Celebrating 50

1959 was a big year, with the birth of many of our favourite celebrities, icons and world changing events. If you where born in 1959 you won’t remember these events but this is what happened the year you were born.

Fidel Castro leads the Cuban revolution and the country and world as we know it changes.

Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper die in a plane crash – this is the day the music died.

Alsaka and Hawaii become the 49th and 50th states of the US respectively.

Mowtown record label is founded in Detroit, Michigan

Matel very first Barbie hits toy stores.

The first Mini rolls off the production line.

Brian Adams, Emma Thompson, John McEnroe and Kevin Spacey are born, ready to take on the world, each in their own way.

Find out more about the events of 1959.

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