What Happened in August 1958

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 US 1st class postage up to 4 cents (had been 3 cents for 26 years)
  • Aug 1 US atomic sub USS Nautilus 1st begins transit of North Pole "operation Sunshine"
  • Aug 2 Jordan & Iraq disolve their Arab Federation, after 3 months
  • Aug 3 USS Nautilus reaches North Pole, 1st submarine to achieve submarine transit of North Pole
  • Aug 3 The Billboard Hot 100 is founded
  • Aug 4 Dumont TV Network crumbles
  • Aug 5 Philip Kapleau, Zen teacher, 1st awakening under Yasutani Roshi
  • Aug 6 Glenn Davis sets record of 49.2 in 400-meter hurdles
  • Aug 6 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Johnston Island
  • Aug 10 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Macktown Golf Open
  • Aug 13 Indians' right fielder Rocky Colavito makes his pitching debut, hurling 3 hitless innings, Detroit 3, Cleveland 2
  • Aug 14 Canadian Football League plays 1st game (Winnipeg 29, Edmonton 21)
  • Aug 14 Cleve Indian, Vic Power steals home twice in 1 game
  • Aug 14 KLM Superconstellation crashes west of Ireland, killing 99
  • Aug 15 25th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 35, Detroit 19 (70,000)
  • Aug 15 Soviet Marshal Bulganin resigns as director of State Bank
  • Aug 17 Bonnie Hoffman wins LPGA Kansas City Golf Open
  • Aug 17 World's 1st Moon probe, US's Thor-Able, explodes at T +77 sec
  • Aug 18 "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov published
  • Aug 18 Betsy Palmer joins Today Show panel

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Aug 18 Fidel Castro makes a speech on Cuban pirate radio Rebelde

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Aug 18 Floyd Patterson TKOs Roy Harris in 13 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • Aug 18 United Kingdom issues regional stamps (N Ireland, Scotland & Wales)
  • Aug 18 Perez Prado "Mambo King" receives one of the 1st gold records
  • Aug 18 TV game show scandal investigation starts
  • Aug 18 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • Aug 18 Verne Gagne beats Edouard Carpentier in Omaha, to become NWA champ
  • Aug 19 NAACP Youth Council begin sit-ins at Oklahoma City Lunch counters
  • Aug 20 Cubs use 1st baseman Dale Long as their 1st lefty catcher since 1906
  • Aug 20 Dale Long becomes 1st major league lefty catcher in 52 years
  • Aug 20 Detroit Tiger Jim Bunning no-hits Boston Red Sox, 3-0
  • Aug 21 KUT-FM in Austin Texas begins radio transmissions
  • Aug 22 Argos' Boyd Carter, Dave Mann combine for record 131-yd punt return
  • Aug 22 Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • Aug 23 China PR resumes fire on Quemoi & Matsoe
  • Aug 23 Marie Ashton completes playing piano a female record 133 hours
  • Aug 23 Chinese Civil War: The Second Taiwan Strait crisis begins with the People's Liberation Army's bombardment of Quemoy.
  • Aug 24 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Waterloo Golf Open
  • Aug 24 Sergei Popov wins Stockholm marathon (2:15:17.0) (WR)
  • Aug 24 19th Venice Film Festival: "Rickshaw Man" directed by Hiroshi Inagaki wins Golden Lion

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Aug 25 Momofuku Ando markets the first package of precooked instant noodles (Chikin Ramen)

Inventor of Instant Noodles Momofuku Ando
Inventor of Instant Noodles
Momofuku Ando
  • Aug 27 Clark Griffith says Senators will probably accept offer to move to Minnesota
  • Aug 27 US performs nuclear test at South Atlantic Ocean
  • Aug 27 USSR launches Sputnik 3 with two dogs aboard
  • Aug 28 Nellie Fox sets record for consecutive games without striking out (98)
  • Aug 29 US Air Force Academy's permanent site opens in Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Aug 29 George Harrison joins The Quarrymen (Lennon-McCartney-Best-Sutcliffe)

