The film "On The Beach" starring Gregory Peck and Ava Gardener was being filmed in Melbourne
Six O'Clock Rock compared by Johnny O'Keefe screened on the ABC
McDougal won the Melbourne Cup
Jack Brabham won the Formula One Drivers Championship
Solo took Line Honours in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
On January 29th Walt Disney released "Sleeping Beauty"
February 3rd Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper died in a plane crash in Iowa, U.S.A. - This event was responsible for the coining of the song "The Day the Music Died".
March 9th The Barbie Doll debuted ... 300,000 Barbies were sold in 1959!!
On May 24th British Empire Day was renamed COMMONWEALTH DAY
August 14th Explorer 6 sent the first picture of earth from space ...albeit a blurry picture
And here's one for the ladies......Panty Hose were introduced!!
The Vietnam war began and continued into the seventies - (Who knew someone that was conscripted)
1959 Academy Awards
Best Picture - Gigi
Best Actor - David Niven (Separate Tables)
Best Actress - Susan Hayward (I want to Live)
Best Director - Vincente Minelli (Gigi)
1959 was the year of the Inaugural Grammy Awards
Song of the year
"Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu" or in laymans terms "Volare"
by Domenico Modugno
Oct 14 - Errol Flynn ... Hollywood Movie Star
Jan 31 - Anthony LaPaglia..... Actor
Feb 12 - Sigrid Thornton ... Actress
Mum tells me the story of our birth........how my sister, who is the older twin was born 7 mins after she arrived at the hospital in an ambulance....and I, well I was born about 34 mins later, with a breech presentation. Although we were full term we were small for dates and weighed 4lb 1/4 oz and 4lb 5oz respectively. Due to our size we were put into humicribs and remained at the hospital for 6 weeks after we were born. Mum didn't get to see us for 3 days after we were born and only after a nurse found her crying and after asking my mother, found out that she had not seen us, had not even held us. That was rectified very quickly. Certainly that would not happen today. My how things have changed.
So this Wednesday we will spend our 50th birthday together........50 years on this earth, 50 years in this life. 50 years that I am eternally grateful for. We came into this world together and we get to spend the day together that celebrates 50 years on this earth. Thank you my sister for the wonderful friend and sister that you have been to me.....and for being the person that you are. I will always treasure the special bond that we share.