Historical Events in 1958

Events 1 - 200 of 599

  • Jan 1st BOAC Britannia flies London to NY in a record 7h57m
  • Jan 1st European Economic Community (Common Market) starts operation
  • Jan 1st WMBD TV channel 31 in Peoria, IL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1st 44th Rose Bowl: #2 Ohio State beats Oregon, 10-7
  • Jan 1st 24th Sugar Bowl: #7 Mississippi beats #11 Texas, 39-7
  • Jan 1st 24th Orange Bowl: #4 Oklahoma beats #16 Duke, 48-21
  • Jan 2nd Dmitri Shostakovitch' 2nd Piano concert, premieres in NY

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Jan 3rd Edmund Hillary reaches South Pole overland

Mountaineer and Explorer Edmund Hillary
Mountaineer and Explorer
Edmund Hillary
  • Jan 3rd Lindsay Kline takes a hat-trick v South Africa at Cape Town
  • Jan 3rd The West Indies Federation is formed.
  • Jan 4th Sputnik 1 reenters atmosphere & burns up
  • Jan 4th Sir Edmund Hillary reaches the South Pole
  • Jan 6th Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to E. E. Cummings
  • Jan 6th Gibson patents Flying V Guitar
  • Jan 6th WIPR TV channel 6 in San Juan, PR (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 7th USSR reduces army to 300,000
  • Jan 8th Cuban revolutionary forces capture Havana

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Jan 9th 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 10th 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 12th 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 13th 9,000 scientists of 43 nations petition UN for nuclear test ban
  • Jan 13th US newspaper "Daily Worker" ceases publication
  • Jan 13th Moroccan Liberation Army ambushes Spanish patrol in the Battle of Edchera.
  • Jan 15th NY Yankees sign million dollar plus deal to show 140 games on WPIX TV
  • Jan 16th William Gibson's "Two for the Seesaw" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 18th Willie O'Ree becomes the first African Canadian to play in the NHL (makes debut for Boston Bruins)
  • Jan 19th Canadian Football Council renamed Canadian Football League
  • Jan 20th Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
  • Jan 20th KUED TV channel 7 in Salt Lake City, UT (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 20th A group attempting the 1st surface crossing of Antarctic join up at the South Pole
  • Jan 21st KMOT TV channel 10 in Minot, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 21st Phillies agree to televise 78 games into NYC (doesn't happen)
  • Jan 21st 8th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 130-118 at St. Louis
  • Jan 22nd KRSD (now KEVN) TV channel 7 in Rapid City, SD (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Jan 23rd "Body Beautiful" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 60 performances
  • Jan 23rd Dictator Marcos Perez JimĂ©nez flees Venezuela, Larrazabal takes power
  • Jan 23rd Pakistani cricketer Hanif Mohammad completes 337 runs in 970 minutes v West Indies
  • Jan 24th 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 26th H Laskow replaces Moshe Dayan on as Israeli minister of Defense
  • Jan 26th Jack Smith takes over from Art Baker as TV host of "You Asked for It"
  • Jan 26th Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Lake Worth Open Golf Invitational
  • Jan 26th Japanese ferry Nankai Maru capsized off southern Awaji Island, Japan, 167 killed.
  • Jan 27th Ferenc Munnich succeeds Kadar as premier of Hungary
  • Jan 27th 46th Women's Australian Championships: Angela Mortimer Barrett beats Lorraine Coghlan Robinson (6-3, 6-4)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 27th 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 28th Construction began on 1st private thorium-uranium nuclear reactor

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Jan 28th Dodger catcher Roy Campanella is paralyzed in an automobile wreck

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
  • Jan 28th The Lego company patented their design of Lego bricks, still compatible with bricks produced today.
  • Jan 29th Murderer, Charles Starkweather, captured by police in Wyoming
  • Jan 30th 1st 2-way moving sidewalk in service, Dallas Tx
  • Jan 30th Baseball announces players & coaches rather than fans pick all stars
  • Jan 30th Dore Schary's "Sunrise at Campobello" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 30th UK House of Lords passes bill allowing women to take seats

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Jan 31st "Jackpot Bowling" premieres on NBC with Leo Durocher as host

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Jan 31st James van Allen discovers radiation belt
  • Jan 31st US launches their 1st artificial satellite, Explorer 1
  • Feb 1st 1st US satellite (Explorer I) launched
  • Feb 1st Egypt & Syria announce plans to merge into United Arab Republic
  • Feb 1st WFTV TV channel 9 in Orlando, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 2nd Fay Crocker wins LPGA Havana Biltmore Golf Open
  • Feb 2nd Syria joins Egypt in United Arab Republic
  • Feb 2nd WRIK (now WLUZ) TV channel 7 in Ponce, PR (PTC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 3rd Royal Teens' "Short Shorts" enters Top 40 chart & peaks at #3
  • Feb 4th "Oh, Captain!" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 192 performances
  • Feb 4th Hall of Fame fails to elect anyone for 1st time since 1950
  • Feb 5th Clifton R Wharton confirmed as 1st US black foreign minister (Romania)
  • Feb 5th Gamel Abdel Nasser nominated 1st president of United Arab Republic
  • Feb 5th Test Cricket debut of Lance Gibbs, WI v Pakistan, Port-of-Spain
  • Feb 5th Vanguard TV-3 back-up launches into Earth orbit; reaches 6 km

