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The following events occurred in March, 1959.
- 1 March 1, 1959 (Sunday)
- 2 March 2, 1959 (Monday)
- 3 March 3, 1959 (Tuesday)
- 4 March 4, 1959 (Wednesday)
- 5 March 5, 1959 (Thursday)
- 6 March 6, 1959 (Friday)
- 7 March 7, 1959 (Saturday)
- 8 March 8, 1959 (Sunday)
- 9 March 9, 1959 (Monday)
- 10 March 10, 1959 (Tuesday)
- 11 March 11, 1959 (Wednesday)
- 12 March 12, 1959 (Thursday)
- 13 March 13, 1959 (Friday)
- 14 March 14, 1959 (Saturday)
- 15 March 15, 1959 (Sunday)
- 16 March 16, 1959 (Monday)
- 17 March 17, 1959 (Tuesday)
- 18 March 18, 1959 (Wednesday)
- 19 March 19, 1959 (Thursday)
- 20 March 20, 1959 (Friday)
- 21 March 21, 1959 (Saturday)
- 22 March 22, 1959 (Sunday)
- 23 March 23, 1959 (Monday)
- 24 March 24, 1959 (Tuesday)
- 25 March 25, 1959 (Wednesday)
- 26 March 26, 1959 (Thursday)
- 27 March 27, 1959 (Friday)
- 28 March 28, 1959 (Saturday)
- 29 March 29, 1959 (Sunday)
- 30 March 30, 1959 (Monday)
- 31 March 31, 1959 (Tuesday)
- 32 References
March 1, 1959 (Sunday)
- Archbishop Makarios III returned to Cyprus. Two years earlier, he had been allowed by British authorities to leave the Seychelles, where he had been kept in exile, on condition that he never return to Cyprus. An agreement in Zurich between Britain, Greece and Turkey, released Makarios from the conditions, in return for his agreement to drop his quest for "enosis", a movement to make Cyprus part of Greek territory. Later in 1959, Makarios won the election to become the first President of Cyprus.
March 2, 1959 (Monday)
- The Balkan Pact, signed in 1953 between Turkey, Greece and Yugoslavia, expired after Yugoslavia's President Tito announced that his nation would not renew it.
March 3, 1959 (Tuesday)
- The United States launched the Pioneer IV satellite toward the moon, shortly after midnight EST. The object became the first American spacecraft to escape the Earth's gravity.
- The Mosul uprising began in Iraq as Colonel Abd al-Shawaff staged a rebellion against the government of President Abdul Karim Qasim. al-Shawaaf was killed the next day, and after the insurrection was put down, Qasim ordered the execution of officers suspected of complicity.
- In Tifton, Georgia, nine children, ranging in age from 5 to 15, drowned after a loaded school bus ran off a road into a farm pond.
- In Nyasaland (now Malawi), Colonial Governor Robert Armitage declared a state of emergency after riots broke out in that Southern African nation, banning the Nyasaland African Congress (NAC).
- At the British colonial detention camp in Hola, Kenya, where Mau Mau rebels were held, eleven prisoners were beaten to death and 20 others seriously injured by prison staff, in what later was known as the Hola massacre.
- Died: Lou Costello, 52, American comedian (famous for his partnership with Bud Abbott)
March 4, 1959 (Wednesday)
- Pioneer IV became the second man-made object to pass the Moon and to enter an orbit around the sun, becoming the first American-made planetary object. The Soviet satellite Lunik had achieved solar orbit on January 7. Contact with Pioneer IV was lost two days later after its batteries ran out of power.
- The government of Cuba nationalized the Cuban Telephone Company, a subsidiary of ITT.
- Born: Rick Ardon, Australian news anchor, in Perth; Irina Strakhova, Russian race walker, in Novosibirsk
- Died: Maxie Long, 80, Olympic track medalist 1900
March 5, 1959 (Thursday)
- At Ankara, the United States agreed to defend the remaining members of the Central Treaty Organization (CENTO) in case of attack, signing bilateral defense agreements with Iran, Turkey and Pakistan.
- In Wrightsville, Arkansas, a fire at a dormitory for the Arkansas Training School for Negro Boys killed 21 boys. The doors had been locked, and 47 boys who survived the fire had kicked their way through heavy metal screens to escape.
- The Federal Reserve Bank raised the interest rate half a point to 3% 
- U.S. Secretary of Defense Neil H. McElroy told reporters that "a surprise with missiles in the foreseeable future is almost impossible".
March 6, 1959 (Friday)
- Pope John XXIII issued a Notificatio banning "the spreading of images and writings that propose the devotion of The Divine Mercy" that had been the work of Sister Faustina Kowalska.
