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1959


Jan
1
Fulgencio Batista is overthrown by Fidel CastroFulgencio Batista, dictator of Cuba, is overthrown by Fidel Castro's forces during the Cuban Revolution (1959)Fidel Castro: Life of the Cuban Leader

7
The U.S. recognizes the new Cuban government of Fidel Castro The United States recognizes the new Cuban government of Fidel Castro (1959)Fidel Castro: Life of the Cuban Leader

14
Birthday of Geoff TateBirthday of Geoff Tate (1959)Top 10 Queensryche Songs

16
Birthday of Sade Birthday of Sade (1959)Sade Biography: Life and Career of the Smooth Jazz Singer

29
Release: Sleeping Beauty is releasedThe Disney film Sleeping Beauty is released (1959)Top 10 Animated Disney Villains
Top 10 Dragons from Movies and TV

Feb
3
Death of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big BopperBuddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper die in a plane crash(1959)The Day the Music Died: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper
Top 10 Music Biopic Performances
Top 10 Musicians Who Died Too Soon

16
Birthday of John McEnroeBirthday of John McEnroe, an American tennis playerTop 10 Controversial Athletes

Mar
9
Birthday of Barbie Birthday of Barbie (1959)History of The Barbie Doll
Celebrate 50 years of Barbie
The Business of Mattel's Barbie Doll

15
Birthday of Renny HarlinBirthday of Renny Harlin (1959)Top 10 Worst Hollywood Directors

16
Birthday of Flavor FlavBirthday of Flavor Flav [Public Enemy] (1959)Public Enemy: History of the Hip Hop Group
Top 10 Rap Groups and Crews
Top 10 Memorable Grammy Snubs

16
Birthday of Steve MarkerGarbage guitarist and keyboard player Steve Marker is born (1959)Interview with Garbage on 'Not Your Kind of People'
Garbage on ‘Blood For Poppies’ and MTV

20
Birthday of the Wrestler StingBirthday of the Wrestler Sting (1959)Top 10 Wrestlers

29
Release: Some Like It HotThe film Some Like It Hot is released (1959)Top 10 Greatest Cross-Dressing Movie Roles

Apr
10
Birthday of Brian Setzer Birthday of Brian Setzer (1959)King of Swing Brian Setzer Discusses His Career

17
Birthday of Sean BeanBirthday of Sean Bean (1959)Top 10 Sean Bean Deaths
Top 10 Actors Who Always Die Onscreen

21
Birthday of Robert Smith of The CureBirthday of Robert Smith of The Cure (1959)Top 10 Alternative Bands of All Time (REDUX)
Top 10 Alternative Bands of the 1980s

21
Birthday of the Misfits' Jerry OnlyMisfits bassist Jerry Only is bornTop 10 Punk Bands

30
Birthday of Paul Gross Birthday of Paul Gross (1959)Interview with Passchendaele Actress Caroline Dhavernas
Passchendaele Interview - Paul Gross

May
1
Debut of the comic book villain Metallo.Debut of the comic book villain Metallo. The supervillaoin marked his debut in Action Comics #252.Supervillain Origins: Metallo

22
Birthday of MorrisseyBirthday of Morrissey (1959)Top 10 Alternative Bands of the 1980s

Jun
16
Birthday of The Ultimate WarriorBirthday of The Ultimate Warrior (1959)Top 10 Wrestlers

30
Birthday of Vincent D'OnofrioBirthday of Vincent D'Onofrio (1959)Top 10 Actor Body Transformations

Jul
9
Birthday of Jim Kerr of Simple MindsBirthday of Jim Kerr of Simple Minds (1959)Top 10 Alternative Bands of the 1980s

11
Birthday of Richie Sambora Birthday of Richie Sambora (1959)The History of Bon Jovi

22
Release: Plan 9 from Outer SpaceThe film Plan 9 from Outer Space is released (1959)Top 10 Movies So Bad They're Good

26
Birthday of Kevin SpaceyBirthday of Kevin Spacey (1959)Top 10 Kevin Spacey Performances
Top 10 Actors Who Always Play Villains

28
Release: Theatrical release of North by Northwest.Theatrical release of North by Northwest. This Alfred Hitchcock film about mistaken identity is considered the greatest spy film ever created (1959)Top 10 Movies of the 1950s

Aug
1
Birthday of Def Leppard's Joe ElliottBirthday of Def Leppard's Joe Elliott (1959).Top 10 Hard Rock Guitar Riffs
Top 10 Hard Rock Bands of the 1980s
The History of Def Leppard
Top 10 Decade Defining Musical Acts: 1980s

5
Birthday of Pat Smear Birthday of Pat Smear (1959)The History of the Foo Fighters

14
Birthday of Magic JohnsonBirthday of Magic Johnson (1959)Top 10 Greatest Sports Nicknames

17
Kind of Blue by Miles Davis is released Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, the much acclaimed and highly influential best selling jazz recording of all time, is released (1959) Jazz Trumpeter Miles Davis: History and Influence

22
Release: Plan 9 from Outer SpaceThe film Plan 9 from Outer Space is released (1959)Top 10 Terrible Movie Dialogues

Sep
21
Birthday of Dave CoulierA list of the top 10 best sitcoms of the 1990s.Top 10 Television Sitcoms of the 1990s

23
Birthday of Jason AlexanderBirthday of Jason Alexander (1959)Top 10 Celebrity Commercials from Before They Were Stars
The History of Seinfeld

Oct
2
Debut of The Twilight ZoneThe TV series The Twilight Zone airs its first episode (1959)The History of The Twilight Zone
Top 10 Best Movies Based on a TV Series
Top 10 TV Intros (Title Sequences)

4
Release: Dennis the Menace premieresDennis the Menace premieres (1959)Top 10 TV Brats

7
Birthday of Simon Cowell Birthday of Simon Cowell (1959)The Life and Career of Simon Cowell

15
Birthday of Emeril LagasseBirthday of Emeril Lagasse, American celebrity chef, restaurateur, television personality, and cookbook author.Top 10 Celebrity Chefs

15
The TV series The Untouchables airs its first episodeThe TV series The Untouchables airs its first episode (1959)Top 10 Best Movies Based on a TV Series

19
The first discotheque opensList and description of the Top 5 Nightclubs in the worldTop 5 Nightclubs in the World

23
Birthday of Weird Al YankovicBirthday of Weird Al Yankovic (1959)The Life and Career of Weird Al Yankovic
Top 10 Weird Al Parodies

Nov
1
Jacques Plante wears first goalie mask in an NHL game Jacques Plante wears first goalie mask in an NHL game (1959) Jacques Plante: The Mask
Jacques Plante: The Man Who Changed the Face of Hockey

16
Sound of Music Debuts on BroadwayTop 10 Movies Based on Musicals Top 10 Movies Based on Musicals

18
Release: Ben-Hur is releasedRelease of the film Ben-Hur (1959)Top 10 Biblical Movies
Top 10 Movies of the 1950s
Top 10 Sword and Sandal Movies

Dec
9
Mario Cantone is born.Mario Cantone is born in Stoneham, Massachusetts. He grows up to become a Tony Award-nominated actor, writer and comedian best known for his role on 'Sex and the City.'Sex and the City's Mario Cantone Talks Broadway, Impersonations

31
Birthday of Paul Westerberg of The ReplacementsBirthday of Paul Westerberg of The Replacements (1959)Top 10 Underground Music Groups