February 1959 calendar

February 1959

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of February 1959?


  • 01 Feb 1959 Texas Instruments requests patent of IC (Integrated Circuit)
  • 02 Feb 1959 Vince Lombardi signs a five-year contract to coach the Green Bay Packers.
  • 03 Feb 1959 American Airlines' Electra crashes in New York's East River, killing 65.
  • 04 Feb 1959 Israel begins exporting copper ore.
  • 05 Feb 1959 Redhead opens at 46th St. Theater NYC for 455 performances
  • 06 Feb 1959 1st successful test-fire of Titan ICBM
  • 07 Feb 1959 Whoop-Up closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • 09 Feb 1959 The R-7 Semyorka, the first intercontinental ballistic missile, becomes operational at Plesetsk, USSR.
  • 10 Feb 1959 Dutch Princess Wilhelmina publishes Lonely, but not alone
  • 11 Feb 1959 The Federation of Arab Emirates of the South, which will later become South Yemen, is created as a protectorate of the United Kingdom.
  • 12 Feb 1959 The US Mint releases the 1959 Lincoln Memorial cent to circulation.
  • 13 Feb 1959 Barbie doll goes on sale
  • 14 Feb 1959 US$3.6 million heroin seizure in New York City, New York.
  • 15 Feb 1959 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Saint Petersburg Golf Tournament.
  • 17 Feb 1959 First weather satellite launched, Vanguard 2, 9.8kg.
  • 19 Feb 1959 Britain, Turkey and Greece sign agreement granting Cyprus independence.
  • 20 Feb 1959 The Canadian Government cancels the CF-105 Arrow project.
  • 22 Feb 1959 Lee Petty wins the first Daytona 500.
  • 23 Feb 1959 KVIE TV channel 6 in Sacramento-Stockton, CA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 27 Feb 1959 Chicago Cards trade running back Ollie Matson to LA Rams for 9 players
  • 28 Feb 1959 Goldilocks closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 161 performances

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Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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Ride Lonesome

Ride Lonesome

Release year: 1959

Directed by: Budd Boetticher

Starring: Randolph Scott, Karen Steele, Pernell Roberts, James Best

No Name on the Bullet

No Name on the Bullet

Release year: 1959

Directed by: Jack Arnold

Starring: Audie Murphy, Charles Drake, Joan Evans, Virginia Grey

The Journey

The Journey

Release year: 1959

Directed by: Anatole Litvak

Starring: Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Jason Robards, Robert Morley

Country: United States of America


Which were the most popular books released in February 1959?
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The Coming Of The New Deal by Arthur Meier Schlesinger Jr.

The Coming Of The New Deal


Volume Two in Schlesinger's Age of Roosevelt series, this book describes Roosevelt's first tumultuous years in the White House.

Main Street, U.S.S.R. by Irving R. Levine

Main Street, U.S.S.R.



Around The World With Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis

Around The World With Auntie Mame


Encore, Encore! The brilliant sequel to the smash bestseller Auntie Mame is back and the reviews are in . . .

On My Own by Eleanor Roosevelt

On My Own


In this volume the greatest and best-loved woman of her time shares the experiences - private and public - of her thirteen years since the death of her husband, Franklin Delano

The New Testament In Modern English by J.B. Phillips

The New Testament In Modern English


Written in 1958, The New Testament in Modern English is one of the most dynamic and lively translations to ever appear in print. Phillips' rendering of Holy Scripture into contemporary English is accessible and powerful to a modern audience.