What Happened in 1958

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 599

  • Jan 1 BOAC Britannia flies London to NY in a record 7h57m
  • Jan 1 European Economic Community (Common Market) starts operation
  • Jan 1 WMBD TV channel 31 in Peoria, IL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 44th Rose Bowl: #2 Ohio State beats Oregon, 10-7
  • Jan 1 24th Sugar Bowl: #7 Mississippi beats #11 Texas, 39-7
  • Jan 1 24th Orange Bowl: #4 Oklahoma beats #16 Duke, 48-21
  • Jan 2 Dmitri Shostakovitch' 2nd Piano concert, premieres in NY

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 3 Edmund Hillary reaches South Pole overland

Mountaineer and Explorer Edmund Hillary
Mountaineer and Explorer
Edmund Hillary
  • Jan 3 Lindsay Kline takes a hat-trick v South Africa at Cape Town
  • Jan 3 The West Indies Federation is formed.
  • Jan 4 Sputnik 1 reenters atmosphere & burns up
  • Jan 4 Sir Edmund Hillary reaches the South Pole
  • Jan 6 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to E. E. Cummings
  • Jan 6 Gibson patents Flying V Guitar
  • Jan 6 WIPR TV channel 6 in San Juan, PR (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 7 USSR reduces army to 300,000
  • Jan 8 Cuban revolutionary forces capture Havana

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 9 In basketball Oscar Robertson (Cin) scores 56, Seton Hall team 54

NBA Player Oscar Robertson
NBA Player
Oscar Robertson

Music release#1 in the Charts

Jan 10 Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire" reaches #1 on the UK pop charts

Country Singer Jerry Lee Lewis
Country Singer
Jerry Lee Lewis

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Jan 12 Syracuse National Dolph Schayes sets NBA record at 11,770 points

NBA Power Forward and Coach Dolph Schayes
NBA Power Forward and Coach
Dolph Schayes
  • Jan 13 9,000 scientists of 43 nations petition UN for nuclear test ban
  • Jan 13 US newspaper "Daily Worker" ceases publication
  • Jan 13 Moroccan Liberation Army ambushes Spanish patrol in the Battle of Edchera.
  • Jan 15 NY Yankees sign million dollar plus deal to show 140 games on WPIX TV
  • Jan 16 William Gibson's "Two for the Seesaw" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 18 Willie O'Ree becomes the first African Canadian to play in the NHL (makes debut for Boston Bruins)
  • Jan 19 Canadian Football Council renamed Canadian Football League
  • Jan 20 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
  • Jan 20 KUED TV channel 7 in Salt Lake City, UT (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 20 A group attempting the 1st surface crossing of Antarctic join up at the South Pole
  • Jan 21 KMOT TV channel 10 in Minot, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 21 Phillies agree to televise 78 games into NYC (doesn't happen)
  • Jan 21 8th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 130-118 at St. Louis
  • Jan 22 KRSD (now KEVN) TV channel 7 in Rapid City, SD (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Jan 23 "Body Beautiful" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 60 performances
  • Jan 23 Dictator Marcos Perez Jiménez flees Venezuela, Larrazabal takes power
  • Jan 23 Pakistani cricketer Hanif Mohammad completes 337 runs in 970 minutes v West Indies
  • Jan 24 After warming to 100,000,000 degrees, 2 light atoms are bashed together to create a heavier atom, resulting in 1st man-made nuclear fusion
  • Jan 26 H Laskow replaces Moshe Dayan on as Israeli minister of Defense
  • Jan 26 Jack Smith takes over from Art Baker as TV host of "You Asked for It"
  • Jan 26 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Lake Worth Open Golf Invitational
  • Jan 26 Japanese ferry Nankai Maru capsized off southern Awaji Island, Japan, 167 killed.
  • Jan 27 Ferenc Munnich succeeds Kadar as premier of Hungary
  • Jan 27 46th Women's Australian Championships: Angela Mortimer Barrett beats Lorraine Coghlan Robinson (6-3, 6-4)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 27 46th Men's Australian Championships: Ashley Cooper beats Malcolm Anderson (7-5, 6-3, 6-4)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Ashley Cooper
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Ashley Cooper
  • Jan 28 Construction began on 1st private thorium-uranium nuclear reactor

