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April 16th, 1959.

April 16th, 1959, was a Thursday. It was day 106 of 1959. The decade was the 1950s.

62 years, 1 months and 29 days have passed since April 16th, 1959.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Aries.

Top song: April 16th, 1959

The best-selling single on April 16th, 1959 was "Come Softly to Me" by The Fleetwoods.

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The date is April 16th, 1959 and it's a Thursday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Aries. The summer of 1959 is drawing closer and temperatures have started to rise.

In music, the song "Come Softly to Me" by The Fleetwoods 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 "The Danny Thomas Show", "Gunsmoke", "Casey Jones" and "Rawhide".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Tom and Jerry", "Lassie", "Father Knows Best" and "Mighty Mouse Playhouse". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of 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 16th, 1959.

  • Barbie is introduced.

    Barbie is introduced.

    In March of 1959, the first Barbie toy doll was introduced. The doll came in both blonde and brunette. 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 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.

  • 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 during this period of time. The prank involved large groups of male students "raiding" the living quarters of their female counterparts. Panties were then stolen as as proof that the raid had been successful. These "raids" became popular 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.

    During the 1950s, it became a fad to wear wide unrestricted felt skirts called "poodle skirts". These skirts consisted of a solid color that had a design or a logo. In many cases, the design was an image of a poodle or a cat.

  • 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.

  • Men are getting "DA haircuts".

    Men are getting "DA haircuts".

    During the 1950s, "DA haircuts" were popular among men. The cut consisted of a combed back hair style that was parted down the middle at the back. "DA" stood for "Ducks Ass", which is what many people liked to call the style.

  • Sock hops are popular.

    Sock hops are popular.

    Sock hops were informal dance events for teenagers. The name originated from the fact that many of these dances required participants to remove their socks. This was because sock hops were often held in high school gymnasiums and the organizers wanted to prevent the floors from being scuffed.

  • 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, 1 months and 29 days have passed since April 16th, 1959.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 16 of 1959.
  • Leap Year: 1959 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on April 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 April 16th, 1959.

  • March 18th, 1959: The western film "Rio Bravo" is released in movie theaters.
  • April 1st, 1959: The Vietnam War begins.
  • 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.
  • This date: April 16th, 1959
  • April 18th, 1959: Soccer: Wolverhampton Wanderers win the First Division title for the second year in a row after defeating Luton Town 5-0.
  • May 2nd, 1959: Soccer: Nottingham Forest beat Luton Town 2-1 to win the 1959 FA Cup Final.
  • May 12th, 1959: Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher are married a year after they started an extramarital affair.

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 16th, 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 8.
  • Native American Zodiac: April 16th, 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.
  • 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.
  • The Jack Benny Program - 25-minute-long situation comedy series that broadcast on CBS.

Kid's TV shows on April 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 April 16th, 1965 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

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

  • April 16th, 1889: Charlie Chaplin (Actor) turned 70 on this day in 1959.
  • April 16th, 1927: Pope Benedict XVI (Pope) turned 32 on this day in 1959.
  • April 16th, 1965: Martin Lawrence (Actor) was born exactly 6 years after this date.
  • April 16th, 1971: Selena (Latin singer) was born exactly 12 years after this date.
  • April 16th, 1973: Akon (Rapper) was born exactly 14 years after this date.
  • April 16th, 1993: Chance the Rapper (Rap star) was born exactly 34 years after this date.

US President.

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

UK Prime Minister.

Harold Macmillan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on April 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 April 16th, 1959 was most likely conceived around the 7th of July, 1958.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on April 16th, 1959 is close to the 24th of January, 1960.

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Time difference & statistics.

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

  • A total of 22,707 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,243 weeks have passed.
  • 1,961,881,200 seconds have passed since the April 16th, 1959.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,288,861,400 times.
  • Since April 16th, 1959, the earth has travelled approximately 1,012,330,699,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 326,980,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 168,721,783 steps. That's about 74,987 miles!
  • Since this date, 23,542,574 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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