1959: On This Year


1959 (MCMLIX in Roman Numerals) was the year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1959th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations.

Is 1959 a year special to you? If so you may like to discover what 1959 was famous for, who won the Oscars and the Nobel Prizes in 1959, who was Time's Person of the Year in 1959, which books, music and movies were top of the charts in 1959, what Chinese zodiac sign is associated to 1959, what babynames were most popular that year, what was the World population on that year and what happend in 1959.

On this page we will address all your questions and curiosities about 1959 to help you enjoy your trip down memory lane.


What was 1959 known for ?

  • Perched on the cusp of the 1960s, the year 1959 saw the US living under the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower. The leaders of the world presided over a worldwide population of roughly 3 billion.
  • The most popular name for little boys was Michael. On the other hand, if you had a girl, you were far more likely to choose the name Mary. Included amongst those bundles of joy were the world’s greatest linebacker, Lawrence Taylor; rapper and star, Flavor Flav, former Prime Minster of Canada, Stephen Harper; English actor, Hugh Laurie; and comedian, Weird Al Yankovic. While we may have gained Dr. House, we lost Cecil DeMille, Buddy Holly, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Lou Costello.
  • The most common book club selections happened to be Knowles’ A Separate Peace, Heinlein’s Star Ship Troopers, and Buroughs’ Naked Lunch. In the cinemas of the world, Ben-Hur, Some Like it Hot, and Sleeping Beauty saw a sharp rise in popularity. Read on to find out how this year helped set the foundation for the American flag, the modern work week, and forever changed our view of the world.
  • These twelve-months saw the sale of the first Barbie Doll, the launch of the first weather satellite, the first showing of The Twilight Zone, and the first colored picture of Earth as seen from outer space. In addition, the inventors of the world gave us our first look at both the pacemaker and the microchip.
  • Cuba witnessed a change in leadership as rebel Fidel Castro’s forces chased off ex-dictator Batista. France saw the beginnings of the 5th republic with the inauguration of Charles de Gaulle. While Cyprus was finally granted its independence, Singapore swore in its first prime minister. A huge step was taken towards world peace in 1959. Even if he may have been irritated to be denied access to Disneyland, Russia’s President, Nikita Khruschev agreed to reopen diplomatic relationships with the US. Meanwhile, with the addition of Hawaii and Alaska, the number of US states swelled from 48 to the current 50. Lastly, determining working norms for some time to come, West Germany became the first country to introduce a five-day work week.
  • If you’re smiling listening to Rebecca Black’s Friday as you get ready to leave the office, you should consider slinging some thanks at the year that made it all possible: 1959.

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1959: Oscar Winners of the Year

In 1959, during the 32nd Academy Awards Cerimony, held on 04/04/1960 the following movies, actors, actresses and directors were awarded with the Oscar in 5 categories honoring the films released in 1959:

What movie won the Best Picture Oscar in 1959?

The Oscar for Best Movie went to Ben-Hur, directed by William Wyler, starring Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Director Oscar in 1959?

The Oscar for Best Director went to William Wyler, for the movie Ben-Hur, starring Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Actor Oscar in 1959?

The Oscar for Best Actor went to Charlton Heston, for the movie Ben-Hur, starring Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Actress Oscar in 1959?

Room at the Top
The Oscar for Best Actress went to Simone Signoret, for the movie Room at the Top, starring Laurence Harvey, Simone Signoret, Heather Sears, Donald Wolfit produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1959?

The Oscar for Best Supporting Actor went to Hugh Griffith, for the movie Ben-Hur, starring Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet produced in the United States of America.
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1959: Who was Time's Person of the Year?

Dwight D. Eisenhower
In 1959, Dwight D. Eisenhower was named by TIME magazine as Person of the Year. Eisenhower was President of the United States from 1953 to 1961.

1959: What were the most popular books published that year?

The most popular and best selling books in 1959 were:

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.

Folk Medicine by Deforest Clinton Jarvis

Folk Medicine


Folk Medicine is an indispensable book for anyone suffering from this debilitating disease. The best-selling author of Folk Medicine concentrates his remarkable talents on providing effective and natural remedies.

