|◄ AUGUST ►|
|◄ 1959 ►|
|President:||Dwight D. Eisenhower (R)|
|Vice-President:||Richard M. Nixon (R)|
|House:||281 (D)||153 (R)||1 (Other)||1 (Vacant)|
|Southern states:||100 (D)||6 (R)|
|Senate:||64 (D)||34 (R)|
|Southern states:||22 (D)|
|GDP growth:||4.5 %||(Annual)|
|Fed discount rate:||3½ %|
Aug 10: Four of the five singers for the Platters are arrested in Cincinnati and charged with soliciting prostitutes and using drugs. The group’s concert dates are cancelled and radio stations will refuse to play their records for several months. The Platters had a number one hit, “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” earlier in the year.
Aug 12: High schools reopen in Little Rock, Arkansas, a year after being closed in order to avoid integration. Gov. Orval Faubus addresses a crowd of about a thousand segregationists at the State Capitol as the schools reopen.
Aug 26: The original Mini Cooper, designed by Sir Alec Issigonis, is debuts as the Morris Mini Minor and the Austin Seven. It will become its own brand in 1969. The car’s transverse-mounted engine, front-wheel-drive layout and compact dimensions revolutionizes the small car market. It will became the best-selling British car in history, with 5.3 million cars produced between 1959 and the final run of the original design in 2000.