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December 31st, 1959.

December 31st, 1959, was a Thursday. It was day 365 of 1959. The decade was the 1950s.

62 years and 20 days have passed since December 31st, 1959.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Capricorn.

Birthdays

Born on December 31st, 1959.

People who were born on this exact date.

Music charts

Top song: December 31st, 1959

The best-selling single on December 31st, 1959 was "Why" by Frankie Avalon.

The Billboard Hot 100 on December 31st, 1959.

The top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • Why - Frankie Avalon
  • El Paso - Marty Robbins
  • The Big Hurt - Miss Toni Fisher
  • It's Time To Cry - Paul Anka
  • Way Down Yonder In New Orleans - Freddie Cannon
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.
Solomon and Sheba

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Solomon and Sheba" was at the top of the box office on December 31st, 1959.

Take me back to December 31st, 1959!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is December 31st, 1959 and it's a Thursday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Capricorn. It's News Years Eve and everyone is looking forward to what the year 1960 will bring them.

The start of a new decade has everyone excited. In music, the song "Why" by Frankie Avalon is the best-selling record at the moment. Dwight David Eisenhower is currently the President of the United States and the movie Solomon and Sheba 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 "What's My Line?", "The Danny Thomas Show", "Wagon Train" and "Maverick".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Looney Tunes", "Tom and Jerry", "The Mickey Mouse Club" and "The Huckleberry Hound Show". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Toy Guns, Colorforms, Matchbox toy cars and Playpal dolls.

News

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 December 31st, 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 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 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%.

Information

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 62 years and 20 days have passed since December 31st, 1959.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 53 of 1959.
  • Leap Year: 1959 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on December 31st, 1959, will be 62 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1959 belong to the Baby Boomer generation.
Events

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around December 31st, 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.
  • December 27th, 1959: NFL: The Baltimore Colts defeat the New York Giants by 31-16 to win the 1959 NFL Championship Game.
  • This date: December 31st, 1959
  • January 2nd, 1960: US Senator John F. Kennedy announces his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.
  • January 21st, 1960: 435 miners are killed when a coal mine collapses in Holly Country, South Africa.
  • January 28th, 1960: NFL: The Dallas Cowboys are established.

Personality traits.

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Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 31st, 1959, will have the star sign Capricorn.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Sagittarius.
  • 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 4.
  • Native American Zodiac: December 31st, 1959 falls under the Goose.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.
  • Birth flower (December): The Narcissus and the Holly.

Photos of 1950s fashion.

Photographs of 1950s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1950s fashion.

Television shows

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

TV shows from December, 1959.

The Untouchables
The Untouchables
American crime drama.

The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
TV series about disturbing or unusual events.

The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
American sitcom about a teenager who strives for beautiful women, fancy cars and money.

Bonanza
Bonanza
American Western series.

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 December 31st, 1959.

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1959.

The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends

Dennis the Menace
Dennis the Menace

The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis

Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy
Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy

Snooper and Blabber
Snooper and Blabber

Noggin the Nog
Noggin the Nog

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

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.

Playpal dolls
Playpal dolls

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 check out December 31st, 1965 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on December 31st.

Anthony Hopkins

Actor.
Born on December 31st, 1937
He turned 22 on this day in 1959.

Alex Ferguson

Soccer manager.
Born on December 31st, 1941
He turned 18 on this day in 1959.

John Denver

American singer. Deceased
Born on December 31st, 1943
He turned 16 on this day in 1959.

John Allen Muhammad

Convicted murderer. Deceased
Born on December 31st, 1960
He was born exactly one year after this date.

Lance Reddick

Actor.
Born on December 31st, 1962
He was born exactly 3 years after this date.

Psy

South Korean singer.
Born on December 31st, 1977
He was born exactly 18 years after this date.

Donald Trump Jr.

American businessman.
Born on December 31st, 1977
He was born exactly 18 years after this date.

Holidays

Holidays.

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 31st of December.

  • New Year's Eve
USA

US President.

Dwight David Eisenhower was the President of the United States on December 31st, 1959.

UK

UK Prime Minister.

Harold Macmillan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 31st, 1959.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach.

Seán Lemass was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on December 31st, 1959 was most likely conceived around April 9th, 1959.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 31st, 1959 is close to September 22nd, 1960.

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Stats for December 31st, 1959

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about December 31st, 1959.

  • A total of 22,666 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,238 weeks have passed.
  • 1,958,342,400 seconds have passed since the December 31st, 1959.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,284,732,800 times.
  • Since December 31st, 1959, the earth has travelled approximately 1,010,504,678,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 326,390,400 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 168,417,446 steps. That's about 74,852 miles!
  • Since this date, 23,500,109 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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