Twixt Twelve And Twenty by Pat Boone

Twixt Twelve And Twenty


Vintage paperback

Dear And Glorious Physician by Taylor Caldwell

Dear And Glorious Physician


The famous novel about the triumphant story that St. Luke tells. Scientist and Gospel writer. While St. Luke is today best known for writing the third Gospel of New Testament, two thousand years ago, he was Lucanus. He was a …

Only In America by Harry Lewis Golden

Only In America


Harry Lewis, Book by Golden

Pig chinese zodiac sign

1959: What was the Chinese Zodiac sign associated with the year 1959?

According to the Chinese Zodiac and Astrology 1959 was the Year of the Pig.

Discover Zodiac Sign Characteristics and Personality Traits of people born under the Pig sign.

Nobel Prize

1959: Nobel Prize Winners of the Year

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1959: What were the most popular baby names in the USA that year ?

The 3 most popular baby names in 1959 were Michael, David and James for boys and Mary, Susan and Linda for girls according to the US Census Bureau historical records.

1959: What were the Top #10 male names given to baby boys that year?

The Top # 10 male names given to baby boys in 1959 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

  • Michael
  • David
  • James
  • John
  • Robert
  • Mark
  • William
  • Richard
  • Thomas
  • Steven

1959: What were the Top #10 female names given to baby girls that year?

The Top # 10 female names given to baby girls in 1959 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

  • Mary
  • Susan
  • Linda
  • Karen
  • Donna
  • Patricia
  • Debra
  • Cynthia
  • Deborah
  • Lisa

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1959: What was the number 1 song in the USA that year?

The number 1 song in the USA in 1959, i.e. the best selling and most popular song of tha year, was Mack The Knife by Bobby Darin

1959: What was the music chart in the USA that year?

The Music Chart in the USA in 1959 with the top 10 most popular songs, was:

  1. Mack The Knife by Bobby Darin
  2. The Battle Of New Orleans by Johnny Horton
  3. Put Your Head On My Shoulder by Paul Anka
  4. Mr. Blue by The Fleetwoods
  5. Lonely Boy by Paul Anka
  6. The Three Bells by The Browns
  7. Stagger Lee by Lloyd Price
  8. Personality by Lloyd Price
  9. Dream Lover by Bobby Darin
  10. Venus by Frankie Avalon

1959: What was the number 1 song in the UK that year?

The number 1 song in the UK in 1959, i.e. the best selling and most popular song of tha year, was Dream Lover by Bobby Darin

1959: What was the music chart in the UK that year?

The Music Chart in the UK in 1959 with the top 10 most popular songs, was:

  1. Dream Lover by Bobby Darin
  2. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by The Platters
  3. Living Doll by Cliff Richard & The Drifters
  4. Side Saddle by Russ Conway
  5. As I Love You by Shirley Bassey
  6. It Doesn't Matter Anymore by Buddy Holly
  7. A Fool Such As I / I Need Your Love Tonight by Elvis Presley
  8. Travellin' Light by Cliff Richard & The Shadows
  9. Roulette by Russ Conway
  10. Battle Of New Orleans by Lonnie Donegan

1959: What were the most popular movies that year ?

The most popular movies and box office hits in 1959 were:

The Scarf

The Scarf

Release year: 1959

Directed by: Neil Willoughby



Release year: 1959

Written by:

Starring: Mike Connors

Country: United States of America

Face to Face

Face to Face

Release year: 1959

Directed by: Lou Antonio

Some Like It Hot

Some Like It Hot

Release year: 1959

Directed by: Billy Wilder

Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft

Country: United States of America

The World of Apu

The World of Apu

Release year: 1959

Directed by: Satyajit Ray

Starring: Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore, Alok Chakravarty, Swapan Mukherjee

Country: United States of America

world population

1959: What was the world population that year?

