What Happened in April 1958

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 KVIQ TV channel 6 in Eureka, CA (NBC/ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 1 Marshal Nikolai Bulganin becomes director of Soviet State Bank
  • Apr 2 Antillean Brewery (Amstel beer) opens
  • Apr 2 Wind speed reaches 450 kph in tornado, Wichita Falls, TX (record)
  • Apr 3 "Say, Darling" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 332 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 3 Fidel Castro's rebels attacked Havana

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Apr 4 1st march against nuclear weapons (Aldermaston, England)
  • Apr 4 Eugene Ionesco's "Tueur sans Gages" premieres in Darmstadt
  • Apr 4 The CND Peace Symbol displayed in public for the first time in London.
  • Apr 5 Ripple Rock, an underwater threat to navigation in the Seymour Narrows in Canada is destroyed in one of the largest non-nuclear controlled explosions of the time.

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 6 22nd Masters Golf Tournament: Arnold Palmer wins, shooting a 284

  • Apr 7 Dodgers erect 42-foot screen in left field at LA Coliseum to cut down on home runs, since it is only 250 feet down the line
  • Apr 10 Northern strip of Spanish Sahara ceded to Morocco
  • Apr 11 Brooks Hall in Civic Center dedicated (SF)
  • Apr 12 12th NBA Championship: St Louis Hawks beat Bost Celtics, 4 games to 2
  • Apr 12 Flemish Open air museum opens in Bokrijk
  • Apr 13 12th Tony Awards: Sunrise at Campobello & Music Man win
  • Apr 13 Van Cliburn is the first American to win the Chaikovsky Compettion in Moscow.
  • Apr 14 Sputnik 2 (with dog Laika) burns up in atmosphere

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

Apr 15 10th Emmy Awards: Gunsmoke, Robert Young & Jane Wyatt win

Actress Jane Wyatt
Jane Wyatt
  • Apr 15 1st baseball game in California, SF Giants beat LA Dodgers, 8-0
  • Apr 16 French government of Gaillard falls due to Tunisia crisis
  • Apr 16 5th National Film Awards (India): "Do Aankhen Barah Haath" wins the Golden Lotus
  • Apr 17 Brussells (Belgium) World Fair opens
  • Apr 18 Government troops reconquer Padang, Middle-Sumatra Indonesia
  • Apr 18 NL single-game record of 78,682, Giants lose to Dogers 6-5, in LA

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Apr 18 A United States federal court rules that poet Ezra Pound is to be released from an insane asylum.

  • Apr 19 62nd Boston Marathon won by Franjo Mihalic of Yugoslavia in 2:25:54
  • Apr 20 Buses replace Key System trains at 3 AM
  • Apr 20 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • Apr 20 Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins 4 games to 2 for Stanley Cup
  • Apr 20 Morocco demands departure of Spanish troops

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Apr 23 Gil Hodges hits his 300th HR & Pee Wee Reese plays in 2,000th game

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
  • Apr 24 Lee Walls hits 3 HRs, as Cubs beat Dodgers 15-2
  • Apr 28 Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • Apr 28 Vanguard TV-5 launched for Earth orbit (failed)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 28 US Vice President Richard Nixon begins goodwill tour of Latin America

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 30 Ted Williams is 10th major league player to get 1,000 extra-base hits

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Anton Innauer, Austria, 70m ski jumper (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • Apr 1 D. Boon, American musician d. (1985)

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Apr 3 Alec Baldwin, actor (Joshua-Knots Landing, Beetlejuice), born in Amityville, New York

