What Happened in 1958

Significant Events

  • Jan 1 European Economic Community (Common Market) starts operation
  • Mar 27 Nikita Khrushchev becomes Soviet Premier as well as First Secretary of the Communist Party
  • May 23 Mao Zedong starts "Great Leap Forward" movement in China
  • Aug 1 US atomic submarine USS Nautilus 1st begins transit of North Pole "operation Sunshine"
  • Sep 12 US Supreme Court orders Little Rock Ark high school to integrate
  • Dec 19 1st radio broadcast from space (President Eisenhower voice "To all mankind, America's wish for Peace on Earth & Good Will to Men Everywhere")
  • Dec 31 Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista tells his Cabinet he is fleeing the country
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Momofuku Ando markets the first package of precooked instant noodles (Chikin Ramen)

On August 25, 1958

World Leaders in 1958

Famous People in 1958

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 1 Sammy Davis Jr marries Loray White
  • Jan 14 Human rights activist Malcolm X marries fellow activist Betty Shabazz in Lansing, Michigan
  • Jan 29 Academy Award-winning actor Paul Newman (33) weds "The Three Faces of Eve" actress Joanne Woodward (27) at the El Rancho hotel-casino in Las Vegas
  • Feb 15 Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully (30) weds model Joan (not the actress) Crawford in California
  • Mar 27 Latin American and magic realism leading novelist and short story writer "One Hundred years of Solitude" Gabriel Garc

Famous Divorces

  • Mar 11 Actress Agnes Moorehead (57) divorces actor and film director Robert Gist (40) after 5 years of marriage
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