November 1959

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The following events occurred in November 1959:

November 19, 1959: Ford stops manufacturing Edsels
November 17, 1959: Russell and Chamberlain begin rivalry
November 13, 1959: 1,301 foot long Narrows Bridge opens
November 9, 1959: Ski-doo snowmobile introduced

November 1, 1959 (Sunday)Edit

Plante's mask

November 2, 1959 (Monday)Edit

  • Charles Van Doren, famous for being the all-time winner on the TV game show Twenty One, admitted in a hearing in Congress that he had been supplied the answers in advance.[4]
  • Born: Saïd Aouita, Moroccan distance runner, 1987 world champion in the 5000 meter race and 1984 Olympic gold medalist; in Kenitra. Aouita at one time held the world record for fastest ever 1500 meters (1985-1992); 3000 meters (1989-1992) and 5000 meters (1985-1994)

November 3, 1959 (Tuesday)Edit

November 4, 1959 (Wednesday)Edit

  • The government of Morocco imposed emergency measures after more than 6,700 people had been paralyzed by tainted cooking oil, including the death penalty for manufacturers who had sold the oil in Meknes during the feast of Ramadan in September and October. Peanut oil had been mixed with a jet aircraft engine rinse purchased as surplus from a United States Air Force base at Nouasseur, and the victims were poisoned by tricresyl phosphate.[8] More than 10,000 people eventually required treatment for injuries. Five of the manufacturers were sentenced to death, but never executed.[9]
  • Six Israeli jets and four Egyptian MiG-17s clashed in a dogfight near the border between the two nations. All planes reportedly returned safely and the battle did not lead to further action.[10]
  • Died:

November 5, 1959 (Thursday)Edit

  • Test pilot Scott Crossfield encountered trouble at 45,000 feet on the third flight of the North American X-15 rocket plane and was unable to jettison his fuel because of a steep glide. The plane buckled on a hard landing on a dry lake bed. By chance, the split occurred between the cabin and the fuel tanks, and the fuel did not ignite.[13]
  • Born: Bryan Adams, Canadian pop singer, in Kingston, Ontario

November 6, 1959 (Friday)Edit

  • In Boston, Dr. Bernard Lown was inspired to create the direct current heart defibrillator after using 400 volts of electricity to restore the heart rhythm of a patient, known to history only as "Mr. C___".[14]
  • Died: Jose P. Laurel, 68, President of the Philippines during Japanese occupation; Laurel was installed as the leader of the Japanese puppet-state, the Second Philippine Republic, from 1943 to 1946 and later received amnesty for collaboration with the enemy

November 7, 1959 (Saturday)Edit

November 8, 1959 (Sunday)Edit

November 9, 1959 (Monday)Edit

HEW Secretary Flemming
  • Seventeen days before Thanksgiving, Arthur Flemming, the U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, warned that some of the 1959 crop of cranberries was tainted with the carcinogen aminotriazole, and said that if a housewife did not know where the berries in a product came from, "to be on the safe side, she doesn't buy".[21] Cranberry sales plummeted, but producers responded by finding ways to promote year-round sales of cranberry products, including cranberry juice.[22]
  • The first Ski-doo, a snowmobile with a new, light-weight (30 pound) engine, was manufactured in Valcourt, Quebec, one of 250 made on the first day of production. The lighter engine made snowmobiling more practical, and within a decade, more than 200,000 Ski-doos were being sold annually in North America.[23]
  • Born:

November 10, 1959 (Tuesday)Edit

  • USS Triton, at 447 feet in length and 5,000 tons the largest submarine to that time, joined the U.S. Navy's nuclear sub force. With two nuclear reactors, the Triton had cost $100,000,000 to build. Meanwhile, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev claimed in an interview that he had told President Eisenhower in August that "your submarines are not so bad, but the speed of our atomic submarines is double yours."[24]
  • Born:

November 11, 1959 (Wednesday)Edit

  • Werner Heyde, a psychiatrist who had guided the euthanizing of more than 100,000 handicapped persons in Nazi Germany, surrendered to police in Frankfurt after 13 years as a fugitive. As director of the Reich Association of Hospitals, Dr. Heyde had carried out "Action T4". Men, women and children who were mentally or physically handicapped were the victims of Heyde's "mercy killing" from 1939 to 1942, usually by lethal injection. Sentenced in absentia to death, Heyde had been practicing in Flensburg as "Dr. Fritz Sawade". On February 13, 1964, five days before his trial was to start, Dr. Heyde hanged himself at the prison in Butzbach.[25]

November 12, 1959 (Thursday)Edit

November 13, 1959 (Friday)Edit

November 14, 1959 (Saturday)Edit

  • Kilauea on the island of Hawaii had begun to swell in September. At 8:08 p.m., the volcano erupted, producing fires of lava up to 300 meters high. The fire fountains ceased by December 20.[28]
  • Born: Paul McGann, British TV actor, in Liverpool

