Hiram Fong, from Hawaii, becomes first Chinese American elected to the U.S. Senate.
Daniel Inouye, from Hawaii, becomes first Japanese American elected to U.S. House of Representatives.
Alaska and Hawaii are admitted as the forty-ninth and fiftieth states.
Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev visits the U.S.
Fidel Castro seizes power in Cuba; U.S.-supported President Batista flees (January 1).