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • Aug 30 US performs nuclear test at S Atlantic Ocean

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Adrian Dunbar, Northern Irish actor
  • Aug 1 Rob Buck, American musician (10,000 Maniacs) (d. 2000)
  • Aug 1 Tor HÃ¥kon Holte, Norwegian cross country skier
  • Aug 2 Arshad Ayub, cricketer (Indian off-spinner of the late 1980's)
  • Aug 3 Cindy Nixon, singer (Girls Next Door-Don't Be Cruel), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Aug 3 Ana Kokkinos, Greek-Australian film director
  • Aug 4 Greg Foster, Maywood Ill, 110m hurdler (Olympic-silver-1984)
  • Aug 4 Mary Decker Tabb Slaney, NJ, olympic track star (mile record 4:16.71)
  • Aug 4 Allison Hedge Coke, American poet and writer
  • Aug 4 Kym Karath, American actress
  • Aug 6 Randy DeBarge, rock vocalist/bassist (Debarge), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • Aug 6 Simon Francken, Dutch bassist (Ivy Green)
  • Aug 7 Alberto Salazar, marathoner (NYC Marathon Winner)
  • Aug 7 Bruce Dickinson, heavy metal rocker (Iron Maiden-Run to Hills)
  • Aug 7 Larisa Karlova, USSR, team handball player (Olympic-gold-1976, 80)
  • Aug 8 Chris[sie Boy] Foreman, rock guitarist (Madness)
  • Aug 8 Deborah Norville, news anchor (Today Show, Inside Edition)
  • Aug 8 Harry Crosby, actor (Friday the 13th), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 8 Cecilia Roth, Argentine actress
  • Aug 9 Amanda Bearse, actress (Marcy Rhodes-Married With Children)
  • Aug 9 Greg Chaisson, heavy metal rocker (Badlands-Dreams in the Dark)
  • Aug 10 Jack Richards, English cricket wicket-keeper (mid-80's)
  • Aug 11 Cordelia Gonzalez, actress (La Gran Fiesta), born in San Juan Puerto Rico
  • Aug 11 Lori Garbacz, South Bend IN, LPGA golfer (1989 Circle K Tucson Open)
  • Aug 13 David W Feherty, Bangor N Ireland, PGA golfer (1994 New England-2nd)
  • Aug 13 Feargal Sharkey, rocker (Undertones-Never Never, Good Heart)
  • Aug 13 Randall Shughart, American Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1993)
  • Aug 14 "Beautiful" Bobby Eaton, wrestler (SMW/ECW/NJPW/WCW, Midnight Express)
  • Aug 15 Victor Shenderovich, Russian satirist
  • Aug 15 Rondell Sheridan, American actor and comedian
  • Aug 16 Angela Bassett, actress (What's Love Got to Do With It), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 16 Jonathan Prince, Beverly Hills Pa, actor (Danny-Alice, Pray TV)
  • Aug 16 Jose Luis, Clerc Argentina, tennis star
  • Aug 16 Peter "Jeff" K Wisoff, Norfolk VA, PhD/Astronaut (STS 57, 68, 81/84)

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Aug 16 Madonna [Ciccone], American singer and actress (Like a Virgin), born in Bay City, Michigan

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
  • Aug 17 Belinda Carlisle, (GoGos lead singer, Heaven on Earth), born in Hollywood, California
  • Aug 18 Madeleine Stowe, actress (Tropical Snow, Bad Girls), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 19 Gary Gaetti, Centralia IL, infielder (St Louis Cardinals)
  • Aug 19 Brendan Nelson, Australian politician
  • Aug 20 Patricia Rozema, Canadian film director and screenwriter
  • Aug 20 David O. Russell, American filmmaker (Silver Linings Playbook), born in New York
  • Aug 21 Dom Mamzi, horse trainer
  • Aug 22 Elhadjdia Ba, Dakar Senegal, hurdler (Olympic-silver-1988)
  • Aug 22 Ian Mitchell, Edinburgh, rocker (Bay City Rollers)
  • Aug 22 Colm Feore, American actor
  • Aug 22 Lane Huffman, American professional wrestler
  • Aug 22 Vernon Reid, American musician (Living Colour)
  • Aug 23 Julio Franco, Atlanta Braves, oldest regular position player in MLB history
  • Aug 24 Steve Guttenberg, American actor (Police Academy, Short Circuit), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 24 Tracy Harris, American artist
  • Aug 24 Chris Offutt, American author
  • Aug 25 Christian LeBlanc, NC, actor (Michael Baldwin-Young & Restless)
  • Aug 25 Saskia van Orly, Dutch singer (Tambourine)