- By order of the Castro government, all rents in Cuba were reduced by 50 percent.
- Born: Tom Arnold, American actor and comedian, in Ottumwa, Iowa
March 7, 1959 (Saturday)
- "Wishing Won't Hold Berlin", by former U.S. Secretary of State Dean Acheson, appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, after Acheson concluded that the Eisenhower administration was not doing enough to respond to the Soviet ultimatum that all armies withdraw from Berlin (which was surrounded by Communist East Germany).
March 8, 1959 (Sunday)
- The Marx Brothers made their last screen appearance, as Groucho, Chico and Harpo Marx starred in "The Incredible Jewel Robbery" on the CBS anthology program General Electric Theater. 
- A 19 year old airman at the Davis-Monthan AFB committed suicide by setting a high altitude test chamber to simulate 73,000 feet, then pulling off his oxygen mask.
- Born: Aidan Quinn, American actor, in Rockford, Illinois
March 9, 1959 (Monday)
- The Barbie doll made its debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York. Ruth Handler named the doll for her daughter. In 1961, her son Ken would have his name bestowed on another doll.
- Born: Giovanni di Lorenzo, European journalist, in Stockholm
March 10, 1959 (Tuesday)
- When it appeared that the Dalai Lama was on the verge of arrest by the Communist government of China, a rebellion broke out as 30,000 Tibetans surrounded his palace, the Norbulingka. The Dalai Lama would say later that "That day, the people stopped my journey to the Chinese army camp ... and in the meantime, they declared the independence of Tibet.".
- Born: Mike Wallace, American race car driver, in Fenton, Missouri
March 11, 1959 (Wednesday)
- A Raisin in the Sun, by African-American playwright Lorraine Hansberry, and starring Sidney Poitier and Claudia McNeil, made its Broadway debut, at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. The play ran for 538 performances.
- The Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King helicopter, also known as the H-3 Pelican or the S-61, was given its first flight by test pilots.
- Died: Lester Dent, 54, creator of Doc Savage
March 12, 1959 (Thursday)
- By a margin of 323 to 89, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to allow Hawaii to become the 50th state, contingent upon passage by Hawaiian voters. The night before, the Senate had voted its approval, 76–15. The bill was signed into law by President Eisenhower on March 18, 1959.
- Tomasi Kulimoetoke II became the King of Wallis Island, reigning until May 7, 2007.
March 13, 1959 (Friday)
- The United Nations General Assembly voted 56–0, with 23 abstentions, to end the UN Trusteeship over the French Cameroons by January 1, 1960, and to schedule a plebiscite in the north and south sections of the British Cameroons.
- With the admission of Hawaii voted so soon after the admission of Alaska, flag manufacturers asked that the adoption of the 50-star flag be postponed until July 4, 1960. Digby Chandler, president of Annin & Co, said that the industry had already manufactured 300,000 flags with 49 stars, and added, "If we are forced to throw all these away and start making 50-star flags for next July 4 there will be no flag industry left." One proposal was to add an eighth star in the middle row of the seven rows of seven stars.
March 14, 1959 (Saturday)
- Sharaf Rashidov was elected First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic. Answering only to Moscow, Rashidov ruled for 24 years with otherwise unlimited and corrupt power, lasting until his death on October 31, 1983.
March 15, 1959 (Sunday)
- Robert Foster, 32, set a record for holding his breath, remaining underwater for 13 minutes, 42.5 seconds (13:42.5), at San Rafael, California  The record stood for 48 years, until broken by Arvydas and Diana Gaiciunas in Druskininkai, Lithuania, on June 16, 2007, at almost 16 minutes (15:58). Both Foster and the Gaiciunas siblings hyperventilated with pure oxygen beforehand in order to drive carbon dioxide from their lungs. The recognized record without such preparations is 11 minutes, 35 seconds, by freediver Stéphane Mifsud on June 8, 2009 
- The prison at the Curragh Camp, where Ireland detained suspected terrorists without formal charges, was formally closed.
- Born: Harold Baines, American baseball player, in Easton, Maryland
- Died: Duncan Hines, 78, restaurant critic who later lent his name to a line of cake mixes
March 16, 1959 (Monday)
- Born Flavor Flav, American rapper (as William Jonathan Drayton, Jr.), in Roosevelt, New York, and Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway, in Oslo
- Died: John B. Salling, 112, American Civil War veteran, in Kingsport, Tennessee. His death left one surviving veteran claimant, Walter Williams of Houston, whose age and service were later disputed.
