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April 17th, 1959.

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.

Birthdays

Born on April 17th, 1959.

People who were born on this exact date.

Music charts

Top song: April 17th, 1959

The best-selling single on April 17th, 1959 was "Come Softly to Me" by The Fleetwoods.

The Billboard Hot 100 on April 17th, 1959.

The top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • Come Softly To Me - The Fleetwoods
  • Venus - Frankie Avalon
  • Pink Shoe Laces - Dodie Stevens
  • It's Just A Matter Of Time - Brook Benton
  • Tragedy - Thomas Wayne With the Delons
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.
Some Like It Hot

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Some Like It Hot" was at the top of the box office on April 17th, 1959.

Take me back to April 17th, 1959!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is April 17th, 1959 and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Aries. Currently, people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

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 the movie Some Like It Hot is at the top of the Box Office.

In the United Kingdom, Harold Macmillan is the current Prime Minister. 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", "Tonight Starring Jack Paar", "Perry Mason" and "Casey Jones".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Looney Tunes", "Tom Terrific", "The Huckleberry Hound Show" and "The Rifleman". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Foto-Electric Baseball, Spinning Tops, Play-Doh and Wooly Willy.

News

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 17th, 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%.

Information

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 62 years, 9 months and 6 days have passed since April 17th, 1959.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 16 of 1959.
  • Leap Year: 1959 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on April 17th, 1959, will be 62 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1959 belong to the Baby Boomer generation.
Events

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around April 17th, 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 17th, 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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Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on April 17th, 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 9.
  • Native American Zodiac: April 17th, 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.

Television shows

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

TV shows from April, 1959.

Rawhide
Rawhide
American western series starring Eric Fleming and Clint Eastwood.

77 Sunset Strip
77 Sunset Strip
Private detective drama series.

Casey Jones
Casey Jones
American Western series starring Alan Hale.

Maverick
Maverick
American Western series about two brothers called Bret and Bart Maverick.

Perry Mason
Perry Mason
Legal drama series.

Wagon Train
Wagon Train
American western series.

Have Gun - Will Travel
Have Gun - Will Travel
American western series.

Tonight Starring Jack Paar
Tonight Starring Jack Paar
Talk show hosted by Jack Paar.

Fury
Fury
American Western series about ranch operator Jim Newton and his adopted son Joey Clark.

Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
Western drama series.

The Danny Thomas Show
The Danny Thomas Show
American sitcom about a successful nightclub singer.

The Jack Benny Program
The Jack Benny Program
25-minute-long situation comedy series that broadcast on CBS.

You Bet Your Life
You Bet Your Life
Comedy quiz series hosted by Groucho Marx.

What's My Line?
What's My Line?
Panel game show.

The Ed Sullivan Show
The Ed Sullivan Show
Variety show.

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 April 17th, 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

Tom Terrific
Tom Terrific

Heckle and Jeckle
Heckle and Jeckle

The Gumby Show
The Gumby Show

Mighty Mouse Playhouse
Mighty Mouse Playhouse

Captain Kangaroo
Captain Kangaroo

The Mickey Mouse Club
The Mickey Mouse Club

Father Knows Best
Father Knows Best

Lassie
Lassie

Crusader Rabbit
Crusader Rabbit

Tom and Jerry
Tom and Jerry

Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes

Toys

Popular toys and games in 1959.

Toys and games that were popular on this date 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

Toy Guns
Toy Guns

Foto-Electric Baseball
Foto-Electric Baseball

Tonka trucks
Tonka trucks

Dimestore soldiers
Dimestore soldiers

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 17th, 1965 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on April 17th.

William Holden

Actor. Deceased
Born on April 17th, 1918
He turned 41 on this day in 1959.

Redman

Rapper.
Born on April 17th, 1970
He was born exactly 11 years after this date.

Jennifer Garner

Actress.
Born on April 17th, 1972
She was born exactly 13 years after this date.

Victoria Beckham

Spice Girls.
Born on April 17th, 1974
She was born exactly 15 years after this date.

Tyron Woodley

MMA fighter.
Born on April 17th, 1982
He was born exactly 23 years after this date.

Jake Cornish

Love Island contestant.
Born on April 17th, 1997
He was born exactly 38 years after this date.

USA

US President.

Dwight David Eisenhower was the President of the United States on April 17th, 1959.

UK

UK Prime Minister.

Harold Macmillan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on April 17th, 1959.

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 April 17th, 1959 was most likely conceived around July 25th, 1958.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on April 17th, 1959 is close to January 8th, 1960.

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Stats for April 17th, 1959

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about April 17th, 1959.

  • A total of 22,927 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,275 weeks have passed.
  • 1,980,892,800 seconds have passed since the April 17th, 1959.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,311,041,600 times.
  • Since April 17th, 1959, the earth has travelled approximately 1,022,140,684,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 330,148,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 170,356,781 steps. That's about 75,714 miles!
  • Since this date, 23,770,714 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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