To get to know what happened on a given day back in history you can log into the BBC website and check out there "on this day" page. This website also has a function that allows you to select a date, month and the year of the time you want to view.
1959 was a busy year! The Barbie doll made its debut, Alaska and Hawaii became U.S States, the computer modem and the Etch-A-Sketch were also invented! Look here for more information: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/1959.htm. answers.ask.com