What Happened in October 1958

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Britain transfers Christmas Island (south of Java) to Australia
  • Oct 1 US space agency NASA begins operations incorporating earlier National Advisory Council on Aeronautics and other bodies
  • Oct 2 Guinea (French Guinea) gains independence from France (National Day)
  • Oct 2 Musical show "Valmouth" 1st produced in London
  • Oct 2 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 4 12th NHL All-Star Game: Montreal beat All-Stars 6-3 at Montreal
  • Oct 4 5th French republic forms
  • Oct 4 Transatlantic commercial jet passenger service began (BOAC)
  • Oct 4 Fifth Republic of France is established.
  • Oct 5 KRTV TV channel 3 in Great Falls, MT (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 5 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 6 US nuclear sub USS Seawolf remains record 60 days under pole
  • Oct 7 Potter Stewart appointed to US Supreme Court
  • Oct 7 US manned space-flight project renamed Project Mercury
  • Oct 8 Braves Eddie Mathews strikes out for World Series record 11th time
  • Oct 8 Dr Ake Senning installs first pacemaker (Stockholm)
  • Oct 8 KCMT TV channel 7 in Alexandria, MN (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 9 Israeli navy inaugrates its first submarine
  • Oct 9 NY Yankees beat Braves 4 games to 3 in 55th World Series
  • Oct 9 NY Yankees appear in 9 & win 7 of last 10 World Series
  • Oct 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 10 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 11 "Goldilocks" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 161 performances
  • Oct 11 2nd US Moon probe, Pioneer 1, reaches 113,810 km, falls back
  • Oct 12 CVP wins municipal elections in Belgium
  • Oct 12 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 12 WJRT TV channel 12 in Flint, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 13 Burial of Eugenio Pacelli, Pope Pius XII on the 41st anniversary of the "Miracle of the Sun".

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 14 Brendan Behan's "Hostage" premieres in London

Irish Poet and Playwright Brendan Behan
Irish Poet and Playwright
Brendan Behan
  • Oct 14 Malagasy Republic becomes autonomous republic in French Community
  • Oct 14 Paul Osborn's "World of Suzie Wong" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 14 The District of Columbia Bar Association votes to accept black Americans as members.
  • Oct 15 Tunisia drops diplomatic relations with Egypt
  • Oct 15 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 16 Benjamin Britten's "Nocturne," premieres
  • Oct 16 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 19 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 19 9th Formula One WDC: Mike Hawthorn wins by one point
  • Oct 21 1st women in British House of Lords
  • Oct 23 De Gaulle offers Algerians defiance "peace of the brave"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 23 Soviet novelist Boris Pasternak, wins Nobel Prize for Literature

Novelist & Poet Boris Pasternak
Novelist & Poet
Boris Pasternak
  • Oct 23 USSR lends money to UAR to build Aswan High Dam
  • Oct 23 The Springhill Mine Bump - underground earthquake traps 174 miners in No. 2 colliery at Springhill, Nova Scotia, deepest coal mine in North America. By 1st November rescuers had dug out 100 victims, with death toll at 74.
  • Oct 24 USSR lends Egypt 400 million rubles to build Aswan Dam
  • Oct 26 PanAm flies first transatlantic jet from New York to Paris
  • Oct 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 27 Gen Ayub Khan succeeds Iskander Mirza as president of Pakistan
  • Oct 27 WEDU TV channel 3 in Tampa-St Petersburg, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Oct 28 Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, elected Pope, taking name John XXIII

