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  Timeline: 1959  
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
Date Race Winner Distance
March 19, 1959 Milan-San Remo Miguel Poblet (Spa) 281 km
March 30, 1959 Tour of Flanders Rik Van Looy (Bel) 242 km
April 12, 1959 Paris-Roubaix Noel Fore (Bel) 262 km
April 26, 1959 Liege-Bastogne-Liege Fred De Bruyne (Bel) 240 km
April 24-May 10, 1959 Vuelta a Espana Antonio Suarez (Spa) 17 Stages, 3,033 km
May 16-June 9, 1959 Giro d'Italia Charly Gaul (Lux) 22 Stages, 3,657 km
June 25-July 18, 1959 Tour de France Federico Bahamontes (Spa) 22 Stages, 4,358 km
August 16, 1959 World Championships Andre Darrigade (Fra) Zandwoort, Holland 292 km

October 18, 1959

Giro di Lombardia Rik Van Looy (Bel) Milan-Milan, 240 km

•  Music - February 2, 1959, Rock and Roll stars Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and the Big Bopper dead in an airplane crash near Mason City, Iowa. The news was not widely known until the next day. February 3, 1959 was known as The Night the Music Dead.

•  Statehood - Alaska became the 49th state admitted to the United States of America.

•  Cuba - the USA recognizes the new government of Fidel Castro's Cuba.

•  TV - Network quiz shows caused a scandal by fixing the outcome of the contest to increase ratings.

Notable Deaths -
Billie Holiday, 1915-1959
, brilliant jazz and blues singer with the Big Bands, dead a victim of heroin.



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