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May 19th, 1959.

May 19th, 1959, was a Tuesday. It was day 139 of 1959. The decade was the Fifties.

63 years, 6 months and 11 days have passed since May 19th, 1959.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Taurus.

On This Day

What happened on this date?

Notable events that occurred on May 19th, 1959.

  • The Ho Chi Minh Trail begins as communist forces in North Vietnam start their plans to invade South Vietnam.
Birthdays

Born on May 19th, 1959.

People who were born on this exact date.

Music charts

Top song: May 19th, 1959

The best-selling single on May 19th, 1959 was "Kansas City" by Wilbert Harrison.

The Billboard Hot 100 on May 19th, 1959.

The top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • Kansas City - Wilbert Harrison
  • Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home) - The Impalas
  • The Happy Organ - Dave "Baby" Cortez
  • Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb) - Edward Byrnes & Connie Stevens
  • A Teenager In Love - Dion & The Belmonts
Play the top singles from the year 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.

The movie "Some Like It Hot" was at the top of the Box Office on this day.

Take me back to May 19th, 1959!

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

The date is May 19th, 1959, and it's a Tuesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Taurus. The summer of 1959 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up and the evenings are brighter than usual.

In music, the song "Kansas City" by Wilbert Harrison 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 Jack Benny Program", "Tonight Starring Jack Paar", "Have Gun - Will Travel" and "Casey Jones". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Looney Tunes", "The Mickey Mouse Club", "Captain Kangaroo" and "Captain Pugwash".

If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Dimestore soldiers, Tonka trucks, Tiny Tears (doll) and the Hula Hoop.

News

News topics, fads & culture.

These are trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are topics that would have been in the media on May 19th, 1959.

  • Trouble is brewing in Vietnam.

    Trouble is brewing in Vietnam.

    By this time, communist forces in North Vietnam had committed themselves to invading South Vietnam. The Ho Chi Minh trail was established and expanded and guerrilla warfare attacks were being carried out against the US-backed Diệm government in the south. It was during this time that the United States started to slowly escalate its involvement in the conflict.

  • 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 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 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.

    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.

  • 63 years, 6 months and 11 days have passed since May 19th, 1959.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 21 of 1959.
  • Leap Year: 1959 was not a leap year.
  • Age: A person born on May 19th, 1959 will be 63 years old.
  • Generation: People born in 1959 belong to the Baby Boomer generation.
Events

Around this time.

News stories and other events that happened around May 19th, 1959.

  • 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.
  • This date: May 19th, 1959
  • June 3rd, 1959: Spanish club Real Madrid defeat French side Reims 2-0 in the 1959 European Cup Final.
  • June 8th, 1959: Ray Charles releases his single "What'd I Say".
  • June 16th, 1959: Actor George Reeves commits suicide at his home in Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles.
Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone and birth flower information.

Zodiac and birthstone information.

NEW! Check out our personality summary image for this birth date.

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 19th, 1959, will have the star sign Taurus.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1959 was the year of the Pig (Yin Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 3.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 19th, 1959 falls under the Beaver.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
  • Birth flower (May): The Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on May 19th, 1959.

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Photos of 1950s fashion.

Photographs of 1950s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1950s fashion.

Television shows

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching in May, 1959.

TV shows from May, 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 May 19th, 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 you should check out May 19th, 1965 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on May 19th.

Malcolm X

Activist. Deceased
Born on May 19th, 1925
He turned 34 on this day in 1959.

Peter Mayhew

Actor. Deceased
Born on May 19th, 1944
He turned 15 on this day in 1959.

Pete Townshend

Guitarist.
Born on May 19th, 1945
He turned 14 on this day in 1959.

Andre the Giant

French wrestler. Deceased
Born on May 19th, 1946
He turned 13 on this day in 1959.

Ashraf Ghani

Former Afghan President.
Born on May 19th, 1949
He turned 10 on this day in 1959.

Joey Ramone

Singer. Deceased
Born on May 19th, 1951
He turned 8 on this day in 1959.

Andrea Pirlo

Italian soccer player.
Born on May 19th, 1979
He was born exactly 20 years after this date.

Sam Smith

Singer.
Born on May 19th, 1992
He was born exactly 33 years after this date.

Marshmello

American music producer.
Born on May 19th, 1992
He was born exactly 33 years after this date.

JoJo Siwa

Youtuber.
Born on May 19th, 2003
She was born exactly 44 years after this date.

USA

US President.

Dwight David Eisenhower was the President of the United States on May 19th, 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 May 19th, 1959 was most likely conceived around August 26th, 1958.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on May 19th, 1959 is close to February 9th, 1960.

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Stats for May 19th, 1959

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about May 19th, 1959.

  • A total of 23,206 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,315 weeks have passed.
  • 2,005,002,000 seconds have passed since the May 19th, 1959.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,339,169,000 times.
  • Since May 19th, 1959, the Earth has travelled approximately 1,034,581,032,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 334,167,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 172,430,172 steps. That's about 76,636 miles!
  • Since this date, 24,060,024 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!
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