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Jump on our Virtual Newsstand as we journey back to 1959. See and read the comic books on sale month by month, and find out the major news of the day.

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January

The Official Seal of Alaska
Alaska, originally purchased from Russia in 1867 for $7.2 million, is officially proclaimed the 49th state of the U.S. more ...

February

The Wreckage of Buddy Holly's plane
A plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa claims the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, 'The Big Bopper' & pilot Roger Peterson more ...

March

An original Barbie
The Barbie doll, manufactured by Mattel goes on sale. Her creator, Ruth Handler, named Barbie after her daughter Barbara more ...

April

The original Project Mercury astronauts
Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper & Deke Slayton become astronauts more ...

May

Miss Baker In Her Capsule
Two monkeys, Able & Miss Baker are the first animals to successfully return to Earth from space, aboard Jupiter AM-18 more ...

June

USS George Washington
USS George Washington, the first submarine to carry ballistic missiles, is launched at the Electric Boat Division in Groton more ...

July

Skull of Australopithecus
Louis Leakey & his wife Mary discover the first skull of Australopithecus, in the Olduvai Gorge of Tanzania more ...

August

An original Morris Mini Minor
The Mini, designed by Sir Alec Issigonis is launched, by the British Motor Corporation. It will become an icon of the 1960s more ...

September

Luna 2
Luna 2 is the first spacecraft to reach the surface of the Moon, crash landing near the craters Aristides, Archimedes & Autolycus more ...

October

The outside of the Guggenheim Museum
The Guggenheim art museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright & located in Manhattan, opens its doors to the public more ...

November

Part of a poster for Ben-Hur
MGM releases Ben-Hur starring Charlton Heston. The movie, directed by William Wyler, will win 11 Academy Awards more ...

December

Antarctica from above
12 countries sign the Antarctic Treaty declaring Antarctica a scientific preserve & banning military activity more ...

Unknown Month In 1959

1959
Barbie doll goes on sale - Buddy Holly dies in plane crash - The Mini is launched - First NASA astronauts recruited more ...
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