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
  • 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
  • 03 Feb 1959 Rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson are killed in a plane crash along with the pilot near Clear Lake, Iowa, an event later known as The Day the Music Died.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
  2. - Stagger Lee
  3. - My Happiness
  4. - The All American Boy
  5. - 16 Candles

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - It's Only Make Believe
  2. - One Night / I Got Stung
  3. - As I Love You
  4. - The Day The Rains Came
  5. - Hoots Mon


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in February 1959?

The Mountain Is Young by Han Suyin

The Mountain Is Young


Ann abandons her passionate marriage to John Ford, a colonial civil servant. She travels to Kathmandu on a journey of self-discovery, spiritual awakening, and rekindles her love for John Ford.

The Three Edwards by Thomas B. Costain

The Three Edwards


The THREE EDWARDS is the third chapter in Thomas B. Costain’s survey of Britain under Plantagenets. It covers the period 1272-1377, when three Edwards ruled England.

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.

The Proud Possessors by Aline B. Saarinen

The Proud Possessors


The Proud Owners: The lives and times of some adventurous [Hardcover] Jan 01, 1958 SAARINEN.Aline B. ...

Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart

Nine Coaches Waiting


In this haunting suspense novel, a governess at a French chateau discovers a plot to end her young pupil's life.