Historical Events in 1958

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  • 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 JimĂ©nez 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

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

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

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

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

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

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

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

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Mar 8 William Faulkner says US school degenerated to become babysitters

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

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Mar 14 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 15 "Body Beautiful" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 60 performances
  • Mar 15 KULR TV channel 8 in Billings, MT (NBC/ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 15 Oscar Robertson of Cin scores a NCAA midwest region-record 56 pts
  • Mar 15 Royals basketball star Maurice Stokes collapsed during a playoff game with encephalitis; He goes into a coma & is permanently disabled
  • Mar 15 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • Mar 16 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • Mar 17 Navy launches Vanguard 1 into orbit (2nd US), measures Earth shape
  • Mar 18 Dodgers announces mascot/clown Emmett Kelly will not perform in 1958
  • Mar 19 Britain's first planetarium opens at Madame Tussaud's, London
  • Mar 19 Gary Sobers completes a century in each innings for WI vs. Pakistan
  • Mar 20 50" snow across the Mason-Dixon line
  • Mar 20 Clandestine Burasi Bizim Radio (communist) begins transmitting
  • Mar 20 Greek Clandestine Radio (communist), Voice of Truth 1st transmission
  • Mar 21 1st presentation of West Point's Sylvanus Thayer Award
  • Mar 21 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • Mar 22 20th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Seattle 84-72
  • Mar 22 Under pressure King Saud appoints Faisal Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia
  • Mar 22 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

CommunicationElvis Presley in the Army

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

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

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Mar 27 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 29 112th Grand National: Arthur Freeman aboard Mr. What wins
  • Mar 31 US Navy forms atomic sub division
  • Mar 31 USSR suspends nuclear weapons tests, & urges US & Britain to do same
  • Apr 1 KVIQ TV channel 6 in Eureka, CA (NBC/ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 1 Marshal Nikolai Bulganin becomes director of Soviet State Bank
  • Apr 2 Antillean Brewery (Amstel beer) opens
  • Apr 2 Wind speed reaches 450 kph in tornado, Wichita Falls, TX (record)
  • Apr 3 "Say, Darling" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 332 performances

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Apr 3 Fidel Castro's rebels attacked Havana

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

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

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

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

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

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

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

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

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges