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In the Year 1959

March 1959  One hundred twenty-six seniors travel to our nation's capitol then New York City.

May 25th 1959 The Class graduates from Huntsville High School.

Other  dates:

1959 - Alaska and Hawaii become the 49th and 50th states

1959 -The first ballistic missile submarine, George Washington, is commissioned in Groton, Connecticut.

1959 - St. Lawrence Seaway brings ocean shipping to Great Lakes

1959 - First schools integrated in Virginia

1959 - Widespread earthquake damages Yellowstone National Park

1959 - Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev visits United States; first hints of better U.S. / Soviet relationships
Cuban President Batista resigns and flees (Jan. 1). Fidel Castro assumes power (Feb. 16).
Jack S. Kilby of Texas Instruments (US) supervises the development of the first integrated circuit
Miss America: Mary Ann Mobley (MS)


Lou Costello, Cecil B. De Mille, Frank Lloyd Wright and 10/16/1959, General George C. Marshall dies (Huntsville's NASA center is named for him.)


World Series
LA Dodgers d. Chicago White Sox (4-2)

Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Selected annually by the editors of Sports Illustrated magazine since 1954.  

1959 Ingemar Johansson, boxing

Rookie of the Year Voted on by the Baseball Writers Assn. of America. One award was presented from 1947-48. Two awards (one for each league) have been presented since 1949. 

NL and AL Combined

1959 Willie McCovey, SF 1B


1959 Sword Dancer Horse of the year.


Kentucky Derby Champion
Tomy Lee


1959 AP Final Polls  

Before Tourns,  Head CoachFinal Record

1 Kansas St. 24-1 Tex Winter 25-2

2 Kentucky 23-2 Adolph Rupp 24-3

3 Mississippi St. 24-1 Babe McCarthy same*

4 Bradley 23-3 Chuck Orsborn 25-4

5 Cincinnati 23-3 George Smith 26-4

6 N.C. State 22-4 Everett Case same

7 Michigan St. 18-3 Forddy Anderson 19-4

8 Auburn 20-2 Joel Eaves same

9 North Carolina 20-4 Frank McGuire 20-5

10 West Virginia 25-4 Fred Schaus 29-5

11 California 21-4 Pete Newell 25-4

12 Saint Louis 20-5 John Benington 20-6

13 Seattle 23-6 Vince Cazzetta same

14 St. Joseph's-PA 22-3 Jack Ramsay 22-5

15 St. Mary's-CA 18-5 Jim Weaver 19-6

16 TCU 19-5 Buster Brannon 20-6

17 Oklahoma City 20-6 Abe Lemons 20-7

18 Utah 21-5 Jack Gardner 21-7

19 St. Bonaventure 20-2 Eddie Donovan 20-3

20 Marquette 22-4 Eddie Hickey 23-6


UPI NFL-NFC Rookie of the Year Presented by UPI to the top rookie in the NFL 

Year                         Pos

1956 Lenny Moore,     Bal HB

1957 Jim Brown,         Cle FB

1958 Jimmy Orr,         Pit FL

1959 Boyd Dowler,     GB FL


Coach of the Year

Presented by UPI to the top coach in the AFL-NFL (1955-69) and AFC-NFC (1970-96). In 1997, the UPI awards were discontinued. Awards beginning in 1997 are the consensus selections from presenters such as AP, The Maxwell Football Club of Philadelphia, The Sporting News and the Pro Football Writers Association. Records indicate the team's change in record from the previous season.

Year Improvement

1956 NFL-Buddy Parker, Detroit 3-9 to 9-3

1957 NFL-Paul Brown, Cleveland 5-7 to 9-2-1

1958 NFL-Weeb Ewbank, Baltimore 7-5 to 9-3

1959 NFL-Vince Lombardi, Green Bay 1-10-1 to 7-5


Record of the Year "Mack the Knife," Bobby Darin

Album of the Year Come Dance With Me, Frank Sinatra (Capitol)

Song of the Year "The Battle of New Orleans," Jimmy Driftwood, songwriter

Best Performance, Folk The Kingston Trio at Large, Kingston Trio

Best Comedy Performance, Spoken Word Inside Shelley Berman, Shelley Berman

Best Comedy Performance, Musical The Battle of Kookamonga, Homer and Jethro

Best Performance, Documentary or Spoken Word (Other Than Comedy) A Lincoln Portrait, Carl Sandburg


British rock group that inspired the psychedelic movement of the 1960s and shaped the course of rock and roll. No band has yet equaled The Beatles's popularity and influence. Singer John Lennon and singer/bassist/pianist Paul McCartney played together in the late 1950s in The Quarrymen. With Harrison they formed The Silver Beatles in 1959, added Starr in 1962 and dropped the Silver. The 1964 song I Want to Hold Your Hand sparked "Beatlemania" in the United States and the band became an international success. The group's albums include A Hard Day's Night (1964), Revolver (1966) and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), and their films include A Hard Day's Night (1964) and Help! (1965). The group disbanded in 1970, claiming they had fulfilled their potential as a band.


This famous movie came out in 1959: Ben-Hur

Director: William Wyler Cast: Charlton Heston, Hugh Griffith, Stephen Boyd and Martha Scott

The epic of all biblical epics, Ben-Hur tells the story with conviction and authority and is at times thrilling, moving and melancholy. Watch for the daring and fast-paced chariot race, which was choreographed so realistically that it left one stuntman dead. The film won a record 11 Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actor and Cinematography.


1959 Academy Awards

Best Motion Picture Anatomy of a Murder, Otto Preminger, producer (Columbia)
Ben-Hur, Sam Zimbalist, producer (MGM)
The Diary of Anne Frank, George Stevens, producer (Twentieth Century-Fox)
The Nun's Story, Henry Blanke, producer (Warner Bros.)
Room at the Top, John and James Woolf, producers (Continental)
Best Actor Laurence Harvey, Room at the Top
Charlton Heston, Ben-Hur
Jack Lemmon, Some Like It Hot
Paul Muni, The Last Angry Man
James Stewart, Anatomy of a Murder
Best Actress Doris Day, Pillow Talk
Audrey Hepburn, The Nun's Story
Katharine Hepburn, Suddenly, Last Summer
Simone Signoret, Room at the Top
Elizabeth Taylor, Suddenly, Last Summer
Actor in a Supporting Role Hugh Griffith, Ben-Hur
Arthur O'Connell, Anatomy of a Murder
George C. Scott, Anatomy of a Murder
Robert Vaughn, The Young Philadelphians
Ed Wynn, The Diary of Anne Frank
Actress in a Supporting Role Hermione Baddeley, Room at the Top
Susan Kohner, Imitation of Life
Juanita Moore, Imitation of Life
Thelma Ritter, Pillow Talk
Shelley Winters, The Diary of Anne Frank



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