Happened in 1959
|January 1: Fidel Castros revolutionaries
take power in Cuba.
January 2: Soviets Lunik1 spacecraft breaks free of Earths gravitational pull.
January 3: Alaska becomes the 49th state.
January 25: The first non-stop Jet Airliner flight from Los Angeles to New York is flown by American Airlines with a Boeing 707.
February 03: The Day the Music Died: A plane crash kills rock-and-roll performers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper just days after performing at the Capitol Theater in Davenport, IA. (1/29/59)
Mar. 17: Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, flees Tibet and travels to India.
March 24: Texas Instruments introduces the integrated circuit microchip, paving the way for the first personal computers.
April 9: Mercury program: NASA announces the selection of the United States' first seven astronauts which the news media quickly dub the "Mercury Seven".
April 25: The St. Lawrence Seaway opens linking the North American Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean.
May 4: The first Grammy Awards are announced.
Jul. 8: MSGT Charles Ovnand and Maj. Dale R. Buis become the first Americans killed in action in Vietnam.
July 23: Pharmaceutical company, Searle, applies for FDA approval for the birth-control pill.
Aug. 14: Explorer VI sends the first picture of Earth from space.
August 21: Hawaii becomes the 50th state of the union.
September 12: Bonanza premiers. It was the first regularly-scheduled TV program presented in color.
September 14: The Soviet probe Luna 2 crashes onto the Moon, becoming the first man-made object to reach it.
October 5: IBM 1401, first
practical business computer, goes on sale.
|October 21. Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim
Museum, first US art museum dedicated to non-objective
art, opens in NY.
19: Ford Motor Company discontinues the unpopular Edsel.
Ernie Banks was named MVP in both 1958 and 1959.
Lee Petty wins the 1st
Daytona 500 Race.
source for some of this information is a newly published book,
1959: The Year Everything Changed, written by Fred Kaplan.
It was published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey, 2009.
|Top 10 Grossing Movies in 1959
Ben-Hur MGM $56,992,000
Sleeping Beauty* Disney $51,998,000
The Shaggy Dog* Disney $12,317,000
Operation Petticoat Universal $9,322,000
Darby O'Gill and the Little People* Disney $8,336,000
Some Like it Hot United Artists $8,128,000
Pillow Talk Universal $7,670,000
North by Northwest MGM $6,703,000
Imitation of Life Universal $6,418,000
Suddenly, Last Summer Columbia $6,375,000
Popular Music Artists
Jerry Lee Lewis
Bill Haley & the Comets
Song Hits of the Week 1959
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - The Platters
My Happiness - Connie Francis
The All American Boy - Bill Parsons (Bobby Bare)
Stagger Lee - Lloyd Price
16 Candles - Crests
Donna - Ritchie Valens
Venus - Frankie Avalon
Charlie Brown - The Coasters
Alvin's Harmonica - The Chipmunks
It's Just a Matter of Time - Brook Benton
Come Softly to Me - The Fleetwoods
Pink Shoe Laces - Dodie Stevens
(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such As I Elvis Presley
The Happy Organ - Dave "Baby" Cortez
Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home) - The Impalas
Kansas City - Wilbert Harrison
Battle of New Orleans - Johnny Horton
Quiet Village - Martin Denny
Dream Lover - Bobby Darin
Personality - Lloyd Price
Lonely Boy - Paul Anka
Waterloo - Stonewall Jackson
Tiger - Fabian
My Heart Is An Open Book - Carl Dobkins Jr. A Big Hunk Of Love - Elvis Presley
There Goes My Baby - The Drifters
The Three Bells - The Browns
Sea of Love - Phil Phillips
Lavender Blue - Sammy Turner
I'm Gonna Get Married - Lloyd Price
Sleep Walk - Santo and Johnny
I Kissed You - Everly Brothers
Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin
Put Your Head on My Shoulder - Paul Anka
Teen Beat - Sandy Nelson
Mr. Blue - The Fleetwoods
Don't You Know - Della Reese
Heartaches By The Number - Guy Mitchell
Why - Frankie Avalon
The Big Hurt - Miss Toni Fisher
|US - Top Albums 1959
1. Sound of Music - Original Cast
2. The Kingston Trio at Large - Kingston Trio
3. The Music From Peter Gunn - Henry Mancini
4. Here We Go Again - Kingston Trio
5. Heavenly - Johnny Mathis
Top Rated TV
Shows from Oct 58-Apr 59
What Things Cost in
Great Stuff Made in the Q-C for over 50 years
Soft-Serve Ice Cream
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