The world population in 1959 was 2,979,576,185 people according to data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. This figure includes both urban and rural populations. The urban population at that time accounted for 33.0% of the total population, which is roughly 983.3 million individuals.The annual population change in 1959 was an increase of +53.8 million people, representing a percentage increase of +1.84% over the previous year.The average population density in 1959 was 12 persons per square mile (or 20 persons per square kilometer).


What happened in 1959?

Here's what happened in 1959:

  • Jan 1, 1959: Highway 91 in Nevada is officially renamed Las Vegas Boulevard.
  • Jan 2, 1959: USSR launches Mechta (Luna 1) for 1st lunar fly-by, 1st solar orbit
  • Jan 3, 1959: Alaska is admitted as the 49th U.S. State.
  • Jan 4, 1959: Luna 1 becomes the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Moon.
  • Jan 7, 1959: The United States recognizes the new Cuban government of Fidel Castro.
  • Jan 8, 1959: Charles De Gaulle is inaugurated as the first president of the French Fifth Republic.
  • Jan 9, 1959: Rawhide with Clint Eastwood premieres on CBS TV
  • Jan 11, 1959: Hanif Mohammad completes 499 for Karachi, then 1st class world record
  • Jan 12, 1959: KOED TV channel 11 in Tulsa, OK (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 13, 1959: De Gaulle grants amnesty to 130 to Algerian death row convicts
  • Jan 17, 1959: Say, Darling closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 332 performances
  • Jan 18, 1959: Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open.
  • Jan 20, 1959: The first flight of the Vickers Vanguard.
  • Jan 22, 1959: US Air Force concludes less than 1 percent of UFOs are unknown objects.
  • Jan 24, 1959: Party with Comden & Green closes at John Golden NYC after 38 performances
  • Jan 25, 1959: First transcontinental commercial jet flight (American Airlines) (Los Angeles to New York for US$301).
  • Jan 26, 1959: KOKH TV channel 25 in Oklahoma City, OK (IND / PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 28, 1959: Soviet Union wins 62-37 for first international basketball loss by US.
  • Jan 29, 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.
  • Jan 30, 1959: Australia 1-200 first day fourth Test versus England, Adelaide Oval.
  • Jan 31, 1959: Joe Cronin signs seven-year pact to become head of American League.
  • Feb 1, 1959: Texas Instruments requests patent of IC
  • Feb 2, 1959: Vince Lombardi signs a five-year contract to coach the Green Bay Packers.
  • Feb 3, 1959: American Airlines' Electra crashes in New York's East River, killing 65.
  • Feb 4, 1959: Israel begins exporting copper ore.
  • Feb 5, 1959: Redhead opens at 46th St. Theater NYC for 455 performances
  • Feb 6, 1959: 1st successful test-fire of Titan ICBM
  • Feb 7, 1959: Whoop-Up closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • Feb 9, 1959: The R-7 Semyorka, the first intercontinental ballistic missile, becomes operational at Plesetsk, USSR.
  • Feb 10, 1959: Dutch Princess Wilhelmina publishes Lonely, but not alone
  • Feb 11, 1959: The Federation of Arab Emirates of the South, which will later become South Yemen, is created as a protectorate of the United Kingdom.
  • Feb 12, 1959: The US Mint releases the 1959 Lincoln Memorial cent to circulation.
  • Feb 13, 1959: Barbie doll goes on sale
  • Feb 14, 1959: US$3.6 million heroin seizure in New York City, New York.
  • Feb 15, 1959: Louise Suggs wins LPGA Saint Petersburg Golf Tournament.
  • Feb 17, 1959: First weather satellite launched, Vanguard 2, 9.8kg.
  • Feb 19, 1959: Britain, Turkey and Greece sign agreement granting Cyprus independence.
  • Feb 20, 1959: The Canadian Government cancels the CF-105 Arrow project.
  • Feb 22, 1959: Lee Petty wins the first Daytona 500.
  • Feb 23, 1959: KVIE TV channel 6 in Sacramento-Stockton, CA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 27, 1959: Chicago Cards trade running back Ollie Matson to LA Rams for 9 players