November 15, 1959 (Sunday)Edit

November 16, 1959 (Monday)Edit

November 17, 1959 (Tuesday)Edit

  • The London Daily Herald revealed a plot to kidnap Prince Charles, the 11-year-old heir to the British throne, from his boarding school, but most observers scoffed at the exclusive story. Beneath the banner headline "ROYAL KIDNAP QUIZ" came the story that the Northern Ireland nationalist group Fianna Uladh planned to raid the Cheam School to take Charles hostage. A spokesman for Scotland Yard opined that the story had been made up by the Herald "because we refused to give information about why security measures were increased at Cheam School".[34] The newspaper ceased publication in 1964.
  • Born: William R. Moses, American TV actor; in Los Angeles
  • Died: Heitor Villa-Lobos, 72, Brazilian composer

November 18, 1959 (Wednesday)Edit

  • Ben-Hur, which would go on to become the most popular film of the year and would win a record 12 Academy Awards, debuted at New York's Loews Theater in 70 mm Ultra Panavision, before nationwide and then worldwide release.[35]
  • Ornette Coleman became a sensation in the world of jazz with his East Coast debut at the "Five Spot Cafe" in New York's Greenwich Village. Described by one critic as "the only really new thing in jazz since ... the mid 40s", the alto saxophonist's style received a mixed reaction.[36]
  • Born: Jimmy Quinn, footballer and manager, in Belfast

November 19, 1959 (Thursday)Edit

  • The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show was introduced. The cartoon was shown on ABC network stations at 5:30 each afternoon and was originally called Rocky and Friends, although Bullwinkle the moose soon became more popular than Rocky the flying squirrel.[37]
  • In its third unsuccessful year, the last Edsel automobile was manufactured by the Ford Motor Company, after a loss of $100,000,000 on the program. Eighteen of the 1960 Edsels were produced on the final day.[38]
  • Born: Allison Janney, American actress (The West Wing), in Dayton
  • Died:

November 20, 1959 (Friday)Edit

November 21, 1959 (Saturday)Edit

Dick Clark

November 22, 1959 (Sunday)Edit

Gerhard Behrendt with Sandmännchen

November 23, 1959 (Monday)Edit

  • The Curtiss-Wright Corporation announced that it had developed a new internal combustion engine, in conjunction with NSU Motorenwerke AG of Germany. With only two moving parts (the rotor and the crankshaft) this would later be called the rotary engine.[45]
  • Born: Dominique Dunne, American actress (Poltergeist), in Santa Monica; she was killed in 1982 by her boyfriend shortly after the release of the film

November 24, 1959 (Tuesday)Edit

  • TWA Flight 595, a cargo plane with three crew members on board, crashed into a Chicago neighborhood adjacent to Midway Airport. At 5:37 a.m., the Constellation airplane crashed at the corner of 64th Street and Knox Avenue, and destroyed apartments and bungalows. In addition to the crew, eight people on the ground were killed and 13 more injured.[46]
  • Near Geneva, the Proton Synchrotron developed by the European nuclear agency, CERN, went online and exceeded expectations, accelerating protons to 25 GeV (25 billion electron volts), more than twice as much as the Soviet synchrotron at Dubna.[47]
  • Died: Herbert "Daily" Messenger, 76, Australian rugby league star

November 25, 1959 (Wednesday)Edit

November 26, 1959 (Thursday)Edit

  • The maiden flight of the Atlas-Able rocket, the most powerful ever built by the United States, failed less than a minute after its launch. The rocket lifted off at 2:26 a.m. from Cape Canaveral, with plans to carry the Pioneer V satellite to be placed in lunar orbit. Forty seconds later, parts fell from the third stage and the rocket misfired.[49]
  • Born Dai Davies Welsh politician and independent MP, in Ebbw Vale[50]

November 27, 1959 (Friday)Edit

  • Nazi war criminal Dr. Josef Mengele, the "Angel of Death" at the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps, was granted citizenship by Paraguay, whose dictator Alfredo Stroessner refused to allow the extradition of a Paraguayan citizen. Mengele later fled to Brazil, and was never captured, living until 1979 when he drowned.[51]
  • More than 20,000 protesters in Tokyo, demanding that Japan end its military ties with the United States, stormed the grounds of the Japanese parliament. In the ensuing riot, 159 policemen and 212 civilians were injured in the worst violence in Japan since the May Day riots of 1952.[52]
  • Born: Viktoria Mullova, Russian violinist, in Zhukovsky

November 28, 1959 (Saturday)Edit

November 29, 1959 (Sunday)Edit

Dr. King

November 30, 1959 (Monday)Edit

  • In Hungary, János Kádár, leader of that nation's Communist Party since the Soviet invasion of 1956, announced that the nearly 60,000 Soviet troops stationed in Hungary would remain "as long as the international situation demands it".[56] Occupation forces remained until 1991.
  • Born: Lorraine Kelly, Scottish ITV news presenter; in East Kilbride

November 1959Edit

The MOSFET (MOS transistor) was invented by Mohamed Atalla and Dawon Kahng at Bell Labs. It is central to the Digital Revolution, and the most widely manufactured device in history.


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