December 1959 calendar

December 1959

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in December 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 December 1959: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 1959?


  • 01 Dec 1959 25th Heisman Trophy Award: Billy Cannon, LSU (HB).
  • 02 Dec 1959 Malpasset dam collapses destroying French Riviera town of Frejus.
  • 03 Dec 1959 State of emergency on Cyprus ends.
  • 04 Dec 1959 A monkey returns to Earth safely, after being launched 55 miles high into outer space by the United States space program.
  • 05 Dec 1959 Intikhab Alam bowls Colin McDonald with first ball in Tests.
  • 07 Dec 1959 Saratoga opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 80 performances
  • 08 Dec 1959 Dom Mintoff demands independence for Malta.
  • 13 Dec 1959 Archbishop Makarios III becomes the first President of Cyprus.
  • 14 Dec 1959 J B Jordan in F-104C sets world altitude record, 31,513 metres.
  • 15 Dec 1959 Everly Brothers record Let It Be Me
  • 16 Dec 1959 Snow falling in Lowarai Pass, West Pakistan, kills 48.
  • 17 Dec 1959 On The Beach, is 1st film to premiere on both sides of Iron Curtain
  • 18 Dec 1959 Sammy Baugh named first coach of New York Titans (AFL).
  • 20 Dec 1959 Jasu Patel takes 9-69, India versus Australia at Kanpur.
  • 21 Dec 1959 10th largest snowfall in NYC history (13.7)
  • 22 Dec 1959 Continental League awards its last franchise to Dallas-Fort Worth.
  • 25 Dec 1959 A synagogue in Cologne Germany desecrated with swatstikas
  • 27 Dec 1959 Baltimore Colts beat the New York Giants 31-16 in NFL championship game
  • 29 Dec 1959 Physicist Richard Feynman gives a speech entitled ''There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom'', which is regarded as the birth of nanotechnology; the Lisbon Metro begins operation.
  • 30 Dec 1959 George Washington, 1st ballistic missile sub commissioned
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Music charts

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

  1. - Mack The Knife
  2. - Heartaches By The Number
  3. - Why
  4. - Don't You Know
  5. - Mr. Blue

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - What Do You Want?
  2. - Mack The Knife
  3. - What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For?
  4. - Travellin' Light
  5. - Oh Carol


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in December 1959?

Dear And Glorious Physician by Taylor Caldwell

Dear And Glorious Physician


The famous novel about the triumphant story that St. Luke tells. Scientist and Gospel writer. While St. Luke is today best known for writing the third Gospel of New Testament, two thousand years ago, he was Lucanus. He was a …

Station Wagon In Spain by Frances Parkinson Keyes

Station Wagon In Spain


Station Wagon in Spain 1959 BCE by Francis Parkinson Keyes Farrar Straus & Cudahy published a hardcover with a dust jacket of 224 pages.

The Rescuers by Margery Sharp

The Rescuers


MISS BIANCA IS A WHITE MOUSE WITH GREAT BEAUTY AND SUCCESSIVE SELF-CONFIDENCE. She lives luxuriously in a porcelain pagoda with violets thanks to her young friend, the ambassador’s son.

Gentlemen, Scholars And Scoundrels by Horace Knowles

Gentlemen, Scholars And Scoundrels


Gentlemen, Scholars, and Scoundrels: The Treasury of Harper's Magazine from 1850 to The, by Knowles. Ed.

The Thirteenth Apostle by Eugene Vale

The Thirteenth Apostle


Los Angeles Times: This is what great novels are made of. . . This book is powerful and important. "This