  • Feb 28, 1959: Goldilocks closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 161 performances
  • Mar 1, 1959: Archbishop Makarios returns to Cyprus after three years.
  • Mar 3, 1959: 1st US probe to enter solar orbit, Pioneer 4, launched
  • Mar 5, 1959: Iran and US sign economic and military treaty.
  • Mar 6, 1959: 11st Emmy Awards: Playhouse 90, Jack Benny Show, Raymond Burr
  • Mar 7, 1959: Bells Are Ringing closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 925 performances
  • Mar 8, 1959: KUAT TV channel 6 in Tucson, AZ (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 9, 1959: Juno opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Mar 10, 1959: Uprising against Chinese occupation force in Lhasa Tibet
  • Mar 11, 1959: Raisin in the Sun, 1st Broadway play by a black woman, opens
  • Mar 12, 1959: US House joins Senate approving Hawaii statehood.
  • Mar 15, 1959: WILX TV channel 10 in Lansing, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 16, 1959: Iraq and the USSR sign economic / technical treaty
  • Mar 17, 1959: Australia and the USSR restore diplomatic relations
  • Mar 19, 1959: 1st Impressions opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 84 performances
  • Mar 21, 1959: Juno closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • Mar 22, 1959: Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Nehi Golf Tournament.
  • Mar 24, 1959: Iraq withdraws from the Baghdad Pact.
  • Mar 25, 1959: Bill White traded to Saint Louis Cardinals for pitchers Sam Jones and Don Choate.
  • Mar 26, 1959: Test debut for Mushtaq Mohammad versus West Indies age 15 years 124 days.
  • Mar 28, 1959: The State Council of the People's Republic of China dissolves the Government of Tibet.
  • Mar 29, 1959: Some Like it Hot with Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon premieres
  • Mar 30, 1959: WNED TV channel 17 in Buffalo, New York (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 31, 1959: Dalai Lama fled China and was granted political asylum in India
  • Apr 1, 1959: Iakovos is enthroned as Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America.
  • Apr 5, 1959: 23rd Golf Masters Championship: Art Wall Jr wins, shooting a 284.
  • Apr 6, 1959: 31st Academy Awards: Gigi, Susan Hayward, and David Niven win.
  • Apr 7, 1959: Oklahoma ends alcohol prohibition, after 51 years.
  • Apr 8, 1959: A team of computer manufacturers, users, and university people led by Grace Hopper meets to discuss the creation of a new programming language that would be called COBOL.
  • Apr 9, 1959: Bill Sharman hits an NBA record 56 consecutive foul shots.
  • Apr 10, 1959: Japanese Prince Akihito marries Shōda Michiko.
  • Apr 11, 1959: Jamaica closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 558 performances
  • Apr 12, 1959: France Observator reports torture practice by French army in Algeria
  • Apr 13, 1959: Vanguard SLV-5 launched for Earth orbit (failed).
  • Apr 14, 1959: KDIN TV channel 11 in Des Moines, IA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 15, 1959: Fidel Castro begins US goodwill tour.
  • Apr 16, 1959: Party with Comden & Green opens at John Golden NYC for 44 performances
  • Apr 19, 1959: Uprising in La Paz, Bolivia, fails.
  • Apr 20, 1959: 63rd Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:22:42.
  • Apr 21, 1959: 1211-kg great white shark becomes largest fish ever caught on a rod
  • Apr 22, 1959: Chicago White Sox beat Kansas City Athletics 20-6, in one inning Sox score 11 runs on one hit, ten walks, and three errors.
  • Apr 23, 1959: Destry Rides Again opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 472 performances
  • Apr 24, 1959: Netherlands Dance Theater opens (Rudi of Dantzig & Cut Flier)
  • Apr 25, 1959: St. Lawrence Seaway linking Atlantic, Great Lakes opens to shipping
  • Apr 26, 1959: Cuba invades Panam�.
  • Apr 27, 1959: Today show goes abroard 1st time (Paris France)
