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February 16th, 1959.

February 16th, 1959, was a Monday. It was day 47 of 1959. The decade was the 1950s.

62 years, 3 months and 23 days have passed since February 16th, 1959.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Aquarius.

On this day.

What happened on February 16th, 1959?

  • Fidel Castro is sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Cuba.

Top song: February 16th, 1959

The best-selling single on February 16th, 1959 was "Stagger Lee" by Lloyd Price.

Play the top hits from 1959.
A Spotify playlist of songs from the year 1959. Take a trip back to the days of The Platters, Frankie Avalon, The Fleetwoods and Johnny Horton.

Take me back to February 16th, 1959!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is February 16th, 1959 and it's a Monday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Aquarius. Valentine's Day of 1959 has just passed.

In music, the song "Stagger Lee" by Lloyd Price is the best-selling record at the moment. Dwight David Eisenhower is currently the President of the United States and Harold Macmillan is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. In fashion, women are sporting chemise dresses, sheaths, sack dresses and straight-cut suits. Short boxy jackets and shift dresses are also beginning to become popular. Meanwhile, a lot of men are sporting a "Teddy Boy" style that involves leather jackets, greased-back hair, extremely narrow trousers and velvet-collared jackets. Men are also wearing formal suits as daywear.

Tailfins on cars are extremely popular at the moment. The design looks futuristic, almost like a rocket or the twin rudders on the back of an airplane. It's 1959, so radio stations and jukeboxes are playing hit songs from artists such as Johnny Horton, Bobby Darin, Lloyd Price, Frankie Avalon, Paul Anka, The Browns, The Fleetwoods and Wilbert Harrison. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "What's My Line?", "The Jack Benny Program", "Perry Mason" and "Maverick".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Tom and Jerry", "Captain Kangaroo", "Heckle and Jeckle" and "Leave It to Beaver". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Crater Critters.

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on February 16th, 1959.

  • Movies from 1959.

    Movies from 1959.

    The most popular movies in 1958 were Ben-Hur, The Shaggy Dog, Operation Petticoat, Some Like It Hot, Pillow Talk, Imitation of Life, "Suddenly, Last Summer", Rio Bravo and The Nun's Story.

  • 1959 in music.

    1959 in music.

    The radio stations in 1959 were dominated by artists such as Johnny Horton, Bobby Darin, Lloyd Price, Frankie Avalon, Paul Anka, The Browns, The Fleetwoods and Wilbert Harrison.

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower.

    Dwight D. Eisenhower.

    US President Dwight D. Eisenhower was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1959.

  • Tailfins on cars.

    Tailfins on cars.

    Tailfins on cars was a popular style around this time. The design looked futuristic, almost like the twin rudders on the back of an airplane.

  • Greasers.

    Greasers.

    During the 1950s and early 1960s, a popular youth subculture called "greasers" emerged. The style included greased-back hairstyles, work pants and denim or leather jackets.

  • The Jukebox.

    The Jukebox.

    During this period, the jukebox was at the height of its popularity. Around this time, teenagers and young adults would hang out at local restaurants and diners and listen to the latest songs.

  • Capitalism vs Communism.

    Capitalism vs Communism.

    The ideological clash between capitalism and communism heated up during the 1950s. It was during this period that a "Cold War" started between the United States and the Soviet Union. In the US, there were fears that Soviet spies had infiltrated all parts of society, including Hollywood.

  • The economy is booming.

    The economy is booming.

    During the 1950s, the world was recovering from World War II. Many countries witnessed an economic boom during this decade. Unemployment was low, consumerism increased, mortgages were cheap and governments started to invest in infrastructure such as highways. For many, this was the "golden age" of the economy.

  • Rotary phones.

    Rotary phones.

    During the 1950s, people were using rotary phones. It was during this period that the heavier metal dial components were phased out and replaced with plastic.

  • More and more people are buying television sets.

    More and more people are buying television sets.

    In the late 1940s and 1950s, more and more households were buying TV sets. In 1950, 20% of homes had a television set. By the end of the decade, that figure had risen to 90%.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 62 years, 3 months and 23 days have passed since February 16th, 1959.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 08 of 1959.
  • Leap Year: 1959 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on February 16th, 1959, will be 62 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1959 belong to the Baby Boomer generation.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around February 16th, 1959.

  • January 29th, 1959: Disney's animated film Sleeping Beauty is released.
  • February 2nd, 1959: Dyatlov Pass incident: 9 Russian hikers die in the Ural Mountains under mysterious circumstances.
  • February 3rd, 1959: Buddy Holly is killed in a plane crash.
  • This date: February 16th, 1959
  • March 9th, 1959: The Barbie doll first appears at a toy fair in New York.
  • March 10th, 1959: The 1959 Tibetan uprising begins in the capital city of Lhasa.
  • March 18th, 1959: The western film "Rio Bravo" is released in movie theaters.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on February 16th, 1959, will have the star sign Aquarius.
  • Aquarius is the star sign for this date in both the old and the new system.
  • Zodiac Element: Air.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1959 was the year of the Pig (Yin Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 6.
  • Native American Zodiac: February 16th, 1959 falls under the Otter.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of February will have the birthstone Amethyst.
  • Birth flower (February): The Violet and the Primrose.

Photos of 1950s fashion.

Photographs of 1950s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1950s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

  • Rawhide - American western series starring Eric Fleming and Clint Eastwood.
  • 77 Sunset Strip - Private detective drama series.
  • Casey Jones - American Western series starring Alan Hale.
  • Maverick - American Western series about two brothers called Bret and Bart Maverick.
  • Perry Mason - Legal drama series.
  • Wagon Train - American western series.
  • Have Gun - Will Travel - American western series.
  • Tonight Starring Jack Paar - Talk show hosted by Jack Paar.
  • Fury - American Western series about ranch operator Jim Newton and his adopted son Joey Clark.
  • Gunsmoke - Western drama series.
  • The Danny Thomas Show - American sitcom about a successful nightclub singer.
  • Sky King - Western series starring Kirby Grant, Gloria Winters and Ron Hagerthy.

Kid's TV shows on February 16th, 1959.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired on this date in 1959.

  • The Rifleman
  • The Huckleberry Hound Show
  • Leave It to Beaver
  • Heckle and Jeckle
  • The Gumby Show
  • Mighty Mouse Playhouse
  • Captain Kangaroo
  • Father Knows Best
  • Lassie
  • Crusader Rabbit
  • Tom and Jerry
  • Looney Tunes

Popular toys and games in 1959.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1959.

  • Crater Critters

Were you born on this date?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1959.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then check out February 16th, 1965 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 16th of February.

US President.

Dwight David Eisenhower was the President of the United States on February 16th, 1959.

UK Prime Minister.

Harold Macmillan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on February 16th, 1959.

Irish Taoiseach.

Éamon de Valera was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on February 16th, 1959 was most likely conceived around the 9th of May, 1958.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on February 16th, 1959 is close to the 26th of November, 1959.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about February 16th, 1959.

  • A total of 22,762 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,251 weeks have passed.
  • 1,966,633,200 seconds have passed since the February 16th, 1959.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,294,405,400 times.
  • Since February 16th, 1959, the earth has travelled approximately 1,014,782,731,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 327,772,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 169,130,455 steps. That's about 75,169 miles!
  • Since this date, 23,599,598 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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