|◄ JUNE ►|
|◄ 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:||6.6 %||(Annual)|
|Fed discount rate:||3½ %|
Jun 3: The U.S. Air Force Academy graduates its first class, with 207 commissioned officers.
Jun 4: The last Three Stooges short, Sappy Bull Fighters, is released to theaters.
Jun 7: Johnny Horton’s single “The Battle of New Orleans” begins its six week run at the top of the charts.
Jun 8: An experimental “missile mail” delivery is conducted when a missile containing 3,000 letters is launched from the deck of a World War II-era submarine 100 miles offshore from Norfolk. The missile successfully deploys its parachute and lands at Mayport, Florida, twenty-two minutes later. Postmaster General Arthur E. Summerfield declares the experiment a success and predicts that delivering mail via missiles will become a routine practice.
Jun 9: The first ballistic missile submarine, the nuclear-powered U.S.S. George Washington, is launched in Groton, CT. It will be fitted with two Polaris nuclear missiles a year later.
Jun 11: Postmaster Genearl Arthur E. Summerfield declares D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover “obscene and un-mailable.” Grove Press had announced the publication of an unexpurgated edition in April.
Jun 14: The Disneyland monorail begins operation at the Anaheim theme park.
Jun 18: Queen Elizabeth II arrives in Newfoundland to begin a 45-day tour of Canada. This is the longest stay a Canadian monarch.
Jun 26: Queen Elizabeth II, as Queen of Canada, and U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower formally open the Saint Lawrence Seaway.