September 16th, 1959.

September 16th, 1959, was a Wednesday. It was day 259 of 1959. The decade was the 1950s.

61 years, 10 months and 15 days have passed since September 16th, 1959.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Virgo.

On this day.

What happened on September 16th, 1959?

  • The first successful photocopier is introduced to the world.

Top song: September 16th, 1959

The best-selling single on September 16th, 1959 was "The Three Bells" by The Browns.

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 September 16th, 1959.

Take me back to September 16th, 1959!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is September 16th, 1959 and it's a Wednesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Virgo. Schools have started back and autumn has arrived, so temperatures have started to cool and trees are beginning to shed their leaves.

The earthy smells of fall have started to fill the air. In music, the song "The Three Bells" by The Browns 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. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "You Bet Your Life", "The Danny Thomas Show", "Have Gun - Will Travel" and "Casey Jones". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Father Knows Best", "Heckle and Jeckle", "The Huckleberry Hound Show" and "The Rifleman".

If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Crater Critters.

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 September 16th, 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 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.


    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%.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 61 years, 10 months and 15 days have passed since September 16th, 1959.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 38 of 1959.
  • Leap Year: 1959 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on September 16th, 1959, will be 61 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1959 belong to the Baby Boomer generation.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around September 16th, 1959.

  • August 21st, 1959: Hawaii becomes the 50th U.S. state.
  • August 26th, 1959: The Mini (vehicle) is launched.
  • September 14th, 1959: Soviet probe Luna 2 becomes the first man-made object to reach the moon.
  • September 15th, 1959: General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Nikita Khrushchev, visits the United States.
  • This date: September 16th, 1959
  • October 9th, 1959: Baseball: The Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the Chicago White Sox by 4-2 to win the 1959 World Series.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on September 16th, 1959, will have the star sign Virgo.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Leo.
  • 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 22.
  • Native American Zodiac: September 16th, 1959 falls under the Bear.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of September will have the birthstone Sapphire.
  • Birth flower (September): The Aster and the Morning Glory.

Photos of 1950s fashion.

Photographs of 1950s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1950s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

  • Bonanza - American Western series.
  • Rawhide - American western series starring Eric Fleming and Clint Eastwood.
  • 77 Sunset Strip - Private detective drama series.
  • Casey Jones - American Western series starring Alan Hale.
  • Maverick - American Western series about two brothers called Bret and Bart Maverick.
  • Perry Mason - Legal drama series.
  • Wagon Train - American western series.
  • Have Gun - Will Travel - American western series.
  • Tonight Starring Jack Paar - Talk show hosted by Jack Paar.
  • Fury - American Western series about ranch operator Jim Newton and his adopted son Joey Clark.
  • Gunsmoke - 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 - Variety show.

Kid's TV shows on September 16th, 1959.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired on this date in 1959.

  • The Rifleman
  • The Huckleberry Hound Show
  • Leave It to Beaver
  • Heckle and Jeckle
  • The Gumby Show
  • Mighty Mouse Playhouse
  • Captain Kangaroo
  • Father Knows Best
  • Lassie
  • Crusader Rabbit
  • Tom and Jerry
  • Looney Tunes

Popular toys and games in 1959.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1959.

  • Crater Critters

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 September 16th, 1965 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on September 16th.

B.B. King

Musician. Deceased
Born on September 16th, 1925
He turned 34 on this day in 1959.

Mickey Rourke

Born on September 16th, 1952
He turned 7 on this day in 1959.

David Copperfield

Born on September 16th, 1956
He turned 3 on this day in 1959.

US President.

Dwight David Eisenhower was the President of the United States on September 16th, 1959.

UK Prime Minister.

Harold Macmillan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on September 16th, 1959.

Irish Taoiseach.

Seán Lemass was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on September 16th, 1959 was most likely conceived around the 7th of December, 1958.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on September 16th, 1959 is close to the 25th of June, 1960.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about September 16th, 1959.

  • A total of 22,599 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,228 weeks have passed.
  • 1,952,553,600 seconds have passed since the September 16th, 1959.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,277,979,200 times.
  • Since September 16th, 1959, the earth has travelled approximately 1,007,517,657,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 325,425,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 167,919,610 steps. That's about 74,631 miles!
  • Since this date, 23,430,643 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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