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MIDI: Music: Stagger Lee By: Lloyd Price © By: Original Artist
In Bonn, Dr. Heinrich Luebke is elected president of West Germany.
Spain officially joins the Western European trading community. In Jerusalem, Premier
David Ben Gurion resigns from office because of the crisis over arms sales. Fidel Castro
seizes power in Havana and becomes president of Cuba. In Washington D.C., U.S. President
Dwight Eisenhower declares that Catholicism should not be a factor when campaigning for
The United States launches the world´s first Atomic merchant ship.
The USS Savannah was launched from Camden, New Jersey.
In baseball, the Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the Chicago White Sox in the
sixth game to win the World Series. The Baltimore Colts win the National Football
League title 31-16 over the New York giants. Montreal defeats Toronto to capture
hockey´s Stanley Cup. In tennis, Maria Bueno and Alex Olmedo win the singles titles
at Wimbledon. Roger Ward emerges victorious in the Indy 500.
A horse named Tommy
Lee" wins Kentucky Derby. The Boston Celtics win over Minneapolis in the
National Basketball Association Championships.
On TV in 1959
General Electric Theatre, Peter Gunn, The Millionnaire, American Bandstand - August 5, 1957 - Host: Dick Clark - Aired on ABC-TV - Time: 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM EST, Cheyenne,
Mr. Lucky, The Jackie Gleason Show, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Dragnet, The Danny Thomas Show,
The Rifleman, Father Knows Best, Sugarfoot, The Real McCoys, Have Gun Will Travel,
Maverick, The Jack Benny Show, Wagon Train, 77 Sunset Strip, Rawhide,
The Perry Como Show, The Price is Right, I've Got a Secret, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Texan,
Dennis the Menace, Lassie, The Ford Show, This Is Your Life, Gunsmoke,
Name That Tune, The Lawman, What´s My Line, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Perry Mason,
The Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp, You Bet Your Life, Zane Grey Theater, Tales of Wells Fargo, The Ann Sothern Show,
The Red Skelton Show
Cost Of Living In 1959
|Gallon of Milk
|Loaf of Bread
|Min. Wage Hour
|Gallon of Gas
Back in 1959, the popular songs of that time
were: "A Big Hunk O´ Love" performed by Elvis Presley; "Come Softly to Me"
performed by Fleetwood´s; "Dream Lover" sung by Bobby Darin as
well as "Lonely Boy" by Paul Anka. Also topping the musical
charts that year were: "Mack the Knife" by Bobby Darin;
"Stagger Lee" by Lloyd Price; "There Goes My Baby" by The Drifters; and the
ever popular "Venus" by Frankie Avalon. "Heartaches By the Number" by
Guy Mitchell. "Sleep Walk" by Santo & Johnny. "The Battle of
New Orleans" by Johnny Horton. "The Three Bells" by The Browns.
"Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" by The Platters.
New Toys in 1959
Barbie, Chatty Cathy, Troll Dolls, Roller Derby Skateboard,
Game of Life, & Risk
The first Barbie doll debuts. Created by Ruth Handler,
Mattel agreed to back
Handler´s efforts; and the Barbie doll debuted at the American Toy Fair
in New York City in 1959. Girls clamored for the doll, and Barbie set a new
sales record for Mattel its first year on the market (351,000 dolls, at $3 each).
The first Barbie doll sported a ponytail hairstyle,
black and white zebra-striped
bathing suit, open-toed shoes, sunglasses and earrings. A line of fashions and
accessories was also available. Buyers at the industry’s annual Toy Fair in New
York were not impressed, but little girls certainly were and the Barbie doll took
retailers by storm. Mattel was so swamped with orders that it took several years
for supply to catch up with demand.
Chatty Cathy was created by © Mattel in 1959. The Chatty-Cathy doll featured a pull-string at the back of her
neck that activated a built-in 3-inch vinyl turntable/record in her tummy that
recited 11 classic phrases at random including "Will you play with me?"
and "Tell me a story."
The original Chatty Cathy sported a blonde hair,
blue eyes, and wore a blue satin hair ribbon, two-toned blue party dress,
eyelet shorty blouse, dark blue velveteen shoes, panties, petticoat and socks.
The doll also came with an eight-page story-book, shoe horn, wrist tag, warranty
and a numbered certificate of authority. Costing less than $20, Chatty Cathy
came in a variety of skin tones (such as an African American model), hair colors
(blonde, brunette and redhead), eye colors (blue and brown) and models like
Charmin' Chatty, Chatty Baby, Singin' Chatty and Tiny Chatty Baby. Later versions
of Chatty Cathy spoke 18 phrases. Vocal artist June Foray provided the original
prototype for Cathy Chatty's voice [circa 1959].
The Troll® Doll was originally known as the "Dammit" doll in honor of its
creator, Danish woodcutter Thomas Dam.
In 1959, Dam could not afford to buy his young
daughter a birthday present and instead carved for her a doll inspired by the legendary
trolls which were believed to live in the Nordic forests and would bring luck to any
humans who could catch them. Dam´s daughter took to the doll and dressed it up and
showed it to local villagers. The doll attracted the eye of a Danish toy store owner
and soon Dam was selling versions of the doll all over the world, selling more than
a million of them in the United States.
The "Game Of Life"
was geared toward the graduate and others about to embark
on new adventures, this upbeat, practical guide is based on the classic Hasbro ® game,
invented in 1959. Thoughts, questions, advice, axioms, and anecdotes draw from the
board game´s spaces, such as Rent Apartment, Pay Day, and Mid-Life.
(Pay Day advice: "The trick" is to treat your pay day not as a barometer
of your success.
RISK ® By Parker Brothers.
The box contains the gameboard, 44 RISK cards, 12
secret mission cards, 6 sets of military miniatures (infantry, cavalry, artillery),
5 battle dice. In this classic game of military strategy, lead your armies as they
sweep across vast continents to launch daring attacks against your enemies. But
keep an eye on your flanks: Your opponents are fighting to capture your troops and
claim your territories. Reinforce your armies, then attack with a roll of the dice.
Capture all 42 territories, and you dominate the globe!
The first commercial product,
"Roller Derby Skateboard" ®, went on sale in 1959,
and an estimated 50 million boards were sold by 1965. They had clay wheels and sidewalk
surfing began to take root. Bill and Mark Richards invented the first skateboard in 1958.
The Richards´ sold the boards at their Val Surf Shop for $8.00 a piece.
Best Movie: "Ben Hur" - Directed by William Wyler
Best Actor: Charlton Heston - "Ben Hur"
Best Actress: Simone Signoret - "Room at the Top"
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