1959 Hit Parade

Popular movies included
Anatomy of a Murder starring James Stewart and Lee Remick
Ben Hur starring Charlton Heston
The Diary of Anne Frank starring Millie Perkins and Joseph Schilkraut.

Fiction included William S. Burroughs’s Naked Lunch, William Faulkner’s the Mansion, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House and Philip Roth’s Goodbye, Columbus.

Popular songs included Platters’ “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” Lloyd Price’s “Stagger Lee,” Frankie Avalon’s “Venus,” Fleetwoods’ “Come Softly to Me,” Dave “Baby” Cortez, “The Happy Organ,” Wilbert Harrison’s “Kansas City,” and Bobby Darin’s “Mack the Knife.”

The Ford Falcon was introduced.

January 9:  “Rawhide” premiered on CBS.
February 3:  Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and J.P. Richardson AKA “The Big Bopper” were killed in a plane crash near Clear lake, Iowa.
March 11:  Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun, starring Sidney Poitier, opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theater in New York.
April 3:  S. Wayne Reitz, University of Florida President, announced that fourteen employees were fired for homosexual activities.
May 5:  Judge Jennie Loitman Barron of the Massachusetts Superior Court was named Mother of the Year by the American Mothers Committee.
May 19:  The U.S. Public Roads Bureau reported that 1 of every 2.5 Americans had a registered vehicle.
July 21:  the U.S. Postal Service ban on Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence was lifted by Judge Frederick van Pelt Bryan.
September 12:  “Bonanza” became the first show to be broadcast in color for NBC.
October 2: “The Twilight Zone” premiered on CBS.
October 21:  The Guggenheim museum opened.
November 15:  The Clutter family of Holcomb, Kansas were found murdered in their homes, inspiring Truman Capote to write In Cold Blood (1965).
November 16:  The Sound of Music by Rodgers and Hammerstein opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater in New York.