Historical Events For Year 1959

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January 2, 1959

The Luna 1 spacecraft is launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome by the Soviet Union for the first time.
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January 3, 1959

The 49th state of the United States is announced as the state of Alaska. Read More

January 6, 1959

The inauguration of the International Maritime Organization occurs. Read More

January 7, 1959

Fidel Castro's new form of the Cuban government is accepted by the United States. Read More

January 25, 1959

The Second Vatican Council is to be held in Rome as declared by Pope John XXIII. Read More

January 29, 1959

Sleeping Beauty, the 16th animated film to be produced by Walt Disney, is released for the first time in Beverly Hills.
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February 6, 1959

A Titan intercontinental ballistic missile is tested for the first time in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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February 18, 1959

Nepalese women are given the right to vote for the first time. Read More

March 9, 1959

The first Barbie doll is released. Read More

April 8, 1959

The formation of the Inter-American Development Bank occurs. Read More

April 9, 1959

Seven military pilots are chosen by NASA as the first United States astronauts, better known as Mercury Seven.
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May, 1959

The lifting of import tariffs occurs in the United Kingdom. Read More

May 28, 1959

The monkeys on flight Jupiter AM-18, Able and Miss Baker, return to Earth as the first living creatures to make the return trip from space.
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June 8, 1959

Delivering mail through the use of Missile Mail is attempted the USS Barbero and United States Postal Service.
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June 9, 1959

Ballistic missiles are carried by a submarine for the first time by the USS George Washington.
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June 26, 1959

The Saint Lawrence Seaway is approved and opened by President Dwight D. Eisenhower of the United States and Queen Elizabeth II of Canada.
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August 4, 1959

Laos declares Martial Law. Read More

August 19, 1959

The formation of the Central Treaty Organization occurs. Read More

August 21, 1959

The 50th state of the United States is announced as the state of Hawaii. Read More

August 24, 1959

The United Nations gains Cyprus. Read More

September 17, 1959

The Navy Navigation Satellite System Transit 1A launches its first satellite, but the satellite fails to make orbit.
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October 2, 1959

The Twilight Zone by Rod Serling makes its debut on CBS for the first time. Read More

October 7, 1959

The first photographs of the far side of the Moon is taken by the USSR probe, Luna 3. Read More

October 13, 1959

Explorer 7 is launched by the United States for the first time. Read More

November 20, 1959

The United Nations adopts the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. Read More

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