History: 1959-60



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Image: Life Magazine, January 5, 1959


The following need to be expanded and citations added. They were listed on a 1959 website (http://www.fiftiesweb.com/pop/1959.htm) but I thought I'd list some of the more important/interesting events to start things off.
  • Fidel Castro gains control of Cuba.
  • Japanese-Americans who renounced their citizenship in 1942 when they were placed in American prison camps under Executive Order 9066 regain full citizenship May 20 but receive no compensation for the losses they incurred as a result of their relocation.
  • Dalai Lama flees Tibet for India
  • On February 3, Alaska is admitted to statehood. Followed by Hawaii on August 21. For about a year in between America had a 49 star flag.
  • Confederate Walter Williams is the last veteran of the Civil War to die. Albert Woolson, the last Union soldier of the Civil War died in 1956.
  • After 13 years as a colony of Britain, Singapore becomes a self-governing republic on June 3 under Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.
  • Oklahoma repeals their 51 year old Prohibition law leaving Mississippi the only "dry" state in America.
  • Iran & US sign economic treaty. Iraq & USSR sign economic/technical treaty. Israeli Knesset agrees to weapon sales to West Germany.