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March 18, 1959

March 18, 1959, was a Wednesday. It was 65 years and 28 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Pisces.

On This Day

What happened on this date?

Notable events that occurred on March 18, 1959:

  • The western film "Rio Bravo" is released in movie theaters.
Birthdays

Born on March 18, 1959

People who were born on this exact date:

Music charts

Top song: March 18, 1959

The best-selling single on March 18, 1959 was "Venus" by Frankie Avalon.

The Billboard Hot 100 on March 18, 1959

The top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • Venus - Frankie Avalon
  • Charlie Brown - The Coasters
  • Alvin's Harmonica - David Seville And The Chipmunks
  • It's Just A Matter Of Time - Brook Benton
  • Stagger Lee - Lloyd Price
Play the top songs 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.
Sleeping Beauty

Top movie

The movie "Sleeping Beauty" was at the top of the box office on this day.

Facts

This date was 23,771 days ago. Approximately 792 months have passed. It was the 77th day of 1959, in week 12. The decade was the fifties. People born on this day are currently 65 years old and belong to the Baby Boomer generation. We have gone through approximately 264 seasons of weather since this date.

Take me back to March 18, 1959

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

It is Wednesday, March 18, 1959. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Pisces. It is "Hump Day", so many are beginning to think about the weekend ahead.

Spring has arrived, and the days are starting to get longer. St. Patrick's Day of 1959 has recently come and gone. In music, the song "Venus" by Frankie Avalon is the best-selling record at the moment.

Dwight David Eisenhower is the President of the United States, and the movie Sleeping Beauty is at the top of the box office. 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. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Clark Gable would be still alive.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "The Ed Sullivan Show", "The Jack Benny Program", "The Danny Thomas Show", and "Have Gun - Will Travel". Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "Father Knows Best", "The Gumby Show", "Tom Terrific", and "Colonel Bleep". Popular toys at the moment include Tonka trucks, BAS-KET Miniature Basketball, Colorforms, and Matchbox toy cars.

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on March 18, 1959.

  • Barbie is introduced.

    Barbie is introduced

    The first Barbie toy doll was introduced in March 1959. The doll came in both blonde and brunette colors. It also had a modest sideways glance.
  • Phonebooth stuffing has become a fad.

    Phonebooth stuffing has become a fad

    In 1959, a new fad swept across South Africa, the United States, Canada, and Britain. This fad was called "phonebooth stuffing". As the name suggests, it involved trying to fit as many people into a telephone booth as possible.
  • 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 Time Person of the Year in 1959.
  • Tailfins on cars.

    Tailfins on cars

    Tailfins on cars were a popular style around this time. The design looked futuristic, almost like the twin rudders on the back of an airplane.
  • Panty raids are all the rage on college campuses.

    Panty raids are all the rage on college campuses

    Panty raids were a popular college prank at the time. Large groups of male students would "raid" the living quarters of their female counterparts and then steal their underwear as proof that the raid had been successful. These raids took place during a time when colleges had curfews and men were forbidden from entering female dormitories.
  • Poodle skirts are a thing.

    Poodle skirts are a thing

    Women and young girls were wearing wide, unrestricted felt skirts called "poodle skirts." These were solid-colored skirts that had a design or a logo. In many cases, the design was an image of a poodle or a cat.
  • Greasers.

    Greasers

    A youth subculture called "greasers" emerged during the 1950s and early 1960s. The style included greased-back hairstyles, work pants, and denim or leather jackets.
  • The Jukebox.

    The Jukebox

    The jukebox was at the height of its popularity. Teenagers and young adults would often hang out at local restaurants and diners and listen to the latest songs.
  • Men are getting "DA haircuts".

    Men are getting "DA haircuts"

    The "DA haircut" was extremely popular among men. The cut consisted of a combed-back hairstyle that was parted down the middle at the back. "DA" stood for "Duck's Ass," which is what many people liked to call the style.
  • Sock hops.

    Sock hops

    Sock hops were informal dance events for teenagers. The name originated from the fact that many of these dances required participants to remove their shoes. This is because sock hops were often held in high school gymnasiums, and the organizers didn't want scuff marks on the floors.
  • 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

    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

    Almost everyone had rotary phones in the 1950s. However, the heavier metal dial components were being phased out and replaced with plastic.
  • More and more people are buying television sets.

