August 1959 calendar

August 1959

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in August 1959.
The US president was Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Harold Macmillan (Conservative), Pope John XXIII was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on August 1959: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of August 1959?


  • 01 Aug 1959 Pope John XXIII publishes encyclical Sacerdotii nostri primordia
  • 02 Aug 1959 41st PGA Championship: Bob Rosburg shoots a 277 at Minneapolis Golf Club
  • 03 Aug 1959 27th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-3 at Memorial Coliseum, LA
  • 04 Aug 1959 Billy Barnes Revue opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 87 performances
  • 05 Aug 1959 42.4 cm rainfall in Decatur Co, Iowa (state record)
  • 07 Aug 1959 Explorer 6 transmits first TV photo of Earth from space.
  • 08 Aug 1959 A flood in Taiwan kills 2,000.
  • 12 Aug 1959 Progressive Party under John Steytler forms in South Africa
  • 13 Aug 1959 Military satellite Discoverer 5 launched (into polar orbit)
  • 14 Aug 1959 26th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Baltimore 29, All-Stars 0 (70,000)
  • 15 Aug 1959 Cyprus gains independence.
  • 16 Aug 1959 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Seattle Golf Open
  • 17 Aug 1959 7.1 quake strikes Yellowstone National Park
  • 19 Aug 1959 Doctor X beats Wilber Snyder in Omaha, to become NWA wrestling champ
  • 20 Aug 1959 Belgium shortens conscription to 12 months
  • 21 Aug 1959 President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th state of the union. Hawaii's admission is currently commemorated by Hawaii Admission Day
  • 22 Aug 1959 Cin Red Frank Robinson hits 3 consecutive HRs
  • 23 Aug 1959 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Spokane Golf Open
  • 24 Aug 1959 England complete 5-0 series drubbing of India
  • 26 Aug 1959 The original Mini designed by Sir Alec Issigonis is launched.
  • 31 Aug 1959 48th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in New York (3-2)

Famous Birthday

  • Magic Johnson

    American noted athlete and professional basketball player for the L.A Lakers.

  • Rosanna Arquette

    American actress born into a theatrical family of three generations of close-knit, liberal actors.

  • rocker (Dead or Alive - "Spin Me Round").

  • French TV and radio host, journalist, currently presenter of "C dans l'air" on France 5, national channel.

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Famous Deaths

vinyl songs

Music charts

Which were the top hits in August 1959?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Lonely Boy
  2. - A Big Hunk O' Love
  3. - The Three Bells
  4. - The Battle Of New Orleans
  5. - There Goes My Baby

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Dream Lover
  2. - Living Doll
  3. - A Teenager In Love
  4. - Battle Of New Orleans
  5. - Roulette


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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Release year: 1959

Written by:

Starring: Mike Connors

Country: United States of America

General Della Rovere

General Della Rovere

Release year: 1959

Directed by: Roberto Rossellini

Starring: Vittorio De Sica, Hannes Messemer, Sandra Milo, Giovanna Ralli

The Crimson Kimono

The Crimson Kimono

Release year: 1959

Directed by: Samuel Fuller

Starring: Victoria Shaw, Glenn Corbett, James Shigeta, Anna Lee

Les liaisons dangereuses

Les liaisons dangereuses

Release year: 1959

Directed by: Roger Vadim

Starring: Jeanne Moreau, Gérard Philipe, Annette Stroyberg, Madeleine Lambert

But Not for Me

But Not for Me

Release year: 1959

Directed by: Walter Lang

Starring: Clark Gable, Carroll Baker, Lilli Palmer, Lee J. Cobb


Which were the most popular books released in August 1959?
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My Brother Was An Only Child by Jack Douglas

My Brother Was An Only Child


Douglas, Jack

Belle Out Of Order by Belle Livingstone

Belle Out Of Order


Autobiography by Isabel Graham. She adopted the name Belle Livingstone when she was a chorus girl. She was a popular international figure during the Edwardian period and, later, she ran a well-known restaurant.

What We Must Know About Communism by Harry and Bonaro Overstreet

What We Must Know About Communism


This rare antiquarian book is a facsimile of the original. It may have marks, notations and pages that aren't perfect due to its age.

Image Of America by Richard Bruckberger

Image Of America


"Either America represents the hope of the whole world or it is nothing. There are many who despair of the West.

The Ugly American by William J. Lederer and Eugene Burdick

The Ugly American


This multi-million-copy bestseller is the one that gave rise to the term "tragic American blunders abroad". The episode that gives the book its name is Homer Atkins. He's a simple and plain-spoken man who was sent by the U.S.