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August 14th, 1959.

August 14th, 1959, was a Friday. It was day 226 of 1959. The decade was the Fifties.

63 years, 3 months and 16 days have passed since August 14th, 1959.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Leo.

On This Day

What happened?

What happened on August 14th, 1959?

  • The American Football League (AFL) is founded.
Birthdays

Born on August 14th, 1959.

People who were born on this exact date.

Music charts

Top song: August 14th, 1959

The best-selling single on August 14th, 1959 was "A Big Hunk o' Love" by Elvis Presley.

The Billboard Hot 100 on August 14th, 1959.

The top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • A Big Hunk O' Love - Elvis Presley With The Jordanaires
  • Lonely Boy - Paul Anka
  • My Heart Is An Open Book - Carl Dobkins, Jr.
  • There Goes My Baby - The Drifters
  • Lavender-Blue - Sammy Turner
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.
North by Northwest

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "North by Northwest" was at the top of the Box Office on this day.

Take me back to August 14th, 1959!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is August 14th, 1959, and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Leo. Currently, people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

It's summer, so the temperatures are warmer and the evenings are longer than usual. In music, the song "A Big Hunk o' Love" by Elvis Presley is the best-selling record at the moment. Dwight David Eisenhower is currently the President of the United States, and the movie North by Northwest 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 "You Bet Your Life", "Gunsmoke", "Fury" and "Maverick".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Crusader Rabbit", "The Mickey Mouse Club", "Heckle and Jeckle" and "The Rifleman". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Tonka trucks, Foto-Electric Baseball, Play-Doh and the Frisbee.

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 August 14th, 1959.

  • Steel strike of 1959.

    Steel strike of 1959.

    Between July and November of 1959, members of the United Steelworkers of America went on strike.

  • 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.

  • 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, 3 months and 16 days have passed since August 14th, 1959.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 33 of 1959.
  • Leap Year: 1959 was not a leap year.
  • Age: A person born on August 14th, 1959 will be 63 years old.
  • Generation: People born in 1959 belong to the Baby Boomer generation.
Events

Around this time.

Notable events that happened close to August 14th, 1959.

  • July 15th, 1959: The "Steel strike of 1959" begins in the United States.
  • August 3rd, 1959: Pidjiguiti massacre: Over 50 people are killed in Bissau, Portuguese Guinea after Portugal's state police force opens fire on a crowd of striking workers.
  • This date: August 14th, 1959
  • August 21st, 1959: Hawaii becomes the 50th U.S. state.
  • August 26th, 1959: The Mini (vehicle) is launched.
  • September 12th, 1959: The first episode of the American Western television series "Bonanza" is aired on NBC.
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 August 14th, 1959, will have the star sign Leo.
  • 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 1.
  • Native American Zodiac: August 14th, 1959 falls under the Salmon.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.
  • Birth flower (August): The Gladiolus and the Poppy.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on August 14th, 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 August, 1959.

TV shows from August, 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 August 14th, 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 August 14th, 1965 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on August 14th.

Steve Martin

Actor.
Born on August 14th, 1945
He turned 14 on this day in 1959.

Halle Berry

Actress.
Born on August 14th, 1966
She was born exactly 7 years after this date.

Mila Kunis

Actress.
Born on August 14th, 1983
She was born exactly 24 years after this date.

Bryce Hall

Social media personality.
Born on August 14th, 1999
He was born exactly 40 years after this date.

Holidays

Holidays.

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 14th of August.

  • Independence Day (Pakistan)
USA

US President.

Dwight David Eisenhower was the President of the United States on August 14th, 1959.

UK

UK Prime Minister.

Harold Macmillan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach.

Seán Lemass was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on August 14th, 1959 was most likely conceived around November 21st, 1958.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 14th, 1959 is close to May 6th, 1960.

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Stats for August 14th, 1959

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about August 14th, 1959.

  • A total of 23,119 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,302 weeks have passed.
  • 1,997,485,200 seconds have passed since the August 14th, 1959.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,330,399,400 times.
  • Since August 14th, 1959, the Earth has travelled approximately 1,030,702,363,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 332,914,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 171,783,727 steps. That's about 76,348 miles!
  • Since this date, 23,969,822 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!
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