    More and more people are buying television sets

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

Personality traits

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on March 18, 1959.

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Events

What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to March 18, 1959.

  • February 16, 1959: Fidel Castro is sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Cuba.
  • March 9, 1959:
    • The Barbie doll first appears at a toy fair in New York.
    • The first episode of the cartoon series "Clutch Cargo" is aired on television.
  • March 10, 1959: The 1959 Tibetan uprising begins in the capital city of Lhasa.
  • This date: March 18, 1959
  • April 1, 1959: The Vietnam War begins.
  • April 6, 1959: Johnny Horton releases his single "The Battle of New Orleans".
  • April 9, 1959: The Mercury Seven: NASA selects its first seven astronauts.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on March 18, 1959, will have the star sign Pisces.
  • Zodiac Element: Water.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1959 was the year of the Pig (Yin Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 9.
  • Native American Zodiac: March 18, 1959 falls under the Wolf.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of March will have the birthstone Aquamarine.
  • Birth flower (March): The Daffodil and the Jonqui.

1950s fashion

Photographs of 1950s fashion and hairstyles.

1950s fashion

Television shows

TV series on March 18, 1959

People in March 1959 were watching the following TV series:

TV shows from March 1959.

Rawhide
Rawhide
77 Sunset Strip
77 Sunset Strip
Casey Jones
Casey Jones
Maverick
Maverick
Perry Mason
Perry Mason
Wagon Train
Wagon Train
Have Gun - Will Travel
Have Gun - Will Travel
Tonight Starring Jack Paar
Tonight Starring Jack Paar
Fury
Fury
Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
The Danny Thomas Show
The Danny Thomas Show
The Jack Benny Program
The Jack Benny Program

Cars in 1959

1959 saw the introduction of cars such as the Ford Falcon, the Chevrolet El Camino, the BMW 700, the Mini, the Buick Electra, and the Studebaker Lark.

Cars in 1959.

Children TV shows

Kids TV shows on March 18, 1959

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1959:

Clutch Cargo
Clutch Cargo
Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks
Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks
Felix the Cat
Felix the Cat

Bozo: The World's Most Famous Clown
Bozo: The World's Most Famous Clown
The Rifleman
The Rifleman
The Huckleberry Hound Show
The Huckleberry Hound Show
The Adventures of Spunky and Tadpole
The Adventures of Spunky and Tadpole
The Ruff and Reddy Show
The Ruff and Reddy Show
Leave It to Beaver
Leave It to Beaver
Captain Pugwash
Captain Pugwash
Colonel Bleep
Colonel Bleep
Toys

Popular toys and games in 1959

Toys and games that were popular in 1959:

Crater Critters
Crater Critters
Fisher Price Little People
Fisher Price Little People
The Hula Hoop
The Hula Hoop
Metal House robots
Metal House robots
The Frisbee
The Frisbee
Wooly Willy
Wooly Willy
Play-Doh
Play-Doh
Matchbox toy cars
Matchbox toy cars
Colorforms
Colorforms
BAS-KET Miniature Basketball
BAS-KET Miniature Basketball
Tiny Tears (doll)
Tiny Tears (doll)
Spinning Tops
Spinning Tops

Were you born on March 18, 1959?

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 of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out March 18, 1965, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on March 18.

Grover Cleveland

Grover Cleveland

US President Deceased
Born on March 18, 1837
He was not alive on this date.

Jeff Stelling

Jeff Stelling

Sport TV presenter
Born on March 18, 1955
He turned 4 on this day in 1959.

Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams

Model
Born on March 18, 1963
She was born exactly 4 years after this date.

Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah

Actress
Born on March 18, 1970
She was born exactly 11 years after this date.

USA

US President

Dwight David Eisenhower was the President of the United States on March 18, 1959.

UK

UK Prime Minister

Harold Macmillan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach

Éamon de Valera was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on March 18, 1959 was most likely conceived around June 25, 1958.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on March 18, 1959 is close to December 9, 1959.

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Stats for March 18, 1959

Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about March 18, 1959:

  • 23,771 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,395 weeks have passed.
  • 2,053,810,800 seconds have passed since March 18, 1959.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 2,396,112,600 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 1,059,766,372,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 342,301,800 times.
  • You have taken approximately 176,627,729 steps. That's roughly 78,501 miles.
  • 24,645,730 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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