1959

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Events

  • January 1 - End of the Battle of Santa Clara. Fulgencio Batista is overthrown as dictator of Cuba by Fidel Castro's 26th of July Movement, who assume control of the country.
  • January 3 - Robert Byrd is elected to the United States Senate.
  • March - The American Nazi Party is founded by George Lincoln Rockwell.
  • April 17 - Vito Genovese, boss of the Genovese crime family, is convicted of drug trafficking and is sentenced to 15 years in prison.
  • May 17 - Che Guevara launches the first Cuban land reform campaign.
  • May 23 - Beginning of the Laotian Civil War.
  • June 5 - Lee Kuan Yew is named the first Prime Minister of Singapore.
  • June 19 - The National Party passes the Bantu Self-Governence Act, which orders all Colored people to be removed from South Africa proper and relocated to designed homelands (Bantustans) within the country's borders.
  • July 25 - At the opening of the American National Exhibition in Moscow, United States Vice President Richard Nixon and USSR Premier Nikita Khrushchev engage in the "Kitchen Debate".
  • July 31 - ETA is founded.
  • August - Beginning of the Great Chinese Famine.
  • August 5 - Maurice Yaméogo is named the first President of Upper Volta.
  • November 2 - Beginning of the Rwandan Revolution.
  • November 15 - The Clutter family murders take place in Holcomb, Kansas when all four members of the Clutter family are killed by Perry Edward Smith and Richard Hickock.
  • Unknown - Fatah is founded by Yasser Arafat.

Births

Villain births

Victim births

  • May 19 - Nicole Brown Simpson
  • Unknown - Winfield Mowder

Deaths

Villain deaths

Victim deaths

  • November 15 - Herbert, Bonnie, Nancy, and Kenyon Clutter