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 28 Dodger catcher Roy Campanella is paralyzed in an automobile wreck

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
  • Jan 28 The Lego company patented their design of Lego bricks, still compatible with bricks produced today.
  • Jan 29 Murderer, Charles Starkweather, captured by police in Wyoming
  • Jan 30 1st 2-way moving sidewalk in service, Dallas Tx
  • Jan 30 Baseball announces players & coaches rather than fans pick all stars
  • Jan 30 Dore Schary's "Sunrise at Campobello" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 30 UK House of Lords passes bill allowing women to take seats

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 31 "Jackpot Bowling" premieres on NBC with Leo Durocher as host

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Jan 31 James van Allen discovers radiation belt
  • Jan 31 US launches their 1st artificial satellite, Explorer 1
  • Feb 1 1st US satellite (Explorer I) launched
  • Feb 1 Egypt & Syria announce plans to merge into United Arab Republic
  • Feb 1 WFTV TV channel 9 in Orlando, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 2 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Havana Biltmore Golf Open
  • Feb 2 Syria joins Egypt in United Arab Republic
  • Feb 2 WRIK (now WLUZ) TV channel 7 in Ponce, PR (PTC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 3 Royal Teens' "Short Shorts" enters Top 40 chart & peaks at #3
  • Feb 4 "Oh, Captain!" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 192 performances
  • Feb 4 Hall of Fame fails to elect anyone for 1st time since 1950
  • Feb 5 Clifton R Wharton confirmed as 1st US black foreign minister (Romania)
  • Feb 5 Gamel Abdel Nasser nominated 1st president of United Arab Republic
  • Feb 5 Test Cricket debut of Lance Gibbs, WI v Pakistan, Port-of-Spain
  • Feb 5 Vanguard TV-3 back-up launches into Earth orbit; reaches 6 km

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 6 Ted Williams signs with Red Sox for $135,000, making him highest paid

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Feb 6 21 dead in air crash in Munich; 7 of those are from the Manchester United football team
  • Feb 7 1st showing of DAF 600 auto
  • Feb 7 Dodgers officially become the Los Angeles Dodgers, Inc
  • Feb 7 Dutch auto-transmission car DAF 600 introduced
  • Feb 8 Edgar Whitehead succeeds Garfield Todd as premier of South Rhodesia
  • Feb 8 French planes bomb Sakiet Tunisia, 75 die
  • Feb 8 KIRO TV channel 7 in Seattle, WA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 11 Marshal Chen Yi succeeds Chu En-lai as Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Feb 11 Ruth Carol Taylor is 1st African-American woman hired as flight attendant, Ithaca NY
  • Feb 11 WTVC TV channel 9 in Chattanooga, TN (ABC) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 12 Celtic Bill Russell grabs 41 rebounds to beat Syracuse 119-101

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • Feb 12 Gen Miguel Ydegoras Fuentes elected president of Guatemala
  • Feb 14 Arab Federation of Iraq & Jordan forms
  • Feb 15 Ice Dance Championship at Paris won by June Markham/Courtney Jones GRB
  • Feb 15 Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by Barbara Wagner/Rob Paul of CAN
  • Feb 15 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Carol Heiss of USA
  • Feb 15 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by David Jenkins USA
  • Feb 15 Sjafroeddin Prawiranegara forms anti-government of Middle Sumatra
  • Feb 16 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open
  • Feb 17 Comic strip "BC" 1st appears
  • Feb 17 WETV (now WPBA) TV channel 30 in Atlanta, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 19 Carl Perkins leaves Sun Records for Columbia Records
  • Feb 20 Jockey Eddie Arcaro rides his 4,000th winner
  • Feb 20 LA Coliseum Comm approves 2-yr pact allows Dodgers to use facility
  • Feb 21 "Portotino" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • Feb 21 Egypt-Syria as United Arab Republic elect Nasser president (99.9% vote)
  • Feb 22 "Portotino" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 3 performances

