WHAT’S HAPPENING IN 1959?
IN THE NEWS
Two enormous international news stories with a long and tragic history began as far back as 1959: the first large action of the Vietnam war takes place and the first human death we can reliably attribute to HIV / AIDS occurs in the Congo. Back home in Britain, Ernest Marples opens the first section of the M1, along with the M45 and M10 (now part of the A414).
AT THE FLICKS
Universalinternational has its biggest success yet with a movie most of us have forgotten – Operation Petticoat. A WWII comedy set on a submarine? Tricky to pull off, unless you have Cary Grant and Tony Curtis directed by Blake Edwards. But then everything disappears under the cloud of dust left by Ben-hur, the most expensive movie yet made ($15m) and winner of 11 Oscars.
IN THE CHARTS
The usual latefifties suspects: Elvis, Buddy, Cliff, er… Russ Conway. Shirley Bassey scored a big hit with As I Love You and another with Kiss Me Honey Honey Kiss Me, and she wasn’t the only female artist shifting records: Connie Francis made a massive splash with Lipstick On Your Collar but Jane Morgan, the Beverley Sisters, Sarah Vaughan, Ruby Wright and Joan Regan all took on the fellas with success.