  • Apr 3 Jaya Prada, Indian Actress
  • Apr 4 Derek Kallicharran, cricket all-rounder (Guyana, USA 1994 ICC Trophy)
  • Apr 4 Hrvoje Horvatic, video artist
  • Apr 4 John Wesley Jones, Lawton Ok, 4X100m relayer (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • Apr 4 Cazuza, Brazilian poet, singer and composer (d. 1990)
  • Apr 5 Cammie Lusko, Guinness' World Strongest Woman, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 5 Johan Kriek, South Africa, tennis player (US Indoor 1982)
  • Apr 7 Alexandra Neil, actress (Rose-Guiding Light), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Apr 7 Tony Aire, rocker (Adventures-Sea of Love)
  • Apr 9 Tony Sibson, English boxer, born in Leicester
  • Apr 10 Ken Griffy, baseball player (Cincinnati Reds, NY Yanks)
  • Apr 10 Bob Bell, British engineer
  • Apr 10 Yefim Bronfman, Russian-born pianist
  • Apr 11 Sally Clark, Feilding NZ, equestrian 3 day event (Olympics-silver-96)
  • Apr 11 Stuart Adamson, rock vocalist/guitarist (Big Country-Wonderland)
  • Apr 11 Brynn Hartman, American murderer (d. 1998)
  • Apr 12 Tony James, rock bassist (Sigue Sigue Sputnik-Love Missile F-111)
  • Apr 12 Will Sergeant, rock guitarist (Echo & Bunnymen-Killing Moon)
  • Apr 12 Howard Stableford, English actor and host
  • Apr 13 Randy Piper, heavy metal rocker (Wasp-Wildchild)
  • Apr 14 Michael Patrick Hulbert, Elmira NY, PGA golfer (1989 BC Open)
  • Apr 14 John D'Aquino, American actor
  • Apr 15 John Bracewell, NZ cricketer (premiere spinner of 80's)
  • Apr 15 Matt Reid, rock keyboardist (Berlin-Takes Your Breathe Away)
  • Apr 15 Dolores Gordon-Smith, British Writer
  • Apr 15 Noni Ιoannidou, Greek fashion model and actress
  • Apr 15 Benjamin Zephaniah, British writer
  • Apr 16 Philip Bainbridge, British cricketeer
  • Apr 17 Sergei Yuriyevich Vozovikov, Russian major/cosmonaut
  • Apr 18 Bernadette Robi, model/ex-wife of football player Lynn Swann
  • Apr 18 Lee Pattinson, rock bassist (Echo & Bunnymen-Heaven Up Here)
  • Apr 18 Malcolm Marshall, cricketer (WI quickie 1978-91, WI top wicket-taker)
  • Apr 20 Viacheslav Fetisov, Moscow, NHL defenseman (Team Russia, Detroit)
  • Apr 21 Andie MacDowell, [Rosali Anderson], SC, actress (Green Card) [or 2/12]
  • Apr 21 Kyle Stevens, LPGA golfer
  • Apr 21 Mike Barson, rock keyboardist (Madness)
  • Apr 21 Michael Zarnock, American author and columnist
  • Apr 21 Yoshito Usui, Japanese manga artist
  • Apr 22 Ashraf Ali, cricket wicket-keeper (Pakistani mid-80s)
  • Apr 22 Ken Olandt, actor (April Fool's Day, Imposter, Leprechaun)
  • Apr 23 Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, Icelandic music composer
  • Apr 24 Fernando Luna, Spain, tennis star
  • Apr 24 Valery Lantratov, Russian ballet dancer
  • Apr 24 Brian Paddick, British former deputy assistant commissioner and most senior openly gay police officer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 25 Christa Johnson, American LPGA golfer (1990 Atlantic City Classic), born in Arcata, California

LPGA Golfer Christa Johnson
LPGA Golfer
Christa Johnson
  • Apr 25 Fish, [Derek William Dick], Scottish vocalist (Marillion-Sugar Mice)
  • Apr 26 Giancarlo Esposito, actor (Bob Roberts, School Daze, King of NY)
  • Apr 26 Johnny "Earl of" Dumfries, racing driver
  • Apr 26 John Crichton-Stuart, 7th Marquess of Bute
  • Apr 26 Jeffrey Guterman, American mental health counselor
  • Apr 27 Keith Denunzio, rocker
  • Apr 28 Hal Evan Sutton, PGA golfer (1982 Walt Disney), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Apr 28 Nancy Lee Grahn, actress (Santa Barbara)
  • Apr 29 Eve Plumb, actress (Jan-Brady Bunch, I'm Gonna Get You Sucka), born in Burbank, California
  • Apr 29 Michelle Pfeiffer, Midway City California, actress (Married to the Mob)
  • Apr 29 Simon Edwards, rocker (Fairground Attraction-Find My Love)
  • Apr 29 Gary Cohen, Baseball broadcaster
  • Apr 30 Charles Berling, French actor, director and screenwriter

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick

Famous Deaths

  • 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