March 17, 1959 (Tuesday)
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, escaped Tibet and found sanctuary in India.
- USS Skate (SSN-578) surfaced at the North Pole after setting a record by spending 12 days under the polar ice cap. In a ceremony at the pole, tha ashes of polar explorer Sir Hubert Wilkins, who had died in 1958, were scattered at the pole 
- Born: Danny Ainge, Boston Celtics guard and Toronto Blue Jays second baseman, in Eugene, Oregon
March 18, 1959 (Wednesday)
- U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Hawaii Statehood Bill into law at a White House ceremony, but the process of admission was not over. "Under this legislation," said Ike, "the citizens of Hawaii will soon decide whether their islands shall become our 50th state." Voters still had to elect new officials and decide on whether to accept all of the bill's provisions, with statehood conditioned on Palmyra Island not being included.
- Born: Luc Besson, French film director (The Fifth Element), in Paris, and Irene Cara, American singer (Fame), in New York
March 19, 1959 (Thursday)
- After the Beijing government ordered the Dalai Lama to report without his bodyguards, fighting broke out in Lhasa, Tibet, as Tibetans battled Chinese troops. The Chinese government stated that thousands of rebels had attacked Lhasa and had been defeated after a two day battle by Chinese troops.
- The Shaggy Dog was first shown.
March 20, 1959 (Friday)
- In Modesto, California, the record for phonebooth stuffing was broken as 32 "slightly built" students at Modesto Junior College packed themselves into a regulation sized booth—7 feet tall and 32 inches square. However, for safety reasons, the booth was set on its side, and the telephone had been removed. Earlier in the month, 25 students in South Africa had broken the record of 19.
- A unidentified visitor to Lenin's Mausoleum, in Moscow, threw a hammer at the sarcophagus housing Lenin's remains, breaking the glass. The event was not reported in the Soviet press and would not be revealed until after the breakup of the Soviet Union. 
- Born: Sting (wrestler), American pro wrestler (as Steve Borden), in Omaha, and Steve McFadden, British actor (Phil Mitchell in EastEnders), in London
John MacGugan AMIRTE,MIMI,AMCIT,(Engineer) of Runcorn Cheshire was born on this day.
March 21, 1959 (Saturday)
- The University of California won the NCAA basketball championship, defeating West Virginia 71–70. Cal blew a 13 point lead in the second half, and the Mountaineers came within one point with 0:53 left. West Virginia did not foul until 0:02 was left. Denny Fitzpatrick's free throw missed, but the Mountaineers' Jerry West was not able to get the ball until time had run out.
- Born: Nobuo Uematsu, composer, in Kochi, Japan
March 22, 1959 (Sunday)
- In a televised address, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro announced that, effective immediately, he was outlawing all racial discrimination. Previously segregated clubs, parks and beaches were opened to Cuba's black residents by law.
- The Constitutional Assembly of Mauritania approved a democratic constitution for the African state, which would become independent of France in 1960. Provisions for a multiparty parliamentary system would last only five years, after which Governor Moktar Ould Daddah's Mauritanian People's Party became the only legal party.
- Born: Matthew Modine, American film actor, in Loma Linda, California
March 23, 1959 (Monday)
- Nine miners were killed in an explosion at Brimstone, Tennessee.
- Lee Harvey Oswald earned his GED, with a passing score of 77. He had dropped out of the tenth grade of Fort Worth High School in 1956.
March 24, 1959 (Tuesday)
- The integrated circuit was shown off for the first time by Texas Instruments, at an electronics industry convention in New York.
- The Imam Abd al-Rahman al-Mahdi, son of the Mahdi, founder of the Umma Party in Sudan, and leader of the mahdiyah sect of Islam, died after a reign of 50 years and was succeeded by his son, Siddiq al-Mahdi; who died on October 2, 1961.
- A proposal was introduced in the City Council of New York City to study the possibility of the city seceding from the New York State and becoming its own state.
- As Communist rebels took control in Iraq, Prime Minister Abdel Karim Kassem announced his nation's withdrawal from the Baghdad Pact. The withdrawal had been expected following the July 14, 1958, revolution that overthrew the government of King Feisel II.
March 25, 1959 (Wednesday)
- French President Charles De Gaulle opened his first presidential press conference with a statement that France supported German reunification "as the aim and normal destiny of the German people. provided that [they] do not question their present frontiers to the west, east, north or south." "Germany today is not a danger to us," said De Gaulle as he announced a new relationship with his World War II adversary 
March 26, 1959 (Thursday)
- Italy and the United States signed an agreement providing for thirty medium range Jupiter missiles to be deployed on Italian soil, the first placement of the new MRBM.
