December 1959 in history

December 1959 events chronologically

Dec 1 Cold War: Opening date for signature of the Antarctic Treaty, which sets aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve and bans military activity on the continent
Dec 3 The current flag of Singapore is adopted, six months after Singapore became self-governing within the British Empire
Dec 13 Archbishop Makarios III becomes the first President of Cyprus
Dec 20 Unknown attackers murder the Walker family in Osprey, Florida
Dec 29 Physicist Richard Feynman gives a speech entitled "There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom", which is regarded as the birth of nanotechnology
Dec 29 The Lisbon Metro begins operation

Top 7 most famous people born in December 1959

Dec 8 Jim Yong Kim a Korean American physician and anthropologist who has been the 12th President of the World Bank since July 1 2012. He was President of Dartmouth College from 2009 to 2012. He was formerly the Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and a co-founder and executive director of Partners In Health
Dec 21 Florence Griffith Joyner an American track and field athlete. She is considered the fastest woman of all time based on the fact that the world records she set in 1988 for both the 100 m and 200 m still stand and have yet to be seriously challenged. She died in her sleep as the result of an epileptic seizure in 1998 at the age of 38. She attended University of California, Los Angeles
Dec 22 Bernd Schuster a German football manager ultimately in charge of Spanish La Liga side Málaga and a former player. His contract with Málaga CF was terminated in May 2014 leaving him a free agent. His nickname is "der Blonde Engel"
Dec 25 Michael P. Anderson a United States Air Force officer and NASA astronaut, who was killed in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster when the craft disintegrated after reentry into the Earth's atmosphere.
Dec 29 Patricia Clarkson an American actress. She has starred in many leading and supporting roles in films such as The Station Agent, The Green Mile, Far from Heaven, High Art, Dogville, Good Night, and Good Luck, Easy A, and Cairo Time. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and the Golden Globe for her performance in Pieces of April. She twice won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her recurring role in Six Feet Under. In 1998 she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her Off-Broadway performance in The Maiden's Prayer
Dec 30 Tracey Ullman an English-American stage and television actress, comedian, singer, dancer, director, author, and screenwriter of dual British and American citizenship.
Dec 31 Val Kilmer an American actor. Originally a stage actor, Kilmer became popular in the mid-1980s after a string of appearances in comedy films, starting with Top Secret! , then the cult classic Real Genius , as well as the blockbuster action film Top Gun and the swords and sorcery fantasy film Willow

Top 7 most famous people died in December 1959

Dec 6 Erhard Schmidt a Baltic German mathematician whose work significantly influenced the direction of mathematics in the twentieth century.
Dec 11 Jim Bottomley an American professional baseball player. A first baseman, Bottomley played in Major League Baseball from 1922 through 1937 for the Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, and Louis Browns. He also served as player-manager for the Browns in 1937
Dec 14 Stanley Spencer an English painter. Shortly after leaving the Slade School of Art, Spencer became well known for his paintings depicting Biblical scenes occurring as if in Cookham, the small Thames-side village where he was born and spent much of his life. Spencer referred to Cookham as "a village in Heaven" and in his biblical scenes, fellow-villagers are shown as their Gospel counterparts. Spencer was skilled at organising multi-figure compositions such as in his large paintings for the Sandham Memorial Chapel and the Shipbuilding on the Clyde series, the former being a World War One memorial whilst the latter was a commission for the War Artists' Advisory Committee during World War Two. As his career progressed Spencer often produced landscapes for commercial necessity and the intensity of his early visionary years diminished somewhat while elements of eccentricity came more to the fore. Although his compositions became more claustrophobic and his use of colour less vivid he maintained an attention to detail in his paintings akin to that of the Pre-Raphaelites
Dec 24 Edmund Goulding a British film writer and director. As an actor early in his career he was one of the 'Ghosts' in the 1922 British made Paramount silent Three Live Ghosts alongside Norman Kerry and Cyril Chadwick. Also in the early 20s he wrote several screenplays for star Mae Murray and directed by her then husband Robert Leonard. Goulding is best remembered for directing cultured dramas such as Love , Grand Hotel with Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford, Dark Victory with Bette Davis, and The Razor's Edge with Gene Tierney and Tyrone Power. He also directed the classic film noir Nightmare Alley with Tyrone Power and Joan Blondell, and the action drama The Dawn Patrol. He was also a successful songwriter, composer, and producer
Dec 27 Alfonso Reyes a Mexican writer, philosopher and diplomat.
Dec 28 Ante Pavelić a Croatian fascist leader and politician who led the Ustaše movement and who during World War II ruled the Independent State of Croatia , a puppet state of Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany in part of occupied Yugoslavia, pursuing genocidal policies against ethnic and racial minorities.
Dec 28 Fernand Bouisson a French politician of the Third Republic, who served as President of the Chamber of Deputies from 1927 to 1936 and briefly as Prime Minister in 1935.