50 years ago….

I will be out of town on my birthday in the pristine wilderness of the Lost Coast in Northern California.  So I"m posting items now relative to my birth 50 years ago.

I researched historical items in 1959 and of course and below is what I found on Wikipedia.  It is not the inclusive list, but just some things I found to be interesting out of the whole list of events and other items of that year:

January 12 – Motown Records founded by Berry Gordy, Jr.
February 3 – A chartered plane transporting musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper goes down in foggy conditions near Clear Lake, Iowa, killing all 4 occupants on board, including pilot Roger Peterson. The tragedy is later termed "The Day the Music Died", popularized in Don McLean’s 1972 song "American Pie".
February 16 – Fidel Castro becomes Premier of Cuba.
February 18 – Women in Nepal vote for the first time.
March 8 – The Marx Brothers make their last TV appearance, in The Incredible Jewel Robbery.
March 11 – A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry opens on Broadway in New York.
March 31 – The Dalai Lama flees from Tibet and is granted asylum in India.
July 7 – At 14:28 UT Venus occults the star Regulus. The rare event (which will next occur on October 1, 2044) is used for determining the diameter of Venus and the structure of Venus’ atmosphere.
August 14 – Explorer 6 sends the first picture of Earth from space.
August 17 – Columbia Records releases Miles Davis’ groundbreaking album, Kind of Blue.
October 2 – Rod Serling’s classic anthology series The Twilight Zone premieres on CBS.
October 13 – Birth of Marie Osmond, American pop singer
October 23 – Birth "Weird Al" Yankovic, American singer and parodist
November 5 – Birth of Bryan Adams, Canadian singer and photographer
December 1 – Cold War – Antarctic Treaty: 12 countries, including the United States and the Soviet Union, sign a landmark treaty, which sets aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve and bans military activity on that continent (the first arms control agreement established during the Cold War).

Pantyhose is introduced by Glen Raven Mills.
The Workers World Party is founded by Sam Marcy.
The first known human with HIV dies in the Congo.
Vietnam War (1959-75)


2 thoughts on “50 years ago….

  1. Happy Birthday Dee!
    50 years? I would never have guessed. Have a happy Birthday and enjoy your celebration at the Lost Coast!
    Rob Miller


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