Major events of the year 1959. Hawaiian dance performed by girls at a beach in Hawaii as they celebrate the admission of Hawaii in the American Union as the 50th state. A volcanic eruption takes place on the island.
Achievements of American women in 1935. Eleanor Holm Jarrett in a Miami swim meet. She performs backstroke and breaks her own record. A close up of Jarrett. Next segment: Amelia Earhart conquers the Pacific in a historic flight from Hawaii to Oakland California. Earhart emerges from cockpit. People crowd around the plane. A close up of Amelia Earhart receiving flowers from crowd and later posing for photographers. From a December 14, 1959 newsreel recounting events 25 years earlier.
Hawaii's Statehood celebrations in Honolulu. Hawaiian people walk on street. Four old women hold newspaper in hand. Banner reads 'Hurray for our 50th State of Hawaii' in the background. Man holds newspaper next to a vehicle. Hawaiian boy sells newspaper headlined 'Statehood'. View of Iolani Palace building. Women walk in front of shops.
Activities of the U.S. Air Force 6593rd Test Squadron (Special) stationed at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, as part of Project Discoverer. An airman stands fire guard, for an engine start (airplane not seen) on a ramp at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. Airman seen pulling a chock from the wheels of a C-119J aircraft. Camera lense obscured by a human hand. View of a hangar door, partially open. Several airmen, carrying photographic equipment walk from the hangar. Pickup truck parked next to a C-119J of the 6593rd Squadron. A C-54 parked in background. Two Airmen with photographic equipment walk across a ramp toward parked C-119J aircraft of the 6593rd Test Squadron. A KC-135 tanker aircraft parked in background. One of the Airmen enters the first parked C-119J.
Newsreel clip entitled "Dodgers Win World Series," shows highlights from game 6 of the 1959 World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox. Shot of packed stands at Chicago's Comiskey Park. White Sox ace pitcher Early Wynn gives up walk to Wally Moon and home run to Duke Snider. Snider seen rounding third as announcer notes this is his 11th World Series home run, a National League record. In fourth inning, Wynn gives up run-scoring hit to Maury Wills and is replaced by Dick Donovan, who gives up run-scoring double to Charlie Neal and home run to Wally Moon. White Sox first baseman Ted Kluszewski, in his famous sleeveless jersey, slugs a three-run homer into the right field stands to score the Sox' only runs of the day. Dodgers bring on pitcher Larry Sherry to retire Luis Aparicio and end the White Sox threat. Dodgers go on and win 9-3 to clinch the series ( their first world championship since leaving Brooklyn for the West Coast after the 1957 season).
Newsreel clip on baseball's July 7, 1959 All-Star Game -- the first of two games played that year. Clip opens with view of the 35,000 fans jammed into PIttsburgh's Forbes Field for the daytime game. With score tied 1-1 in the seventh inning, the Chicago Cubs' Ernie Banks (seen in brief closeup) hits a long drive off the left field wall, runs into second for a double. Milwaukee's Del Crandall then singles to score Banks and give the National League a 2-1 lead. Fans stand and cheer as the Pittsburgh Pirates' Bill Mazeroski comes to bat. Mazeroski gets hit to left field to score Crandall. In the eighth inning, the Chicago White Sox' Nellie Fox gets a single to ignite a rally. The Baltimore Orioles Gus Triandos hits a double to put American League in front 4-3. But in the bottom of the eighth, hits by Ken Boyer and Hank Aaron tie the game. Then Willie Mays (seen in closeup) hits a long drive just beyond the reach of the center fielder. Forbes Field's ivy-covered outfield wall seen in the shot. Mays' triple scores Aaron to put National League on top 5-4. Brief view of the scoreboard. In the ninth inning, Harvey Kuenn pops up to the end the game.