January 1959 calendar

January 1959

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 1959?


  • 01 Jan 1959 Highway 91 in Nevada is officially renamed Las Vegas Boulevard.
  • 02 Jan 1959 USSR launches Mechta (Luna 1) for 1st lunar fly-by, 1st solar orbit
  • 03 Jan 1959 Alaska is admitted as the 49th U.S. State.
  • 04 Jan 1959 Luna 1 becomes the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Moon.
  • 07 Jan 1959 The United States recognizes the new Cuban government of Fidel Castro.
  • 08 Jan 1959 Charles De Gaulle is inaugurated as the first president of the French Fifth Republic.
  • 09 Jan 1959 Rawhide with Clint Eastwood premieres on CBS TV
  • 11 Jan 1959 Hanif Mohammad completes 499 for Karachi, then 1st class world record
  • 12 Jan 1959 KOED TV channel 11 in Tulsa, OK (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 13 Jan 1959 De Gaulle grants amnesty to 130 to Algerian death row convicts
  • 17 Jan 1959 Say, Darling closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 332 performances
  • 18 Jan 1959 Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open.
  • 20 Jan 1959 The first flight of the Vickers Vanguard.
  • 22 Jan 1959 US Air Force concludes less than 1 percent of UFOs are unknown objects.
  • 24 Jan 1959 Party with Comden & Green closes at John Golden NYC after 38 performances
  • 25 Jan 1959 First transcontinental commercial jet flight (American Airlines) (Los Angeles to New York for US$301).
  • 26 Jan 1959 KOKH TV channel 25 in Oklahoma City, OK (IND / PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 28 Jan 1959 Soviet Union wins 62-37 for first international basketball loss by US.
  • 29 Jan 1959 Buena Vista premieres Disney's animated feature film Sleeping Beauty at the Fox Wilshire Theater in Los Angeles, California. The film is based on Charles Perrault's version of the story of Sleeping Beauty.
  • 30 Jan 1959 Australia 1-200 first day fourth Test versus England, Adelaide Oval.
  • 31 Jan 1959 Joe Cronin signs seven-year pact to become head of American League.
  • 01 Jan 1959 Cuban Revolution: Fulgencio Batista, dictator of Cuba, is overthrown by Fidel Castro's forces.
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Music charts

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

  1. - The Chipmunk Song
  2. - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
  3. - My Happiness
  4. - To Know Him, Is To Love Him
  5. - Donna

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - It's Only Make Believe
  2. - Hoots Mon
  3. - The Day The Rains Came
  4. - Tom Dooley
  5. - Tea For Two Cha Cha


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in January 1959?

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. ...

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

The New Testament In Modern English


The New Testament In Modern English was published in 1958 and is one of the most lively and dynamic translations ever to appear in print. Phillips' translation of Holy Scripture into modern English is easy to understand and powerful for …

Hawaii by James A. Michener



James A. Michener, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, brings Hawaii's epic story vividly to life through a classic saga that has captured the attention of readers since its inception in 1959.

Kids Say The Darndest Things! by Art Linkletter

Kids Say The Darndest Things!


This famous collection of wisdom and witticisms for children has been printed almost 50 years ago. A facsimile edition is available to entertain a new generation.

The Land God Gave To Cain by Hammond Innes

The Land God Gave To Cain


Ian Ferguson was the only one who held the key to the catastrophe that had engulfed a geological survey crew more than two thousand miles away.