstop, wins National League Most Valuable Player.
  • 05 Nov AFL announced with 8 teams
  • 08 Nov KJTV (now KGET) TV channel 17 in Bakersfield, CA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 10 Nov Corinne Rottschaeffer elected Miss World
  • 11 Nov 1st episode of Rocky & His Friends airs
  • 12 Nov The Warner Bros. religious epic ''The Miracle'', very loosely based on the 1911 stage pantomime ''Das Mirakel'', is released. It is a critical and financial bomb.
  • 14 Nov Girls against the Boys closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • 15 Nov Four members of the Herbert Clutter Family are murdered at their farm outside Holcomb, Kansas. Dick Hickock and Perry Smith were ultimately caught and convicted of the murders.
  • 16 Nov Sound of Music opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 1443 performances
  • 17 Nov Giants slugger Willie McCovey wins NL Rookie of Year
  • 18 Nov Washingston Senator Bob Allison wins AL Rookie of Year
  • 19 Nov Rocky & His Friends debuts on ABC
  • 20 Nov WABC fires Alan Freed over payola scandal
  • 21 Nov Max Baer, American heavyweight boxing champion (1934), dies at age 49.
  • 22 Nov Boston Patriots enter the AFL.
  • 23 Nov Fiorello! opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 796 performances
  • 25 Nov Once Upon a Mattress opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 460 performances
  • 28 Nov 47th CFL Grey Cup: Winn Blue Bombers defeats Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 21-7
  • 30 Nov Joe Foss named first commissioner of AFL.
  • 01 Dec 25th Heisman Trophy Award: Billy Cannon, LSU (HB).
  • 02 Dec Malpasset dam collapses destroying French Riviera town of Frejus.
  • 03 Dec State of emergency on Cyprus ends.
  • 04 Dec A monkey returns to Earth safely, after being launched 55 miles high into outer space by the United States space program.
  • 05 Dec Intikhab Alam bowls Colin McDonald with first ball in Tests.
  • 07 Dec Saratoga opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 80 performances
  • 08 Dec Dom Mintoff demands independence for Malta.
  • 13 Dec Archbishop Makarios becomes the first President of Cyprus.
  • 14 Dec J B Jordan in F-104C sets world altitude record, 31,513 metres.
  • 15 Dec Everly Brothers record Let It Be Me
  • 16 Dec Snow falling in Lowarai Pass, West Pakistan, kills 48.
  • 17 Dec On The Beach, is 1st film to premiere on both sides of Iron Curtain
  • 18 Dec Sammy Baugh named first coach of New York Titans (AFL).
  • 20 Dec Jasu Patel takes 9-69, India versus Australia at Kanpur.
  • 21 Dec 10th largest snowfall in NYC history (13.7)
  • 22 Dec Continental League awards its last franchise to Dallas-Fort Worth.
  • 25 Dec A synagogue in Cologne Germany desecrated with swatstikas
  • 27 Dec Baltimore Colts beat the New York Giants 31-16 in NFL championship game
  • 29 Dec Physicist Richard Feynman gives a speech entitled ''There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom'', which is regarded as the birth of nanotechnology; the Lisbon Metro begins operation.
  • 30 Dec George Washington, 1st ballistic missile sub commissioned