What Happened in '59

1959: Space Monkeys (Universal News)
Mr. Clean TV Commercial 1958
1959 First Ever Barbie Commercial
Doris Day - Pillow Talk (Movie Intro)
Ben-Hur (1959) Trailer


How Much things cost in 1959

Yearly Inflation Rate USA 1.01%
 Average Cost of new house
Average Yearly Wages
Cost of a gallon of Gas
25 cents
Average Cost of a new car
Movie Ticket $1.00


January        -  Castro sworn in as Cuban premier

                       -  Alaska becomes the 49th state

February       -  The Day the Music Died - Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and the Big Bopper are killed in a plane crash

March            -  Dalai Lama flees Tibet and travels to India

April               -  NASA announces the first seven astronauts

May 26           -  Harding Highschool second graduation held

August          -  Hawaii becomes the 50th state

September   -  Bonanza debuts as the first regulary scheduled color television series

October         -  The Twilight Zone debuts

November    -  Ben-Hur premieres in New York City

                    -  Ford Motor Company announces the discontinuation of the upopular Edsel

December   -  Motown Record Label is founded in Detroit

Popular Films

  • Ben-Hur
  • Some Like It Hot
  • Anatomy of a Murder
  • North by Northwest
  • Sleeping Beauty

Popular Singers

  • Doris Day
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Connie Francis
  • Jim Reeves
  • Ella Fitzgerald


Technology 1959

 Boeing 707 Jet Airliner comes into service cutting 8 hrs from transatlantic Flight 

First Pictures Of Earth From Space Taken By Explorer 6 

IBM shipped the transistor-based IBM 1401 mainframe. 

Xerox launches the first commercial copier 

US Launches first Weather Station in Space 

QANTAS introduces the Boeing 707 on its Sydney-San Francisco route, the first transpacific service flown by jet.