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 723

  • Jan 1 Grandmaster Flash, [Joseph Saddler], rocker (Message), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 1 Ren Woods, Portland Oregon, actress (Fanta-Roots)
  • Jan 2 Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Russian pianist
  • Jan 3 Shim Hyung-rae, South Korean filmmaker
  • Jan 4 Matt Frewer, actor (Max Headroom, Doctor Doctor), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 4 Nina Foust, Asheboro NC, LPGA golfer (1994 Hawaiian Ladies Open-6th)
  • Jan 4 Andy Borowitz, American comedian and satirist
  • Jan 4 Gary Jones, Welsh-born actor
  • Jan 6 Themos Anastasiadis, Greek journalist, television presenter and newspaper editor
  • Jan 6 Scott Bryce, American actor ( As the World Turns), born in New York City
  • Jan 7 Donna Rice, model/Gary Hart's lover, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jan 7 Peter R Mokaba, president (South African Youth Congress)
  • Jan 8 Rey Misterio, Sr., Mexican wrestler
  • Jan 9 Mehmet Ali Ağca, Turkish attempted assassin of Pope John Paul II
  • Jan 9 Stephen Neale, British philosopher
  • Jan 10 Shawn Colvin, singer/guitarist
  • Jan 10 Anatoly Pisarenko, Soviet weightlifter
  • Jan 11 Lourdes Ann Kananimanu Estores, playmate (Jun, 1982), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Jan 11 Vicki Peterson, rock guitarist/vocalist (Bangles), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 11 Diego León Montoya Sánchez, former Colombian crime boss
  • Jan 12 Curt Fraser, American ice hockey coach
  • Jan 13 Ricardo Acuna, Chile, tennis star
  • Jan 14 Colin Ferguson, murderer (6 people on the LIRR on Dec 7, 1993)
  • Jan 15 Julian Sands, actor (One Night Stand)
  • Jan 15 Boris Tadić, President of Serbia
  • Jan 16 Anatoli Boukreev, mountaineer
  • Jan 16 Lena Ek, Swedish politician
  • Jan 17 Jez Strode, rocker (Kajagoogoo)
  • Jan 18 Jeffrey N Williams, Superior Wisc, Major Army/astronaut
  • Jan 18 Larry Smith, NBA player
  • Jan 19 Thomas Kinkade, artist, born in Sacramento, California (d. 2012)
  • Jan 20 Lorenzo Lamas, actor (Lance-Falcon Crest, California Fever), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 21 Miguel Alejandro, actor (Popi), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 22 Nikos Anastopoulos, Greek football player and manager
  • Jan 23 Lorraine Michaels, Canterbury England, playmate (Apr, 1981)
  • Jan 24 Frank Ullrich, East Germany, world biathlon champion
  • Jan 24 Neil Allen, American baseball player
  • Jan 24 Jools Holland, British musician
  • Jan 25 Dinah Manoff, actress (Elaine-Soap, Carol Weston-Empty Nest), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 25 Gary Brian Tibbs, rock bassist (Adam & The Ants, Roxy Music), born in London, England
  • Jan 25 Harti Weirather, Austrian alpine skier
  • Jan 26 Anita Baker, singer (Giving You the Best That I Got), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • Jan 26 B James Lowry, rocker (Boys Band)
  • Jan 26 Dave Rummells, Nike golfer (1993 Buick-2nd), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 26 Ellen DeGeneres, comediene (Ellen Morgan-Ellen), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Comedian and TV Star Ellen DeGeneres
Comedian and TV Star
Ellen DeGeneres
  • Jan 26 Norman Lamont Hassan, British reggae musician (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • Jan 26 Salvador Sánchez, Mexican boxer
  • Jan 27 Alan Milburn, British MP
  • Jan 27 Charles Waltz, rocker (Shooting Star)
  • Jan 27 James Grippando, American novelist
