cost of living in 1959

    1959-1
  • » Yearly Inflation Rate USA 1.01%
  • » Average Cost of new house $12,400.00
  • » Average Yearly Wages $5,010.00
  • » Cost of a gallon of Gas 25 cents
  • » Average Cost of a new car $2,200.00
  • » Movie Ticket $1.00
  • » Loaf of Bread 20 cents
  • » Kodak Movie camera $67.50

Popular culture

  • » The US Grammy Music Awards Started
  • » The last musical from Rodgers and Hammerstein “The Sound of Music” opens on broadway
  • » The chartered plane transporting musicians Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and the Big Bopper goes down in an Iowa snowstorm, killing all four occupants on board. The tragedy is later termed “The Day the Music Died,” popularized in Don McLean’s song, “American Pie.”
  • » The Film Ben-Hur premieres in New York City

Popular films

    1959-2
  • » Ben-Hur
  • »  Some Like It Hot
  • »  Anatomy of a Murder
  • »  North by Northwest
  • »  Sleeping Beauty

Popular TV Programs

  • »  Bonanza premieres on NBC, the first weekly television series broadcast completely in color
  • »  Juke Box Jury premieres on BBC Television
  • »  Dixon of Dock Green (UK)
  • »  The Huckleberry Hound Show

Popular singers

    1959-3
  • » Doris Day
  • » Frank Sinatra
  • » Connie Francis
  • » Jim Reeves
  • » Cliff Richard
  • » Ella Fitzgerald

Sports

  • » World series: LA Dodgers d. Chicago White Sox (4-2)
  • » NBA Championship: Boston d. Minneapolis Lakers (4-0)
  • » Stanley Cup: Montreal d. Toronto (4-1)

US events

  • » St. Lawrence Seaway opens, allowing ocean ships to reach Midwest (April 25).
  •  » Alaska and Hawaii become states.