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Feb 6th Ted Williams signs with Red Sox for $135,000, making him highest paid

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Feb 6th 21 dead in air crash in Munich; 7 of those are from the Manchester United football team
  • Feb 7th 1st showing of DAF 600 auto
  • Feb 7th Dodgers officially become the Los Angeles Dodgers, Inc
  • Feb 7th Dutch auto-transmission car DAF 600 introduced
  • Feb 8th Edgar Whitehead succeeds Garfield Todd as premier of South Rhodesia
  • Feb 8th French planes bomb Sakiet Tunisia, 75 die
  • Feb 8th KIRO TV channel 7 in Seattle, WA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 11th Marshal Chen Yi succeeds Chu En-lai as Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Feb 11th Ruth Carol Taylor is 1st African-American woman hired as flight attendant, Ithaca NY
  • Feb 11th WTVC TV channel 9 in Chattanooga, TN (ABC) begins broadcasting

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Feb 12th Celtic Bill Russell grabs 41 rebounds to beat Syracuse 119-101

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • Feb 12th Gen Miguel Ydegoras Fuentes elected president of Guatemala
  • Feb 14th Arab Federation of Iraq & Jordan forms
  • Feb 15th Ice Dance Championship at Paris won by June Markham/Courtney Jones GRB
  • Feb 15th Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by Barbara Wagner/Rob Paul of CAN
  • Feb 15th Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Carol Heiss of USA
  • Feb 15th Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by David Jenkins USA
  • Feb 15th Sjafroeddin Prawiranegara forms anti-government of Middle Sumatra
  • Feb 16th Betsy Rawls wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open
  • Feb 17th Comic strip "BC" 1st appears
  • Feb 17th WETV (now WPBA) TV channel 30 in Atlanta, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 19th Carl Perkins leaves Sun Records for Columbia Records
  • Feb 20th Jockey Eddie Arcaro rides his 4,000th winner
  • Feb 20th LA Coliseum Comm approves 2-yr pact allows Dodgers to use facility
  • Feb 21st "Portotino" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • Feb 21st Egypt-Syria as United Arab Republic elect Nasser president (99.9% vote)
  • Feb 22nd "Portotino" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • Feb 22nd Australian swimmer Jon Konrads sets 6 world records in 2 days
  • Feb 22nd Egypt & Syria form United Arab Republic (UAR)
  • Feb 22nd Indonesian air force bombs Padang, Sumatra/Menado, Celebes

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Feb 22nd 15th Golden Globes: The Bridge on the River Kwai, Alec Guinness, & Joanne Woodward win

  • Feb 23rd 5-time world driving champion Juan Fangio kidnapped by Cuban rebels
  • Feb 23rd Arturo Frondizi elected President of Argentina
  • Feb 23rd Last Municipal arc light, Mission & 25th removed (installed in 1913)
  • Feb 23rd USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Feb 27th USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Feb 28th West Indies 1-504 in reply to Pakistan 328, day 3 of 3rd Test Cricket
  • Mar 1st Gary Sobers 365* v Pak, 614 min, 38 fours, best Cricket before Lara
  • Mar 1st Sobers completes 446 stand for 2nd wicket with Conrad Hunte, 260
  • Mar 1st West Indies cricket team declares at stumps with a score of 3-790 vs Pakistan
  • Mar 1st Samuel Alphonsus Stritch, is appointed Pro-Prefect of the Propagation of Faith and thus becomes the first American member of the Roman Curia.
  • Mar 2nd 1st surface crossing of Antarctic continent is completed in 99 days
  • Mar 2nd Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open
  • Mar 2nd Yemen announces it would join the United Arab Republic
  • Mar 3rd KTVU TV channel 2 in Oakland-San Francisco, CA (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Mar 3rd Nuri ash Said becomes premier of Iraq
  • Mar 5th Explorer 2 fails to reach Earth orbit
  • Mar 5th KDUH TV channel 4 in Scottsbluff-Hay Spring, NB (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Mar 7th Chicago Cardinals announce they will play their 1958 opener in Buffalo
  • Mar 8th Silky Sullivan comes from 40 lengths back to win by 3 at Santa Anita

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Mar 8th William Faulkner says US school degenerated to become babysitters