- A circus lion terrorized New York's Madison Square Garden after escaping a cage, running around the arena, then jumping a rail and walking into the main lobby. Ponto, the 800 pound star of the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey big cat act was captured 15 minutes later after wandering into a blocked corridor.
- International radio communication was blocked out for 11 hours, beginning at 5 p.m. Pacific time. It was believed that an eruption on the sun disrupted transmissions, although such disturbances normally lasted on 30 minutes.
- Died: Raymond Chandler, 70, creator of Philip Marlowe
March 27, 1959 (Friday)
- North Carolina became the first state in the nation to require polio vaccines for all children. The measure, already approved by the Senate passed 73–3 in the House and was signed by Governor Luther H. Hodges.
March 28, 1959 (Saturday)
- The government of Tibet was abolished by an order signed by Chinese premier Zhou Enlai, and the Dalai Lama was replaced by a puppet ruler, the Panchen Lama.
March 29, 1959 (Sunday)
- Barthélemy Boganda, Prime Minister of the Central African Republic, was slated to become its first President, but was killed in the crash of a French airliner. After taking off from Berberati for the capital, Bangui, the plane crashed, killing the Prime Minister and eight other people. In celebration of the martyred founding father of the nation, March 29 is a legal holiday in the C.A.R., as Boganda Day.
- Born: Barry Blanchard, Canadian mountaineer, in Calgary
March 30, 1959 (Monday)
- The Dalai Lama took flight from Lhasa to the monastery of Tawang Town, a disputed territory controlled by the Indian government, with the help of CIA operatives, Tibetan guerrillas, and the government of Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. With 85,000 of his co-ethnics, the Lama settled in the town of Dharamsala, in the Himachal Pradesh state of India.
- In two decisions (Bartkus v. Illinois, 359 U.S. 121 and Abbate v. United States 359 U.S. 187), the United States Supreme Court ruled that a person could be charged with the same crime in both state and federal court proceedings without violating the double jeopardy clause of the Fifth Amendment ("nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb"), under the dual sovereignty doctrine.
- Chief Judge Akio Date of the District Court in Tokyo ruled in the Sunakawa case that the stationing of United States military forces in Japan violated Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution. The decision was reversed by the Supreme Court of Japan on December 14.
March 31, 1959 (Tuesday)
- Action Comics No. 252 (May 1959) reached newsstands, and, in a story entitled "The Supergirl From Krypton", introduced Supergirl to the world.
- Busch Gardens' Dark Continent in Tampa, Florida, opened to the public following a dedication ceremony. Until it was superseded by Walt Disney World, the African safari park was Florida's leading tourist attraction.
- John Springhall, Decolonization since 1945: The Collapse of European Overseas Empires (Palgrave Macmillan, 2001) pp99-100
- The Muslim World: A Historial Survey (Brill Archive, 1997), Vol. IV, p52
- "Pioneer IV Roars on – Now Halfway to Moon", Oakland Tribune, March 3, 1959, p1
- Masʻūd Bārzānī, Mustafa Barzani and the Kurdish Liberation Movement (1931–1961) (Macmillan, 2003), pp213–14
- "School Bus Flips, 9 Students Drown", Oakland Tribune, March 3, 1959, p1
- "Banda, Dr. Hastings Kamuzu", Encyclopedia of African History (CRC Press, 2005) p124
- Eugenia W. Herbert, Twilight on the Zambezi: Late Colonialism in Central Africa (Macmillan, 2002), pp145–146
- "Pioneer IV Due to Pass Moon Today", Oakland Tribune, March 4, 1959, p1; "Pioneer's Radio Voice is Silent", Oakland Tribune, March 6, 1959, p1
- Yvonne M. Conde, Operation Pedro Pan, (Routledge, 2000), p11
- John P. Miglietta, American Alliance Policy in the Middle East, 1945–1992: Iran, Israel, and Saudi Arabia (Lexington Books, 2002), pp44–45
- "21 Youths Perish in Dormitory Fire", Oakland Tribune, March 4, 1959, p1
- "Bulletin", Oakland Tribune, March 4, 1959, p1
- Tim Drake, Saints of the Jubilee (AuthorHouse, 2002), p95