  • Oct 28 Pete Runnels wins Comeback Player of Year (avg went from .230 to .322)
  • Oct 29 Boris Pasternak refuses Nobel prize for literature
  • Oct 29 Dr F Mason Sones is first doctor to perform a coronary angiogram
  • Oct 29 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Alton Lister, NBA forward/center (Portland Trailblazers, Celtics)
  • Oct 1 Michelle Bauer, [Medvitz], California, actress (One Million Heels BC)
  • Oct 1 Masato Nakamura, Japanese musician
  • Oct 3 Karen Morton Palmdale CA, playmate (Jul, 1978)
  • Oct 4 Anneka Rice, Dutch TV hostess
  • Oct 4 Barbara MacDonald, rocker (Timbuk 3)
  • Oct 5 Brent W Jett Jr, Pontiac Mich, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut (STS 72, sk:81)
  • Oct 5 André Kuipers, Dutch astronaut
  • Oct 6 Joseph Finder, American novelist
  • Oct 7 Kim Morris, playmate (Mar, 1986), born in San Diego, California
  • Oct 7 Judy Landers, American actress (BJ & the Bear, Madame's Place), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 8 Steve Coll, American journalist
  • Oct 9 Michael Pare, American actor
  • Oct 9 Al Jourgensen, American musician (Ministry)
  • Oct 10 J Eddie Peck, Joplin Missouri, actor (Bold & Beautiful-Cole Howard)
  • Oct 10 John M Grunsfeld, PhD/astronaut (STS 67, 81), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 10 Tanya Tucker, Seminole Tx, country singer/actress (Follow that Car)
  • Oct 12 Jeff Keith, rock vocalist (Tesla-Psychotic Supper)
  • Oct 12 Bryn Merrick, British musician, (The Damned)
  • Oct 13 Barb Bunkowsky-Scherbak, Toronto ON, LPGA golfer (1984 Chrysler)
  • Oct 13 Dwayne Evans, 200m runner (Olympic-bronze-1976), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Oct 13 Joseph Richard Sylvers, rocker
  • Oct 13 Maria Cantwell, (Rep-D-Washington)
  • Oct 13 Jair-Rohm Parker Wells, American musician and composer
  • Oct 14 Thomas Dolby, Cairo Egypt, rock vocalist (She Blinded Me With Science)
  • Oct 15 Jayne Modean, actress (Nurse Hooter-Trauma Center), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Oct 16 Tim Robbins, West Covina CA, actor (Bull Durham, Shawshank Redemption)
  • Oct 16 Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Greek singer
  • Oct 17 Alan Jackson, Newnan Ga, country singer (Here in the Real World)
  • Oct 17 Blaine McCallister, Ft Stockton TX, PGA golfer (1989 Honda Classic)
  • Oct 17 France ice hockey forward (Canada, Oly-98), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Oct 17 Gig Gangel Harlingen TX, playmate (Jan, 1980)
  • Oct 17 Gianmaria Testa, Italian singer-songwriter, born in Cavallermaggiore (d. 2016)
  • Oct 18 Hal Haenel, star sailor (Olympics-8th-1988, 92, 96), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Oct 18 Kjell Samuelsson, Tyngsryd Swe, NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers)
  • Oct 18 Corinne Bohrer, American actress
  • Oct 18 Thomas Hearns, American boxer
  • Oct 19 Antoine Trousers, rock drummer/singer (Dike-Bleeding Heart)
  • Oct 19 John Bloom, [Joe Bob Briggs], drive-in movie critic
  • Oct 19 Tiriel Mora, Australian actor
  • Oct 19 Lou Briel, Puerto Rican singer and actor
  • Oct 20 Dave Krieg, NFL quarterback (Arizona Cardinals, Tennessee Oilers)
  • Oct 20 Eric Scott, actor (Ben-Waltons), born in Hollywood, California
  • Oct 20 Ivo Pogorelich, Belgrade Yugoslavia, pianist (1978 Casagrande winner)
  • Oct 20 Mark King, bass/vocalist (Level 42-Standing in the Light, Love Games)
  • Oct 20 Ricky Byrd, rocker (Joan Jett & Blackhearts)
  • Oct 20 Valerie Faris, American film director
  • Oct 20 Lynn Flewelling, American fantasy author
  • Oct 20 Ivo Pogorelic, Croatian pianist
  • Oct 20 Viggo Mortensen, American Actor (Lord of the Rings, The Road), born in New York, NY
  • Oct 22 Bobby Blotzer, rock drummer (Ratt, "Round & Round"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 23 Michael Eric Dyson, American activist, professor, author
  • Oct 24 Mathilde Santing, Dutch rock singer (Breast & Brow)
  • Oct 24 Pam Gietzen, LPGA golfer
  • Oct 25 Dipak Patel, cricketer (in Kenya New Zealand off-spin all-rounder)
  • Oct 25 Kornelia Ender, Halle GDR, swimmer (Olympic-4 gold-1972, 76)
  • Oct 25 Mark Miller, actor (Search for Grace, Love Field), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Oct 27 Hazell Dean, rocker (Always Doesn't Mean Forever)
  • Oct 27 Simon Le Bon, rock vocalist (Duran, Duran-Hungry Like the Wolf)
  • Oct 27 Lee Carter, Alabama Judge of the 25th Judicial Circuit
  • Oct 27 Manu Katché, French drummer (Peter Gabriel, Preface), born in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, France
  • Oct 28 Jay Don Blake, St George UT, PGA golfer (1991 Shearson Lehman Open)
  • Oct 29 David Remnick, American writer and editor of The New Yorker
  • Oct 30 Kevin Pollak, SF, comedian (Usual Suspects, Grumpy Old Men)
  • Oct 30 Stefan Dennis, Australian actor
  • Oct 30 Ramona d'Viola, American cyclist
  • Oct 31 Russell Earl Cochran, PGA golfer (1991 Centel Western), born in Paducah, Kentucky
  • Oct 31 Jeannie Longo, French cyclist

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Robert Falk, Russian painter (b. 1886)
  • Oct 2 Marie Stopes, birth control pioneer, dies
  • Oct 8 Ran Bosilek, Bulgarian author (b. 1886)
  • Oct 9 Pius XII, [Eugenio Pacelli], Pope (1939-58), dies at 82
  • Oct 11 Johannes R. Becher, German writer and politician, dies at 67
  • Oct 12 Ed Hinton, actor (Henderson-I Lived 3 Lives), dies at 30
  • Oct 12 Gerard Hordijk, Dutch architect/painter, dies at 59
  • Oct 12 Gordon Griffith, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1907)
  • Oct 13 Alexander Moiseyevich Veprik, Russian composer, dies at 59 (b. 1899)
  • Oct 14 Jean Poveigh, composer, dies at 82
  • Oct 14 Douglas Mawson, Australian Antarctic explorer (b. 1882)
  • Oct 15 Jack Mason, cricketer (England all-rounder v Australia 1897-98), dies
  • Oct 15 John C Poortenaar, painter/etcher/cartoonist, dies at 72
  • Oct 15 John Hamilton, actor (Perry White-Superman), dies at 61
  • Oct 17 C L Townsend, cricketer (2 Tests for England 1899), dies
  • Oct 17 Paul Outerbridge, American photographer (b. 1896)
  • Oct 24 Esther Delterne, Flemish actress/revue-artists, dies at 81
  • Oct 24 Martin Fallas Shaw, composer, dies at 83
  • Oct 27 Frederik Gerretson [Geerten Gossaert], historian/poet/politician, dies at 74
  • Oct 27 Joseph Klausner, Polish/Israeli new testament expert, dies at 84
  • Oct 29 Zoe Akins, American playwright (b. 1886)
  • Oct 30 Rose Macaulay, writer, dies at 77