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Aug 25 Tim Burton, American film director (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands), born in Burbank, California

Film Director Tim Burton
Film Director
Tim Burton
  • Aug 26 Jan Nevens, Belgian cyclist
  • Aug 27 Sergei Konstantinovich Krikalev, Russia, cosmonaut (TM-7, TM-12, STS 60)
  • Aug 27 Yoshinori Mizumaki, PGA golfer (1994 Byron Nelson-2nd), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Aug 27 Normand Brathwaite, Canadian comedian and television and radio host
  • Aug 27 Tom Lanoye, Belgian author
  • Aug 27 Stalking Cat [Dennis Avner], body modifier (world record holder in body modification), born in Flint, Michigan (d. 2012)
  • Aug 28 Scott Hamilton, ice skater (Olympic gold 1984), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • Aug 29 Lenny Henry, British comedian (3 of a Kind)

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Aug 29 Michael Jackson, recording artist and King of Pop (Thriller, Bad), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 2009)

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Aug 30 Anna Politkovskaya, Russian journalist (d. 2006)
  • Aug 31 David H Mattheisen, Blue Island Ill, PhD/astronaut (STS 73 alt)
  • Aug 31 Serge Blanco, French rugby union footballer

Famous Weddings

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
Buddy Holly

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 3 Peter Collins, English race car driver (b. 1931)
  • Aug 4 Ethel Anderson, Australian poet (b. 1883)
  • Aug 5 Joseph Holbrooke, English pianist/composer (3 Blind Mice), dies at 80
  • Aug 9 Felipe Boero, composer, dies at 74
  • Aug 10 Frank Demaree, baseball player (b. 1910)
  • Aug 13 Otto Witte, acrobat and, purportedly, King of Albania (b. 1868)
  • Aug 14 Big Bill Broonzy, rocker, dies of cancer at 65
  • Aug 14 Frederic Joliot-Curie, French nuclear physicist (Nobel 1936), dies
  • Aug 14 Gladys L Presley, mom of Elvis, dies at 46
  • Aug 14 Mary Ritter Beard, American historian, dies at 82
  • Aug 14 Konstantin von Neurath, German diplomat (b.1873)
  • Aug 15 William L C "Big Bill" Broonzy, US blues singer/guitarist, dies at 65
  • Aug 16 Paul Panzer, actor (Cat's Paw, Mildred Pierce), dies at 85
  • Aug 17 Florent Schmitt, French composer/critic (Jardin Secret), dies at 87
  • Aug 19 Antonius "Toon" Verhey, violin cellist/conductor, dies at 63
  • Aug 21 Stevan Hristic, composer, dies at 73
  • Aug 21 Walter Schumann, choral director (Ford Show), dies at 44
  • Aug 22 Roger Martin du Gard, novelist/playwright, dies
  • Aug 23 Martin du Gard, writer, dies
  • Aug 24 John G Strijdom, premier of South Africa (1954-58), dies at 65
  • Aug 24 Kenneth Leighton, composer, dies at 28
  • Aug 24 Leo Blech, German composer and conductor, dies at 87
  • Aug 24 Paul Henry, Northern Irish artist (b. 1876)
  • Aug 26 Ralph Vaughan Williams, English composer, dies at 85
  • Aug 27 Ernest Lawrence, American nuclear scientist and inventor (Cyclotron - Nobel 1939), dies at 57
  • Aug 28 Nikolay Semyonovich Golovanov, composer, dies at 67