November 1959 calendar

November 1959

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of November 1959?


  • 01 Nov 1959 Jim Brown scores 5 TDs in Cleveland Browns 38-31 win over Baltimore
  • 02 Nov 1959 Girls against the Boys opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • 04 Nov 1959 Ernie Banks, Chicago Cubs' shortstop, wins National League Most Valuable Player.
  • 05 Nov 1959 AFL announced with 8 teams
  • 08 Nov 1959 KJTV (now KGET) TV channel 17 in Bakersfield, CA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 10 Nov 1959 Corinne Rottschaeffer elected Miss World
  • 11 Nov 1959 1st episode of Rocky & His Friends airs
  • 12 Nov 1959 The Warner Bros. religious epic ''The Miracle'', very loosely based on the 1911 stage pantomime ''Das Mirakel'', is released. It is a critical and financial bomb.
  • 14 Nov 1959 Girls against the Boys closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • 15 Nov 1959 Four members of the Herbert Clutter Family are murdered at their farm outside Holcomb, Kansas. Dick Hickock and Perry Smith were ultimately caught and convicted of the murders.
  • 16 Nov 1959 Sound of Music opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 1443 performances
  • 17 Nov 1959 Giants slugger Willie McCovey wins NL Rookie of Year
  • 18 Nov 1959 Washingston Senator Bob Allison wins AL Rookie of Year
  • 19 Nov 1959 Rocky & His Friends debuts on ABC
  • 20 Nov 1959 WABC fires Alan Freed over payola scandal
  • 21 Nov 1959 Max Baer, American heavyweight boxing champion (1934), dies at age 49.
  • 22 Nov 1959 Boston Patriots enter the AFL.
  • 23 Nov 1959 Fiorello! opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 796 performances
  • 25 Nov 1959 Once Upon a Mattress opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 460 performances
  • 28 Nov 1959 47th CFL Grey Cup: Winn Blue Bombers defeats Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 21-7
  • 30 Nov 1959 Joe Foss named first commissioner of AFL.
  • 16 Nov 1959 Aeroflot Flight 315 crashes on approach to Lviv Airport, killing all 40 people on board.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Mack The Knife
  2. - Mr. Blue
  3. - Put Your Head On My Shoulder
  4. - Don't You Know
  5. - Teen Beat

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Mack The Knife
  2. - Travellin' Light
  3. - Here Comes Summer
  4. - ('Til) I Kissed You
  5. - What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For?


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in November 1959?

The Town House by Norah Lofts

The Town House


Is it possible to make a home from the ashes? Can the hereditary mixture of wild gypsylore and fierce independence, magic, and mystery really settle in?

Affectionately, F.D.R. by James Roosevelt and Sidney Shalett

Affectionately, F.D.R.


This rare antiquarian book is a facsimile of the original. It may have marks, notations and pages that aren't perfect due to its age.

Too Many Ghosts by Paul Gallico

Too Many Ghosts


Too Many Ghosts, 1959 BCE by Paul Gallico. Published by Doubleday & Company, hardcover, 288 pages.

The Devil'S Advocate by Morris L. West

The Devil'S Advocate


The Vatican sends a terminally ill English priest to Italy to investigate the story of a local hero, reputed miracle worker, and to inquire into his life.

The Ape In Me by Cornelia Otis Skinner

The Ape In Me


Ape in Me, The by Cornelia Otis, Skinner