What Happened in December 1958

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 "Flower Drum Song" opens at St James Theater NYC for 602 performances
  • Dec 1 Central African Rep made autonomous member of Fr Comm (National Day)
  • Dec 1 Our Lady of Angels School burns, killing 92 students & 3 nuns (Chic)
  • Dec 2 24th Heisman Trophy Award: Pete Dawkins, Army (HB)
  • Dec 2 Benelux treaty signed by Belgium, Netherlands & Luxembourg
  • Dec 2 KNOP TV channel 2 in North Platte, NB (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 2 1959 NFL Draft: Randy Duncan from University of Iowa first pick by Green Bay Packers
  • Dec 3 Indonesian parliament accepts nationalisation of Dutch businesses
  • Dec 4 Dahomey (Benin), Ivory Coast become autonomous within French Community
  • Dec 4 Finnish government of Fagerholm resigns
  • Dec 5 Phils drop plans for NY sportcast as Yanks threat to do same in Philadelphia
  • Dec 5 WTOL TV channel 11 in Toledo, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting

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Dec 5 Subscriber Trunk Dialling (STD) is inaugurated in the UK by Queen Elizabeth II when she speaks to the Lord Provost in a call from Bristol to Edinburgh.

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Dec 5 The Preston bypass, the UK's first stretch of motorway, opens to traffic for the first time. It is now part of the M6 and M55 motorways.
  • Dec 6 US lunar probe Pioneer 3 reaches 107,269 km, falls back
  • Dec 7 Romulo Betancourt elected President of Venezuela
  • Dec 9 Robert H W Welch Jr & 11 other men meet in Indianapolis to form anti-Communist John Birch Society
  • Dec 10 1st domestic (NY-Miami) passenger jet flight-National 707 flew 111
  • Dec 10 U of Pitts agrees to buy Forbes Field from the Pirates
  • Dec 11 4th (last) Dutch government of Drees falls
  • Dec 11 Archibald MacLeish's "JB" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 11 Upper Volta (now Bourkina Faso) gains autonomy from France
  • Dec 12 Dutch social democratic party-ministers/premier Drees dismissed
  • Dec 12 Fergie Gupte takes 9-102 with leggies v W Indies at Kanpur

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Dec 14 Pat Summerall kicks game winning field goal for the New York Giants against the Cleveland Browns at Yankee Stadium

CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall
  • Dec 16 Bogota warehouse fire kills 82
  • Dec 18 1st test project of Signal Communications by Orbiting Relay Equip

CommunicationHistoric Communication

Dec 18 1st voice from space: recorded Christmas message by President Eisenhower

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Dec 18 Niger gains autonomy within French Community (National Day)
  • 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")

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Dec 21 Charles de Gaulle wins 7 year term as 1st President of 5th Rep of France

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • Dec 22 "Chipmunk Song" reaches #1
  • Dec 22 "Whoop-Up" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 56 performances
  • Dec 22 2nd Dutch Beel government forms
  • Dec 23 "Party with Comden & Green" opens at John Golden NYC for 38 performances
  • Dec 23 Abdallah Ibrahim forms government of Morocco
  • Dec 25 Alan Freed's Christmas Rock & Roll Spectacular opens
  • Dec 28 Chipmunks (Alvin, Simon & Theodore with David Seville) hits #1
  • Dec 28 "The Greatest Game Ever Played", Baltimore Colts beat New York Giants 23-17 in the first every sudden-death overtime game in NFL history (17 future members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame were involved in the game)
  • Dec 29 Balt Colts beat NY Giants 23-17 in NFL championship game
  • Dec 29 TV soap "Young Dr Malone" debuts
  • Dec 30 French franc devalued
  • Dec 31 47th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Brisbane (3-2)

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Dec 31 Cuban dictator Batista tells his Cabinet he is fleeing the country

Cuban President and Dictator Fulgencio Batista
Cuban President and Dictator
Fulgencio Batista
  • Dec 31 International Geophyscial Year ends
  • Dec 31 Willie Shoemaker 1st jockey to win national riding championship 4X

