News and Events of 1959

World Events
World Statistics
Population: 2.997 billion **population by decade**

Nobel Peace Prize Philip John Noel-Baker (UK)

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U.S. Events
U.S. Statistics
President: Dwight D. Eisenhower
Vice President: Richard M. Nixon
Population: 177,829,628
Life expectancy: 69.9 years
Homicide Rate (per 100,000): 4.6

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US GDP (1998 dollars): $507.2 billion
Federal spending: $92.10 billion
Federal debt: $287.5 billion
Consumer Price Index: 29.1
Unemployment: 6.8%
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.04
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Sports Links
Pro Football Summary
Pro Basketball Summary
Pro Baseball Summary
World Series LA Dodgers d. Chicago White Sox (4-2)
NBA Championship Boston d. Minneapolis Lakers (4-0)
Stanley Cup Montreal d. Toronto (4-1)
Wimbledon Women: Maria Bueno d. D. Hard (6-4 6-3) Men: Alex Olmedo d. R. Laver (6-4 6-3 6-4)
Kentucky Derby Champion Tomy Lee
NCAA Basketball Championship California d. West Virginia (71-70)
NCAA Football Champions Syracuse (11-0-0)

Entertainment Awards
Pulitzer Prizes
Fiction: The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, Robert Lewis Taylor
Music: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, John La Montaine
Drama: J. B. Archibald MacLeish
Oscars awarded in 1959
Academy Award, Best Picture: Gigi, Arthur Freed, producer (MGM)
Nobel Prize for Literature: Salvatore Quasimodo (Italy)
1959 Emmy Awards
1959 Tony Awards
Grammys awarded in 1959
Record of the Year: "Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu" (Volare), Domenico Modugno
Album of the Year: The Music From Peter Gunn, Henry Mancini (RCA)
Song of the Year: "Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu," Domenico Modugno, songwriter
Miss America: Mary Ann Mobley (MS)
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  • The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences sponsors the first Grammy Award ceremony for music recorded in 1958.
  • Frank Sinatra wins his first Grammy Award -- Best Album for Come Dance with Me.
  • Rumors of cheating on quiz shows erupt into a national scandal.

  • Some Like It Hot, North by Northwest, Ben-Hur, Anatomy of a Murder, Room at the Top


Nobel Prizes in Science
Chemistry: Jaroslav Heyrovsky (Czechoslovakia), for development of polarography, an electrochemical method of analysis
Physics: Emilio Segre and Owen Chamberlain (both US), for demonstrating the existence of the anti-proton
Physiology or Medicine: Severo Ochoa and Arthur Kornberg (both US), for discoveries related to compounds within chromosomes that play a vital role in heredity

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