What Happened in January 1958

Historical Events

  • 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

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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

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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

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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

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Grandmaster Flash, [Joseph Saddler], American rocker (Message), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 1 Ren Woods, actress (Fanta-Roots), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 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 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, American 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 and TV presenter, born in Blackheath, London
  • Jan 25 Dinah Manoff, American 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)

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
Actress Joanne Woodward
Actress
Joanne Woodward

Famous Deaths

  • 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)