May 19th, 1959, was a Tuesday. It was Day 139 of 1959. The decade was the Fifties.
64 years, 4 months, and 3 days have passed since May 19th, 1959.
The zodiac star sign for this date is Taurus.
Notable events that occurred on May 19th, 1959.
People who were born on this exact date.
The best-selling single on May 19th, 1959 was "Kansas City" by Wilbert Harrison.
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 this day.
These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on May 19th, 1959.
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.
The first Barbie toy doll was introduced in March 1959. The doll came in both blonde and brunette colors. 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 Time Person of the Year in 1959.
Tailfins on cars were 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 at the time. Large groups of male students would "raid" the living quarters of their female counterparts and then steal their underwear as proof that the raid had been successful. These raids took place during a time when colleges had curfews and men were forbidden from entering female dormitories.
Women and young girls were wearing wide, unrestricted felt skirts called "poodle skirts." These were solid-colored skirts that had a design or a logo. In many cases, the design was an image of a poodle or a cat.
A youth subculture called "greasers" emerged during the 1950s and early 1960s. The style included greased-back hairstyles, work pants, and denim or leather jackets.
The jukebox was at the height of its popularity. Teenagers and young adults would often hang out at local restaurants and diners and listen to the latest songs.
The "DA haircut" was extremely popular among men. The cut consisted of a combed-back hairstyle that was parted down the middle at the back. "DA" stood for "Duck's 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 shoes. This is because sock hops were often held in high school gymnasiums, and the organizers didn't want scuff marks on the floors.
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 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.
Almost everyone had rotary phones in the 1950s. However, the heavier metal dial components were being phased out and replaced with plastic.
More and more households were buying TV sets. In 1950, 20% of homes had a television. By the end of the decade, that figure had risen to 90%.
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News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around May 19th, 1959.
Zodiac and birthstone information.
Television shows that people were watching in May 1959.
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
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 May 19th.
Dwight David Eisenhower was the President of the United States on May 19th, 1959.
Harold Macmillan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Éamon de Valera was the Taoiseach of Ireland.
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