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1959

Perched on the cusp of the 1960s, the year 1959 saw the US living under the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower. The leaders of the world presided over a worldwide population of roughly 3 billion.

1959

The most popular name for little boys was Michael. On the other hand, if you had a girl, you were far more likely to choose the name Mary. Included amongst those bundles of joy were the world’s greatest linebacker, Lawrence Taylor; rapper and star, Flavor Flav, former Prime Minster of Canada, Stephen Harper; English actor, Hugh Laurie; and comedian, Weird Al Yankovic. While we may have gained Dr. House, we lost Cecil DeMille, Buddy Holly, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Lou Costello.

The most common book club selections happened to be Knowles’ A Separate Peace, Heinlein’s Star Ship Troopers, and Buroughs’ Naked Lunch. In the cinemas of the world, Ben-Hur, Some Like it Hot, and Sleeping Beauty saw a sharp rise in popularity. Read on to find out how this year helped set the foundation for the American flag, the modern work week, and forever changed our view of the world.

These twelve-months saw the sale of the first Barbie Doll, the launch of the first weather satellite, the first showing of The Twilight Zone, and the first colored picture of Earth as seen from outer space. In addition, the inventors of the world gave us our first look at both the pacemaker and the microchip.

Cuba witnessed a change in leadership as rebel Fidel Castro’s forces chased off ex-dictator Batista. France saw the beginnings of the 5th republic with the inauguration of Charles de Gaulle. While Cyprus was finally granted its independence, Singapore swore in its first prime minister. A huge step was taken towards world peace in 1959. Even if he may have been irritated to be denied access to Disneyland, Russia’s President, Nikita Khruschev agreed to reopen diplomatic relationships with the US. Meanwhile, with the addition of Hawaii and Alaska, the number of US states swelled from 48 to the current 50. Lastly, determining working norms for some time to come, West Germany became the first country to introduce a five-day work week.

If you’re smiling listening to Rebecca Black’s Friday as you get ready to leave the office, you should consider slinging some thanks at the year that made it all possible: 1959.

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Movies

Which were the most popular movies released this year ?

House on Haunted Hill

Directed by: William Castle

Starring: Vincent Price, Carol Ohmart, Richard Long

Country: United States

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They Came to Cordura

Directed by: Robert Rossen

Starring: Gary Cooper, Rita Hayworth, Van Heflin

Country: United States

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The Nun's Story

Directed by: Fred Zinnemann

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch, Edith Evans

Country: United States

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Shadows

Directed by: John Cassavetes

Starring: Ben Carruthers, Lelia Goldoni, Hugh Hurd

Country: United States

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Books

Which were the most popular books released in 1959 ?

The Ugly American

By: William J. Lederer and Eugene Burdick

The multi-million-copy bestseller that coined the phrase for tragic American blunders abroad. In the episode that lends the book its title, the "ugly American" is Homer Atkins, a plain and plain-spoken man, who has been sent by the U.S.

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Mrs. Arris Goes To Paris

By: Paul Gallico

a small format reissue in hard cover of the 1958 novel

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Only In America

By: Harry Lewis Golden

Book by Golden, Harry Lewis

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Twixt Twelve And Twenty

By: Pat Boone

A realistic and frank guide to growing up that tells it like it is!

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Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1959 in the USA ?

Top #10 male names
  1. Michael
  2. David
  3. James
  4. John
  5. Robert
  6. Mark
  7. William
  8. Richard
  9. Thomas
  10. Steven
Top #10 female names
  1. Mary
  2. Susan
  3. Linda
  4. Karen
  5. Donna
  6. Patricia
  7. Debra
  8. Cynthia
  9. Deborah
  10. Lisa

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