Timeline


Jan 2Soviet Union launches Luna 1 spacecraft
Jan 7US recognises Cuban Government of Fidel Castro
Jan 8de Gaulle inaugurated as 1st president of 5th Republic
Jan 12Caves of Nerja discovered in Spain
Feb 1A referendum in Switzerland rejects female suffrage
Feb 3Buddy Holly killed in plane crash
Feb 18Women in Nepal vote for the first time.
Feb 19UK grants independence to Cyprus.
Feb 26Author Walter Mene throws acid on a Rubens in Munich
Mar 3Ho Chi Minh declares a People's War to unite Vietnam.
Mar 9The Barbie doll debuts
Mar 10Tibetan uprising erupts against Chinese occupation
Mar 26Raymond Chandler (b. 1888) dies
May 28Two monkeys successfully return to Earth from space
Mar 29"Some Like it Hot" with Marilyn Monroe premieres
Jun 23Convicted spy Klaus Fuchs released after 9 years in prison
Jul 8First Americans killed in action in Vietnam.
Jul 17The first skull of Australopithecus discovered in Tanzania
Jul 17Billie Holiday (b. 1915) dies
Aug 17Columbia Records releases Miles Davis' Kind of Blue
Aug 26The original Mini is launched.
Sep 14Luna 2 is the first man-made object to crash on the Moon
Oct 15First Episode of "The Untouchables" airs on ABC
Nov 2The first section of the M1 motorway opens
Nov 17'Battle of the Five Spot' begins
Nov 19Ford cancels the Edsel
Dec 11st colour photograph of Earth from outer space