News and Events of 1959

World Events

World Statistics

Population: 2.997 billion
population by decade

Nobel Peace Prize:
Philip John Noel-Baker (UK)

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U.S. Events

U.S. Statistics

President: Dwight D. Eisenhower
Vice President: Richard M. Nixon
Population: 177,829,628
Life expectancy: 69.9 years
Homicide Rate (per 100,000): 4.6

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Economics

US GDP (1998 dollars):   $507.2 billion
Federal spending:   $92.10 billion
Federal debt:   $287.5 billion
Consumer Price Index:   29.1
Unemployment:   6.8%
Cost of a first-class stamp:   $0.04


Sports

World Series
LA Dodgers d. Chicago White Sox (4-2)
NBA Championship
Boston d. Minneapolis Lakers (4-0)
Stanley Cup
Montreal d. Toronto (4-1)
Wimbledon
Women: Maria Bueno d. D. Hard (6-4 6-3)
Men: Alex Olmedo d. R. Laver (6-4 6-3 6-4)
Kentucky Derby Champion
Tomy Lee
NCAA Basketball Championship
California d. West Virginia (71-70)
NCAA Football Champions
Syracuse (11-0-0)

Entertainment

Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes
Fiction: The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, Robert Lewis Taylor
Music: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, John La Montaine
Drama: J. B. Archibald MacLeish

Oscars awarded in 1959
Academy Award, Best Picture: Gigi, Arthur Freed, producer (MGM)

Nobel Prize for Literature: Salvatore Quasimodo (Italy)

1959 Emmy Awards

1959 Tony Awards

Grammys awarded in 1959
Record of the Year: "Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu" (Volare), Domenico Modugno
Album of the Year: The Music From Peter Gunn, Henry Mancini (RCA)
Song of the Year: "Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu," Domenico Modugno, songwriter

Miss America: Mary Ann Mobley (MS)

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Events

  • 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.

Movies

  • Some Like It Hot, North by Northwest, Ben-Hur, Anatomy of a Murder, Room at the Top

Books

Science

Nobel Prizes in Science

Chemistry: Jaroslav Heyrovsky (Czechoslovakia), for development of polarography, an electrochemical method of analysis

Physics: Emilio Segre and Owen Chamberlain (both US), for demonstrating the existence of the anti-proton

Physiology or Medicine: Severo Ochoa and Arthur Kornberg (both US), for discoveries related to compounds within chromosomes that play a vital role in heredity

Deaths

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