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 United States 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)
  • 03 Aug 1959 Portugal's state police force PIDE fires upon striking workers in Bissau, Portuguese Guinea, killing over 50 people.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Lonely Boyyoutube
  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 Loveryoutube
  2. - Living Dollyoutube
  3. - A Teenager In Loveyoutube
  4. - Battle Of New Orleansyoutube
  5. - Rouletteyoutube


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in August 1959?

The House Of Intellect by Jacques Barzun

The House Of Intellect


House Of Intellect, The by Barzun and Jacques

The Years With Ross by James Thurber

The Years With Ross


Harold Ross was America's most influential literary magazine and introduced America to many exciting talents, such as Robert Benchley and Alexander Woolcott.

The Elements Of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White

The Elements Of Style


You recognize the names of the authors. The title is familiar to you. This book is probably something you've used. This is The Elements of Style. It's the classic style guide.

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.

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.