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Charlene Tilton, actress (Lucy Ewing-Dallas), born in San Diego, California
  • Dec 2 Vladimir Parfenovich, USSR, 500m kayak (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • Dec 2 George Saunders, American short story writer, born in Amarillo, Texas
  • Dec 4 Bill Roy, Versailles Ill, skeet (Olympics-1996)
  • Dec 5 Dean Erickson, American actor
  • Dec 6 Nick Park, British filmmaker and animator
  • Dec 7 Edd Hall, TV announcer (Jay Leno's Tonight Show)
  • Dec 7 Rick Rude, American professional wrestler (d. 1999)
  • Dec 8 Billy Hufsey, actor (Christopher-Fame, Days of our Life)
  • Dec 8 Wayne Dickert, Chattanooga TN, slalom double canoe (Olympics-11th-96)
  • Dec 8 Bird McIntyre, Thai pop singer, musician
  • Dec 9 Nancy J Currie, Mjr Army/astronaut (STS 57, 70, sk: 88), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Dec 9 Rikk Agnew, American guitarist (The Adolescents)
  • Dec 10 John J York, actor (Mac Scorpio-General Hospital), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 10 Paul Hardcastle, keyboardist (Don't Waste My Time, Just for Money)
  • Dec 11 Regina Marsikova, Prague, Czechoslovakian tennis player
  • Dec 11 Nikki Sixx, American musician (Mötley Crüe)
  • Dec 12 Sheree J Wilson, Rochester MN, actress (Our Family Honor, Dallas)
  • Dec 13 Clark Brandon, actor (Fast Food), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 13 Dana Strum, rock bassist (Slaughter-Stick it Live), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 13 Lynn-Holly Johnson, actress (Ice Castles), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 14 Jan Dijksma, Dutch bassist (Weekend at Waikiki)
  • Dec 14 Mike Scott, Scottish rocker (Blues Inc, Waterboys-Rainbow Warrior)
  • Dec 14 Spider Tracy, English rock vocalist (The Pogues)
  • Dec 14 Steven Rock-Savage, Mellville Louisiana, (LSU), actor
  • Dec 15 Eddy Annys, Belgian high jumper
  • Dec 16 Bart Oates, NFL center (NY Giants, SF 49ers)
  • Dec 17 Mike Mills, US pop bassist (REM-One I Love)
  • Dec 19 Iqbal Sikander, cricketer (Pakistan leg-spinner 1992 World Cup)
  • Dec 19 Limahl, British rocker (Kajagoogoo-Too Shy)
  • Dec 19 Rick Pearson, Marianna FL, Nike golfer (1990 Yuma Open)
  • Dec 20 Steve Sailer, American political commentator
  • Dec 22 Lenny Von Dohlen, actor (Love Kills, Electric Dreams), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • Dec 22 Frank Gambale, Australian musician
  • Dec 22 David Heavener, American actor and musician
  • Dec 23 Denise McConnell, Weisbaden Germany, playmate (March, 1979)
  • Dec 23 Joan Severance, actress (Hear No Evil, See No Evil), born in Houston, Texas
  • Dec 23 Victoria Williams, American singer
  • Dec 24 Munetaka Higuchi, Japanese drummer
  • Dec 25 Joop Hiele, soccer player (Dordrecht '90, Go Ahead Eagles)

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Dec 25 Rickey Henderson, MLB outfielder (stolen base king, A's, Yanks), born in Chicago, Illinois

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • Dec 26 Adrian Newey, British engineer
  • Dec 27 Steffen Mensching, writer
  • Dec 27 Steven Glen Jones, Artesia NM, PGA golfer (1988 AT&T Pebble Beach)
  • Dec 28 Carl Marsden, bodyguard
  • Dec 28 Carlos Carson, football player
  • Dec 28 Joe Diffie, country singer/guitarist (Home), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Dec 28 Mike McGuire, Haleyville Ala, singer (Shenandoah-Sunday in the South)
  • Dec 28 Terry Butcher, British soccer player
  • Dec 29 Curt Allen Byrum, Onida SD, PGA golfer (1989 Hardee's Golf Classic)
  • Dec 30 Brandon Clark, actor (Sean-The Fitzpatricks), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 30 Steven L Smith, Phoenix Arizona, astronaut (STS 68, 82)
  • Dec 30 Rod Harrington, English darts player
  • Dec 31 Geoff Marsh, cricketer (Aust opening batsman 1985-92)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 5 Ferdinand Bruckner, writer, dies at 67
  • Dec 6 Erwin Bodky, German-American composer, dies at 62
  • Dec 8 Tris Speaker, American baseball player (b. 1888)
  • Dec 10 Juliane Gabriels, Flemish physician, dies at 72
  • Dec 10 Adolfo Camarillo, American horse breeder (b.1864)
  • Dec 13 Ahmed Mukhtar Baban, premier of Iraq, executed
  • Dec 13 Barhanuddin Bashajan, Iraqi minister of Foreign affairs, executed
  • Dec 13 Brand Dirck Ochse, film/bioscope pioneer (Polygoon), dies at 66
  • Dec 13 Rafiq Aref, Iraqi chief-staff Arabs Statenbond, executed
  • Dec 13 Tim Moore, actor (Kingfish-Amos 'n' Andy), dies at 70
  • Dec 13 Tim Moore, American actor (b. 1887)
  • Dec 15 Wolfgang Ernst Pauli, Austrian-born American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1900)
  • Dec 21 H[arry] B[yron] Warner, actor (10 Commandments, New Moon), dies at 83
  • Dec 21 Lion Feuchtwanger, philosopher/writer (Der falsche Nero), dies at 74
  • Dec 22 Fjodor W Gladkow, Russian author (Cement), dies at 75
  • Dec 26 Harry Redman, composer, dies on 89th birthday
  • Dec 29 Doris Humphrey, US dancer/choreographer (Dances of Women), dies at 63
  • Dec 31 Gustav Hermann Unger, composer, dies at 72