  • Jan 27 Kadri Mälk, Estonian artist and jewelry designer
  • Jan 29 Judy Norton-Taylor, actress (Mary Ellen-Waltons), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Jan 29 Ole Mortensen, cricketer (pace bowler for Derbyshire & Denmark)
  • Jan 30 Brett Butler, comedienne (Grace-Grace Under Fire), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Jan 30 Rob van Zandvoort, Dutch rock vocalist/keyboardist (Jack of Hearts)
  • Jan 31 Rafael Santana, shortstop (NY Mets, NY Yankees)
  • Jan 31 Tom Schuman, pianist (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance)
  • Feb 1 Maureen Madill, Coleraine No Ireland, golfer (British Open Amateur 1979)
  • Feb 1 Jackie Shroff, Indian actor
  • Feb 1 Luther Blissett, English footballer
  • Feb 2 Dexter Manley, NFLer (Wash Redskins)
  • Feb 3 Lizzie Borden, director/writer (Love Crimes, Working Girls)
  • Feb 3 Joe Frank Edwards Jr, Cmdr USN/astronaut (STS 89), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Feb 3 Lee Crystal, rocker (Joan Jett & Blackhearts-Ashes in the Wind)
  • Feb 3 N. Gregory Mankiw, American economist
  • Feb 4 Mary Ann Pascal, actress (Samantha-Brothers)
  • Feb 4 Werner Schwab, Austrian playwright and artist, born in Graz (d. 1994)
  • Feb 4 Tomasz Pacyński, Polish writer
  • Feb 6 Barry Miller, actor (Fame, Peggy Sue Got Married), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 6 Bill Dawley, baseball player
  • Feb 6 Cecily Adams, entertainment caster (American Heart), born in Queens, New York
  • Feb 6 Kelly Leadbetter, Phoenix AZ, LPGA golfer (1986 Hennessy French Open)
  • Feb 6 Mark Hamilton, sprint kayak Olympics-96), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Feb 6 Simon Baker, Australian speed walker, (Olympics-84, 88, 96)
  • Feb 7 Manuel Mijares, Mexico, spanish vocalist (Maria Bonita)
  • Feb 7 Michele Drake, La Jolplaymate (May, 1979), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 7 Matt Ridley, British science writer
  • Feb 8 "Sensational" Sherri Martel, American professional wrestler (WWF), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2007)
  • Feb 9 Alexander "Sandy" Lyle, Scottish PGA golfer (1988 Phoenix Open), born in Shrewsbury, shropshire
  • Feb 9 Cyrille Regis, English former footballer
  • Feb 10 Michael Weiss, American musician
  • Feb 11 Michael Jackson, controller (BBC2)
  • Feb 12 Ingrid Klich, Whittier California, rower (Olympics-96)
  • Feb 12 Ruth Guerri, playmate (July, 1983), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Feb 12 Grant McLennan, Australian musician (The Go-Betweens) (d. 2006)
  • Feb 13 Mark Fox, congas/percussionist (Haircut 100-Nobody's Fool)
  • Feb 13 Pernilla August, Swedish actress
  • Feb 13 Marc Emery, Canadian cannabis activist
  • Feb 13 Derek Riggs, British artist
  • Feb 13 Tip Tipping, British actor and stuntman (d. 1993)
  • Feb 14 Perry Stephens, Frankfurt Germany, actor (Loving, All My Children)
  • Feb 14 Grant Thomas, Australian rules footballer
  • Feb 15 Chrystine Brouillet, Quebec novelist
  • Feb 16 Herb Williams, NBA center (Toronto Raptors, NY Knicks)
  • Feb 16 Ice-T [Tracy Marrow], American rapper and actor (New Jack City, Tank Girl, Crazy Six), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Feb 16 John Paul Morse, Marshall MI, PGA golfer (1995 United Airlines)
  • Feb 16 Lisa Loring, actress (As the World Turns, Wednesday-Addams Family)
  • Feb 16 Michael W. Burns, American politician
  • Feb 17 Heidi Hagman, actress (Linda-Archie Bunker's Place)
  • Feb 17 Karen Lende O'Connor, Concord Ma, equestrian 3-day (Oly-silver-96)

