Information for the Year 1959
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- Cuban President Batista resigns and flees (Jan. 1). Fidel Castro assumes power (Feb. 16).
- Tibet's Dalai Lama escapes to India (Mar. 31).
- Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev tours the United States, meeting with Eisenhower at Camp David.
- Population: 2.997 billion
- Nobel Peace Prize: Philip John Noel-Baker (United Kingdom)
- Alaska (Jan. 3) and Hawaii (Aug. 21) become the 49th and 50th states.
- St. Lawrence Seaway opens, allowing ocean ships to reach Midwest (April 25).
- President: Dwight D. Eisenhower
- Vice President: Richard M. Nixon
- Population: 177,829,628
- Life expectancy: 69.9 years
- US GDP (1998 dollars): $507.2 billion
- Federal spending: $92.10 billion
- Federal debt: $287.5 billion
- Median Household Income(current dollars): $5,417
- Consumer Price Index: 29.1
- Unemployment: 6.8%
- Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.04
- Super Bowl The first Super Bowl was not played until the year 1967.
- World Series of Baseball Los Angeles Dogers defeated the Chicago White Socks.
- National Basketball Association Championship Boston defeated Minneapolis Lakers
- National Hockey League Stanley Cup Montreal Canadians defeated Toronto Maple Leafs
- Women Wimbledon Tennis Maria Bueno defeated D. Hard (6-4 6-3)
- Men Wimbledon Tennis Alex Olmedo defeated R. Laver(6-4 6-3 6-4)
- Kentucky Derby Horse Race Champion Tomy Lee
- National College Athletic Association Basketball Championship California defeated West Virginia(SCORE 71-70)
- National College Athletic Association Football Champions Syracuse(RECORD 11-0-0)
- The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences sponsors the first Grammy Award ceremony for music recorded in 1958.
- Frank Sinatra wins his first Grammy Award -- Best Album for Come Dance with Me.
- Rumors of cheating on quiz shows erupt into a national scandal.
- Academy Award, Best Picture: Gigi
- Grammy Award - Record of the Year Volare by Domenico Modugno
- Emmy Award - Best Television Comedy The Jack Benny Show - CBS
- Miss America: Mary Ann Mobley (Mississippi)
- Jack S. Kilby of Texas Instruments (US) supervises the development of the first integrated circuit.
- The US Navy launches the Vanguard satellite.
- The Lunik II probe (USSR) reaches the moon; Lunik III photographs the dark side of the moon for the first time.
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