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1959 (Roman Numerals: MCMLIX) was the 59th year of the 20th century. 1959 was not a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Thursday.
On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 1959.
News Events of 1959
Cuban revolution. Fidel Castro becomes Prime Minister of Cuba.
Xerox manufactures the Xerox 914, the first plain paper copier.
Soviet Union's Luna 2 is first spacecraft to impact moon.
Soviet Union's Luna 3 takes first pictures of the far side of the Moon.
Soviet leader, Nikita Khruschev, visits USA.
Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper are killed in a plane crash.
First Barbie Doll produced.
Alaska and Hawaii admitted to the Union as US states.
Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments applies for the first patent on an Integrated Circuit.
Sports in 1959
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