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1959 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
1959 History Snapshot
World Series Champions
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
National Basketball Association Champions
NHL Stanley Cup Champions
US Open Golf
US Open Tennis (Men Ladies)
|Neale Fraser/Maria Bueno|
|Alex Olmedo/Maria Bueno|
NCAA Football Champions
NCAA Basketball Champions
|Orange Bowl: January 1, 1959 - Oklahoma over
Rose Bowl: January 1, 1959 - Iowa over California
Sugar Bowl : January 1, 1959 - LSU over Clemson
Westminster Kennel Best in Show Dog
Time Magazine's Man of the Year
|Dwight D. Eisenhower|
|Mary Ann Mobley (Brandon, MS)|
|Terry Huntingdon (California)|
1959's Fresh Faces and Top Celebrities
|Brigitte Bardot, Susan Chew, 'Wilhelmina' Cooper, Doris Day, Mamie Van Doren, Anita Ekberg, Annette Funicello, June Ferguson, Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Jayne Mansfield, Marilyn Monroe, Julie Newmar, Kim Novak, Donna Reed, Elizabeth Taylor, Lana Turner, Toni Wallace, Tuesday Weld, Jane Wyatt|
|"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
Soviet Premiere Nikita Khruschchev was denied a request to visit Disneyland during a trip to the United States. He became enraged and stated "But just now I was told that I could not go to Disneyland. I asked 'Why not? What is it? Do you have rocket-launching pads there?' I do not know."
1959 Pop Culture History
The 1959 film Ben-Hur was a remake of a 1925 silent film,
which was in turn a remake of a 1907 silent film, based on a book
Only one person, pilot William Rankin, has survived a fall through
a cumulonimbus cloud. The descent began at 47k feet after he ejected
directly above the cloud formation after an engine failure over
South Carolina. He was about 47,000 feet up, suffered frostbite
and a probable lightning strike. The ordeal lasted over 40 minutes
due to a parachute malfunction.
January 3rd - Alaska became state # 49.
RIP, Scandals, Sad and Odd News
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...'
John S. Lappo, a US Air Force, pilot flew a RB-47 Stratojet Bomber
underneath the Mackinac Bridge just because he always wanted to.
Firsts and the Biggest Christmas Gifts
Barbie, playing Risk
Transatlantic Review Magazine (1959-1977)
|Everybody watched the biblical epic Ben-Hur
at their local theaters.
Playing the Card Game Canasta.
Reading Exodus by Leon Uris
Reading Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow
Watching Anatomy of a Murder, Ben-Hur, Some Like it Hot, Noth by Northwest, The Diary of Anne Frank, Imitation of Life, Rio Bravo and Sleeping Beauty in theaters.
1959/60 Biggest Television Shows
|(according to Nielsen
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. The Price is Right (CBS)
9. Wanted: Dead or Alive (CBS)
10. Perry Mason (CBS)
Popular Music Artists
|The Biggest Pop Artists of 1959 include
Bobby Darin, Brook Benton, Connie Francis, Dee Clark, The Coasters, The Crests, The Drifters, Duane Eddy, Elvis Presley, Fabian, Fats Domino, The Fleetwoods, Frankie Avalon, Jackie Wilson, Johnny Cash, Johnny Horton, Johnny Mathis, Pat Boone, Paul Anka, The Platters, Lloyd Price, Paul Anka, Ricky Nelson, Ritchie Valens, The Skyliners, Tommy Edwards
(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)
Number One Hits of 1959
|December 22, 1958 - January 18, 1959: The Chipmunks
with David Seville - The Chipmunk Song
January 19, 1959 - February 8, 1959: The Platters - Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
February 9, 1959 - March 8, 1959: Lloyd Price - Stagger Lee
March 9, 1959 - April 12, 1959: Frankie Avalon - Venus
April 13, 1959 - May 10, 1959: The Fleetwoods - Come Softly to Me
May 11, 1959 - May 17, 1959: Dave "Baby" Cortez - The Happy Organ
May 18, 1959 - May 31, 1959: Wilbert Harrison - Kansas City
June 1, 1959 - July 12, 1959: Johnny Horton - The Battle of New Orleans
July 13, 1959 - August 9, 1959: Paul Anka - Lonely Boy
August 10, 1959 - August 23, 1959: Elvis Presley - A Big Hunk o' Love
August 24, 1959 - September 20, 1959: The Browns - The Three Bells
September 21, 1959 - October 4, 1959: Santo & Johnny - Sleep Walk
October 5, 1959 - November 15, 1959: Bobby Darin - Mack the Knife
November 16, 1959 - December 13, 1959: The Fleetwoods - Mr. Blue
December 14, 1959 - December 27, 1959: Guy Mitchell - Heartaches by the Number
December 28, 1959 - January 3, 1960: Frankie Avalon - Why
|Anatomy of a Murder, Ben-Hur, The Best of Everything, Black Orpheus, Compulsion, The Diary of Anne Frank, Imitation of Life, North By Northwest, The Nun's Story, Pickpocket, Pillow Talk, Plan 9 From Outer Space (or Grave Robbers From Outer Space), Ride Lonesome, Rio Bravo, Room at the Top, The Shaggy Dog, Sleeping Beauty, Some Like It Hot, Suddenly Last Summer, The Young Philadelphians|
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