December 20th, 1959

December 20th, 1959, fell on a Sunday. It was day 354 of 1959. The decade was the 1950s.

61 years, 4 months and 1 days have passed since December 20th, 1959.

Fictional Date

December 20th, 1959 relates to an event in a movie, book, game or television series:

  • Psycho (1960) - Norman Bates is arrested.

Top song: December 20th, 1959

The best-selling single on this exact date.

  • The most popular song on December 20th, 1959 was "Heartaches" by the Number.

Take Me Back!

The date is December 20th, 1959 and it's a Sunday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Sagittarius. Currently, people are enjoying their weekend.

Christmas Day of 1959 is fast approaching and the excitement is building. Department stores are thronged with Christmas shoppers. In music, the song "Heartaches" by the Number is the best-selling record at the moment. Dwight David Eisenhower is currently the President of the United States and Harold Macmillan is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

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 "77 Sunset Strip", "Bonanza", "The Twilight Zone" and "The Untouchables". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Tom and Jerry", "Lassie", "The Rifleman" and "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis". 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 throughout this time period. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on December 20th, 1959.

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower.

    US President Dwight D. Eisenhower was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1959.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Basic Facts

Basic facts and information about this date:

  • This date fell on a weekend.
  • 61 years, 4 months and 1 days have passed since December 20th, 1959.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 51 of 1959.
  • Leap Year: 1959 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on December 20th, 1959, will be 61 years of age.
  • People born in 1959 belong to the Baby Boomer generation.

Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around December 20th, 1959:

  • December 1st, 1959: American actor Mickey Rooney is asked to leave the set of "Tonight Starring Jack Paar" for being drunk.
  • December 1st, 1959: The final episode of the animated series "Crusader Rabbit" is aired on television.
  • This date: December 20th, 1959
  • December 27th, 1959: NFL: The Baltimore Colts defeat the New York Giants by 31-16 to win the 1959 NFL Championship Game.
  • January 2nd, 1960: US Senator John F. Kennedy announces his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 20th, 1959, will have the star sign Sagittarius.
  • Sagittarius is the star sign for this date in both the old and the new system.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1959 was the year of the Pig (Yin Wood).
  • Native American Zodiac: December 20th, 1959 falls under the Owl.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.

Television Shows

TV shows that people would have been watching around this time.

  • The Untouchables - American crime drama.
  • The Twilight Zone - TV series about disturbing or unusual events.
  • The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis - American sitcom about a teenager who strives for beautiful women, fancy cars and money.
  • Bonanza - American Western series.
  • Rawhide - American western series starring Eric Fleming and Clint Eastwood.
  • 77 Sunset Strip - Private detective drama series.
  • 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.

1959 - Kid's TV

Children's and Teen TV shows that would have been airing on this date in 1959.

  • The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends
  • Dennis the Menace
  • The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
  • 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
  • Tom and Jerry
  • Looney Tunes

1959 - Toys & Games

Toys and games that would have been popular on this date in 1959:

  • Crater Critters

Celebrity Birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures and noteable people who were born on the 20th of December:

US President

Who was the US President on December 20th, 1959?

  • Dwight David Eisenhower was the President of the United States.

UK Prime Minister

Who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 20th, 1959?

  • Harold Macmillan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Irish Taoiseach

Who was the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland on this date?

  • Seán Lemass was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on December 20th, 1959 was probably conceived around the 12th of March, 1959. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 20th, 1959 is the 28th of September, 1960. (Rough Estimate).

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about December 20th, 1959.

  • 22,404 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,935,702,000 seconds have passed since the December 20th, 1959.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,258,319,000 times.
  • Since December 20th, 1959, earth has travelled approximately 998,822,232,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 322,617,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 166,470,372 steps. That's about 73,987 miles!
  • Since this date, 23,228,424 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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