October 1959 calendar

October 1959

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of October 1959?


  • 01 Oct 1959 1st World Series since 1948 not to feature a New York team (LA vs. Chic)
  • 02 Oct 1959 The anthology series The Twilight Zone premieres on CBS television.
  • 03 Oct 1959 13th NHL All-Star Game: Montreal beat All-Stars 6-1 at Montreal
  • 04 Oct 1959 1st World Series game played west of St. Louis (in LA)
  • 06 Oct 1959 Soviet Luna 3, 1st successful photographic spacecraft, impacts Moon
  • 07 Oct 1959 Happy Town opens at 84th St. Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 08 Oct 1959 At the Drop of a Hat opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 216 performances
  • 09 Oct 1959 1st phone call between auto and plane (Delaware)
  • 10 Oct 1959 Happy Town closes at 84th St. Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 11 Oct 1959 KTHI TV channel 11 in Fargo-Grand Forks, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 12 Oct 1959 At the national congress of the American Popular Revolutionary Alliance in Peru, a group of leftist radicals are expelled from the party who later form APRA Rebelde.
  • 13 Oct 1959 In Hamlet, Indiana, USA a building is hit by a falling meteorite.
  • 14 Oct 1959 WMUB (now WPTO) TV channel 14 in Oxford, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 15 Oct 1959 Untouchables premieres
  • 17 Oct 1959 Billy Barnes Revue closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 87 performances
  • 19 Oct 1959 Florence Henderson joins Today Show panel
  • 20 Oct 1959 Clark Griffith of Senators says team will not move the franchise
  • 21 Oct 1959 Contra revolutionaries bomb Havana
  • 22 Oct 1959 Take Me Along opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 448 performances
  • 23 Oct 1959 Chinese troops move into India, 17 die
  • 26 Oct 1959 First photographs taken of the far side of the Moon, by Luna 3.
  • 27 Oct 1959 Rare Pacific hurricane kills 2,000 in Western Mexico.
  • 28 Oct 1959 Buffalo Bills enter the AFL.
  • 31 Oct 1959 Lee Harvey Oswald attempts to renounce his American citizenship at the US Embassy in Moscow, USSR.
  • 21 Oct 1959 In New York City, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum opens to the public.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Sleep Walk
  2. - Mack The Knife
  3. - Put Your Head On My Shoulder
  4. - Mr. Blue
  5. - The Three Bells

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Only Sixteenyoutube
  2. - Mack The Knife
  3. - Living Dollyoutube
  4. - Here Comes Summeryoutube
  5. - ('Til) I Kissed Youyoutube


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in October 1959?

The House Of Intellect by Jacques Barzun

The House Of Intellect


House Of Intellect, The by Barzun and Jacques

The Years With Ross by James Thurber

The Years With Ross


Harold Ross was America's most influential literary magazine and introduced America to many exciting talents, such as Robert Benchley and Alexander Woolcott.

The Elements Of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White

The Elements Of Style


You recognize the names of the authors. The title is familiar to you. This book is probably something you've used. This is The Elements of Style. It's the classic style guide.

Groucho And Me by Groucho Marx

Groucho And Me


Groucho tells Groucho's story of the Marx Brothers, their poverty in New York's Upper East Side. He has impeccable timing, hilarious humor, irreverent humor and a great sense of the absurd.

This Is My God by Herman Wouk

This Is My God


This is My God is Herman Wouk’s famous introduction to Judaism. It has been completely updated and revised with a new chapter entitled Israel at Forty.