Historical Events in December 1958

  • Dec 1 "Flower Drum Song" opens at St James Theater NYC for 602 performances
  • Dec 1 Central African Rep made autonomous member of Fr Comm (National Day)
  • Dec 1 Our Lady of Angels School burns, killing 92 students & 3 nuns (Chic)
  • Dec 2 24th Heisman Trophy Award: Pete Dawkins, Army (HB)
  • Dec 2 Benelux treaty signed by Belgium, Netherlands & Luxembourg
  • Dec 2 KNOP TV channel 2 in North Platte, NB (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 2 1959 NFL Draft: Randy Duncan from University of Iowa first pick by Green Bay Packers
  • Dec 3 Indonesian parliament accepts nationalisation of Dutch businesses
  • Dec 4 Dahomey (Benin), Ivory Coast become autonomous within French Community
  • Dec 4 Finnish government of Fagerholm resigns
  • Dec 5 Phils drop plans for NY sportcast as Yanks threat to do same in Philadelphia
  • Dec 5 WTOL TV channel 11 in Toledo, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting

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Dec 5 Subscriber Trunk Dialling (STD) is inaugurated in the UK by Queen Elizabeth II when she speaks to the Lord Provost in a call from Bristol to Edinburgh.

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Dec 5 The Preston bypass, the UK's first stretch of motorway, opens to traffic for the first time. It is now part of the M6 and M55 motorways.
  • Dec 6 US lunar probe Pioneer 3 reaches 107,269 km, falls back
  • Dec 7 Romulo Betancourt elected President of Venezuela
  • Dec 9 Robert H W Welch Jr & 11 other men meet in Indianapolis to form anti-Communist John Birch Society
  • Dec 10 1st domestic (NY-Miami) passenger jet flight-National 707 flew 111
  • Dec 10 U of Pitts agrees to buy Forbes Field from the Pirates
  • Dec 11 4th (last) Dutch government of Drees falls
  • Dec 11 Archibald MacLeish's "JB" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 11 Upper Volta (now Bourkina Faso) gains autonomy from France
  • Dec 12 Dutch social democratic party-ministers/premier Drees dismissed
  • Dec 12 Fergie Gupte takes 9-102 with leggies v W Indies at Kanpur

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Dec 14 Pat Summerall kicks game winning field goal for the New York Giants against the Cleveland Browns at Yankee Stadium

CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall
  • Dec 16 Bogota warehouse fire kills 82
  • Dec 18 1st test project of Signal Communications by Orbiting Relay Equip

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Dec 18 1st voice from space: recorded Christmas message by President Eisenhower

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Dec 18 Niger gains autonomy within French Community (National Day)
  • Dec 19 1st radio broadcast from space (President Eisenhower voice "To all mankind, America's wish for Peace on Earth & Good Will to Men Everywhere")

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Dec 21 Charles de Gaulle wins 7 year term as 1st President of 5th Rep of France

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • Dec 22 "Chipmunk Song" reaches #1
  • Dec 22 "Whoop-Up" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 56 performances
  • Dec 22 2nd Dutch Beel government forms
  • Dec 23 "Party with Comden & Green" opens at John Golden NYC for 38 performances
  • Dec 23 Abdallah Ibrahim forms government of Morocco
  • Dec 25 Alan Freed's Christmas Rock & Roll Spectacular opens
  • Dec 28 Chipmunks (Alvin, Simon & Theodore with David Seville) hits #1
  • Dec 28 "The Greatest Game Ever Played", Baltimore Colts beat New York Giants 23-17 in the first every sudden-death overtime game in NFL history (17 future members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame were involved in the game)
  • Dec 29 Balt Colts beat NY Giants 23-17 in NFL championship game
  • Dec 29 TV soap "Young Dr Malone" debuts
  • Dec 30 French franc devalued
  • Dec 31 47th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Brisbane (3-2)

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Dec 31 Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista tells his Cabinet he is fleeing the country

Cuban President and Dictator Fulgencio Batista
Cuban President and Dictator
Fulgencio Batista
  • Dec 31 International Geophyscial Year ends
  • Dec 31 Willie Shoemaker 1st jockey to win national riding championship 4X