Historical Events in August 1958

  • Aug 1 US 1st class postage up to 4 cents (had been 3 cents for 26 years)
  • Aug 1 US atomic submarine USS Nautilus 1st begins transit of North Pole "operation Sunshine"
  • Aug 2 Jordan & Iraq disolve their Arab Federation, after 3 months
  • Aug 3 USS Nautilus reaches North Pole, 1st submarine to achieve submarine transit of North Pole
  • Aug 3 The Billboard Hot 100 is founded
  • Aug 4 Dumont TV Network crumbles
  • Aug 5 Philip Kapleau, Zen teacher, 1st awakening under Yasutani Roshi
  • Aug 6 Glenn Davis sets record of 49.2 in 400-meter hurdles
  • Aug 6 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Johnston Island
  • Aug 10 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Macktown Golf Open
  • Aug 13 Indians' right fielder Rocky Colavito makes his pitching debut, hurling 3 hitless innings, Detroit 3, Cleveland 2
  • Aug 14 Canadian Football League plays 1st game (Winnipeg 29, Edmonton 21)
  • Aug 14 Cleve Indian, Vic Power steals home twice in 1 game
  • Aug 14 KLM Superconstellation crashes west of Ireland, killing 99
  • Aug 15 25th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 35, Detroit 19 (70,000)
  • Aug 15 Soviet Marshal Bulganin resigns as director of State Bank
  • Aug 17 Bonnie Hoffman wins LPGA Kansas City Golf Open
  • Aug 17 World's 1st Moon probe, US's Thor-Able, explodes at T +77 sec
  • Aug 18 "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov published
  • Aug 18 Betsy Palmer joins Today Show panel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 18 Fidel Castro makes a speech on Cuban pirate radio Rebelde

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Aug 18 Floyd Patterson TKOs Roy Harris in 13 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • Aug 18 United Kingdom issues regional stamps (N Ireland, Scotland & Wales)
  • Aug 18 Perez Prado "Mambo King" receives one of the 1st gold records
  • Aug 18 TV game show scandal investigation starts
  • Aug 18 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • Aug 18 Verne Gagne beats Edouard Carpentier in Omaha, to become NWA champ
  • Aug 19 NAACP Youth Council begin sit-ins at Oklahoma City Lunch counters
  • Aug 20 Cubs use 1st baseman Dale Long as their 1st lefty catcher since 1906
  • Aug 20 Dale Long becomes 1st major league lefty catcher in 52 years
  • Aug 20 Detroit Tiger Jim Bunning no-hits Boston Red Sox, 3-0
  • Aug 21 KUT-FM in Austin Texas begins radio transmissions
  • Aug 22 Argos' Boyd Carter, Dave Mann combine for record 131-yd punt return
  • Aug 22 Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • Aug 23 People's Republic of China resumes fire on Quemoi and Matsoe islands in the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis
  • Aug 23 Marie Ashton completes playing piano a female record 133 hours
  • Aug 23 Chinese Civil War: The Second Taiwan Strait crisis begins with the People's Liberation Army's bombardment of Quemoy.
  • Aug 24 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Waterloo Golf Open
  • Aug 24 Sergei Popov wins Stockholm marathon (2:15:17.0) (WR)
  • Aug 24 19th Venice Film Festival: "Rickshaw Man" directed by Hiroshi Inagaki wins Golden Lion

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 25 Momofuku Ando markets the first package of precooked instant noodles (Chikin Ramen)

Inventor of Instant Noodles Momofuku Ando
Inventor of Instant Noodles
Momofuku Ando
  • Aug 27 Clark Griffith says Senators will probably accept offer to move to Minnesota
  • Aug 27 US performs nuclear test at South Atlantic Ocean
  • Aug 27 USSR launches Sputnik 3 with two dogs aboard
  • Aug 28 Nellie Fox sets record for consecutive games without striking out (98)
  • Aug 29 US Air Force Academy's permanent site opens in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 29 George Harrison joins The Quarrymen (Lennon-McCartney-Best-Sutcliffe)

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

Music releaseMusic Single

Aug 29 Cliff Richard and the Drifters release single "Move It", Richards debut single. Credited as 1st British Rock n Roll song.

  • Aug 30 US performs nuclear test at S Atlantic Ocean