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 1 Sammy Davis Jr marries Loray White

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 14 Human rights activist Malcolm X marries fellow activist Betty Shabazz in Lansing, Michigan

African American Activist Malcolm X
African American Activist
Malcolm X

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Actor & Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor & Entrepreneur
Paul Newman

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 15 Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully (30) weds model Joan Crawford in California

Sportscaster Vin Scully
Sportscaster
Vin Scully
  • Mar 27 Latin American and magic realism leading novelist and short story writer "One Hundred years of Solitude" Gabriel Garc

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 27 Writer Gabriel García Márquez (31) weds Mercedes Barcha

Colombian Writer Gabriel García Márquez
Colombian Writer
Gabriel García Márquez

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 14 Film director Stanley Kubrick (29) weds actress Christiane Harlan (25)

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick
  • May 7 "The Mark of Zorro" actor Tyrone Power (44) weds Debbie Ann Minardos

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 4 Blues musician B.B. King (32) weds his second wife Sue Hall

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 14 Nelson Mandela weds Winnie Madikizela

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 22 NBA forward Elgin Baylor (23) weds Ruby Saunder at Mt Olive Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.

NBA Forward Elgin Baylor
NBA Forward
Elgin Baylor

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 19 NFL coach Don Shula (28) weds first wife Dorothy Bartish

NFL Head Coach Don Shula
NFL Head Coach
Don Shula

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 9 Actor Robert Redford (21) weds Lola Van Wagenen in Las Vegas, Nevada

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 15 Singer Buddy Holly weds receptionist Maria Santiago

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
Buddy Holly

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 22 Film director Sydney Pollack (24) weds actress Claire Bradley Griswold (22)

Film Director, Producer and Actor Sydney Pollack
Film Director, Producer and Actor
Sydney Pollack

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 26 Model Bettie Page (35) weds Armond Walterson in Florida

Queen of Pinups Bettie Page
Queen of Pinups
Bettie Page

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 21 Actress Ingrid Bergman (43) weds producer Lars Schmidt


Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

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


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 221

  • Jan 1 David Broekman, musican (Think Fast), dies at 55
  • Jan 1 Edward Weston, American photographer (b. 1886)
  • Jan 4 Waverley John Anderson, Scot, viscount/governor of Bengal, dies at 75
  • Jan 6 Josephine CMA, princess of Belgium/nun, dies at 85
  • Jan 7 Petru Groza, premier/president (Romania, 1945-58), dies at 74
  • Jan 8 Paul Pilgrim, American athlete (b. 1883)
  • Jan 9 Paul Fechter, German writer/historian (God's Magician), dies
  • Jan 9 Willis Rodney Whitney, American Chemist, founder of the General Electric research laboratory, and pioneer of industrial scientific research, dies at 89
  • Jan 10 Charles de Trooz, Belgian writer, dies at 52
  • Jan 11 Alec Rowley, English composer, dies at 65
  • Jan 12 Arthur Shepherd, composer, dies at 77
  • Jan 12 Charles Mallory Hatfield, U.S. rainmaker (b. 1875)
  • Jan 13 Edna Purviance, actress (Charlie Chaplin, Sunnyside), dies at 61
  • Jan 13 John Lindeboom, Dutch vicar/church historian, dies at 75
  • Jan 13 Jesse L. Lasky, U.S. film producer (b. 1880)
  • Jan 23 Nikolaos Georgantas, Greek discus thrower (b. 1880)
  • Jan 30 Earnest H Heinkel, German airplane builder (WW II), dies at 70
  • Jan 30 Jean Crotti, Swiss artist (b. 1878)
  • Feb 1 Clinton Joseph Davisson, dies
  • Feb 3 Henry Kuttner, sci-fi author (Dark World, As You Were), dies at 42
  • Feb 3 Johannes F Buziau, Dutch cabaret performer, dies at 81
  • Feb 4 Frederik de Merode, Belgian prince, dies at 46
  • Feb 5 Henry M Tomlinson, British writer (Under red ensign), dies at 84
  • Feb 6 David Pegg, English footballer (b. 1935)
  • Feb 6 Tommy Taylor, English footballer (b. 1932)
  • Feb 6 Geoff Bent, English footballer (b. 1932)
  • Feb 6 Roger Byrne, English footballer (b. 1929)
  • Feb 6 Mark Jones, English footballer (b. 1933)
  • Feb 6 Frank Swift, English footballer and journalist (b. 1913)
  • Feb 6 Walter Crickmer, English football club secretary and manager
  • Feb 7 Walter Kingsford, actor (My Favorite Blonde, Fly by Night), dies at 76
  • Feb 10 Billy Vine, actor (54th Street Revue), dies at 42
  • Feb 11 Ernest Jones, British psychonanalyst (b. 1879)
  • Feb 12 Marcel Cachin, 1st communist French senator, dies at 88
  • Feb 13 Georges Rouault, French painter (Christ aux outrages), dies at 86
  • Feb 13 Dame Christabel Pankhurst, a leading suffragette (English) "Queen of the mob" (b.1880)
  • Feb 14 Abdul Rab Nishtar, veteran leader of Pakistan Movement, (b. 1899)
  • Feb 17 Hugh McCrae, Australian writer (b. 1876)
  • Feb 20 Thurston Hall, actor (Mr Schuyler-Topper), dies at 75
  • Feb 21 Duncan Edwards, English footballer (b. 1936)
  • Feb 22 Theo Harych, German writer, commits suicide at 54
  • Feb 24 Fernand Baldensperger [Fernand Baldenne], French poet, dies at 86
  • Feb 27 Harry Cohn, CEO (Columbia Pictures), dies of a heart attack
  • Mar 1 Giacomo Balla, Italian painter, dies at 86
  • Mar 4 Albert Kuyle, [Lou Kuitenbrouwer], writer (Jesus' Carpet), dies at 54
  • Mar 8 Josephina OFF "Frieda" Herberich, actress (Salontiroler), dies at 85
  • Mar 11 Ole Kirk Christiansen, Danish inventor of Legos (b. 1891)
  • Mar 12 Ingeborg, Princess of Sweden, dies at 79
  • Mar 14 Eugeen Van de Velde, Flemish musicologist/critic/composer, dies at 64
  • Mar 16 Leon J Cadore, pitched the 26 inning game, dies at 65
  • Mar 19 Vernon Ransford, cricketer (20 Tests for Australia, 1211 runs), dies
  • Mar 21 Cyril M Kornbluth, US sci-fi writer (Space Merchants), dies at 34
  • Mar 22 Mike Todd, US film and theatre producer and 3rd husband of Elizabeth Taylor, dies in a plane crash at 48
  • Mar 23 Florian Znaniecki, Polish/US sociologist/philosopher, dies at 76
  • Mar 25 Emerson Whithorne, composer, dies at 73
  • Mar 25 Tom Brown, American musician (b. 1888)
  • Mar 26 Phil Mead, cricketer (55061 1st-class runs 1905-36), dies
  • Mar 28 Chuck Klein, Philadelphia Phillie HR hitter, dies at 53

