April 17th, 1959, was a Friday. It was day 107 of 1959. The decade was the 1950s.
62 years, 9 months and 6 days have passed since April 17th, 1959.
The zodiac star sign for this date is Aries.
People who were born on this exact date.
The best-selling single on April 17th, 1959 was "Come Softly to Me" by The Fleetwoods.
The top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The movie "Some Like It Hot" was at the top of the box office on April 17th, 1959.
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 17th, 1959.
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.
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.
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.
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.
US President Dwight D. Eisenhower was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1959.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 and information about this date.
Notable events that occurred around April 17th, 1959.
Zodiac & Birthstone information.
Television shows that people were watching on this date.
American western series starring Eric Fleming and Clint Eastwood.
77 Sunset Strip
Private detective drama series.
American Western series starring Alan Hale.
American Western series about two brothers called Bret and Bart Maverick.
Legal drama series.
American western series.
Have Gun - Will Travel
American western series.
Tonight Starring Jack Paar
Talk show hosted by Jack Paar.
American Western series about ranch operator Jim Newton and his adopted son Joey Clark.
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.
What's My Line?
Panel game show.
The Ed Sullivan Show
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.
Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1959.
Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks
Felix the Cat
Bozo: The World's Most Famous Clown
The Huckleberry Hound Show
The Adventures of Spunky and Tadpole
The Ruff and Reddy Show
Leave It to Beaver
Heckle and Jeckle
The Gumby Show
Mighty Mouse Playhouse
The Mickey Mouse Club
Father Knows Best
Tom and Jerry
Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1959.
Fisher Price Little People
The Hula Hoop
Metal House robots
Matchbox toy cars
BAS-KET Miniature Basketball
Tiny Tears (doll)
Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on April 17th.
Dwight David Eisenhower was the President of the United States on April 17th, 1959.
Harold Macmillan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on April 17th, 1959.
Éamon de Valera was the Taoiseach of Ireland.
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