Author and Nobel Laureate William Faulkner
Author and Nobel Laureate
William Faulkner
  • Mar 8th 5th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Maryland beats North Carolina, 86-74
  • Mar 9th George Yardley (Pistons) is 1st NBAer to score 2,000 points in season
  • Mar 11th Charles Van Doren finally loses on TV game show "21"
  • Mar 11th Starting this season, AL batters are required to wear batting helmets
  • Mar 12th British Empire Day is renamed "Commonwealth Day"
  • Mar 12th 3rd Eurovision Song Contest: Andre Claveau for France wins singing "Dors, mon amour" in Hilversum
  • Mar 13th Government troops land in Sumatra Indonesia
  • Mar 14th RIAA certifies 1st gold record (Perry Como's Catch A Falling Star)
  • Mar 14th Recording Industry Association of American created
  • Mar 14th South Africa's government prohibits the African National Congress
  • Mar 14th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 14th USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test

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Mar 14th Danny Meyer, American restaurateur (Shake Shack, Union Square Cafe), born in St. Louis, Missouri

Restaurateur and Founder of Shake Shack Danny Meyer
Restaurateur and Founder of Shake Shack
Danny Meyer
  • Mar 15th "Body Beautiful" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 60 performances
  • Mar 15th KULR TV channel 8 in Billings, MT (NBC/ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 15th Oscar Robertson of Cin scores a NCAA midwest region-record 56 pts
  • Mar 15th Royals basketball star Maurice Stokes collapsed during a playoff game with encephalitis; He goes into a coma & is permanently disabled
  • Mar 15th USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • Mar 16th Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • Mar 17th Navy launches Vanguard 1 into orbit (2nd US), measures Earth shape
  • Mar 18th Dodgers announces mascot/clown Emmett Kelly will not perform in 1958
  • Mar 19th Britain's first planetarium opens at Madame Tussaud's inbakesr street, London
  • Mar 19th Gary Sobers completes a century in each innings for WI vs. Pakistan
  • Mar 20th 50" snow across the Mason-Dixon line
  • Mar 20th Clandestine Burasi Bizim Radio (communist) begins transmitting
  • Mar 20th Greek Clandestine Radio (communist), Voice of Truth 1st transmission
  • Mar 21st 1st presentation of West Point's Sylvanus Thayer Award
  • Mar 21st USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • Mar 22nd 20th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Seattle 84-72
  • Mar 22nd Under pressure King Saud appoints Faisal Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia
  • Mar 22nd USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

CommunicationElvis Presley in the Army

Mar 24th Elvis Presley joins the army (serial number 53310761)

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Mar 25th Sugar Ray Robinson is 1st boxing champ to win 5 times

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson
  • Mar 25th West German parliament desires German atomic weapons
  • Mar 26th 30th Academy Awards-"The Bridge on the River Kwai" best film, Joanne Woodward & Alec Guinness best actress/actor
  • Mar 26th US Army launched America's third successful satellite, "Explorer III"
  • Mar 26th The African Regroupment Party (PRA) is launched at a meeting in Paris.
  • Mar 27th CBS Labs announce new stereophonic records
  • Mar 27th Havana Hilton opens in Cuba, later HQ for Fidel Castro

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Mar 27th Nikita Khrushchev becomes Soviet Premier as well as First Secretary of the Communist Party

Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev
Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Nikita Khrushchev
  • Mar 29th 112th Grand National: Arthur Freeman aboard Mr. What wins
  • Mar 31st US Navy forms atomic sub division
  • Mar 31st USSR suspends nuclear weapons tests, & urges US & Britain to do same
  • Apr 1st KVIQ TV channel 6 in Eureka, CA (NBC/ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 1st Marshal Nikolai Bulganin becomes director of Soviet State Bank
  • Apr 2nd Antillean Brewery (Amstel beer) opens
  • Apr 2nd Wind speed reaches 450 kph in tornado, Wichita Falls, TX (record)
  • Apr 3rd "Say, Darling" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 332 performances

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Apr 3rd Fidel Castro's rebels attacked Havana

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Apr 4th 1st march against nuclear weapons (Aldermaston, England)
  • Apr 4th Eugene Ionesco's "Tueur sans Gages" premieres in Darmstadt
  • Apr 4th The CND Peace Symbol displayed in public for the first time in London.
  • Apr 5th 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 6th 22nd Masters Golf Tournament: Arnold Palmer wins, shooting a 284

  • Apr 7th 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 10th Northern strip of Spanish Sahara ceded to Morocco
  • Apr 11th Brooks Hall in Civic Center dedicated (SF)
  • Apr 12th 12th NBA Championship: St Louis Hawks beat Bost Celtics, 4 games to 2
  • Apr 12th Flemish Open air museum opens in Bokrijk
  • Apr 13th 12th Tony Awards: Sunrise at Campobello & Music Man win
  • Apr 13th Van Cliburn is the first American to win the Chaikovsky Compettion in Moscow.
  • Apr 14th Sputnik 2 (with dog Laika) burns up in atmosphere

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

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

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

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

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

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

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges