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April 1st, 1959.

April 1st, 1959, was a Wednesday. It was day 91 of 1959. The decade was the 1950s.

62 years, 1 months and 5 days have passed since April 1st, 1959.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Aries.

On this day.

What happened on April 1st, 1959?

  • The Vietnam War begins.

Top song: April 1st, 1959

The best-selling single on April 1st, 1959 was "Venus" by Frankie Avalon.

Take me back to April 1st, 1959!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is April 1st, 1959 and it's a Wednesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Aries. It is April Fool's Day, which means that people are playing practical jokes on one another.

The summer of 1959 is drawing closer and temperatures have started to rise. In music, the song "Venus" by Frankie Avalon 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", "Gunsmoke" and "Tonight Starring Jack Paar". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Lassie", "Captain Kangaroo", "The Gumby Show" and "Heckle and Jeckle". 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 April 1st, 1959.

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 62 years, 1 months and 5 days have passed since April 1st, 1959.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 14 of 1959.
  • Leap Year: 1959 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on April 1st, 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 April 1st, 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.
  • This date: April 1st, 1959
  • April 6th, 1959: Johnny Horton releases his single "The Battle of New Orleans".
  • April 9th, 1959: The Mercury Seven: NASA selects its first seven astronauts.
  • April 18th, 1959: Soccer: Wolverhampton Wanderers win the First Division title for the second year in a row after defeating Luton Town 5-0.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on April 1st, 1959, will have the star sign Aries.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Pisces.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1959 was the year of the Pig (Yin Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 11.
  • Native American Zodiac: April 1st, 1959 falls under the Falcon.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of April will have the birthstone Diamond.
  • Birth flower (April): The Daisy and the Sweet Pea.

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.
  • 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.
  • The Jack Benny Program - 25-minute-long situation comedy series that broadcast on CBS.
  • You Bet Your Life - Comedy quiz series hosted by Groucho Marx.

Kid's TV shows on April 1st, 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

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 1st of April.

  • April 1st, 1815: Otto von Bismarck (President of Prussia) (Deceased)
  • April 1st, 1961: Susan Boyle (Singer) was born exactly 2 years after this date.
  • April 1st, 1966: Chris Evans (English TV presenter) was born exactly 7 years after this date.
  • April 1st, 1973: Rachel Maddow (TV host) was born exactly 14 years after this date.
  • April 1st, 1980: Randy Orton (Wrestler) was born exactly 21 years after this date.
  • April 1st, 1995: Logan Paul (Youtuber) was born exactly 36 years after this date.

Holidays.

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 1st of April.

  • April Fools' Day
  • Islamic Republic Day (Iran)

US President.

Dwight David Eisenhower was the President of the United States on April 1st, 1959.

UK Prime Minister.

Harold Macmillan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on April 1st, 1959.

Irish Taoiseach.

Éamon de Valera was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on April 1st, 1959 was most likely conceived around the 22nd of June, 1958.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on April 1st, 1959 is close to the 9th of January, 1960.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about April 1st, 1959.

  • A total of 22,682 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,240 weeks have passed.
  • 1,959,721,200 seconds have passed since the April 1st, 1959.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,286,341,400 times.
  • Since April 1st, 1959, the earth has travelled approximately 1,011,216,139,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 326,620,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 168,536,023 steps. That's about 74,905 miles!
  • Since this date, 23,516,654 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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