  • Apr 28, 1959: KLOE TV channel 10 in Goodland, KS (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 1, 1959: White Sox Early Wynn beats Red Sox 1-0 on his own HR
  • May 2, 1959: 85th Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker aboard Tomy Lee wins in 2:02.2.
  • May 3, 1959: Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Land of the Sky Golf Tournament.
  • May 4, 1959: First Grammy Awards: Perry Como and Ella Fitzgerald win.
  • May 6, 1959: Iceland gunboats shoot at British fishing ships.
  • May 9, 1959: Dorothy Rigney, husband John, and Hank Greenberg resign from Chicago White Sox.
  • May 10, 1959: Soviet forces arrive in Afghanistan.
  • May 11, 1959: Kookie, Kookie Lend Me Your Comb by Byrnes and Connie Stevens hits #4
  • May 13, 1959: Kraft Music Hall with Milton Berle, last airs on NBC-TV
  • May 15, 1959: 100th anniversary of first college baseball game, between Amherst and Williams; Teams re-enact the original contest.
  • May 16, 1959: WTOM TV channel 4 in Cheboygan, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • May 17, 1959: Sam Snead sets PGA record for 36 holes at 122.
  • May 18, 1959: Judy by David Seville hits #86
  • May 19, 1959: Jan de Quay becomes Premier of the Netherlands
  • May 20, 1959: Shah of Persia visits Netherlands
  • May 21, 1959: Gypsy opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 702 performances
  • May 22, 1959: Benjamin O Davis Jr becomes 1st black General Major in USAF
  • May 23, 1959: Party with Comden & Green closes at John Golden NYC after 44 performances
  • May 24, 1959: Empire Day renamed Commonwealth Day in England.
  • May 25, 1959: Khrushchev visits Angola
  • May 26, 1959: Harvey Haddix pitches 12 perfect innings, loses in 13th.
  • May 28, 1959: Monkeys Able and Baker zoom 300 miles (500 km) into space on Jupiter missile, became first animals retrieved from a space mission.
  • May 29, 1959: Charles de Gaulle forms French Government.
  • May 30, 1959: First Impressions closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 84 performances
  • May 31, 1959: Mickey Wright wins LPGA Cavalier Golf Open.
  • Jun 1, 1959: 2-time champ Monterrey Mexico barred from 1959 Little League competition for using players outside predetermined geographical area
  • Jun 2, 1959: Allen Ginsberg writes his poem Lysergic Acid, San Francisco
  • Jun 3, 1959: 1st class graduates from Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Jun 5, 1959: Bob Dylan graduates Hibbing HS in Minnesota
  • Jun 7, 1959: Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament
  • Jun 8, 1959: First official "missile mail" lands (Jacksonville, Florida, USA).
  • Jun 9, 1959: The USS George Washington is launched. It is the first submarine to carry ballistic missiles.
  • Jun 10, 1959: Rocky Colovito hits four home runs in one game.
  • Jun 11, 1959: US Postmaster General bans D.H. Lawrence's book Lady Chatterley's Lover.
  • Jun 12, 1959: San Francisco Giants' Mike McCormick no-hits Philadelphia Phillies, 3-0 in five-inning game.
  • Jun 13, 1959: Sammy Kaye Show, last airs on ABC-TV
  • Jun 14, 1959: The Matterhorn Mountain with its Matterhorn Bobsleds ride opens in Fantasyland at Disneyland in California. It is the first thrill ride at Disneyland, and the first ride to use cylindrical rails and urethane wheels. The mountain is 147 feet high, 1/100th the height of the real Matterhorn mountain, and uses 2175 steel girders. Final cost of the attraction is US$1.5 million.
  • Jun 17, 1959: Eamon de Valera elected President of Ireland
  • Jun 18, 1959: First telecast transmitted from England to US.
  • Jun 19, 1959: US Senate rejects President Dwight Eisenhower's appointment of Lewis Strauss for Secretary of Commerce.
  • Jun 20, 1959: A rare June hurricane strikes Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence killing 35.
  • Jun 22, 1959: Along Came Jones by Coasters peaks at #9
  • Jun 23, 1959: A fire in a resort hotel in Stalheim (Norway) kills 34 people.
  • Jun 26, 1959: Ingemar Johansson TKOs Floyd Patterson in 3 for heavywgt boxing title
  • Jun 27, 1959: West Side Story closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 734 performances
  • Jun 28, 1959: Phils Wally Post is only outfielder to throw out 2 runners in an inning twice (Losing to Giants 6-0)
  • Jun 29, 1959: Pope John XXIII 1st encyclical On truth, unity, and peace, in charity
  • Jun 30, 1959: During a game in Wrigley Field, two balls are in play at same time.
  • Jul 1, 1959: Israeli Knesset agrees to weapon sales to West-Germany
  • Jul 2, 1959: Plan 9 From Outer Space, one of the worse films ever, premieres
  • Jul 3, 1959: 73rd Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Alex Olmedo beats Rod Laver (64 63 64)
  • Jul 4, 1959: 66th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Maria Fraser beats Darlene Hard (64 63)
  • Jul 5, 1959: Indonesia restores constitution
  • Jul 6, 1959: 5th LPGA Championship won by Betsy Rawls
  • Jul 7, 1959: 26th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-4 at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh
  • Jul 9, 1959: Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Hoosier Golf Open
  • Jul 12, 1959: NBC uses cameras to show catchers signals during ankee-Red Sox game
  • Jul 14, 1959: 1st atomic powered cruiser, Long Beach - Quincy, Massachusetts
  • Jul 15, 1959: The steel strike of 1959 begins, leading to significant importation of foreign steel for the first time in United States history.
  • Jul 17, 1959: 2,000 ft long by 1,300 foot wide section of ridge falls into Madis
  • Jul 18, 1959: 1st black to win a major golf tournament (William Wright)
  • Jul 19, 1959: Mickey Wright wins LPGA Machine International Golf Open Alliance
  • Jul 20, 1959: The Organization for European Economic Cooperation admits Spain.
  • Jul 21, 1959: Red Sox are last team to use a black player (Pumpsie Green)
  • Jul 22, 1959: Earth gas found at Kolham (Slochteren) Groningen
  • Jul 23, 1959: VP Richard Nixon begins visit on USSR
  • Jul 24, 1959: 500,000th Dutch TV set registered
  • Jul 25, 1959: SR-N1 hovercraft crosses the English Channel from Calais to Dover in just over 2 hours.
  • Jul 26, 1959: Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • Jul 27, 1959: Abbas Ali Baig scores 112 for India vs. England on debut
  • Jul 28, 1959: Great-Britain starts using postal codes
  • Jul 29, 1959: First United States Congress elections in Hawaii as a state of the Union.
  • Jul 30, 1959: In his major league debut, SF Giant Willie McCovey goes 4-for-4
  • Jul 31, 1959: 1st exhibit of bongos at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo opens
  • Aug 1, 1959: Pope John XXIII publishes encyclical Sacerdotii nostri primordia
  • Aug 2, 1959: 41st PGA Championship: Bob Rosburg shoots a 277 at Minneapolis Golf Club
  • Aug 3, 1959: 27th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-3 at Memorial Coliseum, LA
  • Aug 4, 1959: Billy Barnes Revue opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 87 performances
  • Aug 5, 1959: 42.4 cm rainfall in Decatur Co, Iowa (state record)
  • Aug 7, 1959: Explorer 6 transmits first TV photo of Earth from space.
  • Aug 8, 1959: A flood in Taiwan kills 2,000.
  • Aug 12, 1959: Progressive Party under John Steytler forms in South Africa
  • Aug 13, 1959: Military satellite Discoverer 5 launched (into polar orbit)
  • Aug 14, 1959: 26th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Baltimore 29, All-Stars 0 (70,000)
  • Aug 15, 1959: Cyprus gains independence.
  • Aug 16, 1959: Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Seattle Golf Open
  • Aug 17, 1959: 7.1 quake strikes Yellowstone National Park
  • Aug 19, 1959: Doctor X beats Wilber Snyder in Omaha, to become NWA wrestling champ
  • Aug 20, 1959: Belgium shortens conscription to 12 months
  • Aug 21, 1959: United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th state of the union. Hawaii's admission is currently commemorated by Hawaii Admission Day.
  • Aug 22, 1959: Cin Red Frank Robinson hits 3 consecutive HRs
  • Aug 23, 1959: Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Spokane Golf Open
  • Aug 24, 1959: England complete 5-0 series drubbing of India
  • Aug 26, 1959: The original Mini designed by Sir Alec Issigonis is launched.
  • Aug 31, 1959: 48th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in New York (3-2)
  • Sep 2, 1959: US President Eisenhower arrives in Paris
  • Sep 6, 1959: Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA Cosmopolitan Golf Open
  • Sep 8, 1959: The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) is established.
  • Sep 11, 1959: Duke Ellington wins Springarn Medal for his musical achievements
  • Sep 12, 1959: Luna 2 launched by USSR; 1st spacecraft to impact on Moon
  • Sep 13, 1959: 73rd US Womens Tennis: Maria Fraser beats Christine Truman (61 64)
  • Sep 14, 1959: WQEX TV channel 16 in Pittsburgh, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 15, 1959: Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev arrives in US to begin a 13-day visit.
  • Sep 16, 1959: President De Gaulle recognizes Algerian right of self determination
  • Sep 17, 1959: 59th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Jack Nicklaus
  • Sep 18, 1959: Vanguard 3 is launched into orbit to measure local phenomena related to Earth's atmosphere.
  • Sep 19, 1959: Nikita Krushchev is denied access to Disneyland during visit to USA due to security concerns.
  • Sep 20, 1959: Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Links Golf Invitation Open
  • Sep 21, 1959: 600 Indian Dutch emigrate to US
  • Sep 22, 1959: Chicago White Sox clinch the American League pennant.
  • Sep 23, 1959: Iowa farmer and corn breeder Roswell Garst hosts Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev.
  • Sep 25, 1959: Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley (37) and David Brown (43) wed
  • Sep 26, 1959: Milwaukee Braves Warren Spahn becomes winningest NL lefty
  • Sep 27, 1959: Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Opie Turner Golf Open
  • Sep 28, 1959: Hennesey, debuts on CBS-TV
  • Sep 29, 1959: Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis, debuts on CBS-TV
  • Sep 30, 1959: Soviet Union leader Nikita Khrushchev meets Mao Zedong in Beijing.
  • Oct 1, 1959: 1st World Series since 1948 not to feature a New York team (LA vs. Chic)
  • Oct 2, 1959: The anthology series The Twilight Zone premieres on CBS television.
  • Oct 3, 1959: 13th NHL All-Star Game: Montreal beat All-Stars 6-1 at Montreal
  • Oct 4, 1959: 1st World Series game played west of St. Louis (in LA)
  • Oct 6, 1959: Soviet Luna 3, 1st successful photographic spacecraft, impacts Moon
  • Oct 7, 1959: Happy Town opens at 84th St. Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Oct 8, 1959: At the Drop of a Hat opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 216 performances
  • Oct 9, 1959: 1st phone call between auto and plane (Delaware)
  • Oct 10, 1959: Happy Town closes at 84th St. Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Oct 11, 1959: KTHI TV channel 11 in Fargo-Grand Forks, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 12, 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.
  • Oct 13, 1959: In Hamlet, Indiana, USA a building is hit by a falling meteorite.
  • Oct 14, 1959: WMUB (now WPTO) TV channel 14 in Oxford, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 15, 1959: Untouchables premieres
  • Oct 17, 1959: Billy Barnes Revue closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 87 performances
  • Oct 19, 1959: Florence Henderson joins Today Show panel
  • Oct 20, 1959: Clark Griffith of Senators says team will not move the franchise
  • Oct 21, 1959: Contra revolutionaries bomb Havana
  • Oct 22, 1959: Take Me Along opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 448 performances
  • Oct 23, 1959: Chinese troops move into India, 17 die
  • Oct 26, 1959: First photographs taken of the far side of the Moon, by Luna 3.
  • Oct 27, 1959: Rare Pacific hurricane kills 2,000 in Western Mexico.
  • Oct 28, 1959: Buffalo Bills enter the AFL.
  • Oct 31, 1959: Lee Harvey Oswald attempts to renounce his American citizenship at the US Embassy in Moscow, USSR.
  • Nov 1, 1959: Jim Brown scores 5 TDs in Cleveland Browns 38-31 win over Baltimore
  • Nov 2, 1959: Girls against the Boys opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Nov 4, 1959: Ernie Banks, Chicago Cubs' shortstop, wins National League Most Valuable Player.
  • Nov 5, 1959: AFL announced with 8 teams
  • Nov 8, 1959: KJTV (now KGET) TV channel 17 in Bakersfield, CA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Nov 10, 1959: Corinne Rottschaeffer elected Miss World
  • Nov 11, 1959: 1st episode of Rocky & His Friends airs
  • Nov 12, 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.
  • Nov 14, 1959: Girls against the Boys closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • Nov 15, 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.
  • Nov 16, 1959: Sound of Music opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 1443 performances
  • Nov 17, 1959: Giants slugger Willie McCovey wins NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 18, 1959: Washingston Senator Bob Allison wins AL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 19, 1959: Rocky & His Friends debuts on ABC
  • Nov 20, 1959: WABC fires Alan Freed over payola scandal
  • Nov 21, 1959: Max Baer, American heavyweight boxing champion (1934), dies at age 49.
  • Nov 22, 1959: Boston Patriots enter the AFL.
  • Nov 23, 1959: Fiorello! opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 796 performances
  • Nov 25, 1959: Once Upon a Mattress opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 460 performances
  • Nov 28, 1959: 47th CFL Grey Cup: Winn Blue Bombers defeats Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 21-7
  • Nov 30, 1959: Joe Foss named first commissioner of AFL.
  • Dec 1, 1959: 25th Heisman Trophy Award: Billy Cannon, LSU (HB).
  • Dec 2, 1959: Malpasset dam collapses destroying French Riviera town of Frejus.
  • Dec 3, 1959: State of emergency on Cyprus ends.
  • Dec 4, 1959: A monkey returns to Earth safely, after being launched 55 miles high into outer space by the United States space program.
  • Dec 5, 1959: Intikhab Alam bowls Colin McDonald with first ball in Tests.
  • Dec 7, 1959: Saratoga opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 80 performances
  • Dec 8, 1959: Dom Mintoff demands independence for Malta.
  • Dec 13, 1959: Archbishop Makarios III becomes the first President of Cyprus.
  • Dec 14, 1959: J B Jordan in F-104C sets world altitude record, 31,513 metres.
  • Dec 15, 1959: Everly Brothers record Let It Be Me
  • Dec 16, 1959: Snow falling in Lowarai Pass, West Pakistan, kills 48.
  • Dec 17, 1959: On The Beach, is 1st film to premiere on both sides of Iron Curtain
  • Dec 18, 1959: Sammy Baugh named first coach of New York Titans (AFL).
  • Dec 20, 1959: Jasu Patel takes 9-69, India versus Australia at Kanpur.
  • Dec 21, 1959: 10th largest snowfall in NYC history (13.7)
  • Dec 22, 1959: Continental League awards its last franchise to Dallas-Fort Worth.
  • Dec 25, 1959: A synagogue in Cologne Germany desecrated with swatstikas
  • Dec 27, 1959: Baltimore Colts beat the New York Giants 31-16 in NFL championship game
  • Dec 29, 1959: Physicist Richard Feynman gives a speech entitled ''There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom'', which is regarded as the birth of nanotechnology; the Lisbon Metro begins operation.
  • Dec 30, 1959: George Washington, 1st ballistic missile sub commissioned
  • Jan 1, 1959: Cuban Revolution: Fulgencio Batista, dictator of Cuba, is overthrown by Fidel Castro's forces.


What does the year 1959 refer to in the Gregorian calendar?

The year 1959 refers to a specific year in the Gregorian calendar, which is commonly used internationally. It is the 60th year of the 20th century and the 9th year of the 1950s decade. In the Gregorian calendar, it follows 1958 and precedes 1960.

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