United States and American History: 1959

About the history of the United States in 1959, Castro takes over Cuba, Alaska and Hawaii get statehood, Krushchev visits America, the Taft-Hartley Act ends strikes.

1959

Jan. 1 Fidel Castro, at the head of a guerrilla army, marched triumphantly into Havana. The Cuban Revolution had succeeded.

Jan. 3 Alaska became the 49th State.

Apr. 9 The 1st 7 astronauts were selected.

June 8 The Supreme Court upheld the right of Congress and individual States to investigate communism.

June 11 The Postmaster General banned D. H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover from the mails.

July 15 The United Steelworkers union began a nationwide strike, which ended when the President invoked the Taft-Hartley Act, forcing the strikers back to work.

Aug. 3 Vice-President Nixon debated Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in the model kitchen of an American exhibition in Moscow.

Aug. 21 Hawaii was proclaimed the 50th State.

Sept. 15 Premier Khrushchev began an official visit to the U.S. He admired American hot dogs and was severely disappointed when he was told he could not visit Disneyland because of security considerations.

Fall The 1st New Left journal, Studies on the Left, began publication.

--Clark Kerr, the chancellor of the University of California, stated: "The employers will love this generation. They aren't going to press many grievances. They are going to be easy to handle. There aren't going to be any riots."

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