Events of the year 1959

Major Events of 1959

* EFTA formed

# Singapore becomes independent

# Uprising in Tibet

# DeGaulle agrees to vote on Algerian independence

# St. Lawrence Seaway opens

# Alaska & Hawaii admitted to the Union as the 49th and 50th states

# Kitchen Debate

# Castro takes over in Cuba

# First flight of the X-15


NBA: Boston Celtics vs. Minneapolis Lakers Series: 4-0

NCAA Football: Syracuse Record: 11-0-0

Heisman Trophy: Billy Cannon, lsu, HB points: 1,929

Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Series: 4-1

World Series: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago White Sox Series: 4-2

Top Songs

1."Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" ... The Platters

2."Stagger Lee" ... Lloyd Price

3."Venus" ... Frankie Avalon

4."Come Softly to Me" ... The Fleetwoods

5."The Happy Organ" ... Dave "Baby" Cortez

6."Kanas City" ... Wilbert Harrison

7."The Battle of New Orleans" ... Johnny Horton

8."Lonely Boy" ... Paul Anka

9."A Big Hunk O' Love" ... Elvis Presley

10."The Three Bells" ... The Browns

Top Movies

1. Auntie Mame

2. Shaggy Dog

3. Some Like It Hot

4. Imitation of Life

5. The Nun's Story

6. Anatomy of a Murder

7. North by Northwest

8. Rio Bravo

9. Sleeping Beauty

10. Some Came Running

Academy Awards

Best Picture: "Ben-Hur"

Best Director: William Wyler ... "Ben-Hur"

Best Actor: Charlton Heston ... "Ben- Hur"

Best Actress: Simone Signoret ... "Room at the Top"

Grammy Awards

Record of the Year: "Mack the Knife" ... Bobby Darin

Song of the Year: "The Battle of New Orleans" ... Jimmy Driftwood

Album of the Year: "Come Dance with Me" ... Frank Sinatra

Male Vocalist: Frank Sinatra ... "Come Dance with Me"

Female Vocalist: Ella Fitzgerald ... "But Not for Me"

Nobel Prizes


HEYROVSKY, JAROSLAV, Czechoslovakia, Polarographic Institute of the Czechoslovak Academy of Science, Prague, b. 1890, d. 1967: "for his discovery and development of the polarographic methods of analysis"


QUASIMODO, SALVATORE, Italy, b. 1901, d. 1968: "for his lyrical poetry, which with classical fire expresses the tragic experience of life in our own times"


NOEL-BAKER, PHILIP J., Great Britain, b. 1889, d. 1982: Member of Parliament, life long ardent worker for international peace and co-operation .

Physiology or Medicine

The prize was awarded jointly to: OCHOA, SEVERO, U.S.A., New York University, College of Medicine, New York, NY, b. 1905 (in Luarca, Spain), d. 1993; and KORNBERG, ARTHUR, U.S.A., Stanford University, Stanford, CA, b. 1918: "for their discovery of the mechanisms in the biological synthesis of ribonucleic acid and deoxyribonucleic acid"


The prize was awarded jointly to: SEGRE, EMILIO GINO, U.S.A., University of California, Berkeley, CA, b. 1905 (in Tivoli, Italy), d. 1989; and CHAMBERLAIN, OWEN, U.S.A., University of California, Berkeley, CA, b. 1920: "for their discovery of the antiproton"

Pulitzer Prizes

Drama: Archibald MacLeish ... "J.B."

Fiction: Robert Lewis Taylor ... "The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters"

History: Leonard D. White & Jean Schneider ... "The Republican Era, 1869-1901"

International Reporting: Joseph Martin & Philip Santora ... "New York Daily News"

National Reporting: Howard Van Smith ... "Miami News"

Public Service: "Utica Observer Dispatch" & "Utica Daily Press" (NY)

Most Popular Books


1." Exodus"... Leon Uris. Doubleday

2."Doctor Zhivago"... Boris Pasternak. Pantheon Books

3."Hawaii" ... James Michener. Random House

4."Advise and Consent"... Allen Drury. Doubleday

5."Lady Chatterley's Lover" ... D. H. Lawrence. Grove Press

6."The Ugly American"... William J. Lederer and Eugene L. Burdick. Norton

7."Dear and Glorious Physician"... Taylor Caldwell. Doubleday

8."Lolita"... Vladimir Nabokov. Putnam

9."Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris"... Paul Gallico. Doubleday

10. "Poor No More"... Robert Ruark. Holt


1."Twixt Twelve and Twenty"... Pat Boone. Prentice-Hall

2."Folk Medicine"... D. C. Jarvis. Holt

3."For 2 Plain"... Harry Golden. World Publishing Co.

4."The Status Seekers"... Vance Packard. McKay

5."Act One"... Moss Hart. Random House

6."Charley Weaver's Letters from Mamma"...Cliff Arquette. Winston

7."Elements of Style"... William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White. Macmillan

8."The General Foods Kitchens Cookbook"... Random House

9."Only in America"... Harry Golden. World Publishing Co.

10."Mine Enemy Grows Older"... Alexander King. Simon & Schuster

Most Popular Television Shows

1. Gunsmoke (CBS)

2. Wagon Train (NBC)

3. Have Gun Will Travel (CBS)

4. The Danny Thomas Show (CBS)

5. The Red Skeleton Show (CBS)

6. Father Knows Best (CBS)

7. 77 Sunset Strip (ABC)

8. The Price is Right (NBC)

9. Wanted: Dead or Alive (CBS)

10. Perry Mason (CBS)