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1959 Trivia, Year In Review & Fun Facts

US Patents

World Series Champions:

Los Angeles Dodgers
NFL Champions:

Baltimore Colts
NBA Champions:

Boston Celtics
Stanley Cup Champs:

Montreal Canadiens
U.S. Open Golf:

Billy Casper
U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):

Neale Fraser/Maria Bueno
Wimbledon (Men/Women):

Alex Olmedo/Maria Bueno
NCAA Football Champions:

NCAA Basketball Champions:

Kentucky Derby:

Tommy Lee
The Hotties and Fashion Icons:

Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Doris Day, Annette Funicello, Kim Novak, Lana Turner
"The Quote"

"There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call 'The Twilight Zone.'"
- Rod Serling, narrating The Twilight Zone

"Well, nobody's perfect."
- Joe E. Brown, in 'Some Like It Hot'

Time Magazine's Man of the Year:

Dwight D. Eisenhower
Miss America:

Mary Ann Mobley (Brandon, MS)
Miss USA:

Terry Huntingdon (California)

The Scandals:

Airplane Celebrity Death: (February 3rd) Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Big Bopper. This was the day the Music Died.

Mysterious TV Star Violent Death: George Reeves (gunshot wound - murder or suicide?)

Many people thought that Rock Hudson & Doris Day were an item off camera... Not true! You know what they say about all the good ones?
Well, he wasn't 'taken...'

In testimony before congress, gameshow contestant Charles Van Doren admitted he had been coached before appearing on NBC's '21' game show in 1956.

1928's scandalous Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence was officialy published in the United States. D.H. had been dead since 1930.

Nerd News:

Integrated Circuit (microchip) forerunner of the microprocessor, was invented by Jack Kilby and future Intel founder Robert Noyce.

25 South African students climbed into a telephone booth, setting a world's record for the 'event' that they had just created.

'Ben Hur' won 11 Oscars.

The Rat Pack first appeared, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop.

Russia's 'Luna-2' landed on the moon, the first successful landing by an unmanned craft.

The Conair hair dryer changed the way hair was styled in the American household.

January 3rd - Alaska became state # 49.

August 21 Hawaii became the 50th state.

The Habit:

Everybody watched the biblical epic 'Ben Hur' at their local theaters.
1st appearances & 1959's Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:

Barbie, Risk
Best Film Oscar Winner:

1959 Most Popular TV shows:

1. Gunsmoke (CBS)
2. Wagon Train (NBC)
3. Have Gun Will Travel (CBS)
4. The Danny Thomas Show (CBS)
5. The Red Skelton show (CBS)
6. Father Knows Best (CBS)
7. 77 Sunset Strip (ABC)
8. Wanted: Dead or Alive (CBS)
9. Perry Mason (CBS)
10. The Real McCoys (ABC)
1959 Billboard Number One Songs:

December 27, 1958 - January 18, 1959:

Chipmunk Song - David Seville & The Chipmunks

January 19 - February 8:

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - The Platters

February 9 - March 8:

Stagger Lee - Lloyd Price

March 9 - April 12:

Venus - Frankie Avalon

April 13 - May 10:

Come Softly To Me - The Fleetwoods

May 11 - May 17:

The Happy Organ DaveBaby - Cortez

May 18 - May 31:

Kansas City - Wilbert Harrison

June 1 - June 12:

The Battle Of New Orleans - Johnny Horton

July 13 - August 9:

Lonely Boy - Paul Anka

August 10 - August 23:

A Big Hunk O' Love - Elvis Presley

August 24 - September 20:

The Three Bells - The Browns

September 21 - October 4:

Sleep Walk - Santo & Johnny

October 5 - November 15:

Mack The Knife - Bobby Darin

November 16 - December 13:

Mr. Blue - The Fleetwoods

December 14 - December 27:

Heartaches - The Number Guy Mitchell

December 28, 1958 - January 3, 1960:

Why - Frankie Avalon


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