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 28 W. C. Handy, American composer and musician known as the "Father of the Blues" (Memphis Blues, St Louis Blues), dies of bronchial pneumonia at 84

Musician and Father of the Blues W. C. Handy
Musician and Father of the Blues
W. C. Handy
  • Apr 2 Josei Toda, Japanese second president of the Buddhist association Soka Gakkai (b. 1900)
  • Apr 3 Theodor Kramer, writer, dies
  • Apr 4 Hendrik Heyman, Belgian minister of Nijverheid/mayor, dies at 78
  • Apr 4 Johnny Stompanato, American organized crime figure (b. 1925)
  • Apr 5 Jozef Brems, Flemish apostole vicar of Denmark, dies at 87
  • Apr 7 Judge Jackson, composer, dies at 75
  • Apr 7 Klimenty Arkad'yevich Korchmaryov, composer, dies at 58
  • Apr 8 Ethel Turner, Australian author (b. 1872)
  • Apr 10 Chuck Willis, rocker, dies at 30
  • Apr 11 Konstantin Yuon, Russian painter (b. 1875)
  • Apr 15 Estelle Taylor, dies at 64

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 16 Rosalind Franklin, English chemist and co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, dies of ovarian cancer at 37

Chemist and Molecular Biologist Rosalind Franklin
Chemist and Molecular Biologist
Rosalind Franklin
  • Apr 18 Maurice-Gustave Gamelin, French generalissmo (WW I, WW II), dies at 85
  • Apr 18 Richard B Goldschmidt, German zoologist (butterflies), dies
  • Apr 26 Joe Small, cricketer (WI all-rounder in 1928 series), dies
  • Apr 26 Johan N C "Joan" Collette, painter, dies at 68
  • May 2 Alfred Weber, German economist/sociologist, dies at 89
  • May 3 Frank Foster, cricketer (England all-rounder, 11 Tests 1911-12), dies
  • May 7 Nyogen Senzaki, 1st Zen teacher to reside in USA, dies at 81
  • May 8 Nasni Matni, Lebanese journalist, murdered
  • May 9 Bill Goodwin, TV announcer (Burns & Allen), dies at 47
  • May 15 Michael G the Boer, historian (Harbor of Amsterdam), dies at 91
  • May 16 Jeroom Verten [Jozef F Vermetten], Flemish playwright, dies at 49
  • May 19 Bruno Sturmer, composer, dies at 65
  • May 19 Ronald Colman, British actor (Prisoner of Zenda), dies at 67
  • May 19 Archie Scott-Brown, English race car driver (b. 1927)
  • May 25 Rolland Beaumont, cricketer (5 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • May 27 Ainslie Pryor, actor (Adventures of Hiram Holiday), dies at 46
  • May 27 Samuel Stritch, US cardinal/archbishop (Chicago), dies
  • May 28 Mikulas Schneider-Trvavsky, composer, dies at 77
  • May 29 Juan Ramon Jiménez, Spanish poet (Nobel 1956), dies at 76
  • Jun 4 Mechtilde Lichnowsky, German writer, dies at 79
  • Jun 6 Lily Theresa Strickland, composer, dies at 71
  • Jun 7 Roger Hartigan, cricketer (2 Tests for Aust in 1908), dies
  • Jun 9 Robert Donat, actor (Citadel, Goodbye Mr Chips, 39 Steps), dies at 53
  • Jun 10 Angelina Weld Grimke, American journalist (b. 1880)
  • Jun 13 Edwin Keppel Bennett, British writer (b. 1887)
  • Jun 15 Francois de Vries, economist, dies at 74
  • Jun 16 Jose Pablo Moncayo Garcia, composer, dies at 45
  • Jun 16 Imre Nagy, Prime Minister of Hungary (b. 1895)
  • Jun 18 Douglas Jardine, cricketer (22 Tests for England), dies