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1959 Trivia, Facts & History

<< - 1958

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 Quotes"

"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.

1959 Pop Culture News
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 from 1880.

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 Habits

Everybody watched the biblical epic Ben-Hur at their local theaters.
Reading Exodus by Leon Uris
Reading Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow

1959's Most Popular Christmas Gifts

Barbie, Risk

1959's 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)

Popular Music

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.)

The 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

Popular Movies:

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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Popular Music in 1959 ~ # 1 Hits of 1959