- Christopher P. Baker, Moon Cuba (Avalon Travel Publishing, 2006), p576
- Douglas Brinkley, Dean Acheson: The Cold War Years, 1953–71 (Yale University Press, 1994), p96
- Wes D. Gehring, The Marx Brothers: A Bio-bibliography (Greenwood Publishing Group, 1987), p94
- "Airman Ends Life in Space Test Chamber", Oakland Tribune, March 20, 1959, p1
- "Looking half her age: Barbie at 50", New York Times, January 5, 2009
- Thomas Laird, The Story of Tibet: Conversations with the Dalai Lama (Grove Press, 2007), pp333–334
- Columbus Salley, The Black 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential African-Americans, Past and Present (Citadel Press, 1999), p279
- Stanley S. McGowen, Helicopters: An Illustrated History of Their Impact (ABC-CLIO, 2005), p118
- "House Votes Hawaii In as 50th State", Oakland Tribune, March 12, 1959, p1
- "Chronology", The World Almanac and book of facts 1960 (New York World-Telegram, 1959), p98
- "Surplus of 49-Star Flags 'Means Ruin,' Assert Makers", Oakland Tribune, March 13, 1959, p18
- Peter L. Roudik, The History of the Central Asian Republics (Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007), p138
- Norris McWhirter, Guinness Book of World Records (Bantam Books, 1986) p43; "Man Holds His Breath Under Water For 13 minutes, 42 Seconds", Ocala (FL) Star-Banner, March 16, 1959, p12
- "Officials: Lithuanian Siblings Break Breath-Holding Record"
- Robert William White, Ruairí Ó Brádaigh: The Life and Politics of an Irish Revolutionary (Indiana University Press, 2006), p87
- "Confederate Vet's Death Cuts Roll to 1", Oakland Tribune, March 16, 1959, p1
- Associated Press (20 December 1959). "Reputed Last Civil War Veteran Dies in Texas After Long Illness: Walter Williams Put His Age at 117 – Tributes Note the End of an Era". The New York Times.
- "Atomic Sub Drills Holes In Polar Ice", Oakland Tribune, March 17, 1959, p1
- "Ike Signs Statehood for Hawaii Bill", Oakland Tribune, March 18, 1959, p1, p4
- "Tibetans Battle Reds in Capital", Oakland Tribune, March 21, 1959, p1
- "Reds Claim Revolt Crushed In Tibet, Install Puppet Lama", Oakland Tribune, March 28, 1959, p1
- "New Booth Record— 32, But No Telephone", Oakland Tribune, March 21, 1959, p1
- Dmitri Volkogonov, Lenin: Life and Legacy (HarperCollins, 1994) p446
- "Fighting Bears NCAA Champs!", Oakland Tribune, March 22, 1959, p57
- Ted Henken, Cuba: A Global Studies Handbook (ABC-CLIO, 2008), p294
- Christof Heyns, Human Rights Law in Africa 1998 (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2001), p350
- "Nine Perish in Mile-Deep Mine Blast", Oakland Tribune, March 23, 1959, p1
- Diane Holloway, The Mind of Oswald: Accused Assassin of President John F. Kennedy (Trafford, 2000), pp6, 11
- Robert Slater, Portraits in Silicon (MIT Press, 1989), p170
- Bernard Reich, Political Leaders of the Contemporary Middle East and North Africa: A Biographical Dictionary (Greenwood Publishing Group, 1990), pp319–320
- "Finance-Plagued City of New York Wants to Secede", Oakland Tribune, March 25, 1959, p1
- "Iraq Cuts Ties With Baghdad Pact", Oakland Tribune, March 24, 1959, p1
- F. Roy Willis, France, Germany and the New Europe 1945–1963 (Stanford University Press), pp295–96
- Stephen I. Schwartz, Atomic Audit: The Costs and Consequences of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Since 1940 (Brookings Institution Press, 1998), p145
- "Lion Walks Out on Act, Into Audience", Oakland Tribune, March 27, 1959, p1
- "Raio Blacked Out 11 Hours In Mystery", Oakland Tribune, March 27, 1959, p1
- "Polio Shots Required In New State Law", Oakland Tribune, March 28, 1959, p1
- Brian Titley Dark Age: The Political Odyssey of Emperor Bokassa (McGill-Queen's Press – MQUP, 2002), p16
- Chase's Calendar of Events 2009 (McGraw-Hill Professional, 2009), p190
- Benjamin Zachariah, Nehru (Routledge, 2004), p241
- Shiv R. Jhawar, Building a Noble World (Noble World Foundation, 2004), p45
- "U.S. Court OKs Double Jeopardy", Oakland Tribune, March 30, 1959, p2
- Peter J. Herzog, Japan's Pseudo-democracy(Routledge, 1993), p236
- "Silver Age Comics", March 31, 2009
- Steve Rajtar, A Guide to Historic Tampa (The History Press, 2007), p97